Faculty of Education and Arts

Dr Benjamin Mountford

Position: Honorary Research Fellow
Study area: Collaborative Research Centre in Australian History (CRCAH)
Location: SMB campus E building
Email: b.mountford@federation.edu.au


Doctor of Philosophy – University of Oxford – 2013
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) – University of Melbourne – 2007
Graduate Diploma of Education – University of Western Australia - 2005
Bachelor of Arts – University of Western Australia - 2003


Dr Benjamin Mountford is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Collaborative Centre for Australian History at Federation University Australia.

Between 2008-2015 Ben was based at the University of Oxford as a Rae and Edith Bennett Travelling Scholar, a Beit Scholar in Commonwealth and Imperial History, and finally as the first Michael Brock Junior Research Fellow in Modern British History. He is a co-founder and convener of the Oxford Transnational and Global History Research Seminar and was a Research Associate at the Oxford University Centre for Global History from 2012-2015.

Areas of expertise

Ben's research centres on Australian, British, Global, and Imperial History. In addition to Ben's academic experience he has worked in the museum and cultural sector and retains professional expertise in museology, public history, and heritage. Over the last ten years Ben has taught British History, Australasian History, Imperial History, and Global and Transnational History in universities in both Britain and Australia.

Ben's first book, Opening the Door: Britain, China, and Colonial Australia examines the coming together of the British and Chinese Empires in Australia, and will be published by Oxford University Press in 2016. He is also currently editing two collections for publication in 2016-2017 Fighting Words: Fourteen Books that Shaped the Postcolonial World (with Dr Dominic Davies and Dr Erica Lombard) and Gold Rush: A Global History (with Dr Steven Tuffnell).

Research interests

  • Australian history
  • British history
  • Imperial history
  • Pacific history
  • Global history
  • Public history



B. Mountford, Britain, China and Colonial Australia, Oxford University Press, Historical Monographs Series. Forthcoming 2016.

Book chapters

B. Mountford, '"The Interests of Our Colonies Seems to Have Been Largely Overlooked": Colonial Australia and Anglo-Chinese Relations', in R. Bickers and J. Howlett (eds.) Britain and China, 1840-1970: Empire, Finance and War, Routledge, 2015.

B. Mountford and K. Reeves, 'Reworking the Tailings: New Gold Histories and the Cultural Landscape', in Creating White Australia, University of Sydney Press, 2009.

Refereed journal articles

B. Mountford, 'Send Fook Shing: The Chinese Detective in Colonial Victoria', History Australia, forthcoming.

K. Reeves and B. Mountford, 'Sojourning and Settling: Locating Chinese-Australian History', Australian Historical Studies, 42(1), 2011, 111-125.

B. Mountford, 'The Queen vs Ah Pew: Murder, Mystery and Controversy in Colonial Castlemaine', Victorian Historical Journal, 79 (1), issue 269, 2008, 39-59.

K. Reeves and B. Mountford, 'Court Records and Cultural Landscapes: Rethinking the Chinese Gold Seekers in Central Victoria.' Provenance. The Journal of the Public Records Office of Victoria, no. 6 (September 2007).

Refereed conference proceedings and other publications

B. Mountford, 'Beyond the Looking Glass: History at Oxford', London Papers in Australian Studies, forthcoming 2015.

B. Mountford and K. Reeves, 'Chinatown by iPod', History Australia, 7(1), 2010, 13.1-13.2.


  • Visiting Research Fellow, Huntington Library California, November 2015
  • Chair, Sudbury Oxford Transnational History Foundation
  • Contributor, ARC Laureate Research Program in International History, University of Sydney
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy UK­
  • Trustee, Charlie Perkins and Robert Sykes Scholarship Programs, Aurora Project
  • Member, Australian Historical Association
  • Member, British Australian Studies Association
  • Member, British Empire at War Research Group