Faculty of Education and Arts

Graham Hannaford


Settlers, Aborigines and the Land of the Limestone Plains in Early Colonial Australia


The early Europeans to settle in the Limestone Plains,the area that is now Canberra and Queanbeyan, came largely from Great Britain.Each of them would have been aware either as witness or participant or victim of the forced relocation of small tenantry, peasant farmers or farm workers and as with so much else, the attitudes and actions seen as "normal" may often be replicated elsewhere. This research will seek to understand the extent to which the early European settlers had their attitudes to land and its Aboriginal inhabitants shaped by their experiences of displacement in Britain looking at both the Highland and Lowland clearances in Scotland and the English enclosure laws.

Graham Hannaford worked in the Australian Public Service prior to retirement. His employment included a period as Vice Consul in the Australian Embassy in Rome;in 1985 he served as the Defence Adviser to the Australian delegation to the Third Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in Geneva. In 2015 he became the first Australian to graduate with a Master of Letters degree in history from the University of the Highlands and Islands. His dissertation The Making of the 1845 New Poor Law for Scotland and its Implementation in the Highlands was acknowledged as opening the field up for further research. He holds a BA from the University of New England, and studied Viking archaeology for one semester (on line) with the University of Gotland.


Each of the following items appeared in https://historylinksdornoch.wordpress.com/

"Jacobites, dirks, and hair-breadth escapes" (Posted on February 20,2013) - an account of the invasion of Dunrobin Castle during the 1745 Jacobite rebellion

"Poverty and Poor Relief" (Posted on June 10, 2013)

"The Mysteries of Croick Church" (Posted on December 17, 2014) – an infamous episode in the Highland clearances

"A Man of Letters" (Posted on March 14, 2016) – exploring the links between Golspie Scotland and Golspie New South Wales