Adjunct Professor John Maynard

Adjunct scholar

DipAS (The University of Newcastle)
BA (The University of South Australia)
PhD (The University of Newcastle)

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Professor John Maynard was appointed as an Adjunct Professor with NCIS in January 2010. He is currently an ARC Australian Research Fellow (Indigenous) at The University of Newcastle and Deputy Chair of the Council of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS). He is a Worimi man of the Port Stephens region in New South Wales.

John's skills and knowledge in the field of Indigenous history contribute significantly to NCIS's research outputs, supervision of higher degree research students and providing a mentoring role to many other academics, including early-career Indigenous academics.


John has gained a Diploma of Aboriginal Studies from The Wollotuka Institute (at The University of Newcastle), a BA with the University of South Australia and a PhD from the Umulliko Indigenous Higher Education Research Centre (at The University of Newcastle). John became the first male to graduate with a PhD from the Umulliko Indigenous Higher Education Research Centre, with his thesis titled ‘Fred Maynard and the Awakening of Aboriginal Political Conciousness and Activism in Twentieth Century Australia’. The thesis examines the rise in the mid 1920s of the first organised Aboriginal political protest movement – an all-Aboriginal organisation called the Australian Aboriginal Progressive Association, or AAPA, which was headed by John's grandfather, Fred Maynard.

John has held several important fellowships including the Aboriginal History Stanner Fellowship for 1996 at The Australian National University and the New South Wales Premier's Indigenous History Fellowship for 2003–04.

Scholarly interests

John Maynard's main field of research interest is Australian aboriginal history with a concentration on aboriginal political, social, sporting, health, oral history and traditional/contemporary aboriginal history in the Newcastle (Mulobinbah) region of New South Wales.

Recent publications

  • Maynard, J. (2011) The Aboriginal Soccer Tribe: A History of Aboriginal Involvement with the World Game. Magabala Books.
  • Maynard, J. (2010) ‘Football Barriers – Aboriginal under-representation and disconnection from the “World Game”’, in: Christopher Hallinan & John Hughson (eds), The containment of soccer in Australia: fencing off the world game. London, Routledge.
  • Maynard, J. (2009) ‘Sporting Walkabout – Transnational understandings of Australian aboriginal sporting migration’, The International Journal of the History of Sport, 26(16):2376-2396.
  • Maynard, J. (2008) ‘The Shark, Remora and Aboriginal History’, International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies, 1(1):45-51.
  • Maynard, J. (2008) ‘In Search of Aboriginal Nationalism’. In: Nations and Nationalism in Global Perspective: An Encyclopaedia of Origins, Development and Contemporary Transitions. ABC-CLIO, United States.
  • Maynard, J. (2007) ‘Circles in the Sand – An indigenous framework of historical practice’, The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, Vol. 36, Supplementary.
  • Maynard, J. (2007) Fight for Liberty and Freedom: the origins of Australian Aboriginal activism. Aboriginal Studies Press, Canberra, ACT.

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