The 2023 Tom Stannage Memorial Lecture By Dr Shauna Bostock.Dr Shauna Bostock is an Aboriginal woman whose family descend from Bundjalung Country, in the Northern Rivers region of Northern New South Wales. Her family members knew that the Bostock name came from a non-Indigenous settler, Augustus John Bostock, who married an Aboriginal woman in the 1800s, but there were huge gaps in family history knowledge from the present to the past. Shauna was immediately struck with a burning curiosity to find out more.
The Tom Stannage Memorial Lecture commemorates the exceptional contribution made by Professor Tom Stannage (1944-2012) to the Western Australian community. Professor Stannage was a prominent Australian historian who worked hard to foster a wider understanding of Western Australian history and heritage. He is remembered as an inspiring teacher and a passionate advocate for the study of history.