I am a highly experienced professional historian who undertakes freelance work.
My work has been recognised by accreditation as a Professional Member of Professional Historians Australia (NSW & ACT); election as a patron of the Ryde District Historical Society; award of a Master of Public Health (a.e.g.) from The University of Sydney; award of Honorary Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing; and election as an Honorary Member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine.
MY RECENT PUBLICATIONS
The Matriarch of Rockend: Emily Mary Barton, more than Banjo Paterson’s grandmother, Ryde History Series: No. 13. Available from the Ryde District Historical Society for $15 (http://www.rydehistory.org.au/our-published-works/book-order-form/). Rockend housed three generations presided over by the poet Emily Mary Barton. Other residents included her daughter the artist Emily Susan Paterson, her grand-daughter Emily Darvall Paterson who founded the mental health organisation Stride, and her grandson Banjo Paterson, Australia’s iconic poet. Rockend now houses the Banjo Paterson Restaurant, Gladesville.
Crown Street Women’s Hospital, a history 1893-1983 This book was published by Allen & Unwin and is the first comprehensive history of this important hospital. It is based on extensive archival research, supplemented by private records and nearly 160 interviews of staff, patients, volunteers and others. It is told from multiple perspectives and illustrated by revealing photos. It is a book to be enjoyed by general readers and specialised scholars.
Lucy Osburn, a Lady Displaced: Florence Nightingale’s Envoy to Australia This is the definite account of Lucy Osburn (1836-91). Lucy Osburn is the founder of modern nursing in Australia and learnt her vocation at the Nightingale School of Nursing in London. This book was short-listed for Australia’s 2008 National Biography Award.
Australia’s Controversial Matron: Gwen Burbidge and Nursing Reform This is a compelling account of Gwen Burbidge, (1904-2000), one of the first Australian nurses to write a nursing textbook and a controversial nursing reformer. She improved nurses’ working, living and educational conditions.
Australian Pain Society – The First 35 Years The Australian Pain Society is a not-for-profit organisation that was formed in 1979 as the Australasian Chapter of the International Association for the Study of Pain. This colourful, high-quality publication is a timely preservation of corporate memory and sheds light on on-going issues in the management of pain.
Nursing before Nightingale, 1815–1899 This book, co-authored with Carol Helmstadter, argues that, rather than being the beginning of nursing reform, the changes associated with Florence Nightingale were the culmination of earlier reforms. This book won a major North American award and citation.
Aftercare: our journey 1907-2017 This is the history of Australia’s longest-serving mental health NGO, now called Stride. Aftercare was founded by Emily Paterson, a blind woman who spent much of her childhood living next door to Gladesville Mental Hospital. The book, edited by Aftercare’s then public relations team, was published in December 2017.