Australia Day

26 January 2015

92 days to go

Professor Kay Saunders AM

Professor Kay Saunders AM


Writer, historian and anthropologist

Kay Saunders AM was a Professor of History and Senator of the University of Queensland from 2002–06, CEO of The Brisbane Institute from 2006–09 and official historian at Bond University, 2012–13.

Trained in political science and anthropology, she served on the Council of the Australian War Memorial (1994–97), Council of the National Maritime Museum of Australia (1994–96) and was the Director of the National Australia Day Council (1992–97). Kay also chaired the Queensland Government’s Cultural Advisory Council (1997–99). Kay is a fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, the Royal Historical Society (London) and the Royal Anthropological Institute.

In 2001, Kay received the Medal of the National Museum of Australia and, in 2006, was the recipient of the John Kerr Medal from the Royal Historical Society of Queensland. 

Her most recent books include:

  • Between the Covers: Revealing the State Library of Queensland’s Collection, 2006
  • Queensland: 150 years of Achievement, 2009
  • Notorious Australian Women, 2011
  • Deadly Australian Women, 2013
  • Workers in Bondage, 2013
  • Bond University: The First Twenty Five Years, forthcoming 2014.