Dr. Chris Owen is a historian and Honorary Research Fellow in the School of History at the University of Western Australia. He has been researching Aboriginal history for over twenty years, and his published articles have earned him research and archive awards. His first book, “It’s still in my heart, this is my country”: the Single Noongar Claim History, co-written with John Host, won the 2010 Australian Human Rights Award for Nonfiction and the Margaret Medcalf Award.
His research interests, utilising primarily archival state records, include colonial policing (specifically the Kimberley), Aboriginal policy and governmental administration and the social conditions at the frontiers of colonisation in Western Australia. He lives in Perth, Western Australia with his wife and twin daughters.