For many years I have been involved in research with Australia’s leading outdoor museum at Sovereign Hill, Ballarat, Victoria, and was responsible for many of their historical activations. I am also the museum’s honorary musicologist.
From an academic perspective I’ve always had a keen interest in social history and hold a degree in philosophy and the history of ideas and a doctorate in history, and have taught Sociology at the University of Ballarat
I’ve published in a number of academic journals and popular publications and have tracked down obscure facts, such as details of Australia’s first air wreck! and idiosyncratic musical pieces.
I adapted and produced an early English ballad opera, The Waterman for the Organs of the Goldfields Festival, and have recently unearthed a rare edition of Nathaniel Gow’s autographed publication of his father’s music.
You can hear a program I researched and produced on Australian settlers and their songs