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Martin Thomas

Chief Investigator

m.thomas@anu.edu.au

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Martin Thomas is associate professor in the School of History at the Australian National University. He has a longstanding interest in landscape history, cross-cultural encounter and the effects of media. He has made radio documentaries for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and is an oral history interviewer for the National Library of Australia. He is currently completing a documentary film about the collection of Aboriginal human remains by the Smithsonian Institution and their eventual repatriation. The film resulted from a research project, funded by the Australian Research Council, which involved close study of historic films, photos and sound recordings with Aboriginal communities in northern Australia. Martin Thomas won a New South Wales Premier’s History Award for his documentary This is Jimmie Barker (2000) and a New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award for The Artificial Horizon: Imagining the Blue Mountains (2003). The Many Worlds of R. H. Mathews (2011), a study of the early Australian anthropologist, won the National Biography Award of Australia. Other books include the edited volumes Exploring the Legacy of the 1948 Arnhem Land Expedition (2011) and Expedition into Empire (2014).


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