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Annual Lectures

Each year, the History Council of Western Australia presents a public lecture that shares fresh thinking and new evidence on an historical topic.

Bill Bunbury OAM, Australia’s best known oral historian and broadcaster, presented the 2019 Annual History Council Lecture. He has received five international and national awards for his radio documentaries and is the author of twelve books. His most recent publication, Invisible Country, is an environmental history of South West WA

Previous Lectures in this annual series

2004 - Professor Geoffrey Bolton OA, ‘The Next Assignment’
2005 - Panel discussing ‘The Next Assignment’
2006 - Professor Richard Bosworth, ‘Doing Europe from Australia: an idiosyncratic historian’s journey’
2007 - Governor Lieut General John Sanderson AC, ‘Role of the Military in Indigenous Affairs’
2008 - Kim Beazley AC, ‘The influence of good history studies on a career in public life’
2009 - Professor Ed Jaggard, on ‘Beyond the Flags: Surf Lifesaving and History’
2010  - Forum discussing ‘Making the most of the Boom: Arts, Heritage and History in Western Australia’
2011 - Dr Jim Cameron, ‘The Great Land Grab of 1837’
2012 - Professor Philippa Maddern, ‘”The Past Is Not What It Used To Be”: the future of Western Australian History’
2013  - Associate Professor Charlie Fox, ‘Writing Radical Perth: a hidden history’
2014  - Professor Peter Veth, ‘Evidence in Australian Rock Art’
2015  - Dr Michael McCarthy, ‘Finding HMAS Sydney’
2016  - Professor Jane Lydon, ‘Humanitarians in Western Australia’
2017  - Professor Ann Curthoys and Dr Shino Konishi, ‘Reflections on the 1967 Referendum’

2018 - Alec Coles OBE, 'The New Museum for WA: Whose museum, whose history?'

2019 - Bill Bunbury OAM, ‘Words to be Heard’