I am a highly experienced professional historian who undertakes freelance work. My research interests are broad, but I have a particular passion for the history of healthcare provision and hospitals, social welfare history, and biography. I am available for a range of commissioned work including published books, heritage significance assessments, and web-based histories.
Crown Street Women’s Hospital, a history 1893-1983 This book was published by Allen & Unwin in January 2017. It is the first comprehensive history of the hospital from its founding until its closure in 1983, and is told from multiple perspectives. It is based on extensive archival research, supplemented by private records and nearly 160 interviews of a range of staff, patients and others. As well, it is illustrated with a range of revealing photos. It is a book to be enjoyed by both general readers and specialised scholars.
Aftercare: our journey 1907-2017 (see http://www.aftercare.com.au). Aftercare: its journey 1907-2017 is the history of Australia’s longest-serving mental health NGO, commissioned by Aftercare's then CEO John Malone. Aftercare was founded by Emily Paterson (pictured, circa 1940), a blind woman who spent much of her childhood living at Rockend Cottage, next door to Gladesville Mental Hospital. The book, edited by Aftercare’s then public relations team, was published in December 2017. It is available by clicking here .