Dr Samuel Furphy is a Research Fellow in the National Centre of Biography, School of History, The Australian National University. His scholarly interests include Australian colonial history, British imperial history, Aboriginal history, and biography. Sam’s recent book – Edward M. Curr and the Tide of History – is a biography of a nineteenth century pastoralist, public servant, ethnologist, and Aboriginal administrator, whose written works were influential in the Yorta Yorta native title case. It was shortlisted for the Victorian Community History Awards in 2013.
Sam is a currently a Chief Investigator on the Australian Research Council project “Serving Our Country: A History of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in the Defence of Australia.” In 2014 he will commence work on a new project as an ARC Discovery Early Career Research Fellow: “A Due Observance of Justice? Protectors of Aborigines in Britain’s Australasian Colonies, 1837-1857.”
Before joining the National Centre of Biography, Sam worked as a professional historian, writing several commissioned histories including Dimmeys of Richmond (2007) and Australian of the Year Awards: A Fiftieth Anniversary History (2010).