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 participants: tom stannage
 Tom Stannage
Executive Dean
Division of Humanities
Curtin University of Technology

A statement on your most significant contributions to this research field
Since 1967 Stannage has been one of the most significant and active historians of Western Australia. This has been demonstrated by such seminal publications as The People of Perth and A New History of Western Australia. His work in the Australian research community has been a source of considerable comment, debate and sometimes inspiration. One of his most influential publications, for example, Western Australia's Heritage: The pioneer myth, has been responsible for a substantial review of the state's pioneer heritage. Twenty years after its publication, Stannage's New History of Western Australia continues to be the major work of Western Australian history in use by scholars, students and general readers.

As a lecturer in history at the University of Western Australia in the 1970s and 1980s Stannage was responsible for the development of the first honours level course in Western Australian history. Since then he has promoted the teaching, learning and research of Western Australian history at a university and wider level, including the supervision of more than thirty higher degree theses.

Stannage has a particular interest in supporting the study of Australia's Indigenous histories and culture, and has spent much time encouraging the work of Aboriginal scholars. He was a Trustee of the Western Australian Museum in the mid-1980s, and again from 2001. In 1991 he wrote Into the Twenty-first Century: The future of museums in Western Australia. He was also Deputy Chair of the National Museum of Australia in the 1990s.
All refereed publications in the past five years

Geoffrey Blainey: the Fuss that Never Ended, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2003 ed. with Stuart Macintyre, Geoffrey Bolton and Deborah Gare.

Gold and Civilisation, Art Exhibitions Australia and National Museum of Australia, Sydney and Canberra, 2001 ed.*

Wordal, Centre for Western Australian History, Nedlands, 2001 ed. with Jill Milroy and John Host.*

Paul Hasluck in Australian History: Civic personality and public life, ed. with Richard Nile and Kay Saunders, University of Queensland Press, St Lucia, 1998.*
Ten career-best publications

A New History of Western Australia, UWA Press, Nedlands, 1981, ed.*

The People of Perth: A social history of Western Australia's capital city, Carroll's for Perth City Council, Perth, 1979.*

Embellishing the Landscape: The images of Amy Heap and Fred Flood, 1920-1940, Fremantle Arts Centre Press, Fremantle, 1990.*

Lakeside City: The Dreaming of Joondalup, UWA Press, Nedlands, 1996.*

On this Side: Themes and Issues in Western Australian History, edited with others, Westralian History Group, East Perth, 1985.*

Celebrations in Western Australian History, with Lenore Layman, Centre for Western Australian History, Nedlands, 1989, ed.*

Gold and Civilisation, Art Exhibitions Australia and National Museum of Australia, Sydney and Canberra, 2001 (ed).

Wordal, Centre for Western Australian History, Nedlands, 2001 ed. with Jilly Milroy and and John Host.

Western Australia's Heritage: The pioneer myth, University Extension, University of Western Australia, Nedlands, 1985.

Handbook for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History, edited with Diane Barwick and Michael Mace, Aboriginal History, Canberra, 1979.
Other evidence of impact and contributions to the field
Stannage's work within Australian history was recognised in 1997 by his Order of Australia Award (AM) 'for services to the study of history in the community and to museum development in Australia'. In the same year he was awarded the Prime Minister's Award for the Australian University Teacher of the Year and the National Humanities Award for Teaching Excellence. At the same time Stannage was also made a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, having been a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in London since 1988.

Stannage now continues, as Executive Dean of Humanities at Curtin University, to consult with a range of cultural institutions and community groups in matters of museum exhibitions, local histories and Western Australian heritage. His reputation as a senior scholar of Australia is demonstrated by the regular invitations he receives to speak with major organisations on matters of national heritage, history and policy.

Stannage is the only Western Australian representative on the Management Committee of the National History Centre.

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Deborah Gare Geoffrey Bolton Stuart Macintyre Tom Stannage (eds), The Fuss That Never Ended: The Life and Work of Geoffrey Blainey, Carlton, Melbourne University Press, 2003. [details]
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