Naomi Parry

Naomi Parry

PHA NSW Accreditation

Professional Member


I'm a social historian with a passion for good writing that tells stories to general audiences. My specialties are community history, Aboriginal history, and digital history. I can work alone and also enjoy collaborating with other historians, writers, archaeologists and architects. I am an accredited member of the Professional Historians’ Association of NSW & ACT.

As a consulting historian I have researched all sorts of things; building and site histories, the industrial and migration heritage of Lithgow, social history, women’s history, migration, missions to Aboriginal people, and the significance of the surviving set of Skippy The Bush Kangaroo. I have also published a wide range of academic and other writing.

From 2011 until 2014 I worked full-time as the NSW historian on the Find & Connect web resource, an Australian Government-funded digital history and archiving project led by the Australian Catholic University and University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre. I’ve been a contributor and project editor at the Dictionary of Sydney and a regular presenter for the History Council’s Speaker Connect programme.

My first book, New South Wales and the Great War, written with Brad Manera, Will Davies and Stephen Garton for the NSW Centenary of Anzac, was released in November 2016 and has been sent to every public and Catholic school in NSW. I appeared on Who Do You Think You Are with David Wenham (Series 6, Episode 4, 2015), am a regular speaker for the History Council of NSW's Speaker Connect programme, have spoken at a wide range of conferences, and my work on Musquito has been featured on Radio National's Hindsight.

I have a PhD in Australian History from the University of New South Wales, and degrees in arts and education from Macquarie University and the University of New South Wales. In 2015 I received a National State Library of NSW National and State Libraries Australasia Honorary Fellowship and was shortlisted for the Writers’ Victoria Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship. In 2005 I was awarded a Varuna Dr Eric Dark Fellowship.

Area of Expertise


Publications/Past Work

Naomi Parry and Brad Manera with Will Davies and Stephen Garton, New South Wales and the Great War, Haberfield: Longueville Media, 2016. ISBN 978-0-9943863-7-3

Book sections and academic articles


Significance Assessment of the Skippy Collection, with Milliss and Carlsson for International Conservation Services, 2013