BA (hons) (Western Australia), BA (fine arts) (Curtin), PhD (Murdoch)
History, Heritage And Archaeology

Professor Anna Haebich is a John Curtin Distinguished Professor and Senior Research Fellow iin the Faculty of Humanities at Curtin University. She was formerly Research Intensive Professor at Griffith University. Prior to that she was the foundation Director of the Centre for Public Culture and Ideas at Griffith University and also also lead the Griffith Research Program "Creative for Life" that addressed creativity across cultures and generations. She was also the Griffith University Orbicom UNESCO Chair. Anna's historical research is multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural and addresses histories of Indigenous peoples, migration, the body, environment, visual and performing arts, museums, representations of the past, and crime and gender. Anna's work can be found in books, journals, exhibitions, videos and on line. Her research is informed by her background in university teaching and research, centre directorship, museum curatorship, visual arts practice, work with Indigenous communities and her personal experiences of living in migrant and Aboriginal communities. Her most recent books inculde an imaginative crime history, co-written Stolen Generations biography, and co-editedspecial edition of Griffith Review on Western Australia, Looking West. Anna's current research projects include a history of Aboriginal performing arts in WA and a documentary and publication about the Carrolup Aboriginal art movement.


Current 2011- John Curtin Distinguished Professor and Senior Research Fellow, School of Art and Design, Curtin University

2011 Visiting Herschfeld- Mack Professor, Free University, Berlin (April-July)

2009 Visiting Fellow Notre Dame, Fremantle; Adjunct Centre for Human Rights Education, Curtin University

2008-2011 Research Intensive Professor, Griffith University

Historian-in Residence State Library of Queensland (mid-2008 to mid-2009)

2007 Convenor, Creative for Life, Griffith University Special Research Initiative. This was one of three cross-university initiatives and was based in CPCI. It sought creative approaches to issues facing our ageing society, took a fresh look at creativity and healthy living across all ages and cultures and celebrated creative processes and the ways they enrich our communities. The team network consisted of 30 researchers from the creative arts, humanities, nursing and other caring areas in the university.

2004-2007 UNESCO Orbicom Chair (resigned) The Orbicom Chair promoted the development of knowledge societies through cross-cultural, interdisciplinary research drawing on new technologies in national and international forums. I resigned in 2007 to focus on local research project development.

2003-2007Foundation Director, Centre for Public Culture and Ideas

This category-A research centre was a major national centre for interdisciplinary research with an extensive network of academic and cultural industry partnerships. The Centre developed interdisciplinary collaborative research of international significance that addressed major contentious issues of our time, new publics forming around these issues, and contemporary debates in public culture and ideas.

2002-2007 QEII Australia Research Council Fellow (Fellowship completed) This first comprehensive cultural history of assimilation in Australia produced a major publication, several academic and public papers and conference presentations, and a draft brief for a major touring exhibition.

Senior Lecturer (part-time 2002), School of Humanities, Griffith University

Consultant Goldfields Land and Sea Council

Project Coordinator and Researcher On the Bunya Trail, Queensland Studies Centre, Griffith University and Global Arts Link, Ipswich City Council

Project Coordinator and Researcher, Germans of South East Queensland, Griffith University and Global Arts Link, Ipswich City Council

Co-Editor Bringing Them Home Project Oral History Project, National Library, Canberra

1999-2000 Curator of History, Museum of Western Australia, Perth

1996-1999Louis Johnson Memorial Trust Research Fellow, Centre for Research in Culture and Communication, Murdoch University and Aboriginal Education Program, University of New South Wales

1994-1995 Lecturer, School of Australian and Comparative Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Griffith University


2011 Awarded title John Curtin Distinguished Professor

Margaret Medcalfe Award, WA State Records Office

Adjunct Professor Griffith university Vice President, Council for the Australian Academy for the Humanities

2010 Member, Council for the Australian Academy for the Humanities

Member, Research Committee, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Research Advisory Committee, The Brisbane Institute

2009-10 Member, Irish-Australian Workshop Programme (Canberra, Dublin)

2008 Short listed, Community Award, NSW Premiers Literary Award

Invited Participant, 2020 Summit (Creative)

Minister’s Guest at National Apology to Stolen Generations, Aust Parlt House

2007 Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences

2007 Honorary Associate of the Queensland Museum

2006 Fellow of the Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences

2005 Fellow of the Australian Academy for the Humanities

Ideas Advisor, Brisbane Ideas Festival

2004 Australian Museums’ National Design Award for Best Web-site in Category B institutions with Global Arts link and Toadshow

2004-07 Honorary Research Fellow of the Queensland Museum

2003 Centenary Federation Medal for Services to Australian Society and Literature

2001 NSW Premier’s Book of the Year

2001 Gleebooks Prize, NSW Premier’s Literary Awards

2001 Stanner Award, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

2001 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards Nettie Palmer Award for Non-fiction

2001Honourable Mention: Individual Category of the Centre for Australian Cultural Studies Awards for an Outstanding Contribution to Australian Culture

2001 Short-listed for annual literary award by Courier Mail, Age, Human Rights Commission, Queensland Premiers Award, WA Premiers Literature Award, NSW Premier’s History Award, Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature

1999 Short-listed, Best Documentary, WA Film Awards

  • Haebich, A.( 2014) Encyclopedia of Australian Women Leaders in a Century of Democracy. Australia: Australian Research Council.
  • Haebich, A. (2014) West Australian Aboriginal Performing Arts in the National Film and Sound Archive Collection. Australia: Australian National Film and Sound Archive.
  • Haebich, A. (2014) 'Aboriginal Families, Knowledge and the Archives: A Case Study,' Decolonizing the Landscape - Indigenous Cultures in Australia, ed. Beate Neumeier and Kay Schaffer, 37-56. Australia: Rodopi.
  • Haebich, A., and J. Morrison. (2014) 'From karaoke to Noongaroke: a healing combination of past and present.' In Griffith Review, 80-105. Sydney: TEXT Publishing.
  • Haebich, A., and S. Kinnane. 2013. 'Indigenous Australia.'In The Cambridge History of Australia. Volume 2: The Commonwealth of Australia, ed. Alison Bashford and Stuart MacIntyre, 332-357. Australia: Cambridge University Press.
  • Haebich, A. 2011. 'A Potent Space: Australia's Stolen Generations and the Visual Arts.' In Exhuming Passions: The Pressure of the Past in Ireland and Australia, ed. Katie Holmes and Stuart Ward, 104-124. 2 Brookside Dundrum Road Dublin 14 Ireland: Irish Academic Press.
  • Haebich, A. 2011. 'Forgetting Indigenous histories: cases from the history of Australia's Stolen Generations.' Journal of Social History 44 (4): 1033-1046.
  • Cole, A., and A. Haebich. 2010. 'Re-markable Bodies.' In A Cultural History of the Human Body In the Modern Age, ed. Ivan Crozier, 147-164. 1st floor, Angel Court, 81 St Clements Street, Oxford UK: Berg Publishers.
  • Haebich, A. 2010. 'Revisiting the Trial of Martha Rendell.' The New Critic 1 (13): 1-14.
  • Haebich, A. (2010) Murdering Stepmothers The Execution of Martha Rendell, Nedlands: UWA Publishing.
  • Haebich, A. (2008) Spinning the Dream Assimilation in Australia, Fremantle: Fremantle Press.
  • Cole, A. and Haebich, A. (2007) Corporal punishments and corporeal publics: a cross-cultural historical approach to the techniques and cosmologies of body modification, "Body Modification", Special Edition of Social Semiotics 17(3):293-311.
  • Haebich, A. (2006) Assimilation and Hybrid Art: Reflections on the Politics of Aboriginal Art, In The Art of Politics, The Politics of Art. Fiona Foley (eds.). Southport, Qld: Keeaira Press.
  • Haebich, A. (2005) A long way back - reflections of a genealogical tourist, Griffith Review: Our global face, inside the Australian Diaspora, Summer 2004-2005, Griffith University.
  • Haebich, A. (2004) Clearing the wheat belt. Erasing the indigenous presence in the southwest of Western Australia, The Genocide Question.
  • Haebich, A (2003) Many Voices Reflections on Experiences of Indigenous Child Separation. Canberra: National Library of Australia.
  • Haebich, A. (2000) Broken Circles Fragmenting Indigenous Families 1800-2000, Fremantle: Fremantle Arts Centre Press.
  • Haebich, A. (1992) For Their Own Good: Aborigines and Government in the South West of Western Australia 1900 to 1904, Nedlands: UWA Press.