Lisa Murray

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Dr Lisa Murray is the City Historian and heads up the history unit at the City of Sydney Council. She oversees a diverse History Program at the City that encompasses local and community history, civic and municipal history, and urban history. With over 15 years experience in the field of public history, Lisa is passionate about making history accessible to the public. Lisa is the award winning author of planning histories and a regular contributor to debates around public history, including being a speaker at TEDxSydney 2013.

Lisa's interests in public and community history have driven her to become actively involved in community history groups. She is Board Member and former Chair of the Dictionary of Sydney, an ambitious not-for-profit digital history project about greater Sydney, and has been a Councillor of the History Council of NSW, the peak body for history in this state, since 2003. She is a former board member of the Society of Australian Genealogists (2001-2004) and former Chair of the National Trust Cemeteries Committee.

In her spare time, Lisa is writing a history and field guide to Sydney's cemeteries, to be published by NewSouth Publishing in late 2016. Other research interests include history in the digital age; sensory urbanism; history and creative practice; landscapes and memory; the Dictionary of Sydney; Sydney music; and Sydney cookery books.

You can find out more about a day in the life of the City Historian here:
Writing History - Lisa Murray City Historian - Tales of the City - City of Sydney, February 2012
Heather Jacobs, "Tracking our digital footprint", Australia Unlimited, 19 April 2013

Twitter: @SydneyClio

(photo credit: Australia Unlimited / Pierre Toussaint)

Area of Expertise

Sydney's urban history, cemeteries, the Dictionary of Sydney, public history methodologies.

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