Leaders, Lecturers & Tour Managers

Em. Prof. Robert Clancy AM

Emeritus Professor Robert Clancy AM has had a distinguished career as a clinical immunologist and has been awarded an AM for service to cartography as a collector of early maps of Australia, and to the field of immunology. Recently retired from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Newcastle – where he served as Foundation Chair of Pathology – Professor Clancy maintains an active role in immunological research and practice. He is the former Director of the Hunter Immunology Unit (Hunter Area Pathology Service, Hunter Area Health Service) and former Director of the innovative Immunological research company, Hunter Immunology Pty Ltd (currently developing oral vaccines to prevent mucosal infection).

Alongside his professional medical interests, Professor Clancy has long been involved in historical research, particularly in the areas of medical history and cartographic history. An avid antique map collector, he has written two books on the mapping of Australia and Antarctica (The Mapping of Terra Australis and So Came They South), has served as the International Secretary of IMCoS (International Map Collectors Society), curated several History of Cartography exhibitions and organised international conferences and seminars on the history of antique maps. Currently he is developing a ‘History of Medicine’ course through the College of Physicians. He has previously lectured on History and Cartography tours to Antarctica and the Arctic. Professor Clancy brings to ASA his vast knowledge of medical history, in particular, his keen interest in the history of infectious disease/immunology, including the impact of plague. Robert and Christine led the ASA Europe: the History of Medicine and Pharmacy tour in 2006, 2011, 2013 and 2015. Robert also led ASA’s first tour to the Spice Islands in 2015.

See ABC local ‘Cartography with Professor Robert Clancy’

For many of us, our experiences with maps have been in foreign countries, on less travelled roads, as we’ve tried to find our way back to civilisation after getting lost. On the Nightlife is Professor Robert Clancy – he joins the program to share his expert knowledge on the subject of maps.



  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP)
  • Royal College of Pathologists of Australia (FRCPA)


  • The Inaugural Honorary Fellowship of the State Library of NSW


  • Maps that shaped Australia Robert Clancy & Paul Harcombe. Bathurst, N.S.W. Land and Property Information, [2011]. ISBN: 9780980621174
    Maps that Shaped Australia is an important contribution to the understanding of the way the nation developed. Maps were vital to the expansion of the colony in the early 1800’s to mid this century – although most of the maps are from the 1800’s. Some of the maps in the book have rarely, if ever, been available in the public domain.” (excerpt from LPI online shop webpage)
  • The Mapping of Terra Australis, Gregory’s Maps, 1996
  • So Came They South, Shakespeare Head Press, 1988
  • Mapping Antarctica: A 500 Year Record of Discovery, Robert Clancy, John Manning & Henk Brolsma, Praxis Publishing, Chester, Uk, 1st ed. 2014 ISBN-13: 978-9400743205 
Past Tours

Robert first joined ASA in 2006 and has since led programs to Italy, France, the United Kingdom and the Spice Islands. These include:

  • Europe: the History of Medicine and Pharmacy (2006, 2011, 2013 and 2015)
  • The Scents of Eden: Trade in the Spice Islands (2015)