Peter Cochrane

Dr Peter Cochrane

  • Post Nominals: FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2013
  • Section(s): History


Peter Cochrane is an independent scholar who has made an outstanding contribution to Australian historical scholarship and intellectual life. His work has ranged widely across a number of fields within Australian history. He is best known for his book Colonial Ambition: Foundations of Australian Democracy (2006), which was awarded both the Prime Minister’s Prize for Australian History and The Age Book of the Year in 2007. Cochrane has worked closely, as consultant and researcher, with a range of major Australian cultural institutions, including the University of Sydney, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the National Library of Australia, the State Library of New South Wales, the Australia Council, and the Australian War Memorial.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Australian Academy of the Humanities recognises Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the traditional owners and custodians of this land, and their continuous connection to country, community and culture.