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I'm a PhD candidate in the Department of History at the University of Sydney. I'm currently based in the Race and Ethnicity in the Global South Research Collaboration.

My research interests include histories of youth, gender, welfare, education and disability. I have a keen interest in digital history and all things web.

My dissertation is titled "Help Us/Help Them: How Australian parents understood the problem of mental retardation, and what they did about it, 1945-1970."

In 2013 I founded Consulting Historian Pty Ltd. We have some brands, and provide a range of historical and heritage consultany services.

Wonderful Covers from Rehabilitation in Australia

December 3, 2013

1964-01 Rehabilitation in Australia 1(3)

Mr. George Hudson was a fitter without welding experience when he lost an arm in a motor accident. Training in welding was arranged by the Railways Department and the rehabilitee returned to a higher graded position with Trade Union cooperation.

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REGS Introduction Videos

November 10, 2013

Illustrative Bar

So for the last week or so I’ve been helping my colleagues at the Race and Ethnicity in the Global South research collaborative put together some introduction videos for our blog and YouTube channel.

It’s been quite a lot of fun. We’ve shot the videos in 1080p using a Canon S100 compact camera mounted on a tripod, plus an old mic plugged into my laptop. I’ve cut them together using Windows Live Movie Maker. This is quite a good program for basic free editing, but it seems to lack many features that more sophisticated editors have (multiple audio tracks, etc). That feature would be especially useful given the constant ringing of the Carillion we are subjected to at the REGS offices. Read more…

A Picture and A Thousand Word: Slides & Thankyous

September 13, 2013

Decorative Element

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Presenting the Past: A Symposium on History and the Media

September 9, 2013


It’s not too late to book tickets to “History and the Media,” a symposium being held as part of NSW History Week this year.

This is shaping up to be a great event. The organisers have billed it as:

bring[ing] together history professionals and media practitioners  to communicate our mutual interests and exchange ideas, skills and visions for the future. Presenters include media professionals from television production companies, broadcasting and funding agencies, historians, radio producers, journalists, editors and social media specialists.

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A Picture and a Thousand Words

July 25, 2013


I’m hosting a History Week event!

Is a picture really worth a thousand words? Help decide over a cocktail in an award-winning small bar at this unique event. See (and hear) historians Matthew Allen, Hannah Forsyth, Dave Earl and Nick Irving discuss the context and creation of some captivating historical images. In just ten minutes, the speakers will delve into the histories of four fascinating, but largely unexplored subjects: Norman Lindsay’s women, the Vietnam moratoriums, the role of alcohol in Australian society, and the creation of farm colonies for “subnormal” boys and men.

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THATCamp #OzHA2013 is Coming Soon

June 16, 2013

THATCamp #OzHA2013 banner

THATcamp OzHA2013 will be a user-generated unconference on the digital humanities. If you’re interested in the possibilities of digital history come along to THATcamp OzHA2013 at Wollongong University on Saturday the 13th July. It’s free.

THATcamps are open to everyone. Anyone interested in exploring the possibilities and problems raised by the application of technology to the humanities, and especially history, is welcome.

There are no written papers at THATcamps – they’re informal events which encourage participation and play, giving attendees a chance to ask questions, propose ideas, discuss problems, and learn.

If you’d like to come along, please register at the THATcamp OzHA2013 website:

I’ll be hosting the event with @perkinsy and @wragge.

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