Virginia Macleod

Virginia Macleod

PHA NSW Accreditation

Professional Member



BA Hons Social Anthropology & South Asian History, London 1977

Graduate Diploma Local & Applied History, UNE 1996

MA Public History, UTS 2003


Area of Expertise

Freelance professional historian with particular interest in social, environmental and migration history. Has completed several thematic oral history projects. Published several books. Presentation of history through writing, talks, guided historical walks, curating several exhibitions, creating indoor and outdoor display panels, plaques and web sites.

Local and regional history, guided and self-guided walks, exhibitions, social history, history of India.

Publications/Past Work

History Wall Shellharbour, Stocklands Shopping Centre, 2013

Beyond the untidy fringe: A history of the Lane Cove Bushland Conservation Society, Lane Cove Council, 2012

Seed to Sunflower History of the Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW, Schizophrenia Fellowship NSW, 2010

History Wall Balgowlah, Stocklands Shopping Centre, 2009

Summer Days. The Holiday House on the Northern Beaches exhibition 2009-10, Manly Art Gallery & Museum

Liverpool Migration History, Casula Powerhouse, 2009

People, precision, perfection Roche Factory history at Dee Why, Roche Australia, 2008. (Co-authored with Anne Smith)

The Nature of Manly exhibition 2008-9, Manly Art Gallery & Museum (National Trust Heritage award 2009 – highly commended)

Manly A Pictorial History, Kingsclear Books, 2008

Under the canopy. A centenary history of Ku-ring-gai Council, Ku-ring-gai Council, 2006 (Co-authored with Pauline Curby) (National Trust Heritage award 2006 - highly commended)

Pioneering Spirit. The story of Pioneer Clubhouse and its partnerships in recovery from mental illness, Schizophrenia Fellowship NSW, 2005

Good Riddance. A History of Waste Management in Manly, Mosman, Pittwater and Warringah, Joint Services Committee, 2003.(Co-authored with Pauline Curby)

Pittwater Local History, 2001

Burnt Out? The Experiences of the January 1994 Bush Fires in Warringah and Pittwater, 1996