Five minutes with Janet McGaw

  … the latest in the occasional series introducing PHA NSW and ACT members. What is your current position/area of historical interest I am transitioning from full-time administrative work to part-time casual so that I can concentrate on building up a new career as a professional historian. I have wide-ranging interests but my main focus is … Read more

Introducing Mark Dunn

  …the newly elected chair of the PHA NSW & ACT  What is your current position? As with so many of our members I am involved in a range of projects. I was privileged to  have been elected Chair of the PHA NSW& ACT at the last annual general meeting and am currently a member … Read more

Member profile: Jennifer Debenham

  Dr Jennifer Debenham is Senior Research Assistant, Centre for the History of Violence and Sessional Academic, History – School of Humanities and Social Science; and the English Language and Foundation Studies Program, University of Newcastle. Her current area of research is examining the ways in which Aboriginal Australians have been represented on documentary film … Read more

Five Minutes with Michael Williams

  PHA NSW& ACT member Michael Williams specialises in local Australian history and heritage and in Chinese Australian and diaspora history. Here we see him  in south China, on a conference tour  concerning Australia’s links with villages such as this one, the world-heritage listed Kaiping. What is your current area of historical interest? I am researching … Read more

Welcome to 2015

  …and to Samantha Leah, a PHA NSW member from regional New South Wales. Samantha is an historian and heritage consultant with nghenvironmental, based in Wagga Wagga but travelling far and wide! What made you decide to pursue a career in history? My Pop was a pilot with the RAF in Bomber Command during the Second … Read more

Five minutes with Ian Hoskins, winner of the 2014 NSW Community and Regional History Prize for his book, Coast, A History of the New South Wales Edge.

  During the week I am the North Sydney Council Historian which means I have a professional interest in all things historical and heritage related in the North Sydney area. This entails research work, reports to fellow Council employees, drafting interpretative signage, mounting exhibitions, writing monographs, managing the cultural and heritage collections, leading historical tours … Read more

Meet your president…five minutes with Bruce Baskerville

  Bruce is an independent public historian, who works on small contracts (mainly in the heritage field). He is currently working (on his longest-running contract, that is more than 6 months!) with the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, reviewing and writing conservation plans (with an emphasis on history) for public domain spaces around The Rocks.  See … Read more

Five minutes with … Michelle Richmond

  What is your current position/area of historical interest? I work as a Public Historian in all sorts of places including, as you can see in this photo, Kandos, the gateway to the Wollemi National Park. I am currently employed as Historian and Senior Heritage Consultant for GML Heritage. What made you decide to … Read more

Eclectic history: five minutes with … Kate Matthew

  What made you decide to pursue a career in history? My grandmother did our family history when I was really young. She had stories about our family going back to the First Fleet.  I became fascinated with how we (me, my family, my community, humanity in general) got to where we are today, and … Read more