About Dr Cindy McCreery

Dr Cindy McCreery’s research interests focus on eighteenth and nineteenth-century Britain and the British Empire, visual culture in teh eighteenth and nineteenth centuries (especially satical prints [cartoons], engravings, illustrated newspapers and photography);and British, Australian and Pacific maritime history, including the Royal Navy.

Dr Cindy McCreery joined the Department in July 2002. Prior to this she was a Caird Senior Fellow at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich,London (1995-1997), a Vice-Chancellor's post-doctoral research fellow at the University of New South Wales (1998-2000), and a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and Architecture, London (2001). She also lectured at the University of Oxford (1997-1998)and the University of Newcastle (Australia)(2002).

Current projects

  • ‘Royal Blue: Prince Alfred’s world voyages and the marketing of the British empire, 1858-93’, Brown Fellowship, University of Sydney, 2009, 2011
  • Maritime History, Archaeology and Environment Research Group, co-convenor, with Prof. Iain McCalman, SOPHI Strategic Development Fund award, University of Sydney, 2009 (Research Group website currently under development)
  • ‘Prince Alfred as a symbol of British and German imperial power, 1844-1900’, Herzog-Ernst-Stipendium der Fritz Thyssen Stiftung an der Universitäts und Forschungbibliothek Erfurt-Gotha, Germany 2009
Areas of research supervision
Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain and the British empire, in particular cultural, maritime, political and social history, as well as the use of visual material (engravings, photographs etc.) as historical sources

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

Selected publications


The Satirical Gaze: Prints of Women in Late Eighteenth-Century England
(Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004)

Ports of the World: Prints from the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich c.1700-1870 (London: Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd., 1999).


'Telling the Story: HMS Galatea’s 1867 visit to the Cape’, South African Historical Journal (December 2009).

‘ “Long may he float on the ocean of life”: the first royal visit to Tasmania in 1868’, Tasmanian Historical Studies, 12 (2007), pp. 19-42.

‘Less is More: rethinking the assessment in a first-year History unit of study’, Synergy, Institute for Teaching and Learning, University of Sydney, Issue 22 (November 2005), pp. 23-26.

'The Sea and Public History in Australia', Journal for Maritime Research (May 2002).

'True Blue and Black, Brown and Fair: Prints of British Sailors and their Women during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars', British Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, vol. 23, no. 2 (Autumn 2000), 135-52.

Book Chapters

‘A Moral Panic in London, c.1790?: “The Monster” and the press’, in Moral Panics and the Law in Early Modern England, ed. David Lemmings and Claire Walker (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).

‘A British Prince and a Transnational Life: Alfred, duke of Edinburgh’s visit to Australia, 1867-8’, Transnational Ties: Australian Lives in the World, ed. Desley Deacon, Penny Russell and Angela Woollacott (Canberra: ANU E-press, 2008).

‘Sentiment, Motherhood and the Sea in Gillray and Blake’, Women Read Blake, ed. Helen Bruder (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), pp. 148-158.