About Associate Professor Julia Horne

Dr Julia Horne’s research interest include: The public university in Australasia 1850-1918; Various aspects of oral history including memory, biography, 'the interview', and oral history as a form of modern personal papers; Overseas students in Australia in the 1950s and 1960s and History of travel, tourism and natural landscapes.

Julia Horne is University Historian at the University of Sydney. She has also taught history at UNSW, worked as a curator in social history at the Powerhouse Museum, pioneered local history outreach programs and spent hundreds of hours interviewing people about their lives as Head of the Oral History Program in the UNSW Archives. She has been a member of the Council of the Royal Australian Historical Society since 2007, and in 2009, was appointed member of the governing council of the Australian National Maritime Museum.

At the University of Sydney, the role of University Historian is as public historian responsible for various university history-related tasks such as maintaining the University’s oral history program and developing strategies to promote the University, its heritage and history to the wider community.

Areas of research supervision

  • History of tertiary education (including the University of Sydney, affiliated colleges and societies)
  • Overseas students in Australia
  • Oral history, biography, archives and historical collections affect the University of Sydney.
Current projects

ARC Discovery Project: The Public University in Australasia, 1850-1918 
History of civic philanthropy
History of the University of Sydney
The Carnegie Corporation of New York in Australia between the wars

For more details see: http://sydney.edu.au/arts/history/staff/profiles/horne.shtml

Selected publications


The Pursuit of Wonder: how Australia’s landscape was explored, nature discovered and tourism unleashed, Miegunyah Press (2005).

Not an Ivory Tower: the making of an Australian vice-chancellor, based on interviews with Michael and Jenny Birt, UNSW Archives, Sydney 1997

Jenolan Caves. When the Tourists Came, Kingsclear Press, Crows Nest 1994

J Horne, J Ingleson, L McCarthy, P O'Farrell (eds) Locating Australia's Past: A Practical Guide to Writing Local History in New South Wales, UNSW Press, Sydney 1988.
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Horne, J., ‘The Establishment of Faculties at the University of Sydney’, in T. Howells, University of Sydney Architecture, The Watermark Press, Sydney, in press, 2012

Horne, J.. Randwick by Pauline Curby. Reviews in Australian Studies, North America, 517 02 2011 (vol. 5 no. 1,, 2011).

J. Horne, ‘The Cosmopolitan Life of Alice Erh-Soon Tay’, Journal of World History, vol. 21, no. 3 (2010): Cosmopolitanism in World History, pp. 419-445

G. Sluga, J. Horne, ‘Cosmopolitanism: its pasts and practices’, Journal of World History, vol. 21, no. 3, September 2010, pp. 369-373

J. Horne, G. Sherington, ‘Extending the Educational Franchise: The Social Contract of Australia’s Public Universities 1850-1890’, Paedagogica Historical vol. 46, nos. 1-2, February-April 2010, pp.207-27

G. Sherington, J. Horne,’ Empire, State and public Purpose in the founding of universities and colleges in the Antipodes’, History of Education Review, vol. 39, no. 2, 2010, pp.36-51