Emeritus Richard Laurence

Emeritus Richard Laurence Broome

Emeritus Professor

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Humanities and Social Sciences

Department of Archaeology and History

DMB E104, Melbourne (Bundoora)

Research centres

Centre for Sustainable Regional Communities


BA (UNSW), PhD (Sydney), FAHA.



Membership of professional associations

Fellow of the Academy of the Humanities, member Australian Historical Association

Area of study


Brief profile

Professor Richard Broome lectured at La Trobe 1977-1981 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 for ten years, being President 1995-1996; was review 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 was appointed Fellow of the Academy of the Humanities in 2006. He co-edited the ranked journal Australian Historical Studies from 2010-12. Professor Broome recently 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'.

Professor Broome has published eleven books and over thirty articles and chapters as well as VCE text books.

Prizes include: Coburg: Between Two Creeks (1987). Winner, Fellowship of Australian Writers Local History Prize (1987). Aboriginal Victorians: A History since 1800 (2005). Short listed, HREOC non-fiction prize (2005). Short listed, Victorian Premier’s Nettie Palmer non-fiction prize (2006). Winner, NSW Premier’s Australian history prize (2006). Winner, Victorian Community History Awards (2007) for the section 'Print publications'.

Research interests

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History

- Aboriginal history

Australian History

- Colonial Australia


- Australian immigration

Recent publications


  • Broome, R 2015, Fighting Hard. The Victorian Aborigines Advancement League, Aboriginal Studies Press, Canberra
  • Broome, R 2010, Aboriginal Australians:A history since 1788, Allen & Unwin, Sydney.
  • Broome, R and Manning, C 2006, 'A Man of All Tribes': The Life of Alick Jackomos, Aboriginal Studies Press, 2006.
  • Broome, R 2005, Aboriginal Victorians: A History Since 1800, Allen & Unwin, Sydney.
  • Broome, R and Jackomos, A 1998, Sideshow Alley, Allen and Unwin, Sydney.
  • Broome, R 2001, Aboriginal Australians: Black Responses to White Dominance, 1788-2001, Sydney, Allen and Unwin, revised 3rd edition.
  • Broome, R 2001, Coburg: Between Two Creeks, Moreland City Council and Coburg Historical Society, revised 2nd edition.
  • Broome, R. (ed.), 1995, Tracing Past Lives. The Writing of Historical Biography, Melbourne,History Institute Victoria,Inc.
  • Broome, R 1986, The Victorians: Arriving, Sydney, Fairfax, Syme & Weldon.
  • Broome, R. 1982, Aboriginal Australiians. Black Response to White Dominance, Sydney, Allen and Unwin, Ist edition.
  • Broome, R 1980, Treasure in Earthen Vessels: Protestant Christianity in New South Wales, 1900-1914, St. Lucia, University of Queensland Press.

Book Chapters

  • Broome, R 2003, ‘The Statistics of Frontier Conflict’, in Bain Attwood and S. G. Foster, Frontier Conflict. The Australian Experience, National Museum of Australia.
  • Broome, R 2002, '"No One thinks of Us": The Framlingham Aboriginal Community in the Great Depression’, in P. Bastien and R. Bell (eds), Through Depression and War: The United States and Australia, Australian and American Fulbright Commission & Australian and New Zealand American Studies Association.
  • Broome, R. 1996, 'Historians, Aborigines and Australia: writing the national past', in B. Attwood (ed.), In the Age of Mabo. History, Aboriginess and Australia, Sydney, Allen and Unwin.
  • Broome, R, 1988, 'The Struggle for Australia', in M. McKernan & M. Browne, Australia. Two Centuries of War & Peace, Sydney, AWM  with Allen and Unwin.

Research projects

Professor Broome has just published Fighting Hard. The Aborigines Advancement League of Victoria (2015).

He is currently part of an ARC research team at La Trobe and University of Western Australia, writing an environmental history of the mallee regions of southern Australia.

His most recent book project, now complete is a collaboration on the life story of Visier Sanyu Meyasetsu a refugee from Nagaland, a state in north east India.  It is the story of one man and the Naga people's search for freedom.