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University of New South Wales
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Australian leprosy history, Australian Indigenous history, Australian missionary history, Australian Catholic Church history
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About Me

I am a scholar of the history of medicine and the history of Catholic missions among Australian Indigenous people. My research specialises in the history of leprosy institutions (leprosaria) in Australia.

I have a PhD from the University of New South Wales which focused on the nursing work of Catholic religious sisters as carers for Indigenous people with leprosy.

In 2017 I was the Australian Religious History Fellow of the State Library of New South Wales. My research for this fellowship examined the work and spiritualism of a Catholic male missionary with the Arrernte Indigenous people of Central Australia.

I am currently an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of New South Wales, where I teach Australian history and continue my research.


Recent Publications

‘”Making the Native a Useful Person”: Indigenous Labour in Twentieth-Century Australian Leprosaria’, Labour History, 114, May, 2018, 131-151.

‘Ending isolation? Leprosy, Welfare and Indigenous Australians 1950-1986’, Aboriginal History, 40, 2016, 65-88

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Expertise by Chronology
20th century
Expertise by Topic
Disability, Gender, Medicine, Race, Religion, Women