Inga Clendinnen

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Inga Vivienne Clendinnen AO (born 17 August 1934)[1] is an Australian author and historian, anthropologist and academic.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Geelong, Victoria, Clendinnen graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1955 with a BA (Hons). She sporadically held the post of Senior Tutor of History there from 1955 to 1968, was a Lecturer at La Trobe University from 1969 to 1982, and was then a Senior Lecturer in History until 1989. Forced to curtail her academic activities after contracting hepatitis, Clendinnen retained an association with La Trobe University while working on her memoir, Tiger's Eye.

In 1999, she was invited to present the 40th annual Boyer Lectures.[2] Her lectures were published in 2000 as True Stories.

In the Australia Day 2006 Honours List, Clendinnen was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), with a citation that read:

For service to scholarship as a writer and historian addressing issues of fundamental concern to Australian society and for contributing to shaping public debate on conflicting contemporary issues.[3]

Clendinnen's AO award was noted and a motion paying tribute to her contributions was passed, in the proceedings of the New South Wales State Government's Upper House.[4]

Partial bibliography[edit]


  • Ambivalent Conquests: Maya and Spaniard in Yucatán, 1517-1570 (1987)
  • Aztecs: An Interpretation (1991)
  • Reading the Holocaust (1998)
  • Tiger's Eye - a Memoir (2000)
  • True Stories (2000)
  • Dancing with Strangers: Europeans and Australians at First Contact (2004)
  • Agamemnon's kiss: selected essays (2006)
  • The History Question: Who Owns the Past? Quarterly Essay 23 (2006)
  • The Cost of Courage in Aztec Society: Essays on Mesoamerican Society and Culture (2010)


Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ Date information sourced from Library of Congress Authorities data, via corresponding WorldCat Identities linked authority file (LAF) . Retrieved on 2008-07-24.
  2. ^ "1999 Dr Inga Clendinnen, Boyer Lectures". Radio National. Retrieved 2008-05-04. 
  3. ^ "Australia Day 2006 Honours" (RTF document). It's An Honour:Australia Celebrating Australians. Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 2006. Retrieved 2008-07-24. 
  4. ^ "2006-03-01". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard) (New South Wales Legislative Council): 20807. 
  5. ^ It's an Honour - Officer in the Order of Australia

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