Digital history

Digital history is a beautiful way to combine the skills of a historian with those of archivists and IT whizzes to produce content that comes alive in new and exciting ways. The major projects I’ve worked on are:

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www.findandconnect.gov.au

The Find & Connect Web Resource
From 2011 until 2014, I was the NSW State-Based Historian on the Find & Connect web resource – an Australian Government-funded project to develop histories and archival information that might assist Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants locate their records and understand their histories. It is a multi-disciplinary project, based at the eScholarship Research Centre at the University of Melbourne. I was employed as a research fellow by the Australian Catholic University, full-time, doing child welfare history, but also learning about archiving, web publishing, and social and cultural informatics.

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www.dictionaryofsydney.org

The Dictionary of Sydney
Since August 2014 I have been the project editor at The Dictionary of Sydney, which is a historical and cultural resource that explores Sydney’s past and present. In May 2015 I wrote articles on Bidura, Royleston, and Yarra Bay House, with the support of the NSW Department of Environment and Heritage Aboriginal Heritage projects. In May 2016 I was commissioned to write about Lockleys Pylon for the Blue Mountains Icons project, funded by Blue Mountains City Council and Varuna, The Writers’ House.

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State Library of New South Wales, PXB426, digital order number a3858016h

Lithgow History Avenue website
In collaboration with blacksmith Phil Spark, I wrote the text and did the picture research for the Lithgow History Avenue website, which is a timeline that accompanies a series of sculptures, curated by Phil, to allude to key points in the history of the City of Lithgow from 1788-1928. The sculptures and the website were developed for Lithgow City Council in 2013, with sponsorship, to guide visitors through the cultural precinct and heritage of the eastern side of Lithgow.