Ian Burnet

Special Guest Lecturer

Ian Burnet grew up in South Gippsland, Victoria, and graduated with a degree in Geology and Geophysics from the University of Melbourne.

He first went to work in Indonesia in 1968 as a young geologist and became fascinated by the diverse cultures and rich history of the archipelago. His work and interests caused him live, work and travel in Indonesia for more than thirty years.

Ian is the author of six books that relate to maritime history, the spice trade and the Indonesian archipelago. These include Spice Islands (2011), East Indies (2013), Archipelago (2015), Where Australia Collides with Asia (2017), The Tasman Map (2019) and his latest book is Joseph Conrad’s Eastern Voyages (2021).

Ian Burnet