Greg is a descendant of the Trawulwuy people of North East Tasmania. As a 2012 Roberta Sykes Scholar, he completed a Master of Studies in History of Art and Visual Culture at Balliol College, Oxford. In describing his experience at Oxford, Greg said "studying at Oxford brings you closer to what feels like an international hub of learning. The resources available, the people, the conversations... there is always something happening that can take your work to a higher level."
In September 2012, on his way to Oxford, Greg presented a paper at the University of Stuttgart entitled 'An Infamous Absence: Tasmanian Aborigines in the European Eye', for the 13th Biennial German Association for Australian Studies Conference, Visualising Australia: images, icons and imaginations - representing the continent at home and abroad. Greg's paper explored the transformations in representation of Tasmanian Aboriginal culture resulting from the arrival of French and British artists in the late 18th century and considered how these have impacted on understandings of, and attitudes to, Aboriginal people today.
Greg also holds a PhD in Art History and a BSc in Zoology, Botany and Geography from the University of Tasmania.
Greg has worked in a range of Indigenous research roles over thirty years, investigating deaths in custody, return of land, management of World Heritage associative values, reconciliation, education, history and identity.
He is the Pro Vice Chancellor, Aboriginal Leadership at the University of Tasmania and is also a Trustee for the Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation.
Greg Lehman Story, The Partnershipping Project
While much has been published of the archaeology, ethnography and history of Tasmanian Aborigines, there has been no focus on the fascinating visual record of my people and our culture. Through a survey of traditional Indigenous representation, records of early European encounters by Dutch, French and British expeditions, colonial imagery and contemporary art, I am mapping the construction of Palawa (Tasmanian Aboriginal) identity and history in the public imagination and how this has influenced colonial identity and international perspectives on our history. In particular, the narratives of genocide and extinction in Tasmania provide an important case study of the legacy of Social Darwinism in post-colonial Australia.