Dr Hardy is an historian and social worker and has a strong committment to cultural heritage and historical research of the Hunter region, collaborating and engaging with various cultural groups to develop new knowledge. Her key research interests are in Newcastle's 'Coal River', Australian 'asylums', health history, and the cultural heritage and well-being relationship. Currently she is researcher and administrative officer for the University's Coal River Working Party, developing the NewcastleWOW App a collaborative project between the University of Newcastle and the National Trust of Australia (NSW). She has continued her current research interests in the association of historical research, archival sources and new digital media.
- Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle, 06/03/2014
- Bachelor of Social Work, Charles Sturt University, 22/04/1988
- Graduate Diploma in Applied Heritage Studies, Curtin University of Technology, 09/02/2007
- Australian Asylum History
- Cultural Heritage
- Heritage & Well-being
- History of Institutionalisation
- Newcastle History
My Doctural research investigates visual and written sources to interpret early Newcastle, NSW. Thesis titled “. . . here is an Asylum open . . .” Constructing a Culture of Government Care in Australia 1801 – 2014" examines the Newcastle Government Domain (NGD) the site for Government House, convict administrative centre, military barracks, then Girl's Industrial School and Reformatory and finally as a 'lunatic asylum' and later psychiatric hospital. Research explores transition of the NGD from active health care campus to heritage site tracing and exploring contemporary issues in heritage, the role of interdisciplinary non-governmental organisations in heritage advocacy and the possibility of overtly recognising the positive benefits of heritage conservation for mental wellbeing at this and other sites. The diverse strands of my research are taken into new directions that are of importance for debates in the field of history and heritage and historical archaeology. I have an interest in the links between cultural heritage and well-being.
Fields of Research
|210303||Australian History (Excl. Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander History)||50|
|210202||Heritage And Cultural Conservation||30|
|219999||History And Archaeology Not Elsewhere Classified||20|
Committee/Associations (relevant to research).
- Member - National Trust of Australia (NSW)
- Member - University of Newcastle’s Coal River Working Party
- Member - Hunter Heritage Network
- Member - Australian Association of Archivists
- Member - Professional Historians Association of NSW
|2014||2014 Newcastle Volunteer Service Award - University of Newcastle’s Coal River Working Party|
Commonwealth of Australia (Australia)
Ann has undertaken research and prepared applications and submissions with regards to acknowledging Newcastle’s historical achievements and contribution to the making of Australia as a nation. Ann is a great advocate for our City and its unique history. She is known as an excellent collaborator, working with staff and families of those connected to the former James Fletcher Hospital and preserving the history of that site. Ann has undertaken historical research relating to the James Fletcher Hospital in particular, has helped in acknowledging the site’s contribution to the innovative medicine and psychological advances pioneered right here in Newcastle.
|2010||Newcastle Council Prize for Historical Research|
City of Newcastle (Australia)
Newcastle Council Prize for Historical Research
|2010||Hunter Bonafide Award from Hunter Heritage Network|
Hunter Heritage Network (Australia)
Hunter Bonafide Award from Hunter Heritage Network
Adminstrative Officer of the University of Newcastle's Coal River Working Party (CRWP), a multi-disciplinary research and special interest group investigating history and cultural heritage of Newcastle, NSW. Members come from a variety of backgrounds including history, engineering, geology, surveying, archaeology, creative arts and education, as well as representatives from local Aboriginal community, various corporations and government departments to collaborate in research, projects and events.
Tutoring in Australian History.
For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.
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Chapter (1 outputs)
|2011||Hardy AV, 'Treasure Trove at the Government Domain', Wood, Brick & Stone : The Making of the Hunter, Catchfire Press, Dangar, NSW 226-232 (2011)|
Journal article (1 outputs)
|2009||Hardy AV, 'Attending madness: At work in the Australian colonial asylum', Labour History, - 244-245 (2009) [C3]|
Conference (2 outputs)
|2014||Hardy AV, 'Shared Heritage Care- Multi-disciplinary Approach in Cultural Heritage', http://www.umass.edu/chs/news/conference2014.html, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA (2014)|
|2009||Hardy AV, 'Official Lunacy Policy and Frontier reality in Colonial New South Wales- Who was admitted to the Newcastle Asylum for Imbeciles?', ., University of Western Australia, Perth WA (2009) [E3]|
Creative Work (10 outputs)
|2012||Hardy AV, Henry M, National Trust Innovation and Invention in the Hunter Forum, Newcastle City Hall (2012)|
|2012||Hardy AV, Hardy V, Art of Ideas - National Trust Exhibition, John Paynter Gallery, Newcastle (2012)|
|2011||Hardy AV, Hardy V, Amazing Stories - National Trust Exhibition, John Paynter Gallery,Newcastle (2011)|
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Report (2 outputs)
|2009||Hardy AV, 'Coal River (Mulubinba) Cultural Landscape', University of Newcastle's Coal River Working Party (2009)|
|2008||Hardy AV, 'Newcastle Government House & Domain', University of Newcastle's Coal River Working Party (2008)|
Thesis / Dissertation (2 outputs)
|2014||Hardy AV, '. . . here is an Asylum open . . .' Constructing a Culture of Government Care in Australia 1801 ¿ 2014, University of Newcastle (2014)|
|2006||Hardy AV, Government House, Newcastle, New South Wales: A description of the Government House site from an analysis of historical maps and artworks from 1804 to 1885., Curtin University of Technology, WA (2006)|
Grants and Funding
|Number of current supervisions||0|
Dr Ann Hardy
|Work Phone||(02) 4921 5824|
|Cell / Mobile Phone||0438509139|
|Positions||Casual General Library Assistant|
The University of Newcastle, Australia
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Cultural Collections L216,
Callaghan NSW 2308