Patricia Curthoys

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Patricia Curthoys is a historian with extensive research experience in both 19th and 20th century Australian history. She has a PhD in 19th century Australian history from the University of New South Wales. Patricia has worked on a range of historical projects, both academic and professional. She has published mainly in the area of Australian religious history and maintains a research interest in the intersections between religion and society in Australian history. In 2011 Patricia was awarded the Australian Religious History Fellowship, at the State Library of New South Wales, for a project on 'The (Protestant) Church and the Great Depression'.

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Area of Expertise

Australian religious history, Australian welfare history, histories for heritage reports and assessments.

Publications/Past Work (worked as a researcher on Australia: The Story of Us (8 x 44' history series), Essential Media, Sydney.

‘ "problem" children of this community’: Christ Church St Laurence and the Children’s Court, Sydney, 1936-41, Sydney journal, Vol. 4, No. 13, pp. 86-98.

Evans, Tanya and Curthoys, Patricia, 'Family history, identity and public history: Writing a history of the Benevolent Society in its 200th year', Journal of Australian Studies, Special issue on the family, edited by Lisa Featherstone and Yoric Smaal, Vol. 37, Issue 3, 2013, pp. 285 - 301. (contributed historical material about The Benevolent Society)

Oral historian, The History of Adoption Project, Australian Catholic University

'Congregationalism', in Jupp, J., (ed.), The encyclopedia of religion in Australia, Port Melbourne, Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Emilsen, S., Skerman, B., Curthoys, P. and Emilsen, W., Pride of Place: A History of the Pitt Street Congregational Church, Beaconsfield, Circa, 2008.

'State Support for Churches, 1836 - 1860', in Kaye, B.N. (ed.), Anglicanism in Australia: A History, Carlton, Melbourne University Press, 2002.

Gascoigne, John with the assistance of Patricia Curthoys, The Enlightenment and the Origins of European Australia, Port Melbourne, Cambridge University Press, 2002.

Heath, Lesley and Curthoys, Patricia, Lottie Stewart Hospital 1948 - 1998, Lottie Stewart Hospital, 1998.