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The Australian National University

Dr Mary Anne Jebb

Visitor School of History, Project Manager ARC Linkage grant ‘ Deepening Histories of Place: Exploring Indigenous Landscapes of National and International Significance’

Contact details:

Australian Centre of Indigenous History
School of History
Research School of Social Sciences
ANU 0200
ACT Australia
Ph  61  (0)2 61257439
fax  61 (0)2 61253969


Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Murdoch University
PhD Murdoch University

Biography and interests:

My PhD integrated oral historical and ethnographic research methods with written documentary textual analysis to uncover histories of a region of Australia where few people recorded their experiences in writing. It was published as Blood, Sweat and Welfare in 2002, for which it received the Keith Hancock Award.  I lived in the Kimberley region of Western Australia for many years and worked in remote regions as a consultant historian for a wide range of community and government organizations producing expert reports in Native Title, heritage and archive reports, sound productions, books and interpretive exhibitions. I research and write in areas of Australian Indigenous history, medical history, women’s history and landscape history. I have particular interest in the recording and use of spoken histories and sound for increasing understanding and participation in Australian history.

Current Projects:

Landscape History Linkage project manager; ‘Deepening Histories of Place: Exploring Indigenous Landscapes of National and International Significance’; Collaborative exhibition development and production (including soundscape development); the biography and analysis of the visual narrative artworks of deceased Aboriginal artist and historian Jack Wherra; a short history of women and leadership in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

Select Publications:

With Bill Bunbury, Noongar Voices of the central eastern Wheatbelt, Community Arts Network WA, Perth, 2010. (CD and booklet)

Mowanjum 50 Years: A Community History, Mowanjum Aboriginal Community, 2008.
‘Jack Wherra’s boab nut carving; A Cross Cultural History’, RWAHS Journal, vol.12, Pt 6, 2006, pp.696-715.

Blood, Sweat and Welfare: A History of White Bosses and Aboriginal Workers, UWA Press, 2002.

Emerarra: A Man of Merarra, Magabala Books, Broome, 1996.

with Anna Haebich, ‘Across The Great Divide’; Gender Relations On Australian Frontiers’, in Kay Saunders and Raymond Evans (eds) Gender Relations In Australia: Domination And Negotiation, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1992, pp. 20-35.

‘The Lock Hospitals Experiment: Europeans, Aborigines and venereal disease’, in R. Reece and T, Stannage (eds) European-Aboriginal Relations in Western Australian History, Studies in West Australian History, vol. 8, 1984, pp. 68-86.

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