Mr Truman Smith

Mr Truman Smith

Research student

Career Summary


Truman Smith is currently undertaking his PhD candidature at UON with the department of history and supervisors Victoria Haskins and Kate Ariotte. Having completed his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in 2016, his thesis – ‘“Responsible to No One”: The Kidnapping of Aboriginal People and Australia’s Colonial Project’ has helped earn him the Faculty of Education and Arts Medal, University of Newcastle Establishment Group Prize and a PhD scholarship to continue his research with UON.

With honours having paved the way for his current research, Truman continues to study the kidnapping of Aboriginal people in Australia’s colonial past, now focusing geographically on Queensland and thematically on frontier conflict, labour and the government's response. He strives to deliver further valuable scholarship into an under-researched and significant chapter in Australia’s history.


  • Aboriginal History
  • Australian History
  • Colonial History
  • History


  • English (Mother)

Professional Experience

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/1/2016 -  Electoral Officer

Electorate officers are the initial point of contact for all constituent enquiries. The role involves administrative and secretarial functions to support the Member and ensure the efficient operation of the electorate office. Key accountabilities and skills include;

Research and analytical:
• undertake in-depth research and analysis of policy and legislation
Planning and organisational:
• assist in the day-to-day running of the electorate office, including providing secretarial support to the Member, filing,
and documenting and reconciling petty cash.
correspondence with various government departments and ministers.

Parliament of New South Wales
Newcastle and Charlestown Electorates



Year Award
2016 Bachelor of Arts with Honours Class 1
The University of Newcastle


Year Award
2017 University of Newcastle Establishment Group Prize
The University of Newcastle
2017 Faculty of Education and Arts Faculty Medal
The University of Newcastle


Code Course Role Duration
HIST1051 The Australian Experience
The University of Newcastle

This course provides an introduction to Australian history and to the study of history at the tertiary level. It treats the development of Australian society from Aboriginal antiquity to the present, through the lenses of convicts and colonialism; war and conflict; migration and multiculturalism; and the development of democratic institutions. The course looks to Australian history to contextualise issues in contemporary Australia and introduces the skills and approaches employed in the study of the Australian past.

Tutor 1/1/2018 - 31/8/2018

Mr Truman Smith

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