Alex McDermott

Historian and Author

A research fellow at the State Library of Victoria, since 2005 Alex McDermott has worked full-time as historian, producer, research scholar and consultant on a range of projects in television, academic research and mainstream publishing. He has provided historical expertise for a range of organizations – Screen Australia, State Library Victoria, La Trobe University, ABC, Channel 7, SBS, Australian Unity and the Museum of Australian Democracy.

Recent projects include ‘Australia – the Story of Us’ – for Channel 7 broadcast March-April 2015; ‘The Great Australian Race Riot’SBS broadcast January 2015. McDermott is also author of ‘Of no personal influence: how people of common enterprise unexpectedly shaped Australia’ (Australian Unity Limited, 2015) and Australian History for Dummies (John Wiley & Son, 2011).

His constant endeavour throughout is to create history, which ordinary people can both understand and enjoy, regardless of medium, genre or format.