Lyndall Ryan

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Lyndall Ryan
Born (1943-04-14) 14 April 1943 (age 75)
Paddington, New South Wales
Awards John Barrett Award for Australian Studies (2013)
Academic background
Alma mater University of Sydney (BA, DipEd)
Macquarie University (PhD)
Thesis Aborigines in Tasmania, 1800–1974 and their problems with the Europeans (1975)
Influences Manning Clark
Academic work
Institutions University of Newcastle (1998–)
Flinders University (1984–97)
Griffith University (1977–83)
Main interests Indigenous Australian history
Australian colonial relations
Notable works The Aboriginal Tasmanians (1981)

Lyndall Ryan (born 14 April 1943) is an Australian academic and historian. She has held positions in Australian Studies and Women's Studies at Griffith University and Flinders University and was Foundation Professor of Australian Studies and Head of School of Humanities at the University of Newcastle, 1998–2005. She is currently Research Professor in the Centre for the History of Violence in the Humanities Research Institute at the University of Newcastle. She completed a PhD at Macquarie University in 1975, her thesis was titled "Aborigines in Tasmania, 1800–1974 and their problems with the Europeans".

Her book The Aboriginal Tasmanians, first published in 1981, presented a critical interpretation of the early history of relations between Tasmanian Aborigines and white settlers in Tasmania. A second edition was published by Allen & Unwin in 1996, in which she brought the story of the Tasmanian Aborigines in the 20th century up to date. Her work was later attacked by Keith Windschuttle, thus drawing her into the "history wars". Windschuttle pointed to alleged discrepancies between Ryan's claims, her cited sources for the claims, and what the cited sources for the claims and the historical record actually reported.[1] Ryan contested Windschuttle's claims in an essay entitled 'Who is the fabricator?' in Robert Manne's Whitewash: On Keith Windschuttle Fabrication of Aboriginal History published in 2003 and further addressed them in her book, Tasmanian Aborigines: A History Since 1803, published in 2012.

In 2017 Ryan and her team at the University of Newcastle released a partially completed on-line map showing more than 150 massacre sites in Eastern Australia.[2] Within 6 months the site had received more than sixty thousand visitors and has received wide coverage in Australia and also internationally.[3] The on-line tool records details and approximate locations of massacres and provides sources of corroborating evidence. The map is an important step in acknowledging the extensive violence used against indigenous people in Australia's history.[4]



  • — (1981). The Aboriginal Tasmanians. St Lucia: University of Queensland Press. ISBN 0-7022-1903-7. 
    • — (1995). The Aboriginal Tasmanians (2nd ed.). St. Leonards, New South Wales: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86373-965-3. 
  • —; Magarey, Susan (1990). A Bibliography of Australian Women's History. Parkville, Victoria: Australian Historical Association. ISBN 0958751358. 
  • —; Sheridan, Susan; Baird, Barbara; Borrett, Kate (2001). Who Was That Woman?: The Australian Women's Weekly in the Postwar Years. Sydney: University of New South Wales Press. ISBN 0-86840-618-X. 
  • — (2012). Tasmanian Aborigines: A History Since 1803. Crows Nest, New South Wales: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 978-1-74237-068-2. 

Edited books[edit]

  • —; Dwyer, Philip, eds. (2012). Theatres of Violence: Massacre, Mass Killing and Atrocity throughout History. New York: Berghahn Books. ISBN 978-0-85745-299-3. 
  • —; Lydon, Jane, eds. (2018). Remembering the Myall Creek Massacre. Sydney: NewSouth Publishing. ISBN 978-1-74223-575-2. 


  • —; Ripper, Margie; Buttfield, Barbara (1994). We Women Decide: Women's Experiences of Seeking Abortion in Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania, 1985–1992. Bedford Park, South Australia: Women's Studies Unit, Flinders University. 


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  2. ^ "Centre For 21st Century Humanities". Retrieved 2018-03-30. 
  3. ^ Dovey, Ceridwen (2017-12-07). "The Mapping of Massacres". The New Yorker. ISSN 0028-792X. Retrieved 2018-03-30. 
  4. ^ "Mapping the massacres of Australia's colonial frontier". 2017-07-05. Retrieved 2018-03-30. 

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