Position

Academic Status
College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Biography

Eric Richards was Professor of History for many years and is a specialist in the history of Australia, British and International Migration. He is now Emeritus Professor and, in 2014, Carnegie Trust Centenary Professor in Scotland.

Qualifications

  • B.A. (Hons) (Economic and Social History), University of Nottingham, 1962
  • Ph.D., University of Nottingham, 1967

Honours, awards and grants

Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, 1984

Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, 1986

Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, 1991

Member of the Gaelic Society of Inverness, 1998

Australian Centenary Medal for "Services to the Arts and Australian Society", 2003

Winner of the Book Award of the Scottish Arts Council, 1982
Scottish History Book of the Year, 1999

NSW Premier's Literary Prize, March 2009

Carnegie Trust Centenary Professor in Scotland, 2014

Key responsibilities

Research and supervisions.

Research interests

  • History of International Migration since 1500
  • History of Australian Immigration
  • British emigration
  • Scottish Highlands
  • Robert Malthus
  • Agrarian Transformation
  • British aristocracy and estate management
  • Emigrant letters

Supervisory interests

  • Agrarian transformation
  • British aristocracy and estate management
  • British emigration
  • Emigrant letters
  • History of Australian immigration
  • History of international migration since 1500
  • Robert Malthus
  • Scottish Highlands

RHD research supervision

Current

Associate supervisor : Imperial Commercial Strategy and the Business of Colonisation (1) ;

Completion

Principal supervisor : History (7) ;

Associate supervisor : History (6) ;

Publications

  • Richards, E.S. (2016). Afterword. In Angela McCarthy and John M. MacKenzie, ed. Global Migrations: The Scottish Diaspora Since 1600. Edinburgh, Scotland: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 272-280.
  • Richards, E.S. (2015). ‘Darien and the Psychology of Scottish adventurism in the 1690s’ In Andrekos Varnava, ed. Imperial Expectations and Realities: El Dorados, Utopias and Dystopias. Manchester, United Kingdom: Manchester University Press, pp. 26-46.
  • Richards, E.S. (2015). ‘Greater Ireland and the Australian Immigrant: The Religious Dimension’, In Colin Barr and Hilary M. Carey, ed. Religion and Greater Ireland: Christianity and Irish Global Networks, 1750-1950. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queens University Press, pp. 275-296..
  • Richards, E.S. (2014). 'Scotland, the Highlands and 'the Elephant Question"' In Graham Tulloch, Karen Agutter, and Luciana D'Arcangeli, ed. Sicily and Scotland. Where Extremes Meet. Leicester, United Kingdom: Troubador Publishing,, pp. 96-108.
  • Richards, E.S. (2014). Sicily and Scotland Compared: Some Economic and Demographic Limits. In Graham Tulloch, Karen Agutter, and Luciana D'Arcangeli, ed. Sicily and Scotland: Where Extremes Meet. Leicester: Troubador Publishing, pp. 124-129.
  • Richards, E.S. (2013). Malthus and the uses of British emigration. In K Fedorowich & AS Thompson, ed. Empire, migration and identitiy in the British world. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press, pp. 42-59.
    [Web Link]
  • Richards, E.S. (2013). Restless and Unsettled. In M Kleing & E Richards, ed. On the Wing: Mobility Before and After Emigration to Australia. Spit Junction, NSW: Anchor Books Australia, pp. 1-11.
  • Richards, E. (2012). Human Traffic. In M Hewitt, ed. The Victorian World. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, pp. 141-159.
    [Web Link]
  • Richards, E.S. (2009). Rural transformation and the plight of the displaced in industrializing Britain. In Ralph Shlomowitz, ed. Flinders essays in economics and economic history : a tribute to Keith Hancock, Metodey Polasek and Robert Henry Wallace. Adelaide, SA: Wakefield Press, pp. 183-204.
  • Richards, E.S. (2008). Migrations: the career of British white Australia. In Deryck M. Schreuder and Stuart Ward, ed. Australia's Empire. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 163-185.
    [Scopus]
  • Richards, E.S. (2007). The British diaspora in wide angle. In Ajaya Kumar Sahoo, Brij Maharaj, ed. Sociology of Diaspora. Jaipur, India: Rawat Publications, pp. 363-377.
  • Richards, E.S. (2006). The limits of the Australian emigrant letter. In Bruce S. Elliot, David A. Gerber, Suzanne M. Sinke, ed. Letters across Borders: The Epistolary Practices of International Migrants. New York, NY, USA: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 56-74.
  • Richards, E.S. (2006). Scottish voices and networks in colonial Australia. In Angela McCarthy, ed. A Global Clan: Scottish Migrant Networks and Identities Since the Eighteenth Century. London, UK: Tauris Academic Studies, pp. 150-182.
  • Richards, E.S. (2005). Clayton, William. In Australian Dictionary of Biography. Carlton, Victoria: Melbourne University Press, pp. 67-68.
  • Richards, E.S. (2005). Running home from Australia: intercontinental mobility and migrant expectations in the nineteenth century. In Marjory Harper, ed. Emigrant homecomings : the return movement of emigrants, 1600-2000. Manchester, England: Manchester University Press, pp. 77-104.
  • Richards, E.S. (2004). Gower, George Granville Leveson, First Duke of Sutherland. In Brian Harrison, ed. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, pp. 104-109.
  • Richards, E.S. (2004). Gower, Elizabeth Leveson, Duchess. In Brian Harrison, ed. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, pp. 99-100.
  • Richards, E.S. (2004). Gordon, Alexander, Second Duke of Gordon. In Brian Harrison, ed. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, pp. 850-851.
  • Richards, E.S. (2004). British diaspora. In Melvin Ember, Carol R. Ember, Ian Skoggard, ed. Encyclopedia of diasporas : immigrant and refugee cultures around the world. NEW YORK, NY, USA: Springer, pp. 47-56.
  • Richards, E.S. (2004). Hart, John. In Brian Harrison, ed. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, pp. 585-586.
  • Richards, E.S. (2004). The Idea of the British diaspora. In Sue Williams et al., ed. The regenerative spirit Volume 2: (Un)settling, (dis)locations, (post-)colonial, (re)presentations. ADELAIDE, SA: Lythrum Press, pp. 42-52.
  • Richards, E.S. (2004). The British diaspora in wide-angle. In Darian-Smith, Kate; Grimshaw, Patricia; Lindsey, Kiera; Mcintyre, Stuart, ed. EXPLORING THE BRITISH WORLD. Melbourne: RMIT Publishing, pp. 295-314.
  • Richards, E.S. (2004). Sellar, Patrick. In Brian Harrison, ed. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, pp. 716-717.
  • Richards, E.S. (2004). Horton, Sir Robert John Wilmot. In Brian Harrison, ed. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, pp. 216-219.
  • Richards, E.S. (2004). Loch, James. In Brian Harrison, ed. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, pp. 209-211.
  • Richards, E.S. (2004). Morphett, Sir John. In Brian Harrison, ed. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, pp. 245-246.
  • Richards, E.S. (2003). The last of the clan and other highland emigrants. In Tom Brooking and Jennie Coleman, ed. The heather and the fern. New Zealand: Otago University Press, pp. 33-49.
  • Richards, E.S. (2003). Hugh Miller and resistance to the highland clearances. In Lester Borley, Cromarty Arts Trust, Elphinstone Institute, ed. Celebrating the Life and Times of Hugh Miller. Edinburgh, UK: Cromarty Arts Trust, pp. 48-63.
  • Richards, E.S. (2003). Agriculture and animal husbandry. In Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment. New York, USA: Oxford University Press, pp. 32-38.
  • Richards, E.S. (2002). Hearing voices: an introduction. In A. James Hammerton & Eric Richards, ed. Speaking to Immigrants: Oral Testimony and the History of Australian Migration. Canberra, ACT: Australian National University, pp. 1-20.
  • Richards, E.S. (2001). Foreword to Douglas MacGowan. In The Stonemason. London, UK: Praeger, pp. ix-xiii.
  • Richards, E.S. (2001). Highland and Gaelic Immigrants. In Jupp, J, ed. The Australian People. Melbourne, VIC: Cambridge University Press, pp. 649-655.
  • Richards, E.S. (2001). Migration in South Australia. In Prest, W, ed. The Wakefield Companion to South Australian History. Adelaide, SA: Wakefield Press, pp. 352-355.
  • Richards, E.S. (2001). Scots in South Australia. In Prest, W, ed. The Wakefield Companion to South Australian History. Adelaide, SA: Wakefield Press, pp. 482-484.
  • Richards, E.S. (2001). The Australian Option. In Living Economic and Social History. Glasgow, UK: Economic History Society.
  • Richards, E.S. and Oxley, T.D. (2001). Convict and Free Immigrant Women Before 1851. In Jupp, J, ed. The Australian People. Melbourne, VIC: Cambridge University Press, pp. 30-34.
  • Richards, E.S. (2016). The Highland Estate Factor in the Age of the Clearance. Isle of Lewis: The Islands Book Trust.
  • Richards, E.S. (2016). The Highland Clearances:People,Landlords and Rural Turmoil. 3rd ed. Edinburgh, Scotland: Birlinn.
  • Richards, E.S. (2013). The Highland Clearances. Edinburgh, UK: Birlinn.
  • Richards, E.S. (2010). From Hirta to Port Phillip: the St Kilda Emigration to Australia in 1852. South Lochs, Isle of Lewis: The Islands Book Trust.
  • Richards, E.S. (2008). Destination Australia: migration to Australia since 1901. Sydney, NSW: University of New South Wales Press.
  • Richards, E.S. (2008). The Highland clearances: people, landlords and rural turmoil. Edinburgh, UK: Birlinn.
  • Richards, E.S. (2007). Debating the Highland Clearances. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
    [Scopus]
  • Richards, E.S. (2004). Britannia's Children: emigration from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland since 1600. LONDON, UK: Hambledon and London.
  • Bell, B., Coltheart, L., Bridges, P., Maclennan, H.D., Payton, P., Steven, M., et al. (2001). Scatterlings of Empire. St. Lucia, QLD: University of Queensland Press.
  • Richards, E. (2011). The New History of the Highland Clearances. In Conference Proceedings of The Third Australasian Scottish Genealogy Conference: 'Catch the Moments: Scotland 1750-1850: A Century of Transformation' The Third Australasian Scottish Genealogy Conference. Moorabbin, Melbourne. Apr 2011.
  • Richards, E.S. and Kleinig, M. (Eds.). (2013). On the Wing: Mobility before and after Emigration to Australia. New South Wales: Anchor Books.
  • Hammerton, A.J. and Richards, E.S. (Eds.). (2002). Speaking to Immigrants: Oral Testimony and the History of Australian Migration. Canberra, ACT: Australian National University.
  • Richards, E.S. (2013). Genealogy and Good Breeding. The South Australian Genealogist, 40(4) pp. 35-39.
  • Richards, E. (2012). Moving Stories: An Intimate History of Four Women across Two Countries by Alistair Thomson with Phyllis Cave, Gwen Good, Joan Pickett and Dorothy Wright. Biography-An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, 35(2) pp. 389-396.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Richards, E. (2011). Book Review: Stuart Macintyre, The Poor Relation. A History of Social Sciences in Australia. Journal of Pacific History, 46(1) pp. 147-148.
    [10.1080/00223344.2011.573653]
  • Richards, E.S. (2009). Mary H. Blewett. The Yankee Yorkshireman: Migration Lived and Imagined (book review) American Historical Review, 114(5) pp. 1421-1422.
    [Web Link]
  • Richards, E.S. (2009). Highlanders colonising Australia. History Scotland, 9(4) pp. 27-35.
  • Richards, E.S. (2008). Immigration and Settlement in South Australia: Migration Museum (review) Australian Historical Studies, 39(3) pp. 382-384.
    [10.1080/10314610802263356]
  • Richards, E.S. (2008). Review:Beth Duncan. Mary Thomas: Founding Mother: The Life and Times of a South Australian Pioneer. Journal of Historical Biography, 4 pp. 157-160.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Richards, E.S. (2008). Review: John Belchem, Irish, Catholic and Scouse.The History of the Liverpool-Irish, 1800-1939. American Historical Review, 113(4) pp. 1249-1250.
    [Web Link]
  • Richards, E.S. (2006). Alexander Murdoch, 'British Emigration, 1603-1914' (book review) Journal of British Studies, 45(2) pp. 406-408.
  • Richards, E.S. (2006). Pat Jalland, 'Changing Way of Death in Twentieth Century Australia: War, Medicine and the Funeral Business' (book review) Dialogue, 25(1) pp. 81-83.
  • Richards, E.S. (2006). The Grand Parade: a review essay on Volume 16 and the Supplement to the Australian Dictionary of Biography (book review) Journal of Historical Society of South Australia, 34 pp. 116-120.
  • Richards, E.S. (2003). The Odd Couple. New Zealand Books, 13(3) pp. 9-10.
  • Richards, E.S. (2003). The Highland Clearances: an Interview with Eric Richards. Scots - The Journal of The Scots Heritage Society, 20 pp. 66-71.
  • Richards, E.S. (2000). Patrick Sellar and his world. Transactions of The Gaelic Society of Inverness, LXI pp. 149-173.
  • Richards, E.S. (2005). Atkinson, Alan, 'The European in Australia: A History. Volume Two, Democracy' (Book Review) Australian Historical Studies Special Issue: Histories of Sexuality. 36(126) pp. 357-359.
    [10.1080/10314610508682929]
  • Richards, E.S. (2005). Jupp, James, ''The English in Australia' (Book Review) Australian Historical Studies Special Issue: Histories of Sexuality. 36(126) pp. 376-378.
  • Richards, E.S. (2014). Colonial Misfits of the 1830s: Three Stories of Migration. Agora, 49(1) pp. 30-38.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Richards, E. and Tindley, A. (2012). After the Clearances: Evander McIver and the 'Highland Question', 1835-73. Rural History, 23(1) pp. 41-57.
    [10.1017/S0956793311000148] [Scopus]
  • Tindley, A. and Richards, E. (2012). Turmoil among the crofters: Evander McIver and the 'Highland Question', 1873-1903. Agricultural History Review, 60(2) pp. 191-213.
    [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Richards, E. (2011). Highland Emigration in the Age of Malthus: Scourie, 1841-55. Northern Scotland, 2 pp. 60-82.
    [10.3366/nor.2011.0005]
  • Richards, E. (2011). Yorke's Peninsula and the British Diaspora. Journal of Historical Society of South Australia, 39 pp. 48-64.
    [Web Link]
  • Richards, E.S. (2010). Australia and Scotland: the Evolution of a Long-Distance Relationship. Australian Journal of Politics and History, 56(4) pp. 485-502.
    [10.1111/j.1467-8497.2010.01567.x] [Scopus]
  • Richards, E.S. (2010). Australian Colonial Mentalities in Emigrant Letters. Australian Studies, 2 pp. 1-17.
  • Richards, E.S. (2002). The first mass emigration from Ireland to Australia. Australian Journal of Irish Studies, 2(2002) pp. 166-184.
  • Richards, E.S. (2001). Ironies of the Highland Exodus, 1740-1900. Journal of Australian Studies, 68 pp. 74-86.
  • Richards, E.S. (2016). The Highland Clearances:People,Landlords and Rural Turmoil. 3rd ed. Edinburgh, Scotland: Birlinn.
  • Richards, E.S. (2016). The Highland Estate Factor in the Age of the Clearance. Isle of Lewis: The Islands Book Trust.
  • Richards, E.S. (2013). The Highland Clearances. Edinburgh, UK: Birlinn.
  • Richards, E.S. (2010). From Hirta to Port Phillip: the St Kilda Emigration to Australia in 1852. South Lochs, Isle of Lewis: The Islands Book Trust.
  • Richards, E.S. (2008). Destination Australia: migration to Australia since 1901. Sydney, NSW: University of New South Wales Press.
  • Richards, E.S. (2008). The Highland clearances: people, landlords and rural turmoil. Edinburgh, UK: Birlinn.
  • Richards, E.S. (2007). Debating the Highland Clearances. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
    [Scopus]
  • Richards, E.S. (2004). Britannia's Children: emigration from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland since 1600. LONDON, UK: Hambledon and London.
  • Bell, B., Coltheart, L., Bridges, P., Maclennan, H.D., Payton, P., Steven, M., et al. (2001). Scatterlings of Empire. St. Lucia, QLD: University of Queensland Press.
  • Richards, E.S. and Kleinig, M. (Eds.). (2013). On the Wing: Mobility before and after Emigration to Australia. New South Wales: Anchor Books.

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Subject Titles

  • History - Australian
  • History - British
  • Migration

Interests

  • History (Australian and British migration, British abroad, modern Scottish history, women in the economy since 1700)

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