Peter Stanley

Professor Peter Stanley

  • Post Nominals: FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2014
  • Section(s): History


Peter Stanley, formerly Principal Historian at the Australian War Memorial (1980-2007) became Research Professor at the University of New South Wales Canberra in 2013 after heading the National Museum of Australia’s Centre for Historical Research.

He has published 26 books, most in Australian military social history, such as Tarakan: An Australian Tragedy, Invading Australia, Men of Mont St Quentin and Digger Smith and Australia’s Great War, but including books on surgery, British India, battlefield research and bushfire. His Bad Characters: Sex, Crime, Mutiny, Murder and the AIF, was jointly awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize for Australian History in 2011. He published three books in 2014, the most recent, The Cunning Man, an historical novel set in British India. Forthcoming books include Die in Battle, Do not Despair, the first book on Indians on Gallipoli, a book on Australia, Armenia and the Great War (with Vicken Babkenian), and the National Library Book of Australia and the Great War.

Peter often appears in television documentaries, such as In Their Footsteps and The War that Changed Us, and as President of Honest History has become a critic of ‘Anzackery’ in the centenary of the Great War in Australia.

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.