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Biographical entry Barwick, Diane Elizabeth (1938 - 1986)

29 April 1938
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
4 April 1986
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Anthropologist, Author and Historian


Influential anthropologist, historian and human rights activist Diane Barwick was a pioneer of ethnohistory in Australia. She was dedicated to researching the histories of Australian Aboriginal people, particularly of Victoria. She was a founding member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies (established 1964), the driving force behind their 12,000 entry strong Aboriginal biographical register (1985) and an extremely well researched and passionate advocate for just representation of Aboriginal history and Aboriginal people as historians. She was editor at both Aboriginal History (1977-1982) and Handbook for Aboriginal and Islander History (1979). Barwick's manuscript Rebellion at Coranderrk was published posthumously in 1998.



Education - Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours in Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Canada
1959 - 1960
Career position - Researcher in West Coast Indian material culture and ethnohistory, Provincial Museum of Natural History and Anthropology, Victoria, British Columbia
1960 - 1964
Education - PhD. In Anthropology, Australian National University, Canberra
1966 - 1972
Career position - Research fellow in the department of anthropology and sociology, Research School of Pacific Studies, ANU
1974 - 1978
Career position - Tutor and lecturer in anthropology in the Faculty of Arts, ANU (intermittent)
1977 - 1982
Career position - Founding editor of Aboriginal History
Career position - Co-editor of the Handbook for Aboriginal and Islander History
1979 - 1980
Career position - Temporary research fellow in the department of history, Research School of Social Sciences, ANU

Archival resources

State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection

  • Diane Elizabeth Barwick (1938-1986) - Records, MS 13521; State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection. Details

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Journal Articles

  • Ryan, Lyndall, 'Dr. Diane E. Barwick (Obituary)', Australian Historical Association Bulletin, 47 (June) (1986), 5-6. Details


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