Lyn Payne has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Diploma in Education, Master of Educational Studies and Master of Arts (Public History). She has been a teacher of history in secondary schools and was an educator in schools programs and public education at Museum Victoria for over ten years. She has an ongoing interest in the history of education in Victoria, in local and community histories and in cultural heritage.
Victoria Haskins is a lecturer in Australian history at the University of Newcastle. A former curator at the National Museum of Australia, she is a cultural historian utilising a range of sources including material culture and visual representations as well as the traditional archive.
Robyn Ballinger has been writing and researching histories on regional Victoria for the past ten years. She is currently building on her interest in how the dynamic forces of culture and nature inform attitudes toward water use as a PhD candidate in the School of Historical Studies at the University of Melbourne.
Belinda Robson is the author of Recovering art: a history of the Cunningham Dax Collection (2006) and holds a PhD in History from the University of Melbourne. Her doctoral thesis was a biography of Eric Cunningham Dax and she has published several articles on the Cunningham Dax Collection and on the role of Dax in reforming mental health services in Victoria. She has also worked in social research and policy in government and non-government sectors.
Annamaria Davine is an honorary research fellow in the School of Historical Studies at the University of Melbourne, and a member of the Professional Historians’ Association. Her main area of interest is Italian migration, particularly that of small groups. In 2006, her book ‘Vegnimo da Conco ma simo Veneti’: a study of the immigration and settlement of the Veneti in Central and West Gippsland 1925-1970 was published by the Italian Australian Institute at La Trobe University, Bundoora.
Anna Kyi is a historian at the Sovereign Hill Museums Association. Her articles expand on research she undertook for the redevelopment of Sovereign Hill’s Chinese Camp.
Ken James is a secondary teacher in Melbourne who has an interest in the history of small rural districts in Central Victoria.
Anne Herdman Martin is a great-niece of Robert Herdman and lives in Yorkshire England.
Marilyn Kenny is a member of the Essendon Historical Society in Victoria.
Louise Blake has been mining her family history for interesting stories since she was a teenager. She has a post-graduate diploma in Cultural Heritage Management from the University of Canberra and a masters in Biography and Life Writing from Monash University. She has previously worked for the National Library of Australia, National Museum of Australia, Public Record Office Victoria and the City of Whitehorse.