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Professor Amanda Nettelbeck
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Before her appointment to the University of Adelaide in 1998, Amanda Nettelbeck taught at the University of Western Australia and Flinders University of South Australia. She has an interdisciplinary research background in literary studies and history, with a focus on colonial history and historical memory. Her scholarship with collaborator Robert Foster has centred on the history and memory of the Australian colonial frontier, the history of colonial policing, and the rule of law in the comparative histories of Australia's and Canada's settler frontiers. Her teaching background includes Australian studies, nineteenth century literary history, colonial culture, and the history of autobiography. She is a member of the International Australian Studies Association executive.
Awards & Achievements
2008, Honourable Mention in the John Barrett Awards for Australian Studies for 'Practices of Violence/Myths of Creation', Journal of Australian Studies vol 32
2008, Shortlisted, Chief Minister's Northern Territory History Book Award for In the Name of the Law (Wakefield Press, 2007)
2002, Winner, John Tragenza National Community History Award for Fatal Collisions (Wakefield Press, 2001)
2002, Shortlisted, NSW Premier's Award (non fiction) for Fatal Collisions (Wakefield Press, 2001)
2005, Inaugural winner, the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences' Award for Teaching Excellence
2005, High Commendation in the Stephen Cole the Elder Award for Excellence in Teaching
ARC Discovery, 2015-2018 (DP150100914). CIs Lyndall Ryan, Amanda Nettelbeck, Anna Johnston, Penelope Edmonds, Victoria Haskins, PI Angela Wanhalla. 'Intimacy and Violence in Anglo Pacific Rim Settler Colonial Societies, 1830-1930'.
ARC Discovery, 2014-2016 (DP140103049). CI Amanda Nettelbeck. 'Protection & Punishment: the Legal Reform of Indigenous People, Australia 1837-1911'.
ARC Discovery, 2010-2012 (DP 1095363). CIs Amanda Nettelbeck & Robert Foster, PIs Russell Smandych and Louis Knafla. 'The Rule of Law in History and Memory: Australian and Canadian Settler Frontiers'.
International Council for Canadian Studies Research Program, 2010. Amanda Nettelbeck. 'Policing the Frontiers of Settlement: Canada & Australia'.
International Council for Canadian Studies International Research Linkage Program, 2007. Amanda Nettelbeck, Russell Smandych, Robert Foster & Louis Knafla, 'The Rule of Law on Canadian & Australian Frontiers'.
ARC Linkage (LP0560550), 2005-2007. CIs Robert Foster & Amanda Nettelbeck, linkage partners SA Museum & State Records. 'Frontier Conflict in History and Memory: South & Central Australia from European Settlement to the Present'.
Amanda Nettelbeck, Russell Smandych, Louis Knafla & Robert Foster. In press 2016. Fragile Settlements: Aboriginal Peoples, Law & Resistance in Australia & Canada 1830-1914. UBC Press.
Robert Foster & Amanda Nettelbeck, 2012. Out of the Silence: South Australia's Frontier Wars in History and Memory. Wakefield Press
Amanda Nettelbeck & Robert Foster, 2007. In the Name of the Law: William Willshire and the Policing of the Australian Frontier. Wakefield Press
Robert Foster, Rick Hosking & Amanda Nettelbeck, 2001. Fatal Collisions: the South Australian Frontier and the Violence of Memory. Wakefield Press
Recent journal articles and book chapters (since 2007):
Amanda Nettelbeck, forthcoming. '"We are Sure of your Sympathy: Aboriginal Uses of the Politics of Protection in 19th Century Australia and Canada' in Penny Edmonds and Anna Johnston, eds. 'Empire, Humanitarianism and Violence in the Colonies', special issue of Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History.
Amanda Nettelbeck, forthcoming. 'Bracelets, Blankets and Badges of Distinction: Aboriginal Subjects and Queen Victoria's Gifts', Mistress of Everything: Queen Victoria and Indigenous History, Politics and Imagination, eds. Sarah Carter and Maria Nugent, Manchester University Press.
Amanda Nettelbeck, 2015. '"We Should Take Each Other by the Hand": Conciliation & Diplomacy in colonial Australia and North West Canada', Conciliation on Colonial Frontiers: Conflict, Performance and Commemoration in Australia and the Pacific Rim, eds. Kate Darian-Smith and Penelope Edmonds, Routledge, 36-53.
Amanda Nettelbeck, 2014. '"Keep the Magistrates Straight": Magistrates and Aboriginal Management on Australia's North West Frontiers', Aboriginal History, vol 38: 19-37.
Amanda Nettelbeck, 2014. '"On the Side of Law & Order": Indigenous Aides to Mounted Police on the settler frontiers of Australia and Canada', Journal of Colonialism & Colonial History, vol 15. 2.
Amanda Nettelbeck, 2014. 'Queen Victoria's Aboriginal Subjects', Changing the Victorian Subject, ed. Maggie Tonkin et al, Adelaide University Press.
Amanda Nettelbeck, 2013. '"Equals of the White Man": Prosecution of Settlers for Violence against Aboriginal Subjects of the Crown, colonial Western Australia', Law & History Review, vol 31. 2: 355-390.
Amanda Nettelbeck & Robert Foster, 2013. ‘On the Trail of the Great March: The NWMP in Canadian Historical Memory', Place and Replace: Essays on Western Canada, ed. Leah Morton & Adele Perry, University of Manitoba Press, 128-152.
Amanda Nettelbeck, 2012. ‘"A Halo of Protection"': Colonial Protectors and the policy of Aboriginal protection as punishment', Australian Historical Studies, vol 43. 3: 396-411.
Amanda Nettelbeck, 2012. ‘Indigenous Dispossession in the National Museum: the National Museum of Australia and the Canadian Museum of Civilization'. Time and Society, special Issue ed. Kate McGregor & Klaus Neumann, vol 21. 1: 39-54.
Amanda Nettelbeck & Robert Foster, 2012. ‘Food and Governance on the settler frontiers of colonial Australia and Canada', Aboriginal History vol 36: 21-41.
Amanda Nettelbeck & Robert Foster, 2012. ‘As Fine a Body of Men: How the Canadian Mountie brought Law and Order to the Memory of the Australian Frontier', Journal of Australian Studies vol 36.2: 125-140.
Robert Foster & Amanda Nettelbeck, 2012. ‘Proclamation Day and the Rise and Fall of South Australian Nationalism', Turning Points in South Australian History, ed. Robert Foster & Paul Sendzuick, Wakefield Press, 48-62.
Amanda Nettelbeck, 2011. ‘The Australian Frontier in the Museum'. Journal of Social History, vol 44. 4: 1115-1129.
Amanda Nettelbeck & Russell Smandych, 2010. ‘Policing Indigenous Peoples on Two Colonial Frontiers', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, vol 43. 2: 356-375.
Amanda Nettelbeck & Robert Foster, 2010. ‘Colonial Judiciaries, Aboriginal Protection and SA's Policy of Punishing with "Exemplary Severity"', Australian Historical Studies vol 41. 3: 319-336.
Amanda Nettelbeck & Robert Foster, 2010. ‘Commemorating Foundation: A Study in Regional Historical Memory', History Australia, vol 7. 3: 53.1-53.18.
Amanda Nettelbeck & Robert Foster, 2010. ‘The Central Australian Frontier and the Struggle to Remember' in Jim Aulrich, et al, eds, The Politics of Cultural Memory, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 183-196.
Robert Foster & Amanda Nettelbeck, 2009. ‘The Rule of Law on the Australian Frontier', Legal History, vol 13. 2: 34-52.
Amanda Nettelbeck, 2008. ‘Practices of Violence/Myths of Creation', Journal of Australian Studies vol 31. 1: 5-17.
Amanda Nettelbeck, 2008. ‘The Transfigured Body and the Ethical Turn in Australian Illness Memoir', Journal of Medical Humanities, vol 29. 3: 153-172.
Amanda Nettelbeck & Robert Foster, 2007. ‘Reading the Elusive Letter of the Law: Policing the Australian Frontier', Australian Historical Studies, vol 38. 130: 296-311.
Amanda Nettelbeck, 2007. ‘Forgotten but not Gone: Refractions of the Great Australian Silence,' Australian Studies, vol 19. 2: 103-130.
Amanda Nettelbeck, 2007. ‘Contact History, Social Memory and the Construction of White Belonging', Australian Cultural History, vol 26: 195-211.
2013 'Phillips' Brief: The Severest Provocation', 37 Criminal Law Journal 267
2001 'Rufus River Massacre' in Wilfrid Prest et al, eds. The Wakefield Companion to South Australian History, Wakefield Press, 469
2001 'The Maria Massacre' in Wilfrid Prest et al, eds. The Wakefield Companion to South Australian History, Wakefield Press, 332-333
Conspiracy of Silence: Queensland’s Frontier Killing Times by Timothy Bottoms. Journal of Australian Studies 38. 2 (2014): 252-253.
A Wild History: Life and Death on the Victoria River Frontier by Darrrell Lewis. History Australia 10. 2 (2013): 259-261.
Indigenous Crime and Settler Law by Heather Douglas and Mark Finnane. Journal of Settler Colonial Studies 4. 4 (2013): 459-61.
The Secret War: The True History of Queensland's Native Police by Jonathan Richards. Australian Historical Studies 40. 2 (2009): 263-64.
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