Cassandra Pybus

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Cassandra Pybus
BornCassandra Jean Pybus
(1947-09-29) 29 September 1947 (age 71)
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
OccupationHistorian, biographer, academic
EducationNorth Sydney Girls High School
Alma materUniversity of Sydney
Notable awardsColin Roderick Award (1993)

Cassandra Jean Pybus (born 29 September 1947) is an Australian historian and writer. She is a professor of history at the University of Sydney, and has published extensively on Australian and American history.[1]

Pybus was born in Hobart, Tasmania and educated at North Sydney Girls High School and the University of Sydney,[2] her mother, Betty Pybus, was a pioneer of women's health in Sydney and Tasmania.[3]

From 1989 to 1994, Pybus was editor of the literary magazine Island, she won the Colin Roderick Award in 1993 for Gross Moral Turpitude, a re-examination of the case of Sydney Sparkes Orr, a Northern Irish academic who became embroiled in a scandal involving a relationship with a student whilst working at the University of Tasmania.[4] In 2000, she won an Adelaide Festival Award for Literature for The Devil and James McAuley, a biography of the poet James McAuley.[5]

Pybus was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2001 for outstanding contribution to Tasmanian and Australian literature and education.[6]


  • Enterprising Women: Gender Race and Power in the Revolutionary Atlantic (with Kit Candlin; 2015)
  • Other Middle Passages (edited with Marcus Rediker and Emma Christopher; 2007)
  • Epic Journeys of Freedom: Runaway slaves of the American Revolution and their global quest for liberty (2006)
  • Black Founders: The unknown story of Australia's first black settlers (2006)
  • The Woman who Walked to Russia: A writer's search for a lost legend (2004)
  • American Citizens, British Slaves: Yankee political prisoners in an Australian penal colony, 1839–1850 (with Hamish Maxwell-Stewart; 2002)
  • Raven Road (2001)
  • The Devil and James McAuley (1999)
  • Till Apples Grow on an Orange Tree (1998)
  • White Rajah: A Dynastic Intrigue (1996)
  • Gross Moral Turpitude: The Orr Case Reconsidered (1993)
  • Community of Thieves (1991)


  1. ^ "Professor Cassandra Pybus". Department of History. University of Sydney. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  2. ^ Who's Who in Australia, ConnectWeb
  3. ^ "Betty Jean Vyvyan Pybus OAM". Honour Roll of Women. Government of Tasmania. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Colin Roderick Award". James Cook University. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  5. ^ "Tasmania: The Tipping Point?". University of Sydney. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  6. ^ "PYBUS, Cassandra". It's an Honour. Australian Government. Retrieved 25 April 2016.