Jennifer McNeice is a local and family historian with a particular interest in land, immigration and military records. She has lectured at the National Army Museum in London and has written a history of Koonung Cottage in Victoria. Jennifer is a member of the Society of Australian Genealogists and holds a Bachelor of Science (UMelb) and Diploma in Family Historical Studies.

Author email: mcneicejen@gmail.com

Lauren Murphy is PhD candidate in history at La Trobe University. Her recent honours thesis focused on the attribution of vases from Magna Graecia. She is a long-time resident of the northern suburbs of Melbourne and has an interest in local, as well as ancient, history. This is her first journal submission.

Author email: murphy.l@students.latrobe.edu.au

Sarah Hayes is a material culture researcher within the Heritage and Indigeneity stream at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University. Her current Discover Early Career Research Award project is on how the Gold Rush shaped quality of life in cities. Sarah is co-editor of the Australasian Historical Archaeology journal, member of the Heritage Council Archaeology and Underwater Cultural Heritage Committee and honorary associate with both La Trobe University and Museum Victoria.

Barbara Minchinton is an independent researcher having completed her PhD on the history of settlement in the Otways under the nineteenth century land acts. Since 2011 she has been working with archaeologists on the family histories of people living on the sites excavated during the Little Lon archaeological projects of 1988-1989 and 2002-2004.

Author email: bminch@netspace.net.au

Kath McKay is now retired from the paid workforce but still very active in the fields that filled her professional life: research, social change and activism for the rights of women.

Author email: kmckay@vtown.com.au

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