Professor Ryan is the leader of the team behind the Colonial Frontier Massacres Map which documentsAboriginal massacres that occurred during the spread of pastoral settlement in Australia. Stage4 of the map, due for release in 2021, is expected to include 400 sites.
The purpose of the map is to identify and record sites of frontier massacres of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people across Australia 1788–1930. The map also establishes a coherent methodology to interrogate the wide array of sources and provides a reliable resource for researchers.
Professor Ryan has also been honoured for her contributions to women’s and indigenous people’s history by the History Council of New South Wales. She was named a Member of the Order of Australia in 2019 for her scholarship and research efforts.
Director of the Centre for the Study of Violence, Professor Philip Dwyer said “We’re delighted our colleague Lyndall. This is well-deserved recognition for her work on women’s and indigenous history.”