Inga Clendinnen

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Inga Clendinnen
Born Inga Vivienne Jewell
(1934-08-17) 17 August 1934 (age 81)
Geelong, Victoria
Awards Herbert Eugene Bolton Memorial Prize (1988)
Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (1992)
New South Wales Premier's General History Prize (1999)
New South Wales Premier's Gleebooks Prize for Critical Writing (2000)
Adelaide Festival Innovation Writing Prize (2002)
Centenary Medal (2003)
Queensland Premier's History Book Award (2004)
New South Wales Premier's Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction (2004)
Kiriyama Prize for Non-Fiction (2004)
Australian Society of Authors Medal (2005)
Officer of the Order of Australia (2006)
Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal (2007)
Dan David Prize (2016)
Academic background
Alma mater University of Melbourne (BA [Hons], MA)
La Trobe University (DLitt)
Academic work
Institutions La Trobe University (1969–91)
University of Melbourne (1956–68)
Main interests Mesoamerica
European contact with indigenous populations

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

Education and personal life[edit]

Born in Geelong, Victoria, Clendinnen graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1955 with a BA (Hons). She married the academic John Clendinnen in 1955,[2] and had two children with him.


She sporadically held the post of Senior Tutor of History at the University of Melbourne 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.

She is considered an authority on Aztec civilisation and pre-Columbian ritual human sacrifice.[3]

In 1999, she was invited to present the 40th annual Boyer Lectures.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6]


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. ^ Burstall, Tim (2012). Memoirs of a Young Bastard. Carlton: Miegunyah Press. p. 320. ISBN 9780522858143. 
  3. ^ Nicolas Rothwell, "That's not all, Volk", The Weekend Australian, 26-27 September 1998, Review, p. 14
  4. ^ "1999 Dr Inga Clendinnen, Boyer Lectures". Radio National. Retrieved 2008-05-04. 
  5. ^ "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. 
  6. ^ |chapter-url= missing title (help). Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). New South Wales Legislative Council. 2006-03-01. p. 20807. 
  7. ^ It's an Honour – Officer in the Order of Australia

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