Previous Geoffrey Bolton Lectures

Previous Speakers and Lecture Topics

Since 2004 the Geoffrey Bolton Lecture series has lifted the profile of archives, record keeping and history in Australia, and promotes debate about the use and interpretation of archives, in what is now a nationally important forum.


2015  Mr Kim Williams AM  (Cultural Futures in an Age of Digital Disruption) PDF(333KB) and Podcast via ABC Radio National's Big Ideas website.

2014  Hon. Dr Brendan Nelson (‘Here is their Spirit’ – the Anzac Centenary and the generation that gave a nation its story) PDF and Podcast via ABC Radio National's Big Ideas website

2013  Professor Marcia Langton AM (The Resonance of History: archives, past decisions and Indigenous disadvantage) Podcast via ABC Radio National's Big Ideas website

2012  Hon. Fred Chaney AO (Gold and dross - what is the value of the official record?) PDF Podcast via ABC Radio National's Big Ideas website

2011  Professor Alan Robson AM (A campus in the community: archiving a century of service from The University of Western Australia) PDF

2010  Emeritus Professor David Black AM (Parliament, the People and Archives: Documenting Politics in Western Australia) PDF Podcast

2009  Professor Lyn Beazley AO (The Evolution of Scientific Records and Challenges in the Digital Universe) Podcast

2008  Hon. Justice Michael Kirby AC (Is Legal History now Ancient History?) PDF, Podcast

2007  Robyn Williams (Our Final Century?) Podcast

2006  Professor Peter Edwards (Manufacturing memory: History, archives and the history wars) PDF

2005  Professor Henry Reynolds (The Whole World is Watching: International themes in the history of Aboriginal policy in Western Australia in the 19th and 20th centuries)

2004  Hon. Dr Geoffrey Gallop (The use and interpretation of archives: taking ourselves seriously)