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Ann Curthoys, FASSA, FAHA (born 5 September 1945) is an Australian historian and academic.

Ann Curthoys

Ann Curthoys and Louise Higham interview residents at Moree Aborigial Station 17 Feb 1965.jpg
Ann Curthoys (at left) interviewing residents at Moree Aboriginal Station during the Freedom Ride in February 1965
Born (1945-09-05) 5 September 1945 (age 73)
Sydney, New South Wales
OccupationHistorian and academic
Parent(s)Barbara Curthoys
RelativesJean Curthoys (sister)
AwardsFellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (1997)
Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (2003)
Academic background
EducationUniversity of Sydney (BA [Hons])
Macquarie University (PhD)
ThesisRace and Ethnicity: A Study of the Response of British Colonists to Aborigines, Chinese and non-British Europeans in New South Wales, 1856–1881 (1973)
Academic work
Sub-disciplineRace relations
Feminist theory
InstitutionsUniversity of Sydney
Australian National University
University of Technology, Sydney


Early life and educationEdit

Curthoys was born in Sydney, New South Wales, on 5 September 1945, and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Sydney. In 1965, she took part in the Freedom Ride which highlighted racism against Aboriginal Australians in several towns. She completed a PhD at Macquarie University in 1973 and subsequently worked as a tutor and research assistant.[1]

Academic careerEdit

In 1976, Curthoys established the Women's Studies Program at the Australian National University (ANU) after becoming active in the women's movement in 1970. She taught at the University of Technology, Sydney from 1978 to 1995, when she returned to the ANU to take up the Chair of History. Curthoys was the Group of Eight Visiting Professor of Australian Studies at Georgetown University in 2003 and 2004. In addition to her teaching work, Curthoys has extensively published on Australian history and historiography.[1]

Curthoys retired in 2013, but remains active as a researcher, writer and supervisor of graduate students at the University of Sydney.[2]


In 1997, she was elected to the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.[3] She was also elected to the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 2003.[4]

In 2019 the Australian Historical Association inaugurated the Ann Curthoys Prize, to be awarded for the best unpublished article-length work by an early career researcher.[5]


  • Curthoys, Ann; Merritt, John; Curthoys, Ann, 1945– (1984). Australia's First Cold War, 1945–1953. George Allen & Unwin. ISBN 978-0-04-909021-7.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  • Curthoys, Ann (1988). For and Against Feminism: A Personal Journey Into Feminist Theory and History. Allen & Unwin. ISBN 978-0-04-310021-9.
  • Curthoys, Ann; McGrath, Ann; Monash University. School of Historical Studies (2000). Writing Histories: Imagination and Narration. School of Historical Studies, Monash University. ISBN 978-0-7326-1768-4.
  • Curthoys, Ann; Brissenden collection (2002). Freedom Ride: A Freedom Rider Remembers. Allen & Unwin. ISBN 978-1-86448-922-4.
  • Curthoys, Ann; Docker, John (2006). Is History Fiction?. UNSW Press. ISBN 978-0-86840-380-9.
  • Curthoys, Ann; Genovese, Ann; Reilly, Alex; Curthoys, Ann; Genovese, Ann; Reilly, Alexander (2008). Rights and Redemption: History, Law and Indigenous People. UNSW Press. ISBN 978-0-86840-807-1.
  • Curthoys, Ann; McGrath, Ann; ebrary, Inc (2009). How to Write History that People Want to Read. UNSW Press. ISBN 978-1-74223-086-3.
  • Curthoys, Ann; Damousi, Joy, eds. (2014). What Did You Do in the Cold War, Daddy?: Personal Stories from a Troubled Time. NewSouth Publishing. ISBN 978-1-74223-391-8.


  1. ^ a b Harrison, Sharon M. "Curthoys, Ann (1945 – )". The Encyclopedia of Women and Leadership in Twentieth-Century Australia. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Professor Ann Curthoys". University of Sydney. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Fellows Detail – Professor Ann Curthoys". Retrieved 2018-10-17.
  4. ^ "Fellows – Australian Academy of the Humanities". Retrieved 2018-10-17.
  5. ^ "Ann Curthoys Prize – The Australian Historical Association". Retrieved 2019-03-19.