Alain Hosking is a student of history and politics at La Trobe University, currently undertaking research in the field of American civil rights. Alain began his studies at the University of Sydney where he was awarded the George Arnold Wood memorial prize for history. He then pursued interests in music performance and composition before returning to complete his undergraduate studies at La Trobe. In 2007 he assumed the editorship of the La Trobe History Society’s magazine, Passim.

Abigail Belfrage has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons), a Graduate Diploma in Applied Science (Cultural Heritage Management) and a Masters in Public History. She is a member of the Professional Historians’ Association. She puts her love of research and archives to good use in her position as Archivist, Reference Service at Public Record Office Victoria; coordinating PROVguides and other archival finding aids, and managing PROV’s Reference Helpdesk.

Peter Andrew Barrett is an architectural historian and heritage consultant, based in Melbourne, Australia. He has a Masters Degree in Architectural History and Conservation from the University of Melbourne. His Masters thesis, Building through the Golden Gate, researched architectural influences from trans-Pacific trade and migration between Australia and California 1849-1914.

Cate Elkner is a Senior Researcher with the Cultural Heritage Unit (CHU), in the School of Historical Studies at the University of Melbourne. Her 2003 PhD thesis, an industry partnership between the University of Melbourne and the Italian Historical Society (under the auspices of Comitato Assistenza Italiani, or Co.As.It.), explored the contemporary intersections between archives, history, identity and memory.

Sonia Jennings is a professional historian and partner in Living Histories. Her history work has covered diverse areas including fashion, artistic culture, nursing, government and sport. Sonia and partner Mary Sheehan are currently working on a history of the Australian Federation of Air Pilots. Sonia is the Victorian representative on the Australian Council of Professional Historians Associations.

Sarah Mirams is a PhD candidate at Monash University, Gippsland Campus.

Valerie Lovejoy is a PhD student in the School of Historical and European Studies at La Trobe University. She lives in Bendigo and has a particular interest in Victorian regional history. She is the author of Mapmakers of Fortuna: A History of the Army Survey Regiment. Valerie’s PhD thesis is a study of nineteenth-century Chinese immigrants to the Bendigo goldfield.

Benjamin Mountford has studied Public History and Education at the University of Melbourne and the University of Western Australia. His research interests include Chinese-Australian history, crime and punishment in colonial Australia, urban history and museology. He has held research, education and public access positions at Melbourne Museum, The Western Australian Museum and the Cultural Heritage Unit at the University of Melbourne. He is currently writing a fourth year history dissertation on Fook Shing, a Chinese detective in colonial Victoria.

Keir Reeves is an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cultural Heritage Unit in the History Department at the University of Melbourne. His doctoral dissertation was on the Chinese on the Mount Alexander diggings. He has recently been awarded an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship to undertake research into the history and cultural landscapes of central Victoria and to consider the international significance of the region in terms of its heritage values.

Lee-Ann Monk is an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow (Industry) in the History Program at La Trobe University, where she is researching the history of Kew Cottages (Kew Residential Services) as part of an interdisciplinary research team funded by an ARC-Linkage Grant with the Victorian Department of Human Services. Lee-Ann is writing a book on the history of Kew Cottages from its beginnings as the first specialised institution for people with intellectual disability in Australia to its imminent closure.

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