Petherick research register

Researchers engaged in advanced, long-term research use the resources and facilities of the Petherick Reading Room to access the National Library's collections and services.

This Register lists active Petherick Readers' areas of research interest under the following general subject categories:

If you have any questions about this list please email the Petherick Librarian at peth@nla.gov.au or contact the relevant reader at the email address given. As some Petherick Readers prefer not to be contacted directly email may be sent to them care of the Petherick Librarian. Please ensure you include the person's name.

Australian history

T.W. (Tom) Campbell
email: twcatbraddon@yahoo.com.au
History, Australian – late 19th century New South Wales.
 
Raimy Ché-Ross
email: c/o Petherick Librarian
The Jewish diaspora in South East Asia (1780-1980); the Penang/Singapore Sephardic Jewish migration to Australia post-WW II.
 
Michael Davis
email: mdavis@pcug.org.au
Indigenous/European histories; colonial discourses, Australia and the Pacific; ethnographic history; indigenous rights in traditional knowledge.
 
Barbara Dawson
email: Barbara.Dawson@anu.edu.au
Indigenous people through the eyes of colonial women settlers; 19th and early 20th century Canberra history; Federation.
 
Janet Doust
email: Janet.Doust@anu.edu.au
Australian colonial history; British history; British Empire history; migration history; settler societies; comparative history; social and cultural history.
 
Russell Doust
email: rfdoust@ozemail.com.au
Abstract and index to New South Wales Legislative Council: Votes and Proceedings 1824-1856.
 
Nick Drayson
email: nd@netspeed.com.au
Australian magpie in Australian culture; monotremes.
 
Dianne Firth
email: Dianne.Firth@canberra.edu.au
History of Canberra planning and landscape.
 
David Hansen
email: d_hansen@netspace.net.au
Relics of LBJ's 1966 Trip to Australia; postcolonial portraits ; Australian art 1980-2000, from the collections of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.
 
Anthony Hill
email: 2anthill@cyberone.com.au
website: http://www.anthonyhillbooks.com/home.html
Australians at war.
 
Robert J. King
email: c/o Petherick Librarian
Australian history in the 18th century; Australia's maritime border in the Timor Sea.
 
Diane Langmore
email: diane.langmore@anu.edu.au
Research for the Australian Dictionary of Biography; wives of Australian governors-general.
 
Elizabeth Lawson
email: betheliza@mac.com
Australian cultural history, literature and art with associated interest in Australian natural history art and writing.
 
Jean Main
email: main@pcug.org.au
Family history; military history.
 
Sylvia Marchant
email: srmarch@internode.on.net
Australian history and biography; mediaeval and 19th century English history; historiography; book reviews; feature articles; history of the United Australia Party, 1939-1943.
 
Susan Marsden
email: smarsden@bigpond.net.au
Australian post-settlement history; urban history, social history, oral history, and the intersections between history, heritage and culture in Australia; regional history especially in South Australia, the Australian Capital Territory, southwestern New South Wales and Newcastle.
 
Granville Allen Mawer
email: gamawer@bigpond.net.au
Australian colonial history; exploration and discovery; maritime history; Antarctic history.
 
Wolf Mayer
email: wolf.mayer@bigpond.com.au
The search for coal, limestone and other natural resources in the early years of the colony of New South Wales; journeys of exploration in New South Wales, 1788-1825.
 
Pam Oliver
email: Pam.Oliver@arts.monash.edu.au
The Japanese presence in Australia and influence in Australian affairs between 1860s and 1950s. This includes work on the Japanese trading companies, espionage and invasion, immigration, family stories, intermarriage, race theory and the Northern Territory.
 
Graeme Osborne
email: gro@homemail.com.au
Australian communication traditions.
 
Michael Pearson
email: mike.p@ozemail.com.au
Historic Australian ships; passenger shipping history and social context of shipping routes along the Western Australia coast and between Western Australia and the east coast; heritage buildings and sites for conservation planning, including mining sites, pastoral sites and major public buildings.
 
Pam Ray
email: c/o Petherick Librarian
Bingley family, early Queanbeyan settlers and their origins in Yorkshire, 16th-18th centuries.
 
Libby Robin
email: libby.robin@anu.edu.au
website: http://fennerschool.anu.edu.au/people/academics/robinl.php
History of environmental science, activism, politics and policy, especially in Australia; comparative environmental history; environmental sensibility and national identity; environment in museums; history of ornithology; history of Australian science.
 
Dirk H.R. Spennemann
email: dspennemann@csu.edu.au
Bibliographical research on southern Riverina authors (Walter G. Henderson, Sydney Jephcott, John Farrell).
 
Brian Wimborne
email: brianwimborne@hotmail.com
Research for the Australian Dictionary of Biography; Archives of Singapore; Jewish history and biography.

Biography

Raimy Ché-Ross
email c/o Petherick Librarian
Biography on Sultan Sir Abu Bakar of Johore; pre-Khmer cities on the Malayan Peninsular; Australian archaeologists & French academics in the tropics.
 
Patricia Clarke
email: clarke.patricia@netspeed.com.au
Rosa Praed and Judith Wright's letters with her daughter Meredith McKinney.
 
Pam Crichton
email: pam.crichton@anu.edu.au
Historical research for the Australian Dictionary of Biography.
 
Victor Crittenden
email: c/o Petherick Librarian
Australian literature and theatre, 19th century.
 
Barbara Dawson
email: Barbara.Dawson@anu.edu.au
Historical research for Australian Dictionary of Biography.
 
Derek Drinkwater
email: Derek.Drinkwater@apsc.gov.au
International theory; international history; diplomacy; biography.
 
Peter Ilbery
email: c/o Petherick Librarian
Biographies of graduates of the Empire Air Training Scheme.
 
Rebecca Lamb
email: rebflamb@hotmail.com
Researching the life of the Sheriff of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Thomas Macquoid, 1829-1841 and his life at Darlinghurst and the Limestone Plains.
 
Wolf Mayer
email: wolf.mayer@bigpond.com.au
Charles Throsby, surgeon, explorer and settler (1788-1828).
 
Dirk H.R. Spennemann
email: dspennemann@csu.edu.au
Biography of plant pathologist Nathan A. Cobb.
 
Brian Wimborne
email: brianwimborne@hotmail.com
Biographical research for the Australian Dictionary of Biography and the Dictionary of National Biography.

Food

Colin Bannerman
email: c/o Petherick Librarian
Food and eating (especially in Australia) and culinary literature.

Gardening

Victor Crittenden
email: c/o Petherick Librarian
Australian gardens and gardening history.

History

Raimy Ché-Ross
email c/o Petherick Librarian
Malay manuscript letters from the Royal Court of Terengganu; the Jewish diaspora in South East Asia (1780-1980); the Penang/Singapore Sephardic Jewish migration to Australia post-WW II; pre-Khmer cities on the Malayan Peninsular.
 
Michael Davis
email: mdavis@pcug.org.au
Indigenous/European histories; colonial discourses, Australia and the Pacific; ethnographic history; Indigenous rights in traditional knowledge.
 
Robert Dingley
email: lawding@cyberone.com.au
Australian colonial literature.
 
Janet Doust
email: Janet.Doust@anu.edu.au
British history; British Empire history; migration history; settler societies; comparative history; social and cultural history.
 
Bernadette Hince
email: coldwords@gmail.com
Environmental history of the subantarctic islands and Polar regions; History of Antarctica, and of Australia’s involvement; publication of the NLA’s 1953 Heard Island diaries of John Béchervaise.
 
Peter Ilbery
email: c/o Petherick Librarian
China trade - London, Calcutta, Canton 1780-1839.
 
Helen James
email: waldenent@hotmail.com
Thai/Myanmar studies - history, language and culture. Particular focus on governance and civil society, holistic security, poverty alleviation and sustainable development.
 
Robert J. King
email: c/o Petherick Librarian
Pacific history in the 18th century; exploration and imperial rivalry.
 
Jean Main
email: main@pcug.org.au
Family history and military history.
 
Pam Ray
email: c/o Petherick Librarian
Scotland, 16th-19th century, especially the religious dissenters in the south-west.
 
Kerry Webb
email: kwebb@alianet.alia.org.au
Naval medicine in the age of Nelson.
 
Brian Wimborne
email: brianwimborne@hotmail.com
Research into the Rabaul Campaign.

Human and environmental sciences

Libby Robin
email: libby.robin@anu.edu.au
website: http://fennerschool.anu.edu.au/people/academics/robinl.php
History of environmental science, activism, politics and policy, especially in Australia; comparative environmental history; environmental sensibility and national identity; environment in museums; history of ornithology; history of Australian science.

Language

Raimy Ché-Ross
email c/o Petherick Librarian
16th and 17th century Malay wordlists in Dutch and English travel journals.
 
Bernadette Hince
email: coldwords@gmail.com
Documenting the development of regional English in the Polar regions, by writing a historical dictionary of Polar English.
 
Helen James
email: waldenent@hotmail.com
Thai/Myanmar studies - history, language and culture. Particular focus on governance and civil society, holistic security, poverty alleviation and sustainable development.

Literature

Judith Barbour
email: judith.barbour@usyd.edu.au
Travel journalism and the Baudin voyage 1801-1804; Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.
 
Penelope Cottier
email: penelope.c@bigpond.com
Charles Dickens; Victorian society; animals in literature; history of attitudes towards animals; changes in use of animals.
 
Rosamund Dalziell
email: dalziell@netspeed.com.au
19th and 20th century autobiography and British and French colonial travel-writing; biography of British colonial explorer/administrator, Sir Everard im Thurn.
 
Robert Dingley
email: lawding@cyberone.com.au
Australian colonial literature.
 
Nick Drayson
email: nd@netspeed.com.au
Australian magpie in Australian culture; monotremes.
 
Janet Hadley Williams
email: janhadw@ozemail.com.au
Late mediaeval and early modern literature, especially Scottish, 1450-1600; history of the book (manuscript and printed) in Scotland; an edition for the Scottish Text Society of comic and parody poems in Older Scots.
 
Kerry White
email: bookphile@bigpond.com
Australian children's books; bibliography; literary history; illustrations; Australian social history.

Music

Russell Doust
email: rfdoust@ozemail.com.au
Bibliography of organ music by Australian composers, published and unpublished.
 
Graham Hair
email: graham.hair@virgin.net
Modernism in British and Australian music, especially Don Banks and Keith Humble (Australia) and Matyas Seiber (United Kingdom).
 
Anthony Hill
email: 2anthill@cyberone.com.au
website: http://www.anthonyhillbooks.com/home.html
Supression of fiddle playing by the kirk in some parts of Scotland during the 18th and 19th centuries.
 
John Shortis
email: Moyajohn@tpg.com.au
Australian popular music from 1900 to the present, especially sheet music.

Pacific

Peter Elder
email Peter.Elder@anu.edu.au
Melanesian history from colonial times; Bougainville between the two world wars.
 
Robert J. King
email: c/o Petherick Librarian
Australian and Pacific history in the 18th century.
 
Dirk H.R. Spennemann
email: dspennemann@csu.edu.au
Bibliographical research on the Pacific short story writer Louis Becke (1855-1913); bibliographical research into German colonial publishing in the Pacific.

Religion

Colin Bannerman
email: c/o Petherick Librarian
History of Christianity and its theology in Western countries.
 
T.W. (Tom) Campbell
email: twcatbraddon@yahoo.com.au
Religious history - Anglican Church, Sydney - sisterhoods and brotherhoods, Catholic and Anglican, Australia, New Zealand.
 
Raimy Ché-Ross
email: c/o Petherick Librarian
The Jewish diaspora in South East Asia (1780-1980); the Penang/Singapore Sephardic Jewish migration to Australia post-WW II; the Hikayat Iblis.

Social sciences

Helen James
email: waldenent@hotmail.com
Thai/Myanmar studies - history, language and culture. Particular focus on Governance and Civil Society, Holistic Security, Poverty Alleviation and Sustainable Development.
 
Ann Kent
email: Ann.Kent@anu.edu.au
Completing a book on China and international organganisations and researching international law in Chinese foreign policy. Main areas of interest are Chinese foreign policy, Australian foreign policy and international human rights.
 
Fiona Rothchilds
email: c/o Petherick Librarian
Political science and political communication; government systems in Australia, Britain and America; accountability and governance; intercultural communication and public diplomacy; the mainstream media and the non-English speaking press.

Women's issues

Susan Bambrick
email: bambrick@usq.edu.au
Women in the professoriate at Australian universities.