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University of Tasmania
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colonial settlement, land grants, Australian colony, GIS, maps, digital history, historical geography, environmental history, Van Diemen's Land
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About Me

Dr Imogen Wegman (BA LLB, MA, PhD) is a multi-disciplinary researcher, using digital methodologies to uncover the stories of our past. She is currently an associate lecturer in Humanities at the University of Tasmania, concentrated within the university’s Family History units.

She uses GIS (mapping) to combine and examine datasets that would not normally be seen next to each other – government records, artworks, soil types, historic maps, diaries, topography, and more. To date, her research has been concentrated primarily on the British colony of Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania, Australia), and she is now starting to look further to cross-colonial comparisons.

Imogen completed her PhD at the University of Tasmania (Australia), using HGIS to uncover patterns of settlement expansion across Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) in the earliest years of its occupation by the British. Previously she completed her MA in Landscape History at the University of East Anglia (UK), focussing on medieval common-edge drift – the phenomenon of villages moving away from their parish church building.

Imogen is passionate about making complicated histories accessible, and has written for The Conversation, professional blogs, and For many years, she has been employed as a local tour guide, and honed her communication skills through this experience. She is a regular invitee for media interviews, historical societies, and academic seminars. In 2016, she co-founded Hobart’s A Pint of History events, an informal ‘history in the pub’ event.

Recent Publications

For an updated list of publications, see Imogen Wegman’s university profile.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Australia, England, United Kingdom
Expertise by Chronology
Medieval, 18th century, 19th century
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Environment, Indigenous Peoples, Local & Regional, Public History, Rural & Agrarian History, Urban History