Thomas Rogers Historian

Thomas Rogers

Dr Thomas Rogers is a historian in the Military History Section at the Australian War Memorial, where he researches colonial Australian history, the South African (Boer) War, and the First World War. He researches and writes Last Post Ceremony biographies and provides historical advice to exhibition teams. Tom acted as a historical advisor on the Battle of Hamel Virtual Reality Experience in 2018, and on the refreshing of the Colonial Gallery in 2019.

He joined the Memorial in 2017, after lecturing and tutoring in history at the University of Melbourne and the Australian Catholic University. His research interests include colonial Australian and British Empire history, Indigenous history, frontier violence, and military and political history.

Tom is on the editorial committee of the Journal of Australian Studies and the Memorial’s history magazine, Wartime. He is the author of The Civilisation of Port Phillip: Settler Ideology, Violence, and Rhetorical Possession (2018), which considers the early years of British settlement in the state of Victoria, and the relationships between settler rhetoric and frontier violence.

Key publications

The Civilisation of Port Phillip: Settler Ideology, Violence, and Rhetorical Possession, Melbourne University Press, 2018.

“Anzac trauma and frontier violence? Re-examining the Coniston Massacre”, in Keir Reeves and Carolyn Holbrook (eds.), The Great War: Aftermath and Commemoration, NewSouth, Sydney, forthcoming.

Murdering Gully: settlers killed 35 in Aboriginal camp, and threw bodies into the water”The Guardian, 23 March 2019.

“From the frontier to the veldt: Indigenous Australian service, 1788–1901”, in Lachlan Grant and Michael Bell (eds.), For Country, For Nation: An illustrated history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander military service, Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 2018, pp. 29–39.

Twitter: @DrTom_Historian