Previous John West Memorial Lectures

From 1989 to 2015 named The Examiner-John West Memorial Lecture

Professor Henry Reynolds:
Tasmania’s Forgotten Treaty

Professor C M H Clark, AC:
The Writing of Australian History

Emeritus Director Daniel Thomas, AM:
Tasmania’s Contribution to the Advances of Art and Taste

Professor Michael Roe with Dr Dan Huon and Dr Alison Alexander:
Launceston Examined: A city and its Newspaper 1842-1992

Dr Marilyn Lake:
Gender and History: Lady Franklin and the Masculinity of Self-Government

Dr Patricia Grimshaw:
Writing the History of Aboriginal and White Women in Colonial Tasmania

Mr Justice Michael Kirby, AC, CMG:
John West, Nationhood and the Millennium

Sister Veronica Brady:
“To Set the People Free”: Conviction and Conscience. John West at the end of the Twentieth Century

Mr Clement Mulcahy:
Sectarianism – A Blessing or a Curse! Does Tasmania have a Cromwellian Legacy?

Mr John Lyons, Editor The Sydney Morning Herald:
Media at the Crossroads

Professor A G L Shaw, AO:
John West’s Tasmania

The Honorable Sir Guy Green, AC, KBE, Governor of Tasmania:
Constitutionalism and the Two Cultures

Professor Geoffrey Blainey:
How Six became One: the Strange Story of the Creation of Australia’s Commonwealth

Associate Professor Janet McCalman, FAHA:
By way of Blessington: pathways in an ecological history of humankind

Professor Stuart Macintyre:
The slavish violence of mere servants of the people: John West and the problem of responsible government

Mr Paul Brunton:
The Voyages of Abel Tasman 1642-44

Professor Tim Bonyhady:
Louisa’s legacy: an appreciation of Tasmania’s first environmental activist

Dr Hamish Maxwell-Stewart:
“Unutterable”: Imagining the Macquarie Harbour Penal Station

Dr Michael Vertigan AC:
Investment in Education – a key to Australia’s future Prosperity

Professor Henry Reynolds AC:
What now for the Black-Arm band?
Aboriginal history after the apology Available Online

Phillip Adams:
The End of the World? or
The Birth of a Better One? Available Online

Professor Tim Flannery:
The CPRS – Is it right for Australia? Available Online

Professor Cassandra Pybus:
The colourful life of Gilbert Robertson, Aboriginal hunter, True Colonist editor, agriculturalist and perpetual litigant Available Online

Dr Carmen Lawrence:
Development at any price? The case of Australia’s Indigenous Heritage Available Online

Professor Lucy Frost:
The children of mothers in the convict system of Van Diemen’s Land Available Online

Professor Philip Payton:
From Launceston to Launceston – Perspectives on the Cornish in Australia

Julian Burnside AO QC:
We can do much better Available Online

2016                                                                                                                              Michelle Grattan AO                                                                                                            The Power of Small Voices: The Struggle for the Senate’s Centre  Available Online

2017                                                                                                                                     Saul Eslake                                                                                                                         Education, Productivity and Economic Performance  Available Online

2018                                                                                                                      Professor Mark McKenna                                                                                        Beyond the Crown: History and Australia’s Republican Future                                          University of Tasmania: Listen on Livestream

2019                                                                                                                               Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AC Governor of Tasmania Transportation re-visited: lessons for modern penal policy? Available Online

Professor Tim McCormack
The Notion of Humanity as a Constraint on the Conduct of War  University of Tasmania: Island of Ideas SoundCloud channel

2021                                                                                                                                 Dr Eric Ratcliff                                                                                                             John West’s Launceston, how it came and where it went        Available online  University of Tasmania: Island of Ideas SoundCloud channel.

2022                                                                                                                                 Dr Alison Alexander, John West and the battle to end convict transportation

2023                                                                                                                                 Dr Nick Brodie                                                                                                              The Long Shadow of John West’s War      Available Online

2024                                                                                                                                 Dr Kristyn Harman, A good riddance: The Inception of Criminal Deportation in Colonial Australia  The written version of the lecture can be read here: HARMAN K A Good Riddance

Each of the lectures for 1989 – 2011 has been published in the Society’s annual Papers and Proceedings. Copies of some earlier issues are still available in printed format. The lectures from 2008 to 2013 and 2016 – 2023 are available online.