Dr Imogen Wegman (BA LLB, MA, PhD) is a multi-disciplinary researcher, using digital methodologies to uncover the stories of our past. She is currently an associate lecturer in Humanities at the University of Tasmania, concentrated within the university’s Family History units.
She uses GIS (mapping) to combine and examine datasets that would not normally be seen next to each other – government records, artworks, soil types, historic maps, diaries, topography, and more. To date, her research has been concentrated primarily on the British colony of Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania, Australia), and she is now starting to look further to cross-colonial comparisons.
Imogen completed her PhD at the University of Tasmania (Australia), using HGIS to uncover patterns of settlement expansion across Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) in the earliest years of its occupation by the British. Previously she completed her MA in Landscape History at the University of East Anglia (UK), focussing on medieval common-edge drift – the phenomenon of villages moving away from their parish church building.
Imogen is passionate about making complicated histories accessible, and has written for The Conversation, professional blogs, and Ancestry.com. For many years, she has been employed as a local tour guide, and honed her communication skills through this experience. She is a regular invitee for media interviews, historical societies, and academic seminars. In 2016, she co-founded Hobart’s A Pint of History events, an informal ‘history in the pub’ event.


2006 – 2012: BA LLB (History and German), University of Tasmania
2012 – 2013: MA (Landscape History), University of East Anglia
2014 – 2018: PhD (History), University of Tasmania

Other Publications

‘Common-Edge Drift in Norfolk’, Norfolk Archaeology, XLVII, 2016, pp. 356-73


Upcoming Talks and Conferences

Paper: ‘The soggy paths to colonial settlement’, Australian Historical Association, Canberra
2-6 July 2018

Invited paper: ‘Land granting in Richmond’, Coal River Valley Historical Society, Richmond
22 April 2018

Upcoming paper: ‘Examining the ground beneath their feet: GIS and colonial Tasmania’, State of GIS 2018, Hobart
18 April 2018

Invited paper: ‘Profitable and Unprofitable Acres’, Tasmanian Historical Research Association, Hobart (available online at: https://plotsandacres.wordpress.com/2018/02/14/public-talk-profitable-and-unprofitable-acres/)
13 February 2018

Media appearance: Colonial land granting practices, Evenings with Melanie Tait, 936 ABC Hobart and Tasmania
16 November 2017

Seminar Paper: ‘Pretended to the Theory of Farming: How a group of incompetents didn’t make Little England in Van Diemen’s Land’, Geospatial Innovation Seminar, University of Lancaster, and Professional Historians of Australia (Tasmania) and Tasmanian Archives and Heritage Office Program, Hobart
28 June 2017
6 April 2017

Paper: ‘A picture skips a thousand wounds: how conflict affected the surveying of colonial Van Diemen’s Land’, Historical Geography and GIS Network: Social Science History Association Conference, Chicago (USA)
17-20 November 2016

Paper: ‘Mine! Casual Expansion by Land Grantees’, Centre for Tasmanian Historical Studies Annual Conference, Hobart
10 September 2016

Paper: ‘Competence, Corruption and Conflict: Surveyors on the Colonial Front Line of Van Diemen’s Land’, From Boom to Bust: Australian Historical Association Conference, Ballarat
4-9 July 2016

Paper: ‘A deranged state of affairs: using GIS to assemble the story of land grants in colonial Van Diemen’s Land’, Digital Panopticon Conference, Hobart
22-24 June 2016

Seminar Paper: ‘A Map to Tell One Thousand Words – Using GIS to narrate the expanding colonial landscape of Van Diemen’s Land’, PhDex – Second CxI Interdisciplinary Exchange PhD Seminar, University of Tasmania, Hobart
10-11 November 2015

Paper: ‘Like a Nobleman’s Park: The Expanding Landscape of Van Diemen’s Land’ (short version), Royal Society of Tasmania, Hobart
6 October 2015

Seminar Paper: ‘Granting Land in Van Diemen’s Land’, Digital Panoptican Workshop, Liverpool (UK)
20 July 2015

Paper: ‘Like a Nobleman’s Park: The Expanding Landscape of Van Diemen’s Land’ (long version), Foundational Histories: Australian Historical Association Conference, Sydney
6-11 July 2015

Paper: ‘Like a Nobleman’s Park: The Landscape of an Expanding Colony’, History and Classics Seminar Series, University of Tasmania, Hobart
15 May 2015

Paper: ‘Land Grants in Van Diemen’s Land’, Fellowship of First Fleeters, Hobart
4 April 2015

Workshops: History – school taster sessions, University of Tasmania, Hobart
Ongoing, since 2015



Australian Historical Association, 2014

Tasmanian Historical Research Association, 2015

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