Laila Ellmoos

Laila Ellmoos

PHA NSW Accreditation

Professional Member

About

Laila Ellmoos is a historian with the City of Sydney’s History Team. From 2008 through to 2015, she was a regular presenter on Fbi Radio’s Scratching Sydney’s Surface, a segment that explored the history of Sydney. She is the author of three books including Our Island Home: a history of Peat Island, published in 2010. Laila was the President of the Professional Historians Association of NSW in 2010-13.

Before working at the City, Laila worked at the Government Architect’s Office, the Australian Broadcasting Commission and La Trobe University. She has also worked extensively as a heritage consultant in the private sector.

Laila has a BA (Hons) in History from University of Sydney (1993) and an MA in Public History from UTS (2004).

Area of Expertise

Sydney's history, archeology, heritage, and histories of people with a disability.

Publications/Past Work

Radio & podcast

The Great Strike of 1917, an original podcast by the City of Sydney, tells the story of one of Australia’s largest industrial conflicts through the voices of the people who lived it.

Interview about The Great Strike of 1917 on Arts Wednesday with Sylvia Rosenblum, broadcast on Eastside Radio 89.7FM, 2 August 2017.

Interview about The Great Strike of 1917 exhibition with Michael Cathcart broadcast on ABC Radio National's Books and Arts program, 20 July 2017.

Interview about The Great Strike of 1917 with Nic Healey broadcast on 2SER Breakfast (Dictionary of Sydney), 19 July 2017.

Interview for a 6-part series on Sydney's water features on Arts Wednesday with Sylvia Rosenblum, broadcast on Eastside Radio 89.7FM, February-March 2016.

Interview for a 6-part tour of Sydney's pocket parks on Arts Wednesday with Sylvia Rosenblum, broadcast on Eastside Radio 89.7FM, March-April 2015.

Interview for radio feature on the history of Peat Island broadcast on ABC Radio National’s Hindsight program, 27 April 2014.

Interview for radio feature 'Go out and play' about Erskineville's pocket parks, broadcast on ABC Radio National’s Off Track program, 5 April 2014.

Interview for a 6-part tour of Bridge Street on Arts Wednesday with Sylvia Rosenblum, broadcast on Eastside Radio 89.7FM, April-May 2014.

Interviews for a 5-part tour of the Paddington-Darlinghurst area on Arts Wednesday with Sylvia Rosenblum, broadcast on Eastside Radio 89.7FM, January -February 2013.

Interview for radio feature 'Death at the Gasworks' produced by Jessica Minshall for All The Best, broadcast on Fbi Radio 94.5FM, 27 April 2013.

Producer of Solitude of Sighs, radio feature documentary for ABC Radio National’s Hindsight program on the history of 19th century prisons in NSW, broadcast 29 October 2006.

Publications

Laila Ellmoos and Nina Miall 2017, 1917: The Great Strike, Carriageworks, Sydney NSW.

Laila Ellmoos 2010, Beneath the Pines: a history of the Stockton Centre, Ageing, Disability and Homecare, Department of Human Services NSW.

Laila Ellmoos 2010, Our Island Home: a history of Peat Island, Ageing, Disability and Homecare, Department of Human Services NSW.

Laila Ellmoos, Peter Mould & Margaret Betteridge 2010, Faces in the street, Department of Services, Technology and Administration.

‘Inside Story’, SL Magazine, Autumn 2010, pp. 18-21.

Book Review: ‘Pioneers of Modernism: the Arts and Crafts Movement in Australia’, by Harriet Edquist, in Journal of Australian Studies, Volume 33, No 1, March 2009.

Book Review: ‘Magnificent Obsession: the story of the Mitchell Library’ by Brian H. Fletcher, in Journal of Australian Studies, Volume 32, No 2, June 2008.

Website Review: ‘australianscreen and Moving History: 60 Years of Film Australia’, in History Australia, Volume 5, No 1, April 2008.

Crook, Penny, Laila Ellmoos and Tim Murray 2005, Keeping Up With the McNamaras: A Historical Archaeological Study of the Cumberland and Gloucester Streets site, The Rocks, Sydney, HHT and La Trobe University, Sydney.

Penny Crook, Laila Ellmoos and Tim Murray 2003, ‘Understanding the Archaeology of the Modern City’ in Tim Murray ed., Exploring the Modern City: Recent Approaches to Urban History and Archaeology, HHT and La Trobe University.

Book Review: ‘Inside the Rocks: The Archaeology of a Neighbourhood’, by Grace Karskens in Going Public: Public History Review, Volume 8 (2000).

‘The Deep Sea and the Shallow Water: Masculinity, Mateship and Work Practices on Sydney’s Waterfront in the 1950s’ in Katherine Biber, Tom Sear and Dave Trudinger (eds), Playing the Man: New Approaches to Masculinity, Pluto Press, 1999.

Museum Review: ‘Burnside Heritage Centre’ in Public History Review, Volumes 5/6 (1996/1997).

Conference papers & public talks

2017 Oral History Association of Australia (OHAA) Conference
Conference paper on the City of Sydney's oral history collection - Sydney Masonic Centre.

2016 Professional Historians Association Conference
Conference paper on the Great Strike of 1917 - Melbourne University

2016 Australian Historical Association (AHA) Conference
Conference paper on Interpreting the Great Strike of 1917 - Federation University Australia.

2015 Australian Historical Association (AHA) Conference
Conference paper on history, heritage and place-making - University of Sydney.

2014 Australian Historical Association (AHA) Conference
Conference paper on Sydney Council’s response to World War 1 - University of Queensland.

2013 Australian Historical Association (AHA) Conference
Conference paper on the 1930s depression and local politics in Sydney - University of Wollongong.

2012 Australian Historical Association (AHA) Conference
Conference paper on children’s playgrounds in Sydney in the 20th century - University of Adelaide.

2010 Oral History Association
Illustrated talk on the process of writing Our Island Home: a history of Peat Island at the Oral History Association of NSW seminar and workshop held at the State Library of NSW, July 2010.

2010 Welfare History Conference
Paper on the history of the Peat Island Centre at the Welfare History Conference - University of NSW.

2009 Off the Beaten Track Lecture Series (History Council of NSW & Copyright Council Limited)
As part of History Week 2009, I produced and presented a lecture series based on research into first person accounts of prison life in NSW, titled Solitude of Sighs, at Hay Gaol, Newcastle Lock Up and Maitland Gaol.

2009 Australian Historical Association (AHA) Conference
Conference paper on the history of the Peat Island Centre - University of Sunshine Coast.

2009 Sydney Mechanics School of Arts (SMSA)
Illustrated talk on the history of Sydney’s public buildings at SMSA based on research carried out for the Dictionary of Sydney, April 2009.

2008 Australian Historical Association (AHA) Conference
Co-presenter at a seminar on history and heritage - University of Melbourne, July 2008.

Web: http://scratchingsydneyssurface.wordpress.com