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First Name
Meg
Last Name
Foster
Affiliation
University of New South Wales
Website URL
https://unsw.academia.edu/MegFoster
Keywords
bushranging history; banditry; outlawry; settler colonial history; imperial history; cultural history; ethnographic history; crime history
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About Me

Meg is an historian who completed her PhD at the University of New South Wales in 2020. Her doctoral dissertation was entitled; ‘The “Other” Bushrangers: investigating the impact of bushrangers (who were not white men) on colonial history and Australian memory, 1788-2019. ‘
This thesis examined the ‘other’ bushrangers; Aboriginal, African-American, Chinese and female bushrangers and their impact on colonial Australia as well as contemporary social memory. From the arrival of the first fleet in 1788, this thesis explored the relationship between these bushrangers and colonial ideas, society, and identity as well as the legacy of this history today.
Meg’s primary supervisor in this endeavour was Professor Grace Karskens, while her associate supervisor was Professor Lisa Ford.

From September 2018 to September 2019 Meg was a visiting student at the University of Cambridge where she was working with Professor Sujit Sivasundaram to explore the transnational dimensions of her work. Meg is also an historical consultant and has previously worked on artistic collaborations, TV production and historical interpretation projects.

Recent Publications

‘The Forgotten War of 1900: Jimmy Governor and the Aboriginal People of Wollar’, Australian Historical Studies vol. 50, no. 3 (2019), pp. 1-16 (winner of the 2018 Aboriginal History Award from the History Council of NSW).

‘Approaching Public History’ in Paul Ashton and Alex Trapeznik (eds.), What is Public History Globally? working with the past in the present (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2019), pp. 159-172.

‘Murder for White Consumption? Jimmy Governor and the bush ballad’ in Yu-ting Huang and Rebecca Weaver-Hightower (eds.), Archiving Settler Colonialism: culture, race, and space (Oxon: Routledge, 2018), pp. 173-189.

‘Drawing the Historian Back into History: creativity, writing and The Art of Time Travel’, Rethinking History, vol. 22, no. 1 (2018), pp. 137-153.

with Paul Ashton, ‘Public Histories’ in Sasha Handley, Rohan McWilliam and Lucy Noakes (eds.), New Directions in Social and Cultural History (London: Bloomsbury, 2018), pp. 151-170.

‘Another Way to Enter the Past (Book Review)’, History Australia, vol. 13, no. 4 (2016), pp. 632-633.

‘Online and Plugged In? Public History and Historians in the Digital Age,’ Public History Review, vol. 21

(2014), pp. 1-19 (winner of the Deen De Bortoli Award in Applied History, 2015). Republished in 2018 for Public History: A National Journal of Public History (China) 公众史学.

The Public History Reader edited by Hilda Kean and Paul Martin (Book Review),’ Public History Review, vol. 21 (2014), pp. 102-104.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Australia, England, United Kingdom
Expertise by Chronology
19th century
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Gender, Indigenous Peoples, Law, Libraries & Archives, Local & Regional, Museums, Pedagogy, Public History, Race, Rebellion & Revolution, Sexuality