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Norman Etherington

Emeritus Professor, MA MPhil PhD Yale, FRHistS, FASSA

  • The University of Western Australia (M204), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • PO Box 786

    5006 North Adelaide


  • 80 Citations
  • 4 h-Index
1971 …2017
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Personal profile


Since coming to Australia in 1968 Norman Etherington has published widely on European Imperialism, African History, History of the British Empire, History of Christian Missions, Southern Africa and the History of Cartography.  He has held visiting posts at Columbia University, the School of Oriental and African Studies, the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, Rhodes University, and the University of Cape Town. He is a Research Associate at the University of South Africa. 

Outside the academy he has been recognised for his service to the National Trust and the Heritage Council of Western Australia. From 2012 to 2017 he was President of the National Trust of South Australia and is a past President of the Australian HIstorical Association.  He is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, the Royal Historical Society (UK) and the Royal Geographical Society (UK).  In 2013 he was made a member of the Order of Australia, AM for services to history and the community.


  • African history
  • Colonialism and imperialism

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Research Output 1971 2017

Joseph Conrad
British Empire
World War I

Exploration and Empire

Etherington, N. A., 2016, The Encyclopedia of Empire. J. M. (ed.). Online- John Wiley & Sons, p. 2816 2816 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Schools and Education in the Missionary Enterprise

Etherington, N. A., 2016, The Wiley Blackwell Companion to World Christianity. L. S. A. M. J. M. (ed.). United Kingdom: John Wiley & Sons, p. 166-175 10 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

Projects 1998 2011