Brian Walsh

PHA NSW Accreditation

Professional Member


My professional interests are in Australian colonial history, particularly in convict history and in heritage sites associated with assignment of convicts to private estates.

Academic qualifications

Awards (short list)

In 2016 my book Toil and Trouble from Maitland to Moreton Bay was one of only three books short-listed for the Kay Daniels Award by the Australian Historical Association to recognise outstanding original research on Australian convict history.

Soc Aust'n Genealogists;
Coal River Working Party (University of Newcastle)
Camden Historical Society; Launceston Historical Society; Paterson Historical Society; Raymond Terrace Historical Society.


Area of Expertise

I have recently worked with a specialist conservation/heritage architect on the preparation of conservation management plans for two heritage sites for submission to the NSW Heritage Office for endorsement. One site is in the Hunter Valley of NSW and the other is in western Sydney. Both were significant sites of assignment of convicts. My role was to write the thematic histories for one of the sites and to prepare detailed history notes and compile photos and references for every structure on both sites.

I have produced iphone and android apps for self-guided tours of Belgenny Farm at Camden Park in Western Sydney and I have an ongoing interest in the use of apps on mobile devices to interpret heritage sites.

Publications/Past Work


Walsh, Brian. "Heartbreak and Hope, Deference and Defiance on the Yimmang: Tocal's convicts 1822-1840". Ph.D. thesis, University of Newcastle, 2007.


Walsh BP and Archer AC. Maitland on the Hunter. CB Alexander Foundation, Paterson NSW, 2000, 2nd edit. 2007.

Walsh, Brian. "Assigned Convicts at Tocal: 'Ne'er-do-wells' or Exceptional Workers?". Journal of Australian Colonial History 8: 67-90, 2006.

Walsh, Brian. Voices from Tocal - Convict Life on a Rural Estate. CB Alexander Foundation, Paterson NSW, 2008.

Walsh, Brian. James Phillips Webber - The Man and the Mystery. CB Alexander Foundation, Paterson NSW, 2008.

Walsh, Brian. "The Politics of Convict Control in Colonial New South Wales - 'the notorious OPQ' and the clandestine press". Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society 96 (2): 149-167, 2010.

Walsh, Brian. European Settlement at Paterson River 1812 to 1822. Paterson Historical Society, Paterson NSW, 2012.

Walsh, Brian and Ralph Hawkins. Convict Tools: Working at Camden Park and Tocal. CB Alexander Foundation, Paterson NSW, 2013.

Walsh, Brian. Toil and Trouble from Maitland to Moreton Bay: John Eales' Convicts. Paterson Historical Society, Paterson NSW, 2014.

Walsh, Brian. Milk and the Macarthurs: The Dairy History of Camden Park. Belgenny Farm Trust, Camden NSW, 2016.

Hathway, Jo and Brian Walsh. Guide to Tocal. CB Alexander Foundation, Paterson NSW, 2014.