Mr Laurence Allen

Mr Laurence Allen

Research student

Career Summary


Laurence (Laurie) is a PhD candidate in History in the School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Newcastle. His research is centred on Australia's Indigenous history, and includes an interest in missions history, particularly the work undertaken by German missionaries in Australia. He is currently investigating Aboriginal/settler relations on the Central Coast of NSW, focusing on the ninety years from first contact until 1874 when the 'last' member of the Brisbane Water people was reported to have died.

Prior to commencing his PhD, Laurie completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours Class I) at the University of Sydney, and a Master of Philosophy at the University of Oxford in the UK. His honours thesis was on the conflict between English and German missionaries at the Wellington Valley Mission in NSW (1832-43), and his Master's dissertation was on the Cape Bedford Mission in Far North Queensland, focusing on its first twenty years from 1886 onward.

Laurie spent the summer semester of 2007 as an exchange student at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg, Germany, with the aid of both a Baden-Württemberg Scholarship and a Sydney University International Scholarship, and in 2008 he was awarded the Garton Scholarship No. VI for Third Year German at Sydney University. A German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholarship enabled him to attend the Hochschulwinterkurs at the University of Duisburg-Essen in 2009.  Sydney University's Walter Reid Memorial Prizes were received in 2009 and 2010, while two Graduate Research payments from St. Catherine's College, Oxford assisted him with research costs in 2012-14. He currently holds an APA-equivalent scholarship from the University of Newcastle.


  • Australian Indigenous history
  • Australian colonial history
  • Australian missions history
  • Central Coast NSW
  • German missionaries in Australia


  • German (Working)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
210301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History 50
210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) 50


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Thesis / Dissertation (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Allen L, Turning the 'Wilderness' into a 'Flowering Garden': Exploring the Survival of the Cape Bedford Mission, Far North Queensland, 1886-1909, University of Oxford, UK (2014)
2011 Allen L, "English Episcopalians" versus "German Lutherans": The Contribution of Cultural and Theological Differences to the Failure of the Wellington Valley Mission, University of Sydney (2011)

Mr Laurence Allen

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