Dr David Headon

Historian, writer, TV presenter and cultural expert

ACTNomineeSenior Australian of the Year2021

Historian, author, television presenter, researcher and cultural expert, Dr David Headon has dedicated his life to sharing important stories about Australia and the ACT.

Over decades of work in academia, the public service, media and education in Australia and overseas, David exemplifies best practice in researching, writing and communicating to a broad audience.

David is a regular commentator on cultural, political and social issues in the Canberra media, and has shared Australia’s culture and history to audiences worldwide. He has published many books, curated major exhibitions in Canberra and London, and created a compelling series of ABC programs on the making and shaping of our nation’s capital.

David has also held leadership roles at important cultural institutions, including Director of the Centre for Australian Cultural Studies, Cultural Advisor to the National Capital Authority, and History and Heritage Advisor for the Centenary of Canberra.

In 2001, he was recognised with a Centenary Medal by the Australian Government. He is currently a Foundation Fellow at the Australian Studies Institute, ANU.