• Entry type: Person
  • Entry ID: AWE1099

Barwick, Diane Elizabeth

(1938 – 1986)
  • Born 1 January, 1938, Canada
  • Died 31 December, 1986
  • Occupation Anthropologist, Author


Diane E. Barwick was born in Canada in 1938. She arrived in Australia in 1960, and received her doctoral degree from the Australian National University, Canberra. Her work on the history of Aboriginal communities in Victoria (particularly Coranderrk, Framlingham and Lake Tyers) resulted in a number of publications, including her book Rebellion at Coranderrk, published posthumously in 1998. She contributed many articles, book chapters, pamphlets, manuscripts and photographs to Aboriginal scholarship, and was the co-founder of the journal Aboriginal History, which she also edited from 1978 to 1982. She was also actively involved in a number of Aboriginal issues, and was on the Aboriginal Treaty Committee.

Throughout her career, she worked to make history more accessible to Aboriginal people through genealogies and biographies. In 1984 she published a journal article, “Mapping the Past: An Atlas of Victorian Clans, 1835-1904”, which was a major reference for the compilation of a large Aboriginal biographical index at the AIATSIS. Her work was stopped short by her death in 1986.

Published resources

  • Resource
  • Journal Article
    • Mapping the past: an atlas of Victorian clans 1835-1904, Part 1., Barwick, Diane, 1984
    • An 'unfashionable concern with the past': the historical anthropology of Diane Barwick, Kijas, Johanna, 1997
    • Diane Barwick: the influential outsider, Kijas, Johanna, 1992
    • Diane Elizabeth Barwick 1938-1986: a bibliography, 1988
    • Aboriginal women, Barwick, Diane, 1975
  • Edited Book
    • The Encyclopaedia of Aboriginal Australia : Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, society and culture, Horton, David, 1994
  • Book
    • Rebellion at Coranderrk, Barwick, Diane, 1998
  • Book Section
    • Aborigines of Victoria, Barwick, Diane, 1988
    • And the lubras are ladies now, Barwick, Diane, 1974
    • Outsiders: Aboriginal women, Barwick, Diane, 1969
  • Site Exhibition

Archival resources

  • National Archives of Australia, National Office, Canberra
    • Barwick, Diane Dr - General correspondence
  • AIATSIS Pictorial Collection
    • Aborigines Advancement League of Victoria - Group portraits from the Conscience Calling Ball 1961
  • State Library of Victoria
    • Records, 1772-2006 [manuscript].
  • Special Collections, Academy Library, UNSW@ADFA
    • Nancy Cato manuscript collection 1967-1992

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