Damien Williams is an historian with strong interests in the religious, social and political history of Australia and the British world. His thesis, entitled “The Sacramental Bloke: A History of the National Council of Priests of Australia, 1969-2009,” is the first major study of a voluntary organisation of Roman Catholic clergy in Australia. In 2010, a condensed version of this history was published by John Garratt (available at http://tinyurl.com/4xrcf3h). He joined Monash University in 2010 and moved to the National Centre for Australian Studies in 2011.
His work at the Centre focuses on the intersection between history and heritage in Australia and the surrounding region. He is the unit coordinator of ATS1259 Exploring Contemporary Australia and the Faculty of Arts Transition Coordinator. Prior to this, he coordinated the Australian Research Council-funded Anzac Day at Home and Abroad, a centenary history of Anzac commemoration here and overseas.
His co-authored book, Anzac Journeys: returning to the battefields of World War II (Cambridge University Press, 2013) written with Bruce Scates, Alexandra McCosker, Rebecca Wheatley and Keir Reeves was shortlisted for the Australian Historical Association’s Ernest Scott Prize in 2014.
In 2015 Damien was appointed to the City of Kingston‘s Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee to provide advice on community arts strategies and funding in the municipality. Also in 2015 he was named the Fryer Library Fellow at the University of Queensland.
Professional Memberships and Affiliations
- Australian Historical Association
- International Australian Studies Association
- Religious History Association