I’ve written for academic journals, magazines, and online news providers on all things Scottish Australian. Here’s a list of some of this material — where the full text is available for free online, I have provided a link.


The Scots in Australia, 1788-1938, Boydell Press, 2017.

My second book, The Grampians: History & Nature (CSIRO Publishing) will contain a good deal of material on Scottish settlers in the Western District of Victoria and their interactions with the Grampians-Gariwerd mountain ranges.

Unpublished Theses

Weaving the Tartan: Culture, Imperialism, and Scottish Identities in Australia, PhD thesis, Monash University, Melbourne, 2013.

Evolving Identities: The Scots in Hamilton, 1840-1920, BA (Hons.) dissertation, Monash University, Melbourne, 2010.

Articles and Chapters

‘Unknown and uncared for? Scottish Catholics in Australia and New Zealand’, The Innes Review, manuscript in preparation.

‘David Livingston’; ‘The Darien Scheme’; ‘The Victoria Statue, Hong Kong’ in Mark Doyle (ed), The British Empire: A Historical Encyclopedia, Santa Barbara, 2018.

‘Scotland and Australian botany in the colonial era’, Australian Garden History, Vol. 29, No. 2, October 2017.

‘Unsettling History: Scots and Indigenous Australians’, CABLE, No. 4, October 2017.

‘Scots, Empire, and the Australian Environment’, History Scotland, Vol. 17, No. 4, 2017.

‘Family networks and the Australian pastoral industry: a case study of the Port Phillip District and Victoria during the nineteenth century’, Agricultural History, vol. 91, no. 1, 2017.

‘Treacherous objects: A Jacobite compass in Australia?’, History Workshop Online, June, 2016.

‘Lairds of suburbia: Scottish migrant settlement and housing in Australian cities, 1880-1930’, Journal of Scottish Historical Studies, Vol. 36, No. 1, 2016.

‘Space, commemoration, and iconography’, in Alison Inglis, Anne Beggs Sunter, and Fred Cahir (eds), Scots Under The Southern Cross, Melbourne, 2015.

‘Popular imperialism, Scottish identity, and William Wallace in an Australian colonial city’, Etudes écossaises, No. 17, 2015, pp. 135-152.

‘Scottish convicts in Australia’, History Scotland, Vol. 14, No. 6, 2014, pp. 22-27.

‘The tie that binds: Popular imperialism and the Australian Scottish delegation of 1928’, International Review of Scottish Studies, Vol. 39, 2014, pp. 107-136.

‘Warriors of Empire: Popular imperialism and the Victorian Scottish Regiment, 1898-1938’, Victorian Historical Journal, Vol. 85, No. 1, 2014, pp. 73-96.

‘Scottish identity in stone: Statues of Robert Burns and William Wallace in 19th century Ballarat’, Victorian Historical Journal, Vol. 84, No. 2, 2013, pp. 279-302.

‘Scottish workers and radicals in early twentieth century Australia’, Scottish Labour History, Vol. 48, 2013, pp. 74-94.

‘Scottish communists in 1930s Australia’, History Scotland, Vol. 13, No. 1, 2013.

‘Scottish convicts and transportation in Australia, 1718-1868’, Cruachan: Journal of the Clan Campbell Society of Australia, No. 120, 2013, pp. 11-14.

Other Media

‘The darker side of Empire in Australia’, BBC Radio Scotland, May 2018.

‘Dr Ben Wilkie: An Antipodean View’, Scottish History Network, February 2018.

‘Landscapes of the dead: History and memory in a distant field of murder’, Meanjin, vol. 75, no. 4, 2016.

Interview, ‘Should Scotland give Britain the arse?’, ABC Radio, August 2014.

‘Australia celebrates cultural links with Scotland in major art exhibition’, Scotland Now, April 2014.

‘Scottish heritage on display at the Maclean Highland Gathering in Australia’, Scotland Now, April 2014.

‘When William Wallace was a Unionist’, Quadrant, Vol. 58, No. 4, 2014, pp. 30-33.


Review of From Alba to Aotearoa: Profiling New Zealand’s Scots Migrants, 1840–1920, by Rebecca Lenihan, Journal of British Studies, vol. 56, no. 2, 2017, pp. 434-436.

Review of Tanja Bueltmann, Clubbing Together: Ethnicity, Civility and Formal Sociability in the Scottish Diaspora to 1930, in Australian Historical Studies, Vol. 46, No. 2, 2015, pp. 317-18.

Review of John Flint and John Kelly (eds.), Bigotry, football, and Scotland, in Cultural and Social History, Vol. 12, No. 2, 2015, pp. 284-85.

‘Beyond Scottish exceptionalism’, History Australia, Vol. 12, No. 1, 2015, pp. 248-50 [Review of ‘For Auld Lang Syne: Images of Scottish Australia from First Fleet to Federation’, Alison Inglis and Patricia Tryon Macdonald, curators, Art Gallery of Ballarat, Ballarat, Victoria, 11 April — 27 July 2014.]

Conferences and Invited Presentations

‘From Scotland to Australia: Scottish migrants and the making of the Western District’, Robert Burns Festival, Camperdown, May 2018.

‘The influence of the Scots in the Western District of Victoria’, Genealogy Society of Victoria Scottish Ancestry Roadshow, Geelong, October 2016.

‘Sites of Scottish memory and identity: a survey of monuments and memorials in Australia’, Scottish Australia Symposium, Federation University, Ballarat 2014.

with Malcolm Prentis, ‘”Coming lonely to the land” or “crawlers round the bardie’s name”: memorials to Robert Burns in Australia’, Australian Historical Association Conference, Adelaide, June 2012.

‘Empire, identity, and the Australian Scottish delegation of 1928’, Australian Historical Association Conference, Launceston, June 2011.

The Scottish Banner 

Many of these articles have been reproduced on this blog.

2010 May: ‘Lachlan Macquarie – The Scottish Father of Australia’ June: ‘Catherine Helen Spence – A Grand Auld Woman’ July: ‘John Barr’ August: ‘Kate Sheppard – New Zealand’s Scottish Suffragette’ September: ‘Who Is James Boag?’ October: ‘Mary MacKillop’ November: ‘Great Rockin’ Scots’ December: ‘Macpherson Robertson’

2011 February: ‘John Dunmore Lang – An Enigmatic Pioneer’ March: ‘Alexander McCrae – The Speedo King’ April: ‘Jack Miles and the Caledonian Communists’ May: ‘Thomas Mitchell – Australia’s Great Explorer’ June: ‘Minnie Dean’ July: ‘Spreading the Word: Scottish Newspapers in Australia’s Past’ August: ‘The Australian Scottish Delegation of 1928’ September: ‘Scottish Convicts in Australia’ October: ‘The Immigration Nation’

2012 January: ‘Burns Statues Down Under’ February: ‘Caledonian Culture’ March: ‘Scottish Football in Australia’ May: ‘Scots and the Australian Armed Forces’ June: ‘W.G. Spence – The Grand Auld Man of Australian Unionism’ July: ‘Niel Black – The Pioneer Pastoralist’ August: ‘Scots and the Suburban Nation’ October: ‘Thomas Makdougall Brisbane’ November: ‘Scottish Workers in New South Wales’ December: ‘Hogmanay in Nineteenth Century Australasia’

2013 March: ‘Scotland’s Commercial Empire’ April: ‘Scottish Missions and Missionaries in Australasia’ June: ‘James Dawson and Aboriginal Australians’ July: ‘Scotland, India, and Australia: Scotland and Free Trade in the Empire’ September: ‘Scottish convict transportation to North America’ December: ‘William Wallace in Ballarat – Part I’

2014 January: ‘William Wallace in Ballarat – Part II’ May: ‘Environment and Society in Scotland from the 17th Century’ July: ‘Scots and the Environments of the British Empire’