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Associates

Since its inception in 2007, the Research Centre has provided a base for a variety of researchers from Australia and overseas, investigating different aspects of Australian history. We welcome their contribution to the scholarly debate and the opportunity to work with them.

Note: This information is current for the period in which the Associates were involved with the National Museum of Australia and is not necessarily up to date.

Katherine Aigner

Associate since July 2011

Katherine is a filmmaker with a strong interest in indigenous spirituality. Formerly a curator at the NMA, she was involved in community consultations for the Rituals of Life exhibition at the Vatican and the Birds Barks and Billabongs: Exploring the Legacy of the 1948 American-Australian Scientific Exhibition to Arnhem Land symposium.

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Alison Clark

Associate from October 2010

Currently a PhD student at Kings College, London, Ali is researching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander photographs held in the British Museum.

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Student profile of Alison Clark, Kings College, London

Louise Douglas

Louise Douglas

Associate since May 2011

Formerly Assistant Director of the Audience, Programs and Partnerships Division at the National Museum of Australia, Louise is completing her PhD on Australia’s contribution to international exhibitions and world fairs.

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Stephen Foster

Associate since January 2007

Stephen is a Professor in the College of Arts and Social Sciences at the Australian National University. He edits reCollections: A journal of museums and collections, the National Museum of Australia's online journal.

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  • A Private Empire, Murdoch Books, October 2010 (explores Britain’s imperial past through the eyes and experiences of a single family)

Christine Hansen

Associate since November 2010

Formerly a curator at the National Museum of Australia, Christine is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Environmental History, Australian National University. Her current project focuses on the Victorian community of Steels Creek.

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Matthew Higgins

Matthew Higgins

Associate in 2009-10

Matthew worked as a Senior Curator at the National Museum of Australia from 2004 to 2011. In 2009-10 Matthew joined the staff of the Centre for Historical Research to write a book on the history of the Australian Capital Territory's high country Rugged Beyond Imagination. In his time at the National Museum, Matthew worked on a number of exhibitions and collection development projects, including the authentification of the Leichhardt nameplate.

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Shino Konishi

Associate in 2008 and 2009

Formerly holding a position of Research Fellow at the NMA (2008-10), Shino is now a Research Fellow at the Australian Centre for Indigenous History at the Australian National University. Her special interests include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and Australian history.

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Kathryn Medlock

Associate from October 2009

Currently a curator at the Tasmanian Museum and Gallery, Kathryn is also studying for a PhD under the supervision of Libby Robin. Her particular field of interest is thylacines.

Maria Nugent

Associate in 2008 and 2009

Formerly holding a position of Research Fellow at the National Museum of Australia, Maria is now a Research Fellow at the Australian Centre for Indigenous History at the Australian National University. Her special interests include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and Australian history.

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Michael Piggott

Michael Piggott

Associate since July 2010

Following a fellowship at the Australian Prime Ministers Centre, Michael jointly wrote the guide to archives held at the Australian National University relating to Prime Ministers. He is now working on a project involving the understanding of Indigenous archives.

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Prime Ministers at The Australian National University: an archival guide (available as free PDF download)

Biff Ward

Associate since July 2009

After a career as a consultant in human resource training and development, Biff is writing a family memoir for publication. Biff organises regular small group trips to Vietnam.

Christine Wright

Associate from February 2008 for the summer

Christine Wright is an historian who is particularly interested in Australian social history and nineteenth-century British history. Her book Wellington's Men in Australia was published following a position as an Early Career Summer Fellow at the Museum.

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Wellington's Men in Australia, Palgrave Macmillan, April 2011