I accept invitations to talk about my research and findings.  Most of these invitations are the result of word of mouth and talks are given on a voluntary basis.

a) Research: a webinar ‘Researching and Writing Historical Biography’ to the History Faculty, Australian College of Nursing, 1 March 2023. 

b) Darvall Paterson families, 2022-24:

‘Emily Darvall Paterson, the After Care Association and Rockend’ to Ryde District Historical Society and to Hunters Hill Ladies Probus Club; ‘Who were the Darvalls of Darvall Road, Eastwood? Two young women, an elopement and a liaison, and the road to respectability’, Ryde District Historical Society.

c) Guest speaker 2011–22 on my history of Crown Street Women’s Hospital, to the following organisations:

Friends of Linnwood House; Eastwood Probus Club Inc; U3A Eastern Region (Waverley); Randwick and District Historical Society with the Randwick City Library; Ryde Ladies Probus Club; Probus Club of Wahroonga; Writing Discussion Group, Society of Australian Genealogists; Eastern Farms Chapter, Fellowship of First Fleeters; Bella Vista Gardens aged care facility, Kellyville; Granville Historical Society; Kellyville/Castle Hill Mixed Probus Club; Engadine Central Probus Club; Parramatta and District Historical Society; Q Station Lecture Series (2017); Bitesize Lunchtime Talk for International Women’s Day at State Library of NSW; Thornleigh Community Baptist Church Seniors ; History Group, Woodlands Retirement Village, Cherrybrook; War Widows Guild of Australia (NSW), Epping; Pennant Hills College for Seniors History Group, Pennant Hills; Switched on Seniors, Carlingford; Kogarah Historical Society; Tuesday Ladies Club, Carlingford Court, Carlingford; Jessie Street National Women’s Library, Sydney; Epping Probus, Sydney; NSW Senior Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Spring Meeting, Sydney; U3A History Group, Hornsby; Royal Australasian College of Physicians History of Medicine Library Lecture Series; Ryde District Historical Society, Ryde; West Epping Uniting Church Ladies’ Fellowship; Botany Family History Society; Q Station Lecture Series; Next Chapter History Group, Randwick Library; WEA/PHA/RAHS seminar; and Scholarly Musings series, State Library of NSW.

d) Guest speaker, 2002–current on Lucy Osburn, to the following organisations:

North Shore Historical Society; Ku-ring-gai Historical Society; Liverpool Regional Museum; U3A Harbourside North (Mosman); Waverley Historical Society; U3A Northern Beaches (Newport); Royal College of Nursing (London), Hidden Nursing Lives: Nurses beyond Nightingale – online launch of entries in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography; Newcastle Healthcare Heritage Symposium; Roseville Probus Club; Lane Cove Women’s Action and Information Group Inc; Eastern Farms Chapter, Fellowship of First Fleeters; Pennant Hills College for Seniors History Group, Pennant Hills; Computer Pals for Seniors – Epping; Castle Hill & District Probus Club; The Inner Wheel Clubs of Sutherland and Port Hacking; Sylvania Waters; Switched on Seniors, Carlingford; Canada Bay Heritage Society; Tuesday Ladies’ Club, Carlingford; War Widows Guild of Australia (NSW), Epping; Kogarah Historical Society; U3A History Group, Hornsby; Campbelltown Family History Society; Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts Talk About Series; Central Coast Family History Society, Gosford; and the Blue Mountains Historical Society.

Academic papers have been presented to the University of Sunshine Coast; NSW College of Nursing, Burwood; Golding Centre for Women’s History, Theology and Spirituality, Australian Catholic University; Royal Australian Historical Society; History of Nursing Research Colloquium, Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, University of Oxford; Presentations in the History of Medicine, Royal Australasian College of Physicians; Friends of the NSW State Library; Freilich Foundation, Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University, Canberra; and Sydney Hospital/NSW Society of the History of Medicine, Sydney Hospital.

e) Guest speaker, 2008-12 on my biography of Gwen Burbidge to:

The College of Nursing/ NSW Society for History of Medicine; Australian College of Nursing Inaugural History Conference, Melbourne; and at the Alfred Hospital Nurses’ Reunion Dinner, Melbourne.

f) Miscellaneous invited talks in Australia 2001–11

Panel member for the Oral History Association of Australia, State Library of NSW; Sydney Hospital/ NSW Society of the History of Medicine, Sydney Hospital; Aftercare Centenary Celebrations, Sydney; NSW State Records/ Lucy Osburn-Nightingale Museum, Sydney Hospital; Conference on Embryo, fetus and newborn: from experiment to clinical practice and prevention in the Antipodes, Sydney; Professor Jill Roe’s Festschrift, Macquarie University; Working Lives Conference, University of Sydney; Health and Medical Museums/NSW Society of the History of Medicine, Sydney Hospital; and Women’s Bodies Women’s History Conference.

g) Miscellaneous invited talks overseas, 2001-08:

Panel member on the Colonial and Political Context of Nursing, Canadian Association of the History of Nursing, Toronto; Seminar for School of Nursing & Midwifery/ UK Centre for History of Nursing & Midwifery, University of Manchester;, University of Manchester; Scottish Women’s History Network Spring Workshop, Queen Margaret University campus, Edinburgh; Health History West seminars, University of the West of England; and 9th Biennial Conference of the Australian Society of the History of Medicine, Auckland.

h) Invited talks, 1996-2000 to:

The Hannah Institute for the History of Medicine, Toronto, Canada; Allemang Society for the History of Nursing, Toronto, Canada; Medical History Section, Margaret River, WA.; and the University of Newcastle.

An invitation to give a keynote address on Florence Nightingale’s at the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife Conference (Central Queensland University, 15 May 2020) was cancelled due to the Covid-19 crisis.

In addition to the above, since 2000 I have presented papers to the following conferences:

Australian and New Zealand Society for the History of Medicine biennial conferences; Australian Historical Association conferences; International Perspectives in the History of Nursing Conference, UK; The National Estate – Civic Heritage Conference, Independent Scholars Association of Australia Inc.; Canadian Society of the History of Medicine/ Canadian Association for the History of Nursing, Canada; Medical History Symposium; 3rd International Conference of Nursing and Midwifery History; Exploring Diasporas: Nursing and Midwifery Cultural Migrations Conference, UK; ‘Stories from the Field’, Conference; British Australian Studies Association Conference, UK.

In addition, during 1980-99 I presented 22 conference papers, seven of which were published in proceedings, others elsewhere.