DR Greg Lehman

DR Greg Lehman


  • British colonial history (colonisation)
  • Indigenous identity, Tasmanian Aboriginal culture and history
  • Indigenous landscape history (Fire management)
  • Visual representation of Aboriginal people in art (19th century art, colonial art, 20th century art, contemporary art)



  • Dr. Greg Lehman is a well-known Tasmanian artist, curator, essayist, poet and commentator on history, identity and place. Descended from the Trawulwuy people of north east Tasmania, Greg has an intimate relationship with the island’s Indigenous culture and his creative works explore the impact of colonisation on Tasmania’s social fabric. His research on the visual history of Aboriginal Tasmania has included a Masters in Art History at the University of Oxford and a PhD at the University of Tasmania.
    In 2017, Greg curated the development of First Tasmanians, the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery’s first permanent Indigenous gallery. Together with Tim Bonyhady, he recently co-curated The National Picture: the Art of Tasmania’s Black War, a major touring exhibition on the work of Benjamin Duterrau and other Tasmanian colonial artists that opened at the National Gallery of Australia in 2018. This year also saw the premier season of A Tasmanian Requiem, an oratorio for which Greg wrote the libretto for a composition by Helen Thomson and visual design by Julie Gough.
    As well as academic articles on subjects ranging from fire ecology and heritage management, to Indigenous tourism and colonial art, Greg contributed key publications to Australia’s ‘History Wars’. Greg was a foundation member of the National Museum of Australia’s Indigenous Reference Group, and is Indigenous Advisor to the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Hobart. In 2018, Greg was awarded a McKenzie Fellowship at the University of Melbourne to continue his research on relationships between art and conceptions of contemporary Indigenous culture.
    Greg is a Full Writer Member of APRA. In 2010, his lyrics were performed at ‘Voices of Celebration’ as part of the Gondwana National Choirs and Sydney Children’s Choirs’ 21st Birthday Concert at the Sydney Opera House. His creative writing has been published in antho


Member of

  • Royal Society of Tasmania. Member of Council 2018 -
  • Art Association of Australian and New Zealand. member 2016 -
  • Museums and Galleries Australia. Member of professional body 2015 -


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • Greg was a Visiting Indigenous Research Fellow at the Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies from 2012 to 2015. He was a 2017 Fellow with the University of Tasmania's Institute for the Study of Social Change, and in 2018 was awarded an Aboriginal Postdoctoral Fellowship at the School of Geography and Spatial Sciences at the University of Tasmania.
    In 2018, he was awarded a Data Knowledge and Decisions Theme Seed Grant by the University of Tasmania to work with Dr Rebe Taylor on the digitisation of the journals of George Augustus Robinson by the Mitchell Library, Sydney.
    Together with Prof. Maggie Walter, Prof. Jamie Kirkpatrick and Prof. Ted Lefroy, Greg has a current proposal to the 2018 Australian Research Council's Discovery Indigenous scheme as a Discovery Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Award (DAATSIA) Candidate.


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Tasmania 2017
  • MSt, University of Oxford 2013
  • GradDip(Hons), University of Tasmania 1998
  • BSc, University of Tasmania 1984

Awards and honors

  • Scholarship to complete Masters at University of Oxford, Roberts Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation, 2012



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Greg is available as a RHD supervisor for students with interests in the fields of Tasmanian Indigenous culture and history, Australian and British colonial art history,  Australian human ecologies and visual cultures.