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PhD University of Wollongong NSW Australian History 2004
Honorary Fellow UOW 2010 to present
President, Camden Historical Society Inc, NSW

Current research areas: 

(1)     Urban Growth on Sydney’s rural-urban fringe 1948 to present
An examination of the history and impact of urban growth on Sydney's rural-urban fringe particularly on the southern fringe of Sydney's Cumberland Plain. The study covers the communities of Camden, Menangle, Oran Park, Harrington Park, Narellan, Campbelltown and others
(2)     Red Cross in New South Wales 1914-1945
An examination of the Red Cross across the Camden District between 1914 and 1945. The history of the Red Cross in the Sydney region during the First World War.
(3)     The Cowpastures and Southern Cumberland Plain 1788-1840
An examination of the settler society in the Cowpastures from 1788 to 1840. The history of the interaction between Europeans and Indigenous Australians across the region. The history of the establishment of the regime of Cowpasture patriarchs, convicts, smallholders, and related issues. 

Recent publications: 

Willis, Ian, ‘Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens: an historical source’, Posted on PHA (NSW & ACT) Blog, 29 January 2017.
 Willis, Ian,’ Local history: a view from the bottom’. History Workshop Online, 5 December 2016. Online @ http://www.historyworkshop.org.uk/local-history-a-view-from-the-bottom
Willis, Ian. ‘The Red Cross in Sydney in World War One’. Online  @ http://dictionaryofsydney.org/entry/the_red_cross_in_sydney_in_world_war_one
 Willis, Ian. ‘The Red Cross and the Liverpool Field Hospital, Hope and Despair during 1915’. Health and History, Vol. 18, No 1, (2016), pp. 22-41. 

Forthcoming research: 

Willis, Ian, ‘Just like England’, a colonial settler landscape’, ISAA review: journal of the independent scholars association of Australia (pending)

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Camden Historical Society Inc, NSW

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