Honour roll

The Honour Roll recognises past State and
Territory and National Award recipients

Senior Australian of the Year


2009 ACT Senior Australian of the Year Nominee

Professor Peter Read

Town: Turner
State: Australian Capital Territory

Academic and historian

Professor Peter Read is a renowned academic and historian best known for his groundbreaking research on Aboriginal Australia. For nearly 30 years he worked at the Australian National University where he lectured in Australian and Aboriginal history and he is now Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Sydney. In the mid-1970s, he was a pioneer of Aboriginal history in the Northern Territory and is now regarded as an international leader in the field. He coined the phrase ‘The Stolen Generations’ and the Federal Government credited his work on the separation of Aboriginal children as the principal instigation of the Bringing Them Home Inquiry.

In 1980, he founded Link-Up which is run by and for members of the Stolen Generation to trace and reunite families separated by government policies of the past. For the last 10 years, Professor Read has focused on the question of non-Indigenous place belonging in Australia, and is now working on a history of the Aboriginal people of Sydney. Professor Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago, aptly sums up Read’s body of work as being ‘of global significance … In emphasising together the themes of diversity and belonging, Read has charted a new path for thinking about place and space in Australia.’

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