Rosemary Kerr

PHA NSW Accreditation

Professional Member


I completed my PhD in History at the University of Sydney in 2012. My thesis, 'On "the Road": A Cultural History' explores how 'the road' has been imagined, experienced and represented in Australia from the 1890s to the present.

I have over twelve years' experience as a professional historian. My fields of expertise and publishing include: cultural heritage, road-related heritage and culture, history of travel and tourism, mobilities, Australian social and cultural history and transnational history. I am particularly interested in the study of cultural routes. I am a member of ICOMOS and the Australian Historical Association (AHA).

Area of Expertise

Cultural history


Cultural Routes

Historical research and writing

Interpretive signage

Publications/Past Work

Articles in Refereed Journals:
‘Through the rear view mirror: landscapes, legends and literature on the Australian road’, Studies in Travel Writing, Vol. 17, Issue 2, 2013.

‘Beyond the Bitumen: Australia’s Stuart Highway and the Cultural Construction of a Road’, CRM: The Journal of Heritage Stewardship, Vol. 8, Nos. 1 & 2, Winter 2011-12.

‘On “the Road”: A Cultural History: Imagining, Experiencing and Representing “the Road” in Australia, 1890-2011’. PhD thesis, University of Sydney, 2012.