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Professor, Flinders University

Penny Edmonds is Professor in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia. She is a recent Australian Research Council Future Fellow (2012-2017). Penny has qualifications in history and heritage studies, and teaches in the Australian, Pacific, imperial and postcolonial, museum and public history areas.

Penny has broad professional experience in the fields of history and cultural heritage, and has worked in museums both nationally and internationally. Penny was an ARC Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of History, University of Melbourne (2008-2011) and Lecturer, Department of History, University of Melbourne (2006-2008). She was Senior Conservator, and later a curator, at Museum Victoria 1994-2003. She was a team member for the development of the first Bunjilaka Aboriginal gallery, and was later curator at Museum Victoria for the exhibition ‘Indigenous Australia Now’, Australia’s gift to the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. She is an Honorary Associate of the Indigenous Cultures Department, Museum Victoria, Melbourne. Penny was an Andrew Mellon Fellow in Heritage Conservation, National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, DC for three years (1991- 1994).

Penny's research is supported by grants from the Australian Research Council.


  • –present
    Associate Professor, Australian Research Council Future Fellow, University of Tasmania