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Annual History Lecture 2022

(Held in Orange on Friday, 28 October, 2022)

Speaker:  Bruce Pascoe


The Annual History Lecture is an event produced & presented by the History Council of New South Wales every year, which aims to engage and educate the community about the vitality, diversity and meaning of history and its practice through the eyes of a leading Australian Historian.

In 2022 the Annual History Lecture was presented by Bruce Pascoe.

Bruce Pascoe describes himself as a writer and farmer. He has published 36 books including Dark Emu which won the NSW Premier’s Award for Literature in 2016 and Young Dark Emu which won both the Booksellers Association Prize and the CBCA Non-fiction award in 2020.

When delivering the Annual History Lecture in 2022, Bruce posed the question:

“What will change if we all have a better understanding of Australian History pre-contact”



About Bruce Pascoe

Bruce Pascoe is a Tasmanian man with Yuin Cultural Lore. 

Career, Awards & Publications

  • Published and Edited Australian Short Stories magazine 1982-1999
  • Winner of the Australian Literature Award (Shark) 1999, Radio National Short Story 1998, FAW Short Story 2010, Prime Minister’s Award for Literature (Yong Adult) 2013, NSW Premier’s Book of the Year, Dark Emu, 2016
  • Books include:  Night Animals, Fox, Ruby Eyed Coucal, Shark, Ocean, Earth, Bloke, Cape Otway, Convincing Ground, Little Red Yellow and Black Book, Fog a dox and Dark Emu, Bloke, published by Penguin in 2009, Chainsaw File, Oxford, 2010, Fog; a dox, Magabala, 2012. ( 2013 PM’s Award, and shortlisted for the WA Premier’s Award and the Deadlies Award). Dark Emu the history of Aboriginal agriculture was published in 2014 and was shortlisted in the Victorian and Queensland Literature awards, and won the NSW Premier’s book of the Year, 2016. Sea Horse, young adult novel, Magabala 2015, Mrs Whitlam, YA, 2016
  • Board member of First Languages Australia
  • Past Secretary Bidwell-Maap Aboriginal Nation

Bruce Pascoe lives in Gipsy Point, Far East Gippsland with Lyn Harwood. He has two children, three grandchildren and has played, at last count, 520 games of ordinary suburban and country football.  He is also still playing ordinary A grade cricket. 


In 2022, the Annual History Lecture was staged in Orange, NSW.  It was supported by

the NSW Government through Create NSW and Destination NSW, and also by the Orange City Council.


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