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Researcher: Edmonds, P (Associate Professor Penny Edmonds)

Fields of Research

Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Historical Studies
Materials Conservation
North American History
Curatorial and Related Studies
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History
New Zealand History
Museum Studies
British History
European History (excl. British, Classical Greek and Roman)

Research Objectives

Understanding Australia's Past
Understanding Past Societies
Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
Conserving Collections and Movable Cultural Heritage
Understanding the Past of the Americas
Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
Expanding Knowledge in Languages, Communication and Culture
Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Cultural Understanding
Understanding New Zealand's Past
Understanding Europe's Past

Career Best Publications

'Failing in every endeavour to conciliate': Governor Arthur's Proclamation Boards to the Aborigines, Australian conciliation narratives and their transnational connections; Journal of Australian Studies
'The whip Is a very contagious kind of thing': flogging and humanitarian reform in penal Australia; Journal of Colonialism & Colonial History
A breastplate reveals the story of an Australian frontier massacre
Canada and Australia: On Anglo-Saxon “Oceana', Transcolonial History, and an Interconnected Pacific World; Within and Without the Nation: Canadian History as Transnational History
Collecting Looerryminer's 'Testimony': Aboriginal Women, Sealers, and Quaker Humanitarian Anti-Slavery Thought and Action in the Bass Strait Islands; Australian Historical Studies
Conciliation and Conflict, Performance and Commemoration in Colonial Australia and the Pacific Rim; Conciliation on Colonial Frontiers: Conflict, Performance and Commemoration in Australia and the Pacific Rim
Empire, humanitarianism and violence in the colonies; Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History
Honourable colonisation? Australia; Honourable intentions? Violence and virtue in Australian and Cape Colonies, c. 1750-1850
Indigenous and settler relations; The Cambridge History of Australia: Indigenous and Colonial Australia
Making Settler Colonial Space: Perspectives on Race, Place and Identity; Palgrave, UK
Settler Colonialism and (Re) Conciliation: Frontier violence, affective performances, and imaginative refoundings; Palgrave Macmillan
Sovereignty performances, sovereignty testings: The Queen's currency and imperial pedagogies on Australia's south-eastern settler frontiers; Mistress of Everything: Queen Victoria in Indigenous worlds
Tame Iti at the Confiscation Line: Contesting the Consensus Politics of the Waitangi Treaty in Aotearoa New Zealand; Conciliation on Colonial Frontiers: Conflict, Performance and Commemoration in Australia and the Pacific Rim
The Intimate, Urbanising Frontier: 'Native Camps', Gender Relations and Settler-Colonialism's Violent Array of Spaces Around Early Melbourne; Making Settler Colonial Space: Perspectives on Race, Place and Identity
Travelling 'Under Concern': Quakers James Backhouse and George Washington Walker tour the Antipodean colonies, 1832-41; The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History
Unofficial apartheid, convention and country towns: reflections on Australian history and the New South Wales Freedom Rides of 1965; Postcolonial Studies
Urbanizing Frontiers: Indigenous Peoples and Settlers in 19th-Century Pacific Rim Cities; University of British Colombia

Research Publications

'Failing in every endeavour to conciliate': Governor Arthur's Proclamation Boards to the Aborigines, Australian conciliation narratives and their transnational connections; Journal of Australian Studies
'I followed England round the world': the Rise of Trans-imperial Anglo- Saxon Exceptionalism and the Spatial Narratives of Nineteenth-century British Settler Colonies of the Pacific Rim; Re-Orienting Whiteness
'Say Sorry you Bastard!' Postcolonial shame, reconciliation and National Sorry Day
'The whip Is a very contagious kind of thing': flogging and humanitarian reform in penal Australia; Journal of Colonialism & Colonial History
A breastplate reveals the story of an Australian frontier massacre
A new beginning for Settler Colonial Studies; Settler Colonial Societies
A paean on the heart and soul of the capital of opportunity
A Technical Examination, Investigation, and Treatment of a Fifteenth- century Sienese Polychrome Terra-cotta Relief; Conservation Research 1996-1997
Afterword: on recognition, apology and the 'Hidden history of the Americas'; Settler Colonial Studies
Australia's Missing Treaty', review of Bain Attwood's 'Possession: Batman's Treaty and the Matter of History', MUP, 2009
Australian Settler Colonialism over the Long Nineteenth Century; The Routledge Handbook of the History of Settler Colonialism
Batman's Hill
Canada and Australia: On Anglo-Saxon “Oceana', Transcolonial History, and an Interconnected Pacific World; Within and Without the Nation: Canadian History as Transnational History
Collecting Looerryminer's 'Testimony': Aboriginal Women, Sealers, and Quaker Humanitarian Anti-Slavery Thought and Action in the Bass Strait Islands; Australian Historical Studies
Conciliation and Conflict, Performance and Commemoration in Colonial Australia and the Pacific Rim; Conciliation on Colonial Frontiers: Conflict, Performance and Commemoration in Australia and the Pacific Rim
Conciliation on colonial frontiers: Conflict, performance and commemoration in Australia and the Pacific Rim; Routledge
Conserving the Things We Keep; A Museum for the People: A History of Museum Victoria and its Predecessor Institutions
Crossing over: In this Issue; Australian Historical Studies
Dual Mandate, Double Work: Land, Labour and the Transformation of 'Native' Subjectivity in Papua 1908 – 1940; Collisions of Cultures and Identities:
Settlers and Indigenous Peoples
Empire, humanitarianism and violence in the colonies; Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History
Founding Myths
From Bedlam to Incorporation: Whiteness and the racialisation of settler colonial urban space in Victoria, British Columbia, 1840s – 1880s; Exploring the British World: Identity - Cultural Production - Institutions
Honourable colonisation? Australia; Honourable intentions? Violence and virtue in Australian and Cape Colonies, c. 1750-1850
Imperial Objects, Truths and Fictions: Reading Nineteenth-Century Australian Colonial Objects as Historical Sources; Rethinking Colonial History: New and Alternative Approaches
In this issue; Australian Historical Studies
Indigenous and settler relations; The Cambridge History of Australia: Indigenous and Colonial Australia
Indigenous Australia exhibition at the British Museum is insider activism at its best
Introduction: Making Space in the Settler Colony; Making Settler Colonial Space: Perspectives on Race, Place and Identity
Making Settler Colonial Space: Perspectives on Race, Place and Identity; Palgrave, UK
New Directions in Australian History; Australian Historical Studies
NewObligations: Conservation Policy And Treatment Approaches For Aboriginal Collections in The Bunjilaka Aboriginal Centre, Melbourne Museum; IIC Melbourne Congress
Oral History and Australian Generations; Australian Historical Studies
Our Place: Indigenous Australia Now
Rethinking Colonial History: New and Alternative Approaches; Department of History, RMIT Publishing
Review of 'Land of Promise: Robert Burnaby's Letters from Colonial British Columbia 1858-1863', Anne Burnaby McLeod and Pixie McGeachie (eds), City of Burnaby, 2002
Review of 'Shaking Hands on the Fringe' by Tiffany Shellam
Review of John Gascoigne 'The Enlightenment and the Origins of European Australia'
Review of Margaret Jacobs 'White Mother to a Dark Race'
Settler Colonialism and (Re) Conciliation: Frontier violence, affective performances, and imaginative refoundings; Palgrave Macmillan
Sovereignty performances, sovereignty testings: The Queen's currency and imperial pedagogies on Australia's south-eastern settler frontiers; Mistress of Everything: Queen Victoria in Indigenous worlds
Tame Iti at the Confiscation Line: Contesting the Consensus Politics of the Waitangi Treaty in Aotearoa New Zealand; Conciliation on Colonial Frontiers: Conflict, Performance and Commemoration in Australia and the Pacific Rim
The Aesthetic of Dark Mofo: Emotion, Darkness and the Tasmanian Gothic
The Intimate, Urbanising Frontier: 'Native Camps', Gender Relations and Settler-Colonialism's Violent Array of Spaces Around Early Melbourne; Making Settler Colonial Space: Perspectives on Race, Place and Identity
The Le Souëf Box: Reflections on Imperial Nostalgia, Material Culture, and Exhibitionary Practice in Colonial Victoria; Australian Historical Studies
The LeSouef Box
the many Voyages of Arthur wellington Clah: A Tsimshian Man on the Pacific Northwest Coast
The Proclamation Board
The Proclamation Cup: Tasmanian Potter Violet Mace and Colonial Quotations; ReCollections
Theatre of Evidence: Coranderrk: We Will Show the Country
Travelling 'Under Concern': Quakers James Backhouse and George Washington Walker tour the Antipodean colonies, 1832-41; The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History
Unofficial apartheid, convention and country towns: reflections on Australian history and the New South Wales Freedom Rides of 1965; Postcolonial Studies
Unpacking settler colonialism's urban strategies: indigenous peoples in Victoria, British Columbia, and the transition to a settler-colonial city; Urban History Review, Special Issue 'Encounters, Contests, and Communities: New Histories of Race and Ethnicity in the Canadian City
Urbanizing Frontiers: Indigenous Peoples and Settlers in 19th-Century Pacific Rim Cities; University of British Colombia
We think that this subject of the native races should be thoroughly gone into at the forthcoming Exhibition: The 1866-67 Intercolonial Exhibition; Seize the Day: Exhibitions, Australia and the World
White Spaces?Racialised Geographies, Anglo Saxon Exceptionalism and the Location of Empire in Britain's c19th Pacific Rim Cities; Historicising Whiteness: Transnational Perspectives on the Construction of an Identity

Research Projects

Intimacy and violence on the Anglo Pacific Rim 1830-1930; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Reform in the Antipodes: Quaker Humanitarians, Imperial Journeys and Early Histories of Human Rights; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Treating Criminals from Shore to Ship: Public Health, Humanitarianism and Convict Transportation; Australian Research Council (ARC)
'Conciliation Narratives and the Historical Imagination
'Conciliation, Trust and Violence: Empire’s humanitarian handshake and the anatomy of a transcolonial idea, 1788-1901'
'Urbanizing Frontiers: Indigenous Peoples and Settlers in 19th-Century Pacific Rim Cities', ( University of British Columbia Press, 2010)
To develop the proposal for Linkage Project 'Conciliation Narratives',

Research Candidate Supervision

Invisible Shackles- Labour, Coercion and Ideological Constructs in the Antipodean and Indian Ocean Worlds, 1788-1899
Policing the Indian Ocean- Crime, Punishment and the Legal System on the Island of Mauritius in the 1830s and 1840s
Quaker Missions into the Antipodean Colonies, late 18th-mid 19th Centuries
The Colonial Tasmanian Landscape- A Home Recreated or a Fresh Start