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Imogen Wegman

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Imogen Wegman

Associate Lecturer
History & Classics

Humanities Building , Sandy Bay Campus

+61 3 6226 7577 (phone)

imogen.wegman@utas.edu.au

Imogen Wegman is associate lecturer in Humanities, focussed within the Diploma of Family History. Her research is focussed on the everyday life of a colony, and she uses digital tools to uncover the stories of the people living on these lands.

Biography

Having grown up in Hobart, Imogen has a strong connection to her island home. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Tasmania, before moving to the UK to join the University of East Anglia’s Landscape History MA program. Her dissertation examined the creation of ‘isolated’ parish churches – those that stand in the middle of a field, far from their village. She returned to Tasmania to start a PhD in History and Classics at the University of Tasmania, examining the differences between land grants given to convicts and free settlers.

Imogen has been engaged as a researcher on several different projects, including Founders and Survivors, the AHRC funded Digital Panopticon, and most recently the ARC LIEF project, Restoring Dignity: Networked Knowledge for Repatriation Communities. In this role, Imogen researched the lives of nineteenth-century anthropologists, collectors, and other individuals who may have had contact with Indigenous Ancestral Remains. She has been teaching into the University of Tasmania’s Diploma of Family History since its earliest days.

Imogen has a keen interest in public histories, and has held a range of non-academic roles that have connected her research with the public. As a tour guide she converted her thesis into a commentary designed for tourists with little to no background knowledge. She also worked behind the help desk in a public library, helping clients research their family history, find information about their house, or pursue other historical questions. She is a popular public speaker, and is regularly invited to speak to diverse audiences. In 2016 she co-founded A Pint of History – a monthly pub-based history event in Hobart, which continues to a provide a space for academics to present their research to a large general audience.

Career summary

Qualifications

DegreeTitle of ThesisUniversityCountryAwarded
PhD

Profitable and Unprofitable Acres: Patterns of European expansion across Van Diemen's Land, 1803-35

University of Tasmania

Australia2018
Grad.Cert in Research 

University of Tasmania

Australia2018
MA in Landscape HistoryA study of 'common-edge drift' in NorfolkUniversity of East AngliaUK2013
BA LLB 

University of Tasmania

Australia2012

Memberships

Professional practice

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK)

Teaching

Teaching responsibility

HAA004 – Writing Family History

HAA104 – Writing the Family Saga

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Research Themes

Imogen’s research primarily relates to the University’s research theme of Creativity, Culture and Society, with some components touching on Data, Knowledge and Decisions. Her research uses GIS (mapping) to relate modern and historic datasets to cartographic resources. By exploring colonial history through the landscape, fresh stories of problem-solving and daily priorities emerge. In recent years, Imogen has been involved with several convict projects, including ‘Founders and Survivors’ and ‘Digital Panopticon’. Through mapping patterns of convict birthplaces, professions and other elements, we can better understand geographical circumstances that affected an individual’s likelihood of offending. Her current research examines the earliest years of colonies beyond Van Diemen’s Land, to compare how government instructions were adapted to local conditions.

Fields of Research

  • Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) (210303)
  • British History (210305)
  • Biography (210304)
  • Impacts of Tourism (150601)
  • History and Archaeology (219999)
  • Historical Studies (210399)

Research Objectives

  • Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology (970121)
  • Heritage (950399)
  • Understanding Australia's Past (950503)
  • Conserving the Historic Environment (950307)
  • Understanding Europe's Past (950504)

Publications

Total publications

20

Journal Article

(4 outputs)
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2020Wegman I, ' A truly sublime appearance': using GIS to find the traces of pre-colonial landscapes and land use', History Australia ISSN 1449-0854 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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2018Wegman I, 'Water wise: How rivers shaped a colony', Tasmanian Historical Research Association. Papers and Proceedings, 65, (3) pp. 45-60. ISSN 0039-9809 (2018) [Non Refereed Article]

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2017Wegman I, 'Casual Expansion by Land Grantees in Van Diemen's Land', Tasmanian Historical Studies, 22 pp. 1-17. ISSN 1324-048X (2017) [Refereed Article]

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2016Wegman I, 'The causes of common-edge drift: a Norfolk study', Norfolk Archaeology, XLVII pp. 356-373. ISSN 0142-7962 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Book

(1 outputs)
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2019Harman K, Wegman I, Brodie N, Champion C, 'The Van Diemen Anthology 2019', Forty South Publishing, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 112. ISBN 0648532852 (2019) [Edited Book]

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Co-authors: Harman K; Brodie N

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Conference Publication

(2 outputs)
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2018Wegman I, 'The map and the land: hidden Tasmanian histories', Proceedings of the 9th National Cartographic Conference GeoCart'2018 46th Australian and New Zealand Map Society Conference, 5-7 September 2018, Wellington, NZ, pp. 62-63. ISBN 978-0-473-45257-5 (2018) [Conference Extract]

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2016Wegman I, 'Van Diemen's Land-Scapes', Globalisation, Entrepreneurship and the South Pacific: Reframing Australian Colonial Architecture 1800-1850, 17-18 October 2018, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 66-71. ISBN 9781922016355 (2016) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Other Creative Work

(2 outputs)
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2017Wegman I, 'Birthplaces of transported convicts in urban London, 1780-1830', London Metropolitan Archives, London, pp. 1 (2017) [Minor Creative Work]

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2015Wegman I, 'Land Grants in Early Colonial Van Diemen's Land', Esri StoryMaps, Online, pp. Online (2015) [Minor Creative Work]

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Thesis

(2 outputs)
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2018Wegman IC, 'Profitable and Unprofitable Acres: Patterns of European expansion across Van Diemen's Land, 1803-35' (2018) [PhD]

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2013Wegman IC, 'A study of 'common-edge drift' in Norfolk' (2013) [Masters Coursework]

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Other Public Output

(9 outputs)
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2020Wegman I, 'On paper, on screen, on site: family history in the 21st century', Traces Magazine, Executive Media Pty Ltd, Melbourne, 10 (2020) [Magazine Article]

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2019Wegman I, 'How To Be a Tour Guide', Australian Historical Association: Early Career Researchers, Australian Historical Association, Wollongong, 15 February 2019 (2019) [Magazine Article]

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2019Wegman I, 'Surviving the conference marathon', The Thesis Whisperer, Australia (2019) [Magazine Article]

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2019Wegman I, 'Tour guiding and Tasmanian history: Interview with Louise Grimmer', Sunday Afternoon program presented by Louise Grimmer, Australian Broadcasting Corporation Radio, Hobart, Tasmania, July 14 (2019) [Media Interview]

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2019Wegman I, 'The latest on tools & methods from the Digital HASS Champions', July 12 (2019) [Report Other]

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2019Wegman I, Wise N, 'So you want to be a genealogist: Interview with Traces', Traces Magazine, Executive Media Pty Ltd, Melbourne, pp. 30-32. (2019) [Media Interview]

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2018Wegman I, 'Colonial maps and land grants: Interview with Chris Wisbey', Weekends with Chris Wisbey, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Hobart, Tasmania, 22 April 2018 (2018) [Media Interview]

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2018Wegman I, 'The road to here: rivers were the highways of Australia's colonial history', The Conversation, The Conversation Media Group Ltd, Australia, 2 october 2018 (2018) [Magazine Article]

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2017Wegman I, 'A home for everyone? Property ownership has been about status and wealth since our convict days', The Conversation, The Conversation Media Group Ltd, Australia, 12 September (2017) [Magazine Article]

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