Miranda Francis is a history PhD student at La Trobe University in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Her research is an oral history of parenting in suburban Melbourne over the second part of the twentieth century. It involves life history interviews with women aged over sixty. She returned to study after many years working as an academic librarian. Her own children sparked her initial interest in the topic and continue to enliven it.

Author email: francis.m@students.latrobe.edu.au

Yosanne Vella is an associate professor in history pedagogy in the Faculty of Education at the University of Malta. She is a history teacher trainee and she lectures on various topics on history teaching. She was recently on sabbatical leave in Australia where she gave papers to undergraduate and masters’ students as well as to fellow academics on 'teaching change and continuity in history to secondary school children' and on 'using history teaching to combat Islamophobia'.

Richard Turner is undertaking a PhD in History at La Trobe University. He was first placed in the La Trobe History Honours in 2012 and received the Peter Cook Prize in Australian History and the WJ Banks Prize for Academic Excellence. He had a career as a filmmaker, writing, directing and producing more than 20 films prior to returning to academia.

Author email: richardturner@iinet.net.au

Dr Eric J Frazer is a retired Research Scientist formerly with the CSIRO Division of Minerals in Clayton. Over the years, he has developed an interest in postal history and recently published (with Max B Watson) Victorian Post Office Curiosities: A Treasure From the Archives. He is currently the editor of Philately from Australia, the quarterly journal of the Royal Philatelic Society of Victoria Inc.

Professor EW (Bill) Russell has served as a member of the Public Records Advisory Council. He has had a long association with Public Record Office Victoria, having been an archivist 1968–74, a member of the Task Force on Records Management 1978–80, and Director-General of the Department of Property and Services, of which PROV was a Division, 1985–88. Bill obtained his Diploma of Archive Studies from University College, London, in 1973 and was the first Victorian archivist to hold formal qualifications in archives.

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