Richard Broome

Emeritus Professor Richard Broome

  • Post Nominals: FAHA, AM
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2006
  • Section(s): History


Professor Richard Broome lectured at La Trobe University from 1977-81 before becoming a commissioned historian, writing Arriving (1984) and Coburg: Between Two Creeks (1987). He returned to La Trobe in 1987, being appointed Associate Professor in 1992. He served on the History Institute of Victoria board for 10 years, being President 1995-96; was journal editor for the Victorian Historical Journal for two years; consultant to the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (1991); authored brochures for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission, and for Year 12 students in partnership with the History Teachers’ Association of Victoria.

He is currently co-editor of the journal Australian Historical Studies. Professor Broome received a La Trobe University Citations for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning in 2010. Professor Broome was also awarded an Australian Teaching and Learning Council award in 2010 for ‘outstanding contributions to student learning’.

He was the winner of the Fellowship of Australian Writers Local History Prize in 1987 for Coburg: Between Two Creeks and again in 2005 for Aboriginal Victorians: A History Since 1800. He was the winner of the NSW Premier’s Australian History Prize in 2006 and the Victorian Community History Awards in 2007 in the section ‘print publications.’ He was short-listed for the HREOC non-fiction prize in 2005 and the Victorian Premier’s Nettie Palmer non-fiction prize in 2006.

Richard was awarded Member (AM) in the General Division of The Order of Australia in the Australia Day 2020 Honours List.

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.