Jessica Ellen Stagnitti is completing her Honours year of a Bachelor of Development Studies at La Trobe University. Jessica’s research interests include Latin American and African history, the social construction of race, ethnicity and culture, social justice issues, and the lack of regulation in the cosmetics industry and the implications of this for consumers. This present essay has allowed Jessica to further develop her interest in writing history as narrative.
Zoe Gray Carthew is a student of history and English at La Trobe University, currently doing her Honours in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century evolutionary science and literature. In 2004 she shared the David Johansen prize for History. She also edits the La Trobe History Society’s magazine, Passim. Zoe takes a fervent interest in historical fiction, especially of nautical, science and romance genres, and works in a bookshop in the centre of Melbourne. She is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society.
Barry Patton is an Honours student in history at the University of Melbourne and works part-time as a newspaper sub-editor. He is currently preparing his Honours thesis on the separation and removal of Aboriginal children from their families in early colonial Melbourne and Adelaide.
Noni Dowling completed her Bachelor of Arts from La Trobe University in 2006. There she pursued her passion for history, completing a Major in the subject. Through her studies she also discovered an abiding interest in criminology and the law. Noni thoroughly enjoyed researching and writing her article ‘Love is Murder: the Fated Affair of Frederick Jordan and Minnie Hicks’ because it wound these themes together. In the future she hopes to complete a Diploma of Education with the aim of teaching secondary level History and Legal Studies.
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.