I am an Australian oral, public and cultural historian. I work as a lecturer in the Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies at the Australian National University, where I teach cultural heritage management and interpretation, and oral history theory and practice.
My research looks at the history of migrant and refugee communities in Australia. I have published on child migration, multiculturalism and popular culture, migrant accommodation centres, and public history and heritage in Australia.
My current project and the subject of this blog, ‘Making Migrant Heritage‘, is interested in the public history practices of grassroots community groups with a migrant background – and how they approach, interpret and redefine ‘institutional’ or official definitions of ‘heritage’ in the process of making their migration and settlement stories more public. It’s also interested in tracing community engagements with the rhetoric of multiculturalism.
My first book Histories of Controversy: Bonegilla Migrant Centre was released with MUP in 2017.
I am Public Officer for Oral History Australia and a national delegate for Oral History NSW, a founding member of the Australian Migration History Network, and ACT Representative for the Australian Women’s History Network. I was awarded my PhD in History at the University of Melbourne in March 2015.
You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to discuss your/your family’s migration, refugee or settlement stories.