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Rebe Taylor

Associate Professor of History
College of Arts, Law and Education

Off-Campus

Rebe Taylor took on the role of Associate Professor of History at the College of Arts, Law and Education (CALE) in 2021, after a three-year CALE Senior Research Fellowship.

Rebe is an award-winning historian with more than twenty years of experience researching and writing the histories of southeast Australian Indigenous peoples and European settlement for academic and literary publications, web resources and museum spaces. Until early 2018, Rebe held the inaugural Coral Thomas Fellow at State Library NSW. She has also held numerous Fellowships including at The University of Melbourne and Kings College London.

Rebe's most recent book, Into the Heart of Tasmania, published by Melbourne University Press in 2017, won the 2018 Tasmanian Book Prize, the 2018 Queensland Premier’s Award for history, the inaugural Joan and Dick Family Green Award for Tasmanian History and was shortlisted for the Ernest Scott Prize for history. Rebe is currently working on The Women at the Edge of the World: Surviving Extinction (Black Inc., forthcoming, 2024).

Biography

Rebe graduated from The University of Melbourne with a Master of Arts in History in 1996 and wrote her first book, Unearthed: The Tasmanian Aborigines of Kangaroo Island (Wakefield Press, 2002, 2008) while completing her PhD at the Australian National University (awarded 2004). Unearthed won numerous prizes, including 2003 South Australian and Victorian Premiers’ Awards, and was shortlisted for the Ernest Scott Prize for history.

Rebe was awarded an ARC Discovery Fellowship DP0664448 From Race to the Genome: the Tasmanian Aboriginal People within the Scientific Imagination, 2006-2013, The University of Melbourne. In 2008, she took up the Foundation Fellowship at the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, Kings College London, and in 2010 taught postcolonial and indigenous histories at The University of Melbourne.

Rebe's work as a historian goes beyond the academy, especially in the fields of digital and public history. This work collaborates and engages with Indigenous communities and across disciplines. Rebe is a co-creator of the award-winning web resource, Stories in Stone: an annotated history and guide to the collections and papers of Ernest Westlake (1855-1922), published in 2013 with the University of Oxford and the eScholarship Research Centre at The University of Melbourne where Rebe was an Honorary Fellow from 2016 to 2021.

Rebe’s research as Coral Thomas Fellow at State Library NSW from 2016-2018 investigated the life and collections of John Helder Wedge (1793-1872). This research resulted in an substantial essay in Meanjin magazine and will soon be published in a new web resource.

Rebe’s work in field of genocide studies and the histories of European imperial extinction discourse has resulted in articles in History CompassandThe Journal of Genocide Research.

Career summary

Qualifications

Degree Title of ThesisUniversityCountryAwarded
PhD Island Echoes: Two Tasmanian Aboriginal Histories The Australian National University Australia 17/12/2004
MA Sticking to the Land - A History of Exclusion on Kangaroo Island, 1827-1996 The University of Melbourne Australia 23/03/1997
BA with First Class honours White Savages and Black Slaves: Myths of the Maritime Frontier; Bass Strait and Kangaroo Island, 1800-1836 The University of Melbourne Australia 01/11/1991

Memberships

Professional practice

  • Member, Australian Historical Association.
  • Matriculated member, University of Oxford
  • Life member, St Cross College, University of Oxford
  • Life member, William Goodenough College, London

Administrative expertise

Rebe Taylor has administrative experience in:

  • Writing and managing grant submissions to government and private funding bodies both as an individual researcher and on behalf of regional museums and heritage organisations.
  • Managing digital projects with public collecting institutions and government organisations including the Commonwealth funded Find&Connect www.findandconnect.gov.au, and the ARC funded Return, Reconcile and Renew https://returnreconcilerenew.info/

Teaching

Australian history, Indigenous history, Historiography, Museum and cultural studies, Postcolonial studies

Teaching expertise

Through her career, Rebe has taught in Australian studies, Indigenous history and postcolonial histories. She has shared her experiences working in public, professional and digital history with students in various invited workshops and lectures and invitations. Rebe’s experience in communicating history includes presenting on television, radio, in public lectures, at writers’ festivals and writing for curated materials in museums and in scholar web resources. .

Teaching responsibility

Rebe Taylor is the co-coordinator of HUM113, Indigenous Lifeworlds: Story, History Country.

Rebe contributes to HTA380: History and Cultural Heritage. She looks forward to teaching into more subjects in 2022.

Research Appointments

Rebe’s research appointments have included:

Research Invitations

  • With Jim Everett puralia meenamatta, ‘I just felt sad and angry all in one thing’, for the symposium ‘The Nightingale: Gender, Race and Troubled Histories on Screen’ at University of Sydney, 2019, (later published in Studies in Australasian Cinema Vol. 14, Issue 1)
  • A history of cultural extinction and survival discourses for the 2019 UTS seminar series, History Now!
  • On a closed panel led by Billy Griffiths, ‘Decolonising the deep past: archaeological narratives, human origins and indigeneity’ with discussant Lynette Russell at the 2018 4S [social science] conference, Sydney.
  • A series of public talks about Into the Heart of Tasmania in 2017 including: with Prof. Lyndall Ryan at the 2017 Australian Historical Association annual conference; with Prof. Greg Lehman at Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery; with Dr Aunty Patsy Cameron, AO, at Fullers Bookshop

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Expertise

  • Indigenous History
  • Australian History
  • History of anthropology and archaeology
  • Biography
  • Digital history and archiving
  • Genocide studies
  • Extinction studies
  • Rebe’s research focusses on the histories of colonisation, imperialism, genocide and the related discourses of Indigenous extinction, endurance and resurgence. She has a particular interest in the ways these histories are recorded and remembered in museum collections, archives and by Indigenous communities. Rebe has focussed on these questions within southeastern Australia, especially Tasmania, but she is increasingly interested in looking internationally at comparisons between Indigenous communities who have been deemed extinct by Imperialists, but who maintain that they have survived and who are revising and revitalising their cultures and languages. This new area of research extends Rebe’s contributions to the histories of science, colonial governance, genocide studies and memory studies.

    Rebe has a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to her research. She works with cultural informatics experts, librarians, archivists, and Indigenous community members to explore how digitised collections of cultural objects and historical records can be published in ways that are durable and discoverable, linked and annotated, transcribed, and imaged, and also respectful of Indigenous communities’ protocols.

Collaboration

  • The Pitt Rivers and Natural History Museums at Oxford University collaborated with Rebe and the eScholarship Research Centre, the University of Melbourne from 2007 to 2014 on a substantial project to digitise archival materials related to the Ernest Westlake geological collections.
  • State Library New South Wales and State Library Victoria worked with Rebe in from 2016 to 2018 to explore the potentials of the digital platform Mukurtu in managing the digitized collections of John Helder Wedge held in Saffron Walden Museum, UK.
  • Museum Victoria and the eScholarship Research Centre collaborated on a 2015 project led by Rebe Taylor and Mike Jones to develop a web resource that mapped and visualised the extensive records of children’s play and folklore held in Museum Victoria.

Awards

Grants:

  • 2016-2018 Coral Thomas Fellow, State Library of New South Wales ($75,000)
  • 2015 Peter Blazey Fellow, Australian Centre, The University of Melbourne ($15,000)
  • 2008 Foundation Fellow, Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, Kings College London (£10,000)
  • 2006-2013 ARC Discovery Postdoctoral Fellow (sole recipient) DP0664448 From Race to the Genome: the Tasmanian Aboriginal People within the Scientific Imagination, 2006-2013 hosted by the Australian Centre, The University of Melbourne ($290,000)

Prizes:

  • 2018 Shortlisted, Joan and Dick Green Family Award for Tasmanian History
  • 2017 Winner, Tasmania Book Prize, Tasmanian Premier’s Literary Awards
  • 2017 Winner, University of Southern Queensland History Book Award, Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards
  • 2013 Winner, Mander Jones Award for best finding aid to an archival collection held by an Australian institution or about Australia
  • 2004 Winner, Victorian Premier’s Award for a first book of history
  • 2004 Winner, Canberra Critics Circle Award for Literature
  • 2003 Winner, South Australian Premier’s Award for non-fiction
  • 2003 Shortlisted, Ernest Scott History Prize
  • 2003 Shortlisted, Nita B. Dobbie prize for Women’s Writing

Current projects

Rebe Taylor’s current research includes:

A new book titled The Women at the Edge of the World: Surviving Extinction (Black Inc., forthcoming, 2024), a history of imperialist ideas about cultural extinction and the equally long account of Indigenous survival and revival.

A new web resource on the collections of John Helder Wedge (1793-1872) with State Library Victoria

Developing the aims of the School of Humanities’ research group, Writing Lives.

Fields of Research

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history (450107)
  • Australian history (430302)
  • International relations (440808)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge management methods (450608)
  • Screen media (360505)
  • European history (excl. British, classical Greek and Roman) (430308)
  • North American history (430321)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander information and knowledge management systems (450606)

Research Objectives

  • Understanding Australia's past (130703)
  • Conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and culture (210407)
  • Understanding past societies (130799)
  • Understanding Europe's past (130704)
  • Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology (280113)
  • International relations (230399)
  • Understanding the past of the Americas (130706)

Publications

Book Cover | Into the Heart of Tasmania, MUP, 2017Unearthed, Wakefield Press, 2004, 2008

Rebe Taylor’s monographs. , Unearthed: The Tasmanian Aborigines of Kangaroo Island (Wakefield Press, 2002, 2008)  and Into the Heart of Tasmania, (Melbourne University Press, 2017) have been for contributing to the understanding of Australian history and the wider histories of European settler colonisation, science and of Indigenous societies.

Rebe has published articles in leading Australian journals including Australian Historical Studies, (Scimago Q1, H15) and in international journals such as Oceania (Scimago Q1, H21). Rebe’s article, Genocide, Extinction and Aboriginal Self-determination in Tasmanian Historiography’ was noted as ‘excellent’ by A. Lester and F. Dussart in their book, Colonization and the Origins of Humanitarian Governance, Protecting Aborigines Across the Nineteenth-Century British Empire (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2014). Rebe has a Google Scholar profile with 181 citations; h-index of 6; i10-index of 10.

Rebe’s publications cross disciplines. Her articles in the Aboriginal History journal on catching scale fish and making fire in Tasmanian Aboriginal communities have been commended for refuting definitively two major Australian archaeological debates (Robert Kenny, Lyndall Ryan). Her co-created web resource, Stories in Stone: an annotated history and guide to the collections and papers of Ernest Westlake (1855-1922) was noted by Stephen Weldon, Editor, Isis Bibliography of the History of Sciencefor setting a new trend in digital archiving and historical web resources.

Total publications

87

Journal Article

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2022Taylor R, 'The new face of extinction', Meanjin pp. 1-6. ISSN 0025-6293 (In Press) [Refereed Article]

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2022Taylor R, 'Towards a new history of extinction and survival discourse', History Compass, 18 ISSN 1478-0542 (In Press) [Refereed Article]

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2020Taylor R, Everett J, ' I just felt sad and angry all in one thing': Jim Everett in conversation with Rebe Taylor on making the Nightingale', Studies in Australasian Cinema, 14, (1) pp. 15-22. ISSN 1750-3175 (2020) [Non Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/17503175.2020.1757013 [eCite] [Details]

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2018Taylor R, 'A shocking new history? The question of historiography, invasion, and genocide in Nick Brodie's 'The Vandemonian War'', Journal of Genocide Research, 20, (3) pp. 451-456. ISSN 1462-3528 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/14623528.2018.1486306 [eCite] [Details]

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2017Taylor R, 'The wedge collection and the conundrum of humane colonisation', Meanjin, 76, (4, Summer 2017) pp. 34-55. ISSN 0025-6293 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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2016Taylor R, 'The first stone and the last Tasmanian: the colonial correspondence of Edward Burnett Tylor and Henry Ling Roth', Oceania, 86, (3) pp. 320-343. ISSN 0029-8077 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/ocea.5145 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 3

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2014Taylor R, 'Archaeology and aboriginal protest: the influence of Rhys Jones's Tasmanian work on Australian historiography', Australian Historical Studies, 45, (3) pp. 331-349. ISSN 1031-461X (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/1031461X.2014.948021 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 5

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2013Taylor R, 'Genocide, extinction and Aboriginal self-determination in Tasmanian historiography', History Compass, 11, (6) pp. 405-418. ISSN 1478-0542 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/hic3.12062 [eCite] [Details]

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2012Taylor R, 'The national confessional', Meanjin, 71, (3, Spring 2017) pp. 22-36. ISSN 0025-6293 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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2012Taylor R, 'A Journey of 13,033 stones: the Westlake Collection and Papers', Collections, 8, (1) pp. 7-37. ISSN 1550-1906 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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2008Taylor R, 'The polemics of making fire in Tasmania: the historical evidence revisited', Aboriginal History, 32 pp. 1-26. ISSN 0314-8769 (2008) [Refereed Article]

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2007Taylor R, 'The polemics of eating fish in Tasmania: the historical evidence revisited', Aboriginal History, 31 pp. 1-26. ISSN 0314-8769 (2007) [Refereed Article]

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2000Taylor R, 'Savages or saviours? The Australian sealers and Aboriginal Tasmanian survival', Journal of Australian Studies, 24, (66) pp. 73-84. ISSN 1444-3058 (2000) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/14443050009387613 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 14

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1999Taylor R, ' 'All I Know Is History': Memory and Land Ownership in the Dudley District, Kangaroo Island', Cultural Studies Review, 5, (1) pp. 6-35. ISSN 1446-8123 (1999) [Refereed Article]

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Book

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2017Taylor R, 'Into the heart of Tasmania: A search for human antiquity', Melbourne University Publishing Limited, Carlton, Vic, pp. 204. ISBN 9780522867961 (2017) [Authored Research Book]

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2008Taylor R, 'Unearthed: The Aboriginal Tasmanians of Kangaroo Island', Wakefield Press, Kent Town, pp. 400. ISBN 9781862547988 (2008) [Revision/New Edition]

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2002Taylor R, 'Unearthed: The Aboriginal Tasmanians of Kangaroo Island', Wakefield Press, Kent Town, pp. 400. ISBN 1862545529 (2002) [Authored Research Book]

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Chapter in Book

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2022Blackhawk N, Kiernan B, Madley B, Taylor R, 'Introduction to Volume II: Genocide in the Early Modern and Imperial Worlds, c.1535 to World War I', The Cambridge World History of Genocide, Cambridge University Press, B Kiernan (ed), Cambridge, pp. 1-25. (In Press) [Research Book Chapter]

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2022Taylor R, 'Genocide in Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania), 1803-1876', Cambridge World History of Genocide: Genocide in the Indigenous, Early Modern, and Imperial Worlds c.1535 to World War One, Cambridge University Press, N Blackhawk, B Kiernan, B Madley & R Taylor (ed), Cambridge, pp. 1-15. (In Press) [Research Book Chapter]

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2019Taylor R, 'Genetic connections: Rebe Taylor discusses the problematic issue of using DNA and blood to decide who is an Indigenous Australian and who is not', The Knowledge Solution: Australian History, Melbourne University Press, A Clark (ed), Melbourne, pp. 244-248. ISBN 9780522875423 (2019) [Revised Book Chapter]

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2014Taylor R, ''All I know is history': memory and land ownership in the Dudley District, Kangaroo Island', History, power, text: cultural studies and Indigenous studies, UTSePress, T Neale, C McKinnon, and E Vincent (ed), Broadway, NSW, pp. 70-90. ISBN 978-0-9872369-1-3 (2014) [Revised Book Chapter]

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2012Taylor R, 'Reliable Mr Robinson and the controversial Dr Jones', Reading Robinson: companion essays to George Robinson's friendly mission, Monash University Publishing, A Johnston and M Rolls (ed), Clayton, Vic ISBN 978-1-921867-30-9 (2012) [Research Book Chapter]

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2002Taylor R, 'Lubra Creek', Words for Country: Landscape and Language in Australia, UNSW Press, T Bonyhady and T Griffiths (ed), Sydney, pp. 14-30. ISBN 0868406287 (2002) [Research Book Chapter]

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Review

(13 outputs)
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2019Taylor R, 'Book review of Me Write Myself': The Free Aboriginal Inhabitants of Van Diemen's Land at Wybalenna, 1832-47', Archives and Manuscripts, 47, (1) pp. 172-174. ISSN 0157-6895 (2019) [Review Single Work]

DOI: 10.1080/01576895.2018.1560834 [eCite] [Details]

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2019Taylor Rebe Tess Ida, ' Me Write Myself': The Free Aboriginal Inhabitants of Van Diemen's Land at Wybalenna, 1832-47', Archives and Manuscripts, (March 2019) pp. 1-3. ISSN 0157-6895 (2019) [Review Single Work]

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2018Taylor R, 'A shocking new history? The question of historiography, invasion and genocide in Nick Brodie's The Vandemonian War', Journal of Genocide Research, 20, (3) pp. 451-456. ISSN 1462-3528 (2018) [Review Single Work]

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2018Taylor R, 'Book review of 'Deep Time Dreaming': Billy Griffiths on exploration of the distant past', Sydney Morning Herald, (8 March) pp. 1-2. (2018) [Review Single Work]

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2018Taylor R, 'Learning to see Sydney's Indigenous past: Book review of 'Hidden in Plain View: The Aboriginal People of Coastal Sydne'', History Australia, 15, (3) pp. 630-632. ISSN 1449-0854 (2018) [Review Single Work]

DOI: 10.1080/14490854.2018.1532276 [eCite] [Details]

2015Taylor R, 'Book review of 'The Black War: Fear, Sex and Resistance in Tasmania' and 'The Last Man: A British Genocide in Tasmania'', Australian Historical Studies, 46, (1) pp. 134-136. ISSN 1031-461X (2015) [Review Several Works]

DOI: 10.1080/1031461X.2015.992830 [eCite] [Details]

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2012Taylor R, 'Book review of 'Tasmanian Aborigines: A History since 1803'', Aboriginal History, 36 pp. 233-235. ISSN 0314-8769 (2012) [Review Single Work]

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2009Taylor R, 'Book review of 'Foreign Bodies: Oceania and the Science of Race 1750-1940'', Aboriginal History, 33 pp. 256-258. ISSN 0314-8769 (2009) [Review Single Work]

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2009Taylor R, 'Book review of 'Ochre and Rust: Artefacts and Encounters on Australian Frontiers'', Australian Aboriginal Studies, (2) pp. 131-133. ISSN 0729-4352 (2009) [Review Single Work]

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2004Taylor R, 'Stolen for the circus: book review of 'Professional Savages'', Sydney Morning Herald, (16-17 October) (2004) [Review Single Work]

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2004Taylor R, 'Book review of 'History in the media'', The Age, (28 August) (2004) [Review Single Work]

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2003Taylor Rebe Tess Ida, 'Breaking a loud silence: book review of 'Whitewash'', The Age, (13 September) (2003) [Review Single Work]

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2001Taylor R, 'Book review of 'The Captive White Woman of Gipps Land: In pursuit of the legend'', Journal of Australian Colonial History, 4, (1) ISSN 1441-0370 (2001) [Review Single Work]

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Conference Publication

(30 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2019Taylor R, 'Into the Heart of Tasmania: Journeys in history writing', National Book Council of Tasmania, 16 October, Launceston Library, Tasmania (2019) [Conference Extract]

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2019Taylor R, 'Into the Heart of Tasmania: Journeys in history writing', The 2019 Dick & Joan Green Family Award for Tasmanian History Lecture, 2 October, University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay Campus (2019) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2019Taylor R, 'Australia's Deep History', Brisbane Writers Festival, 6 September, Brisbane (2019) [Keynote Presentation]

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2019Taylor R, Birrell K, 'Tasmanian Aborigines, DNA and the Law', Politics and minorities in the English speaking area and in France: Rhetoric and reality, 26-27 March, University Paris XIII, France (2019) [Conference Extract]

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2018Lehman G, Taylor R, 'Building Tasmanian Aboriginal protocols for digitisation and use of G.A. Robinson's Tasmanian papers', Digital History Workshop, Hobart, Tasmania (2018) [Conference Extract]

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2018Taylor R, 'Decolonising the deep past: archaeological narratives, human origins and indigeneity', Society for Social Studies of Science Annual Conference, 29 August - 1 September, Sydney International Convention Centre, pp. 23. (2018) [Plenary Presentation]

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2018Taylor R, 'Wedge Collection: digitising a significant overseas artefact collection with Indigenous protocols', The Australian Consortium of Humanities Research Centres in the Regions Collaborative, 10-12 May, Queen Victoria Museum, Launceston, Tasmania (2018) [Conference Extract]

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2018Taylor R, 'J. H. Wedge and the problem of humane colonisation'', Inaugural Coral Thomas Fellowship Lecture, 19 October, State Library of NSW, Sydney (2018) [Keynote Presentation]

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2018Taylor R, Lehman G, 'A Curious Absence', Hadley's Art Prize, 8 August, Hadley's Orient Hotel, Hobart (2018) [Plenary Presentation]

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2017Taylor R, 'Writing Tasmanian Aboriginal History: A Conversation between Lyndall Ryan and Rebe Taylor', Australian Historical Association Conference, 4 July, Newcastle, NSW, pp. 9. (2017) [Plenary Presentation]

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2017Taylor R, 'The Wedge Collection: Encounter and Exchange in Early Colonial South-East Australia', Australian Historical Association Conference, 3-7 July, Newcastle, NSW, pp. 12. (2017) [Conference Extract]

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2017Taylor R, 'Into the Heart of Tasmania, a conversation with Aunty Patsy Cameron', Fullers Bookshop, Hobart, Tasmania (2017) [Plenary Presentation]

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2017Taylor R, 'Into the Heart of Tasmania, a public lecture and conversation with Greg Lehman', Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston (2017) [Plenary Presentation]

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2017Taylor R, 'The Wedge Collection and the conundrum of humane colonisation', The Australasian Consortium of Humanities Research Centres, 9 - 10 November, Canberra (2017) [Keynote Presentation]

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2017Taylor R, 'Into the Heart of Tasmania', Clunes Booktown Festival, 6-7 May, Clunes, Victoria (2017) [Keynote Presentation]

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2017Taylor R, 'It's Black and White: Panel with Kate Grenville, Jane Harrison and Rebe Taylor', Clunes Booktown Festival 2017, 6-7 May, Clunes, Victoria (2017) [Plenary Presentation]

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2017Taylor R, 'Into the Heart of Tasmania', Brisbane Writers Festival, 8 September, Bracken Ridge Public Library (2017) [Keynote Presentation]

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2017Taylor R, 'History from the margins', Brisbane Writers Festival, 6-7 September, Brisbane (2017) [Plenary Presentation]

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2017Taylor R, Ellinghouse K, 'Two Cross-Cultural Historians and their Recent Work', Public Seminar by the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, pp. 1-4. (2017) [Conference Extract]

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2014Taylor R, Jones M, 'Stories in Stone: an annotated history and guide to the collections and papers of Ernest Westlake', Digital Humanities Conference, 18-21 March, University of Western Australia (2014) [Conference Extract]

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2013Taylor R, 'After the first stone: the Tasmanian correspondence of EB Tylor and Henry Ling Roth', Before the Field, Deakin University, Melbourne (2013) [Conference Extract]

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2012Taylor R, 'Linking the narrative to the digital archive: a potential new model for history and publishing', History OFF the Book Symposim, 23 November, Australian National University (2012) [Keynote Presentation]

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2011Taylor R, 'Tasmanian history, identity, landscape and DNA', Festival of Ideas, 13 June, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne (2011) [Keynote Presentation]

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2010Taylor R, 'Chair of session with Hamish Maxwell-Stewart and Aunty Patsy Cameron', The Tasmanian Readers' and Writers' Festival, Tasmania (2010) [Chair National Conference]

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2009Taylor R, 'Busting Myths and Misconceptions: The Tasmanian Aborigines', Myths and Misconceptions Public Lecture Series, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne (2009) [Keynote Presentation]

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2009Taylor R, Henderson I, 'Discussion with Kate Grenville', The Australian High Commission, London (2009) [Chair International Conference]

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2008Taylor R, 'Reliable Mr Robinson and the Controversial Dr Jones', Imperial Curiosity Conference Paper, 29 June 2007, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania (2008) [Conference Extract]

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2004Taylor R, 'A panel session with Keith Windschuttle, Henry Reynolds and Greg Lehman', The Tasmanian Readers' and Writers' Festival, Hobart, Tasmania (2004) [Plenary Presentation]

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2003Taylor R, 'Unearthed: The Aboriginal Tasmanians of Kangaroo Island', The Age Writers Festival, Melbourne (2003) [Plenary Presentation]

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2001Taylor R, 'Savages or Saviours? The sealers on the maritime frontier', The Colonial Eye Conference, 3-6 February, The University of Tasmania, Australia (2001) [Conference Extract]

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Contract Report, Consultant's Report

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2018Rimmer Z, Taylor R, 'Report to inform an apology by the Royal Society of Tasmania (RST) to the Tasmanian Aboriginal community', The Royal Society of Tasmania, Hobart (2018) [Consultants Report]

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2017Thorpe K, Taylor R, 'State Library of New South Wales Indigenous Services Visit to Tasmania, 3-5 April', SLNSW Indigenous Services, Sydney (2017) [Consultants Report]

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Major Creative Work

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2017Taylor R, Jones M, McCarthy G, 'Stories in Stone: an annotated history and guide to the collections and papers of Ernest Westlake (1855-1922)', The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre and the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford (2017) [Curated Exhibition]

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2009Taylor R, 'Kangaroo Island Unearthed: presented by Lorena Allam', Australian Broadcasting Corporation (2009) [Broadcast]

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Other Public Output

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2018Taylor R, 'Q & A with Rebe Taylor - Author of Into the Heart of Tasmania', MUP Blog, Melbourne University Publishing, Melbourne, 14 August (2018) [Media Interview]

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2018Taylor R, 'Dick and Joan Family Award for Tasmanian History, 2018', Awarded for 'Into the Heart of Tasmania: A Search for Human Antiquity', 18 June (2018) [Award]

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2018Taylor R, Lehman G, 'Reclaiming Robinson: building Tasmanian Aboriginal protocols for digitisation and use of the journals of G.A. Robinson in the SLNSW', The University of Tasmania's Data, Knowledge and Decisions (DKD) Research Theme, State Library of New South Whales, State Library of New South Whales, pp. 1-11. (2018) [Report Other]

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2017Taylor R, 'The stone tools of Tasmania: media interview with Phillip Adams', Late Night Live, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australia, 2 February (2017) [Media Interview]

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2017Taylor R, 'Into the Heart of Tasmania with Rebe Taylor: Intervew with Philip Clark', On Nightlife, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australia, 6 February (2017) [Media Interview]

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2017Taylor R, 'A trip to Australian Museum', State Library of NSW Blog, Sydney, 7 April (2017) [Internal Newsletter]

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2017Taylor R, 'Wedge politics: feature', SL Magazine, NSW State Library, Sydney, Summer (2017) [Magazine Article]

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2017Taylor R, 'How a Quest For the Past Found a Living Present: Extract from 'Into the Heart of Tasmania'', Pursuit, Melbourne University Publishing, Melbourne, 24 February (2017) [Magazine Article]

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2017Taylor R, 'Close and Personal: interview with Marion Stoneman', Blog, Tasmanian Writers Centre, Hobart, Tasmania, 20 March (2017) [Media Interview]

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2017Taylor R, 'History in the making: Interview with Hilary Burden', The Mercury, News Pty. Ltd., Hobart, 18 February (2017) [Media Interview]

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2017Taylor R, 'Tasmanian Book Prize', Awarded for 'Into the Heart of Tasmania: A Search for Human Antiquity', Tasmanian Premier's Literary Awards, 28 November (2017) [Award]

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2017Taylor R, 'Queensland Literary Award for History', Awarded for 'Into the Heart of Tasmania: A Search for Human Antiquity', The Queensland Literary Awards, Australia, 5 October (2017) [Award]

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2017Taylor R, Jones M, 'The Ernest Westlake Archive: the extensive online resource behind 'Into The Heart of Tasmania'', Books with Spine, Melbourne University Publishing, Melbourne, 7 March (2017) [Magazine Article]

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2013Taylor R, Jones M, McCarthy G, 'Mander Jones Award for best finding aid to an archival collection held by an Australian institution or about Australia', Awareded for 'Stories in Stone: an annotated history and guide to the collections and papers of Ernest Westlake (1855-1922)', Australian Society of Archivists, Australia, 1 October (2013) [Award]

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2004Taylor R, 'Victorian Premier's award for non-fiction', Awarded for 'Unearthed: The Aboriginal Tasmanians of Kangaroo Island', Melbourne (2004) [Award]

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2004Taylor R, 'Canberra Critics Circle Award for Literature', Awarded for 'Unearthed', Australia (2004) [Award]

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2004Taylor R, 'South Australian Premier's Award for non-fiction', Awarded for 'Unearthed: The Aboriginal Tasmanians of Kangaroo Island', Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature, Australia (2004) [Award]

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Past stipendiary fellowships:

ARC Discovery Fellowship [equiv. to current DECRA] DP0664448 From Race to the Genome: the Tasmanian Aboriginal People within the Scientific Imagination, 2006–2013, the University of Melbourne, $290,000

Outcomes within the tenure of the Fellowship: the award-winning web resource Stories in Stone, six articles published in highly ranked Australian and international journals, a commissioned book chapter and a second edition of a monograph.

Inaugural Coral Thomas Fellow, State Library of New South Wales, 2016-2018, $75,000

The most significant Fellowship offered by the Library; awarded to outstanding mid-career scholars who can produce outcomes of high public impact..

Foundation Fellow, Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, Kings College London, 2008-2009, £10,000

Awarded as an outstanding scholar in the field of Australian studies: gives access to affiliated networks and research opportunities in Britain. .

Peter Blazey Fellow, Australian Centre, the University of Melbourne, 2015, $15,000

Prestigious award for a work in progress in the fields of biography and life writing: recognises excellence in writing and the exploration of Australian culture, history and politics..

Research Supervision

Rebe is new to UTAS. She will consider supervising postgraduate students in the areas of Australian and other social and cultural histories, Indigenous and colonial histories and museum and cultural studies.

Current

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Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
MastersAboriginal Philosophy and Community2019
PhDIndigenous Museology2019
PhDHolding Tasmanian Colonial Administrations to Account: Gilbert Robertson (editor of The Colonist and the True Colonist) and the administrations of Lt.Gov. George Arthur and Lt.Gov. Sir John Franklin2019
MastersVoicing Dalrymple Mountgarrett Briggs (c.1812-1864)2021
PhDLanguage Retrieval, Reconstruction and Revival The Next Step Towards Fluency. Taking palawa kani from Aboriginal Community Knowledge to Aboriginal Community Fluency2021