BA (hons) (Sydney), PhD (ANU)
History, Heritage And Archaeology

Professor PETER SPEARRITT is an Emeritus Professor of History, University of Queensland. He served as Director of The Brisbane Institute 2001-2006 and, prior to that, Director of the National Key Centre for Australian Studies at Monash University (1989-2001). His book Sydney's Century: a history, UNSW Press,1999, won the NSW Premier's Prize for Australian History in 2000. A third edition of his The Sydney Harbour Bridge: a life, was published in 2011. He is the co-editor of a number of scholarly websites including and His current research interests include:

  • Australian cities and settlement patterns, especially the provision of green space
  • water supply issues in urban Australia, including desalination plants
  • metropolitan growth and decline, including housing and transport
  • the preparation of scholarly websites, including the Queensland Historical Atlas
  • heritage, cultural tourism and the search for authenticity
  • Chair, National Housing Strategy Committee
  • Member Public Lending Right Committee
  • Prime Minister's Panel on Cultural Policy, Review of Australian Honours and Awards
  • Inaugural Director, Australian Centre, University of Potsdam.

  • Jim Davidson and Peter Spearritt (2000) Holiday Business: Tourism in Australia Since 1870. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.
  • Sydney's Century: a history (1999) Sydney: University of NSW Press.
  • The Sydney Harbour Bridge: a life, University of NSW Press, third edition, 2011
  • 'The water crisis in south-east Queensland' in P.N.Troy ed., Troubled Waters, ANU E Press, 2008
  • 'Finding Grandeur: Paris, Venice, Newcastle, Brisbane' in M.Helmrich ed., Margaret Olley: Life's Journey, UQ Art Museum, 2009
  • 'The 200 kilometre city: Brisbane, the Gold and Sunshine Coasts' Australian Economic History Review, March 2009