Henry Reynolds

Henry Reynolds


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One of Australia’s foremost historians, Henry grew up in Tasmania and worked at James Cook University in Townsville for 30 years where he taught both Australian history and politics. He is best known for his pioneering work on the history of settler-Indigenous relations, and his 1981 publication The Other Side of the Frontier was critical in changing understandings of the Australian frontier.

With The Law of the Land (1987), this prolific historian increasingly engaged with contemporary legal and political issues and in morally charged works such as This Whispering in our Hearts (1998) and Why Weren’t We Told (1999), this most lucid of writers gave the cause of reconciliation an historical underpinning. Many titles followed, and in 2000 Henry took up a professorial fellowship at the University of Tasmania.

The recipient of many literary awards, including two Queensland Premier’s Prizes, his 2008 book Drawing the Global Colour Line, co-authored with Marilyn Lake, was a joint winner of the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for non-fiction in 2009.

His more recent books include A History of Tasmania (2011), Forgotten War (2013) and Unnecessary Wars (2016).

Henry is married to former Labor Senator Margaret Reynolds.

www.utas.edu.au/profiles/staff/history-and-classics/Henry-Reynolds