Dr Simon Cooke completed his 1998 doctoral thesis ‘Secret sorrows: a social history of suicide in Victoria, 1841-1921’ in the History Department at the University of Melbourne. He is the author of A meeting of minds: the Australian Psychological Society and Australian psychologists 1944-1994 (2000).

Dr Andrew Brown-May is a senior lecturer in the History Department at the University of Melbourne. He is director of the Encyclopedia of Melbourne project and his books include Melbourne street life (1998) and Espresso! Melbourne coffee stories (2001).

Fred Cahir is a PhD candidate and Eco-Tourism teacher at the University of Ballarat. His previous publications and MA thesis have centred on the history of inter-racial relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people of Central Highlands Victoria in the colonial period. His PhD thesis focuses on the role of Aboriginal people on the goldfields of Victoria between 1850 and 1900. His industry partner is Sovereign Hill Museum and Parks Association.

Jill Barnard, a professional historian, is a partner in Living Histories. Her recent work includes Welcome and farewell: the story of Station Pier (with Sonia Jennings) and Holding on to hope: a history of the founding agencies of MacKillop Family Services (co-authored with Karen Twigg), both published in 2004. This article is based on Jill and Karen’s research for the latter title.

Dr John Anthony Leckey has a Bachelor of Commerce, a Bachelor of Letters (Hons) and a PhD in history at the University of Melbourne. He is a member of the Professional Historians Association, is a Fellow in the Department of History, and represented the University of Melbourne at cricket. His book Low, degraded broots? Industry and entrepreneurialism in Melbourne’s Little Lon 1860-1950 was published by Australian Scholarly Publishing in 2005.

Dr Judith Buckrich was born in Budapest, Hungary and emigrated to Australia with her parents in 1958. She completed her PhD thesis on the life of the science-fiction writer George Turner at the University of Melbourne and is now an Honorary Research Fellow in that University’s Cultural Heritage Unit.

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.

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