Position:
 
Honorary Research Fellow
 
Contact Details:
 
Email: m.johnson4@uq.edu.au

Qualifications:
 
BA, University of Queensland
BA(Hons), University of Queensland
PhD, University of Queensland
 
Awards:
  • 2009: Project Research Supervisor for Reassign (with Associate-Professor Hamish Maxwell-Stewart): Northern Tasmanian Cultural Heritage Partnership. This project examined the lives of convicts assigned to the Norfolk Plains district of northern Tasmania and was reliant on a combined grant of $25,000. Contributors: Heritage Highway Tourism Region Association ($15,000); National Trust of Tasmania ($10,000).
  • Teaching Merit Certificate, University of Tasmania.
  • Denis J Murphy Memorial, University of Queensland.
  • Vernerable Archdeacon Edward Leo Hayes Postgraduate Research Scholarship, University of Queensland.
  • University Medal, University of Queensland.
  • Kate McNaughton of Roma Scholarship, University of Queensland.
  • Joan Allsop Prize, University of Queensland.
  • A.C.V. Melbourne Prize, University of Queensland.
 
Member:
  • Member - Royal Australian Historical Society.
  • Associate Member, Centre for Colonialism and its Aftermath, University of Tasmania.
 
Publications:
 
 
Books:
  • M. Johnson, Australia's Ancient Aboriginal Past: A Global Perspective (Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2014).
  • M. Johnson, Trials and Tribulations: A Social History of the Europeans in Australia, 1788-1960 (Launceston, Tas: Myola House of Publishing, 2007).
  • M. Johnson, No Holds Barred  Hughie Williams: Olympic Wrestler and Trade Union Heavyweight (Rockhampton, Qld: Central Queensland University Press, 2003).
  • P. Richards and M. Johnson (eds), Health, Wealth and Tribulation: Launceston’s Cataract Gorge (Launceston, Tas: Myola House of Publishing, 2007).
  • M. Rolls and M. Johnson with an introduction by Henry Reynolds, Historical Dictionary of Australian Aborigines (Blue Ridge Summit, Penn,: Scarecrow Press, 2011).
  • M. Johnson (ed.), Moreton Bay Matters (Brisbane: Brisbane History Group, 2002).
  • M. Johnson and K. Saunders, Wild Heart, Bountiful Land: An Historic Overview of the Mary River Valley (Sunnybank Hills, Qld: Queensland State Archives, 2007).
  • M. Johnson and K. Saunders, Working the Land: An Historic Overview of Boonah and its Northern District (Sunnybank Hills, Qld: Queensland State Archives, 2007).
 
Chapters:
  • ‘Whose guilt? What reward? The loss of the Sovereign 1847’, in M. Johnson (ed.), Moreton Bay Matters (Brisbane: Brisbane History Group, 2002), pp.11-18.
  • ‘“A modified form of whaling’: The Moreton Bay dugong fishery 1846-1920’, in M. Johnson (ed.), Moreton Bay Matters (Brisbane: Brisbane History Group, 2002), pp.27-38.
  • ‘Larrikin “Push”, 1902’, in R. Evans and C. Ferrier (eds), Radical Brisbane: an unruly history (Carlton North, Vic: Vulgar Press, 2004), pp.123-27.
  • ‘The 1903 Smallpox Epidemic at Launceston, Tasmania, and Federal Health: The Role of J.S.C. Elkington’, in P. Richards, B. Valentine and T. Dunning (eds), Effecting a Cure: Aspects of Health and Medicine in Launceston (Launceston, Tas: Myola House of Publishing, 2006), pp.347-60.
  • ‘Indigenous People of the Cataract’, in P. Richards and M. Johnson (eds.), Health, Wealth and Tribulation: Launceston’s Cataract Gorge (Launceston, Tas: Myola House of Publishing, 20070, pp.57-67.
  • ‘Punts to Bridges’, in P. Richards and M. Johnson (eds), Health, Wealth and Tribulation: Launceston’s Cataract Gorge (Launceston, Tas: Myola House of Publishing, 2007), pp.223-33.
  • ‘Cataract Gorge and Hydro-Electric Power’, in P. Richards and M. Johnson (eds), Health, Wealth and Tribulation: Launceston’s Cataract Gorge (Launceston, Tas: Myola House of Publishing, 2007), pp.251-65.
  • ‘Tourism and Recreation: Sights, Sound, Action’, in P. Richards and M. Johnson (eds), Health, Wealth and Tribulation: Launceston’s Cataract Gorge (Launceston, Tas: Myola House of Publishing, 2007), pp.267-79.
  • ‘Australian Bushrangers: Law, Retribution and the Public Imagination’, in R. Lincoln and S. Robinson (eds), Crime Over Time: Temporal Perspectives on Crime and Punishment in Australia (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010), pp.3-22.
  • ‘People, Place and Identity in the Tamar Valley Precinct’, in F. Gale (ed.), Pulp Friction in Tasmania: A review of the environmental assessment of Gunns’ proposed pulp mill (Launceston, Tas: Pencil Pine Press, 2011) pp.1-17.
 
Articles:
  • ‘“Cranial connections”: Queensland’s “Talgai Skull” debate of 1918 and custodianship of the past’, Aboriginal History, Vol.24 (2000), pp.117-31.
  • ‘The Masculine Dynamics of Larrikinism in South Queensland, 1880-1920’, Proceedings of the University of Queensland History Research Group, No.12 (2001), pp.38-47.
  • ‘Brisbane and Federation: A Review Article’, Australian Journal of Politics and History, Vol.50, No.3 (September 2004), pp.420-24.
  • ‘The 1903 Smallpox Outbreak at Launceston and the Role of J.S.C. Elkington’, Launceston General Hospital Historical Committee: Papers and Proceedings (13 November 2005), pp.17-22.
  • ‘Promises and Pineapples: Post-World War One Soldier Settlement at Beerburrum, Queensland’, Australian Journal of Politics and History, Vol.51, No.4 (December 2005), pp.496-512.
  • ‘Denis Murphy on Strikes’, Journal of the Royal Historical Society of Queensland, Vol.19, No.9 (December 2006), pp.122-37.
  • ‘“Feathered Foes”: Soldier Settlers and Western Australia’s “Emu War” of 1932’, Journal of Australian Studies, No.88 (2006), pp.147-57.
  • ‘Fruitless Endeavours: Genesis of the Bjelke-Petersen Government’s Persecution of Unionists in Queensland, 1976-77’, Queensland Journal of Labour History, No.4 (March 2007), pp.20-29.
  • ‘Veteran soldiers’ poisoned chalice’, Queensland Business Review, Issue 75 (October 2007), n.p.
  • ‘Mining Developments in Twentieth Century Queensland’, Queensland Business Review, Issue 76 (November 2007), n.p.
  • ‘The Failure of Post-World War One Soldier Settlement in Queensland: Case Studies of Bald Hills and Coominya’, Journal of the Royal Historical Society of Queensland, Vol.20, No.9 (February 2009), pp.405-24.
  • ‘Fangs and Faith: The search for an effective antidote against snake envenomation in Australia’, Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, Vol.95. Pt.2 (November 2009), pp.125-44.
 
Book reviews:
  • Australian Journal of Politics and History, Vol.46, No.3 (2000), pp.428-29.
  • Australian Journal of Politics and History, Vol.48, No.1 (2002), pp.102-03.
  • Australian Journal of Politics and History, Vol.48, No.3 (September 2002), p.417.
  • Australian Journal of Politics and History, Vol.49, No.1 (March 2003), pp.125-26.
  • Australian Journal of Politics and History, Vol.52, No.1 (March 2006), pp.140-41.
  • Journal of British Studies, Vol.49, No.1 (January 2010), pp.203-05.
 
Conferences:
  • ‘Denis Murphy’s Interpretation of Strikes’ (Denis Murphy Conference held in the Legislative Council Chambers, Parliament House, Brisbane, 19 June 2004).
  • Chair, Panel 20, Session 7 (Imperial Curiosity Conference held at The University of Tasmania, Hobart, 29 June 2007).
  • Member of the Organising Committee, Australian Historical Association Conference, Launceston, 4-8 July 2011. Chair, Concurrent Session 3(5).
 
Seminars:
  • 2000: ‘“A Modified Form of Whaling”: The Dugong and its Exploitation in Australian Waters, 1847-1975’ (Social Sciences Annex, University of Queensland, Brisbane, 4 May 2000).
  • 2005: ‘The Sydney Smallpox Epidemic of 1789: Accident, Biological Warfare or Macassan Infection? (with Professor Michael Bennett, Riawunna Aboriginal Studies Centre, University of Tasmania, Launceston, 9 August 2005).
  • 2005: ‘Smallpox and Launceston’ (Australian Society of the History of Medicine, Launceston General Hospital, Launceston, 13 November 2005).
  • 2007: ‘Duck Reach Power Station’ (‘Moods of the Cataract Gorge Exhibition’, Eskleigh Home, Perth, Tas, 17 November 2007).
 
Radio Interviews:
  • 2002: ‘Rabbits and the Great Depression in Australia’ (ABC Capricornia, Rockhampton, Queensland, 14 December 2002).
  • 2007: ‘Cataract Gorge and the City of Launceston’ (ABC Northern Tasmania, Launceston, 9 January 2007).
 
Queensland State Archives Essays:
  • 2010: ‘The Historical Significance of Queensland Day’ (May 2010).
  • 2010: ‘Letters Patent and the Proclamation of Queensland’ (August 2010).

 

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