6, Nottingham Way, Glenalta, SA 5052            
ABN   72 518 151 694
Mobile   0421 595 707

Availability : 

Part time or Contract  

PHA Member Status:  

Professional Historian    

Academic Qualifications / Status:

Diploma of teaching, Bachelor of Education, Masters of Arts (History) 

Membership of Related Societies:

I was a member and involved with Museums Australia during my career. Member of the National Trust.  

Professional Experience:

Curator at the City of Unley Museum from 1985 to 1991. During that period I established and developed the museum from a modest operation located in a room of the library to a registered museum occupying its own building. The museum housed a collection, permanent and changing displays and a local history room with resources for researchers.From 1991 to 2008 I established a new museum at the Waite Campus of the University of Adelaide. Urrbrae House Historic Precinct includes the historic buildings which formed the nucleus of the pastoral estate of PeterWaite. The work involved conservation of buildings, care and conservation of collections, developing and implementing policies and plans, research and writing, exhibitions and public programs, fund-raising and the management of a volunteer and supporters’ program. The precinct achieved full accreditation with the History Trust of South Australia at the end of 2007. During this period I also worked with the South Australian Museum on a joint project to care for and display the Douglas Mawson Antarctic collection.Since 2008 I have researched and written a booklet on Arnold Richardson the founding Director of the Waite Institute.  Research and writing the history of Mount Barker.

Skills and Services Offered:

Advice and consultancy services to small and regional museums, historical groups and local authorities on all aspects of conserving, managing and presenting historic sites and collections. This includes development of plans and policies, collection management, curating exhibitions, public programs, fund raising and achieving museum registration and accreditation standards.Research and writing services, particularly relating to aspects of South Australian history. Advice and consultancy on volunteer management and the development of fund raising and support groups. Conducting significance assessments for museum collections

Brief List of Publications:

Children and child rearing in middle class families in colonial South Australia. Unpublished master’s thesis 1990.
Sections on Peter Waite and Arnold Richardson for S.A.’s Greats, ed. John Healey, 1991.
Arnold Edwin Victor Richardson, Realising Waite’s Vision.
An extensive range of articles, brochures, reports, exhibition scripts and conference papers relating to historical topics and museology. 
The Story of Mount Barker, published in June 2021 by The Mount Barker District Council.

Specialist Areas:

Compiling bibliographies; Project design; Curatorial advice; Displays; Tours; Editing; Research; Proof-reading; Public speaking; Writing