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Meg Foster

Meg Foster is a historian and writer who specialises in settler colonial, ethnographic and public history. She is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes, including the 2018 Aboriginal History Award from the History Council of NSW, and was recently a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge from 2018–19. Her current research investigates the ‘other’ bushrangers (Aboriginal, African-American, Chinese, and female bushrangers) and their impact on Australian history and social memory. As well as her academic research, Meg works as an historical consultant and has a particular interest in making connections between history and the contemporary world.

Meg Foster reviews 'The Whole Picture: The colonial story of the art in our museums and why we need to talk about it' by Alice Procter

June–July 2020, no. 422 27 May 2020
You are looking at a book. On its cover is a painting of a person of colour. But you can only see a portion of the piece. The face is obscured. One dark eye takes up the middle third of the page, while one nostril fills the bottom right-hand corner. The painting is covered in a layer of fine cracks – presumably due to its age. These lines show that myriad individual pieces make up the image befo ... (read more)