Hannah Loney is a final year PhD candidate in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne. Her thesis explores East Timorese women’s experiences, memories and perceptions of life under Indonesian rule (1975–1999). As well as undertaking research assistant work for the ‘Minutes of Evidence’ project, Hannah lectures in Southeast Asian and Pacific history at Victoria University and the Australian Catholic University, Melbourne.

Patricia Grimshaw is a Professor Emeritus and Professorial Research Fellow in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne where she taught Australian history and gender studies for many years. She was co-editor with Elizabeth Nelson and Sandra Smith of Letters from Aboriginal Women of Victoria, 1867–1926, a collection of Aboriginal women’s letters held in the archives of Public Record Office Victoria and the National Archives of Australia that was published in 2002.

James Kirby is a PhD candidate in history at La Trobe University in Bundoora. In 2012, he attained a first-class honours result in history, earning an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) scholarship. In 2014, the student completed a research trip to Botswana and the United Kingdom, funded by La Trobe University. The author’s research interests include human rights history, post-colonial studies, African history, and Australian history.

Author email: J.Kirby@latrobe.edu.au

Cassie May has a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Hons), and a Masters in Creative Arts from the Victorian College of the Arts. She curated Coming Home (3 October – 7 December 2014, Bundoora Homestead Art Centre), an exhibition that explored the history of the Bundoora Repatriation Mental Hospital. She is also Director of Neospace, a gallery exhibiting emerging contemporary artists.

Author email: cassie@neospace.com.au

Dr Cate O’Neill, of the eScholarship Research Centre at the University of Melbourne, is the National Editor and Research Co-ordinator of the Find & Connect web resource project. This project is funded by the Australian Government to develop a public knowledge space about the history of children’s institutions in Australia (www.findandconnect.gov.au).

Amber Graciana Evangelista is a graduate from Monash University who conducts research for the exhibitions team at Public Record Office Victoria. This current article stems from research conducted for the 20142015 School Days exhibition held at the Old Treasury Building. She has undertaken extensive research into the education of primary schoolaged children in Nineteenth-Century Melbourne.  She currently works with the National Trust, and as an independent historical consultant. 

Barbara Minchinton completed her PhD on nineteenth century land selection in the Otways, Victoria, at the University of Melbourne in 2011. She is an independent researcher and a volunteer at Public Record Office Victoria, and has worked on numerous paid and unpaid projects from the archaeology of Little Lon to the transcription of nineteenth-century shipping lists and the digitisation of soldier settler records.

Author email: bminch@netspace.net.au

Jodi Turnbull is a researcher in Archaeology at La Trobe University. She also manages geographic information systems at a Melbourne heritage consultancy.

Author email: j.turnbull@latrobe.edu.au

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