Richard Waterhouse

Emeritus Professor Richard Waterhouse

  • Post Nominals: FRSN, FASSA, FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2005
  • Section(s): History


Richard Waterhouse is Emeritus Professor, School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry at the University of Sydney, where he was Head of School (1999-2006), and Bicentennial Professor of Australian History until his retirement in 2011. Richard was elected to the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 2005 and became a member of Council in 2011. He has held visiting professorships at UNC (Chapel Hill) and Ludwig Maximilian University (Munich).

Richard’s books include: A New World Gentry: the Making of a Merchant and Planter Class in South Carolina, 1670-1770 (1989; revised edition 2005); From Minstrel Show to Vaudeville; the Australian Popular Stage, 1788-1914 (1990); The Principal Club: a History of the Australian Jockey Club (1992); Private Pleasures, Public Leisure: a History of Australian Popular Culture Since 1788 (1995); and The Vision Splendid: a Social and Cultural History of Rural Australia (2005).

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.