I have lived in the Northern Territory since 1987. Until 2001 I worked largely in the field of Aboriginal tertiary education. Since 2007 I have been the Manager of the Northern Territory Archives Service Oral History Unit.
I completed my PhD at Darwin’s Charles Darwin University in 2009. My thesis is entitled ‘Contact Zones: Sport and Race in The Northern Territory, 1869–1953’. A revised version of his thesis with the same title was published by Charles Darwin University Press in 2010.
In 2011 I undertook museum studies in the conservation of photographs and photographs in the museum environment.
Since January 2015 I have split my time between the Northern Territory Archives Service and working as a freelance historian.
My research into Northern Territory history continues with a particular interest in oral history and photography and why some stories are ‘often told’ while others are ‘forgotten’. These themes are explored in ‘Colour Bar: Remembering and Forgetting Northern Territory Football 1916 to 1955’ published by the History Society of the Northern Territory in 2015.
Since establishing my history consultancy I have completed commissions for the Northern Territory Government Department of Sport and Recreation, The AFLNT, football clubs and the Darwin City Council. All were completed on time on and on budget.
- Dr. Matthew Stephen
My thesis is entitled Contact Zones: Sport and Race in the Northern Territory, 1869–1953.
2000 - 2001
Focused on Indigenous decision making processes and project management governance involving Indigenous communities or groups.
1990 - 1994
Participatory action research focused on Adult Education and Health in remote NT Indigenous communities.
1981 - 1984
In Celebrating 100 Years of Territory Football. AFLNT, September 2016. Published 2016.
Darwin: Historical Society of the Northern Territory. Published 2015.
Darwin: Charles Darwin University Press. Short listed for the NT Chief Ministers History Book Award, 2011. Published 2010.
In Beyond C.L.R. James: Shifting Boundaries of Race and Ethnicity in Sport, edited by John Nauright, Alan G. Cobley and David K. Wiggins, 99–124. Fayetteville: The University of Arkansas Press, 2014.
In Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, 2014, pp. 1-16.
Journal of the Northern Territory Historical Society, Issue 23, pp. 1-24.
Australian Aboriginal Studies Journal, 2009/2, pp. 63- 79.
Book Review, ‘David Moodie (ed.), 'Tiwi Footy: Yiloga’. The International Journal of The History of Sport, Volume 26, Issue 11, September 2009.
Journal of the Northern Territory Historical Society, Issue 18, pp. 11-18.
Oral History Association of Australia Journal, no. 29, pp. 1-10.
In Crossing Cultures, edited by Sylvia Kleinert, 54–69. Darwin: Charles Darwin University Press, 2006.
1984 - 2019 Australian Society for Sports History
2003 - 2019 History Society of the Northern Territory
2006 - 2019 Professional Historians Association
2006 - 2019 Oral History Association of Australia