About Me


I’m a historian based in Victoria, Australia. This blog brings together my work on the Scottish diaspora since 2009. You’ll also find many short articles I’ve written for The Scottish Banner since 2010.

I have researched and written widely on the historical relationships between Scotland, Australia, and the British Empire. I have been particularly interested in Scottish social networks, business connections, migrations, and culture in the diaspora. My book, The Scots in Australia, 1788-1938, was published by Boydell & Brewer in November 2017.

I am currently researching the contribution of Scottish trade, enterprise, and investment to the development of colonial economies. Apart from being a historian of the Scots in Australia, my other research focus is environmental history.

You can contact me via email at: ben.wilkie@deakin.edu.au



  1. Hi Ben, just letting you know that Gordon Reserve has installations of General Gordon, Adam Lindsay Gordon, and a beautiful Stanford Fountain. Robbie B the treasure, is actually located in the delightful Treasury Gardens (Spring Street), ie west side of gardens.

  2. I am enjoying your website. I was interested to find out who organised the emigration of Scots, particularly from Gairloch round 1835-39. The ship James Moran interests me most. Thank you for producing such a good site.

  3. Hi Ben, enjoying your writing and research on the Scots diaspora in Australia. A very invaluable aspect of Australian studies! Looking forward to your new book.

  4. So glad to have found this site. Enjoying your articles and references. Brilliant. Looking forward to your book coming out. My family members went to Wonthaggi in 1926. I am still a new chum 1963 arrival. But the threads accross the hemispheres is fascinating.

    • Thanks for your comments Fay! Glad to hear you’re enjoying the blog. You might be interested in Malcolm Prentis’ 2008 book, The Scots in Australia, and if the labour movement side of things interests you, Pat Kelly’s book from 2012, Scotland’s Radical Exports, is also a good read.

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