Tasmanian artist Dr Christina Henri has devoted her career since 2003 to showcasing the lives of the 25,566 women sentenced to transportation to Australia 1788-1853. Her art memorial ‘Roses from the Heart’ uses a colonial bonnet circa 1860 as symbolism of these women’s lives.
The artist invites the global public to participate in the memorial through the creation of a cloth bonnet. The name of the woman, the ship of transport and the year of arrival is placed onto the brim of the bonnet. To date Christina has over 25,066 bonnets.
The ‘Roses from the Heart’ Memorial links Ireland and the UK and other countries such as France and Canada with Australia through the mutual connection of a shared colonial history. Since 2010 Christina has visited Ireland and the U.K. and has forged a strong cultural Tourism connection highlighting the female convict story through art.
In 2014 Christina was awarded Tasmanian Senior Australian of the Year.
Actor and Writer
William McInnes is one of the most accomplished and popular actors on the Australian landscape today. Equally at home in theatre, film and television, comedy and drama, he has played countless lead and supporting roles in some of the most successful and memorable productions this country has had to offer and has multiple AFI and Logie nominations for this extensive body of work.
William is also the author of nine books, Full Bore, A Man’s Gotta Have a Hobby, Cricket Kings, That’d Be Right, The Making of Modern Australia, Worse Things Happen at Sea; co-written with his late wife Sarah Watt, The Laughing Clowns, The Birdwatcher and Holidays.
William was most recently seen in SBS drama series, Deep Water.
SPEAKERS and WORKSHOP PRESENTERS
Author and Historian
Catherine Bishop is a Sydney-based historian who researches Australian, New Zealand and international history, with a particular focus on women and business. She received her PhD from the Australian National University in 2012 and was the Australian Religious History Research Fellow at the State Library of NSW in 2016. She was a recipient of a New Zealand History Trust Award and is now a Kathleen Fitzpatrick Junior Research Fellow at the University of Sydney. She has published a number of articles, one of which won the Australian Women’s History Network Mary Bennett Prize and her first book Minding Her Own Business: Colonial Businesswomen in Sydney (NewSouth 2015) won the 2016 Ashurst Business Literature Prize.
Orange Regional Museum
Allison began her career in Collection Management over ten years ago after undertaking a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in history, literature and sociology, and completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies at the Australian National University in Canberra.
Working in both the public and private cultural heritage sector, Allison has enjoyed developing a diverse range of professional skills through her experiences working with the National Museum of Australia, Sydney Living Museums and International Conservation Services.
Most recently, Allison has returned to Australia to join the team at Orange Regional Museum after taking up a position as Collection Manager at a regional museum in New Zealand, where she managed the packing and relocation of over 10,000 objects to the Museum’s newly-constructed collection store.
With a passion for cultural heritage and preservation, Allison is keen to share her practical knowledge to enable others to care for their family treasures and preserve them for future generations to enjoy.
Jessica Coates is a copyright and communications policy expert with 15 years of experience working in Australia and overseas. She previously worked as the Global Network Manager of Creative Commons. In this role she worked out of its San Francisco HQ to support the activities of its international community and represent CC in discussions globally. Prior to joining CC, Jessica spent time as the Project Manager of Creative Commons Australia and the Creative Commons Clinic, a research program at the Queensland University of Technology. She has also had stints working as a copyright and broadcasting policy adviser for the Australian government and Australia’s commercial television broadcasters, as well as an academic, lecturer and educator. She has a Master of Laws from the University of Melbourne and both a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts (English Hons) from the Australian National University.
State Archives NSW
Gail Davis has had a long and distinguished career at State Archives NSW. Gail is in charge of the research and copying services and she has undertaken numerous research projects involving the NSW State archives. Gail was the chief indexer on the Bicentennial Project to index the Colonial Secretary’s Correspondence, 1788-1825. Most recently she has worked on two key research projects ─ digital exhibitions showcasing the NSW State archives relating to Lachlan Macquarie in 2010 and celebrating State Records’ 50th anniversary in 2011. She has undertaken research for the Centenary of World War I and most recently has undertaken research on the Gaol Photographs for the forthcoming exhibition, Hard Luck.
Gail Davis has written a number of guides and finding aides including Using the Archives Resources Kit, State archives relating to teaching English to post-WWII migrants, A Guide to NSW Archives relating to Federation and the Convict Guide, which was published in 2006. The Convict Guide received a Mander Jones Award in the category of Best finding aid to an archival collection (1) held by an Australian institution, or (2) about Australia’… at the 2007 Australian Society of Archivists (ASA) Conference. Gail is a regular speaker at conferences, workshops and seminars.
Society of Australian Genealogists
Heather Garnsey has worked full time with the Society for Australian Genealogists since 1984 and has been its Executive Officer since 1988. Through her work with the SAG she is actively involved in the Society’s education program and is a regular contributor to its popular webinar series. Heather has a Masters in English History from UNE and holds the SAG Diploma in Family Historical Studies. She is a Fellow of the Society and in 2015 was joint winner of the AFFHO Award for Meritorious Service to family History.
After researching her own family history for more than 40 years she has found her fair share of interesting characters and black sheep and just needs the 25th hour in the day to be able to track them all down.
Local and Family Historian
Shauna Hicks has been tracing her own family history since 1977 and worked in government for over 35 years in libraries and archives in Brisbane, Canberra and Melbourne. Since retiring, she has written a number of family history guides and is a regular speaker at genealogy cruises, conferences and seminars. She now operates her own part time business at http://www.shaunahicks.com.au and is the author of the blog, Diary of an Australian Genealogist.
Shauna has a number of tertiary qualifications from Queensland universities including a Master of Arts in Australian Studies, a Graduate Diploma in Library Science and a Diploma in Family Historical Studies from the Society of Australian Genealogists. She is a Fellow of the Queensland Family History Society; a recipient of the Australian Society of Archivists Distinguished Achievement Award and the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations’ Services to Family History Award.
Indigenous Services Team
State Library of New South Wales
The Indigenous Services team at the State Library of New South Wales work to share and celebrate stories of Indigenous Australia and work closely with Indigenous communities.
Kim Kelly has penned six works of Australian historical fiction, including the acclaimed Wild Chicory and Jewel Sea. Noted for a style that is ‘colourful, evocative and energetic’ (Sydney Morning Herald) and for her ‘impressive research’ (Daily Telegraph), Kim’s writing shines a light on forgotten corners of the past, exploring Australian cultural iconography with humour and heart. ‘Why can’t more people write like this?’ said the Melbourne Age.
Born and raised in Sydney, today Kim lives on a small rural property in central New South Wales just outside the tiny gold-rush village of Millthorpe, where the ghosts are mostly friendly and the verandah posts nicely preserved. Kim is also a respected book editor with twenty years’ experience in the Australian publishing industry, and is a literary consultant for Varuna, The National Writers House. Her seventh novel will be published in 2017.
Dr Perry McIntyre has been involved in Irish history and genealogy since the late 1970s. She has professional qualifications in history. Her PhD on convict family reunion was published by Irish Academic Press in late 2010. She has served on the History Council of NSW and was the President in 2005 & 2006; was a councillor of the Society of Australian Genealogists for 20 years and has also served as a councillor on the Royal Australian Historical Society, the Australian Catholic Historical Society and has served on the Great Irish Famine Commemoration Committee for several years including 3 years as the Chair. She has published and spoken extensively on immigration, particularly 19th century Irish. She has lead or co-lead nine successful tours to Ireland between 1991 and 2007. She also worked for 6 years as the archivist at St John’s College at the University of Sydney.
Currently the Tourism Manager at Orange City Council with a background in media, marketing, education and business. Also a former professional photographer of 20 years’ experience, operating my own studio for 10 years. Former award winning AIPP photographer in the wedding and portrait categories. Always working with the idea that the 4 key elements in great portraiture are expression, relationships, emotion and ‘family history’.
Sydney Living Museums
Jacqui Newling is a curator and ‘resident gastronomer’ Sydney Living Museums. Taking a hands-on approach, Jacqui uses food as a lens into history, to discover more about our heritage and the way lives were lived in the past. Jacqui is author of the award winning Eat your history, stories and recipes from Australian kitchens (SLM and NewSouth Publishing, 2015) and co-author of Sydney Living Museums’ food heritage blog, The Cook & the Curator http://blogs.hht.net.au/cook/ and conducts regular colonial gastronomy programs at Sydney Living Museums’ properties.
Melanie Pearce is a Features Reporter and presenter for ABC Central West. She graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney with a Communications degree and has been working with the ABC since; first in the Sydney newsroom and then in Orange.
As a news reporter for 17 years, Melanie covered stories across western New South Wales from the Queen’s visit to Bourke to reporting live from bushfires and other emergencies. She now produces feature stories for the ABC’s multi-media platforms and loves to learn and share the colour, personal tales and stories-behind-the-stories of the central west to a wider audience.
As well as the latest news and information, Melanie has an interest in the past and has a Masters Degree in History through Macquarie University. She’s also involved in a book group and her church and she runs around after her family which provides good training as she tries to keep up on the touch football field.
State Library of New South Wales
Margot Riley is a cultural historian with a special interest in dress, and has specific expertise in the visual analysis of Australian portraiture.
From 1992-1994, Margot completed the Masters in Museum Studies Program at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.
She works as a Curator in the Research and Discovery Branch, at the State Library of New South Wales (SLNSW) in Sydney, where she has researched and written extensively on the Library’s collections since 1998. In 2005, she was awarded the inaugural SLNSW Staff Fellowship to study the Library’s portraiture collections, and was a contributor to the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion (2010) with her essay: ‘Images as a Resource for the Study of Australian Dress’.
Veronica has been involved in family history research for over 10 years and describes herself as an ‘enthusiastic and obsessed amatuer genealogist’ with a special interest in DNA research. Veronica has worked in public administration where she held Executive Director roles in Management and Human Resources for many years. She has completed the Certificate in Genealogical Research with the Society of Australian Genealogists (SAG) and DNA courses with the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research. Veronica’s a member of the SAG and co-ordinates their DNA Research Group. She is a volunteer Greeter and Leader on http://www.wikitree.com and co-administrator of the FTDNA Coats surname project (focussing on Family Finder results).
William’s forebears migrated from China to Australia over a hundred years ago and subsequent generations adapted to western culture. William grew up in North
Queensland on a tobacco farm, and has made his way in the world as an
architect, a playwright, a photographer, a visual artist, a film-maker, and now
a story-teller. He has led a varied life, working alongside many of Australia’s
best-known artists from all artforms, including Patrick White, Brett Whitely
and Jenny Kee.
ANU Archives Centre
Catherine Ziegler, MLIS, MSc, is an Archivist at the ANU Archives Centre. She joined the ANU Archives team in January 2016, and immediately began work on the Tooth & Co. Ltd. Hotel cards digitisation project. Previously, she had been the Manager of Digital Collections and Online Services, and sole archivist/librarian of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, also contributing as an author for their quarterly New York Researcher, and as a researcher and editor on their flagship publication, New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer.