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HCNSW COVID-19 Update | The History Council of NSW & the Professional Historians Association NSW will be suspending the purchase of tickets to our ‘Careers in History’ event (event date: 25th March 2020) & postponing our event until a later date.
At this challenging time, we are doing everything we can to protect the health and safety of our members & the public in lieu of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Our staff, guest speakers & communities’ health are paramount to us. We are advised & informed by our partners & the NSW Government Public Health Recommendations.
Due to the developing crisis, we extend our deepest apologises to all members & individuals for any inconvienance caused & wish for all your good healths! We would like to thank you for your understanding & support. All individuals who have purchased a ticket/s to our ‘Careers in History’ event will be refunded. Please do watch this space as we have every intention of rescheduling ‘Careers in History’ once this crisis has abated.


Calling all students & history professionals!

Can you make a living working as a historian? What does a “history professional” actually do? For many students and early career professionals interested in history, finding employment opportunities beyond their tertiary studies can be both challenging and daunting.

When |  Wednesday 25 March 2020 at 6:00pm to 8:30pm.

Where |  Metcalfe Auditorium, State Library of New South Wales, Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW 2000

Tickets |  On sale, book via the booking link.

Join Dr Kiera Lindsey as she chairs our panel that will feature a diverse range of guest speakers working in the history sector!

Hear presentations from historians, museum curators, archaeologists and other history professionals as they share their experiences and tips on how to kick-start a career in the history world.

Chairing ‘Careers in History’ 

Dr Kiera Lindsey is an award-winning historian based at University of Technology Sydney (UTS) where she is a Senior Research Fellow conducting an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) on speculative biography and historical craft.

Kiera is currently working on a second speculative biography concerned with the colonial artist, Adelaide Ironside, which will be published with Allen & Unwin in 2021. With fifteen years of university curriculum development and delivery across in-class, online and blended learning platforms, Lindsey has presented her masterclass on Speculative Biography nationally and internationally, been a consultant and on-camera historian with Foxtel’s HISTORY Channel, ABC and SBS, and is also a co-host of the 2ser GLAM CITY podcast and regular guest on ABC Radio National.

Our Speakers 

Dr Peter Hobbins

Dr Peter Hobbins is a Principal and historian at Artefact Heritage Services in Sydney. He has wide experience working across local, national and international collections, including archives, museums and archaeological sites. Peter’s specialist areas span the history of science, technology and medicine, in addition to extensive experience in public history, media and community outreach. Alongside several significant fellowships and prizes, Peter’s co-authored book, Stories from the Sandstone: Quarantine Inscriptions from Australia’s Immigrant Past won a 2017 New South Wales Premier’s History Award. His published histories include books, academic papers, magazine articles, blog posts and datasets, on topics ranging from archaeology, inscriptions and landscapes to urban, military, aviation and maritime history.

Jane Kelso

Jane Kelso is the historian with Sydney Living Museums (the Historic House Trust of NSW). She has curated and worked on a wide range of exhibitions, publications, collections and interpretation and conservation projects at various properties, including India, China, Australia: Trade and Society 1788-1850, Bridging Sydney, Citizen Soldiers: the New South Wales Volunteer Rifles, the first Government House display and model at the Museum of Sydney, and researching and writing the history of the site of the Justice & Police Museum for the Conservation Management Plan. She has also written articles for various magazines and online publications, and worked as a consultant historian.

A lifelong fascination with the connections between people and places, and a desire to burrow into archives and libraries to piece together the stories of our past, has evolved into a passion for helping people to understand and appreciate our sometimes grimy, often quirky and always illuminating ongoing history.


Alinde Bierhuizen

Alinde is a Dutch Public Historian, living and working in Sydney. She is the Social History Curator at Fairfield City Museum & Gallery and a member of the Professional Historians Association NSW & ACT’s executive committee. She started working in Australia as a freelance historian, conducting research on behalf of the NSW State Archives and a heritage interpretation firm. In the Netherlands, Alinde worked as a curator at the Amsterdam City Archives for several years. She has a Bachelor or Arts in History and Master of Arts in Public History, both obtained at the University of Amsterdam.

Dr Iain Stuart

Dr Iain Stuart is a Principal at Artefact Heritage Services and a partner at JCIS Consultants both in Sydney. Born in Melbourne, he has been working in the area of archaeology, history and heritage since 1980. His work has focused mainly on the east coast of Australia. He has worked in Government and private enterprise and has volunteered for the non-profit heritage sector. His work encompasses Aboriginal, Historical, Industrial and Maritime spheres of heritage.

In his practice Iain is never sure whether he is a historian, archaeologist or a geographer. He has a strong belief that everyone working on Australia’s heritage should have at least a good working knowledge of Australia’s history. Iain’s particular research interests lie in landscape evolution and industrial development in particular how particular technologies are adopted and developed. He has recently published on Macquarie’s towns, Newcastle’s defences and Wheat landscapes.

Bonnie Wildie

Bonnie Wildie is a history, library and archives person who is passionate about communicating history and heritage to the broader community. She also dabbles in the digital, and searches for new and innovative methods that might challenge traditional notions of historical research and information access. Bonnie worked as an information professional in several leading cultural heritage institutions and as a tertiary educator in the higher education sector. She also makes dresses.