Professor Bruce Scates

  • Director, National Centre for Australian Studies

    Bruce Scates is a graduate of Monash University and the University of Melbourne. He has taught Australian History and Australian Studies in universities across Australasia, including the University of New South Wales, Murdoch University and the University of Auckland. Professor Scates is the recipient of National, State and Faculty awards for excellence in teaching, sharing several of these achievements with his colleague, Professor Rae Frances.

    Professor Scates has served on a number of state and national committees including reviews of the West Australian History syllabus, the NSW History Awards, the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, the Executive Committee of the History Council of NSW and the Australian Army History Unit. In 2005-6, he was a member of an expert panel convened to recover the bodies of men missing from the Great War and he is the author of a submission to the Senate Inquiry into controversial road works at Gallipoli. He has also led several historical tours of the battlefields and commemorative sites of the Great War, including the Premier of Victoria’s ‘Spirit of Anzac’.


  • Bruce Scates has recently featured in interviews and documentaries on various aspects of Anzac commemoration. You can hear him speaking on the BBC World Service, ABC Classic FM and Radio National by following the links. Happy listening! Read more
  • On Dangerous Ground: A Gallipoli Story In the lead up to the centenary of Anzac, one of Australia’s leading historians changes the way we see Gallipoli.  Faultless research and compelling narrative shape an ‘imagined history’ and enriches our understanding of the Great War.  On the day Australians charge the Nek, a man goes missing at Gallipoli.  The ... Read more