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Wesfarmers Chair of Australian History, The University of Western Australia

Jane Lydon is the Wesfarmers Chair of Australian History at the University of Western Australia. Her research centres upon Australia’s colonial past and its legacies in the present. Her books include the co-edited (with Lyndall Ryan) Remembering the Myall Creek Massacre (NewSouth, 2018), edited Visualising Human Rights (UWA Publishing, 2018), and Imperial Emotions: The Politics of Empire Across the British Empire (Cambridge University Press, 2019). She currently leads the research project 'Western Australian Legacies of British Slavery', funded by the Australian Research Council. Her most recent book is a study of the relationship between the abolition of British slavery and Australian colonization, titled 'Anti-slavery and Australia: No Slavery in a Free Land?' (Routledge), published in March 2021.


  • –present
    Chair professor, University of Western Australia


  • 2001 
    Australian National University, PhD History/Anthropology


Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities