Professor Bruce Scates

Director, National Centre for Australian Studies

Bruce Scates is a prize-winning teacher, novelist and historian. His many publications include Return to Gallipoli, A New Australia, the Cambridge History of the Shrine of Remembrance and the recently republished Women and the Great War (co authored with Raelene Frances). The last of these won the coveted NSW Premier’s History Award. Professor Scates is the lead author of Anzac Journeys (also published by Cambridge University Press and short listed in the Ernst Scott Prize for 2014) and was chosen from a field of distinguished international scholars to write the entry on Memorials for the Cambridge History of the First World War. Believing history should appeal to the emotions and the imagination, he has also written a novel, On Dangerous Ground, retracing CEW Bean’s steps across the battlefields. Described by Tom Keneally as ‘eloquent’, ‘complex’ and ‘engrossing’, it has been listed on Australia’s first national curriculum for literature, set on university courses in Germany, Turkey and Australia, and awarded special commendation in the Christina Stead Awards.

Professor Scates is the lead chief investigator on Australian Research Council funded projects on soldier settlement, World War II pilgrimage and heads an international team exploring the history of Anzac Day. These projects involve highly successful partnerships with the Department of Veterans Affairs and a host of other government agencies and cultural institutions in Australia and overseas. He has also been awarded a NSW History Fellowship and a number of smaller grants from DVA, the Army History Unit and the Australian War Memorial.

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  • 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