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Dr Ann Hardy

Project Officer

University Library (History)

Career Summary

Biography

Dr Hardy is Historian, Creative Industries & Digital Humanities Projects Co-ordinator at the University of Newcastles Cultural Collections. She has a strong commitment to historical and archival research of the Hunter region, collaborating with communities and cultural groups to develop new knowledge. Her key research areas are Newcastle's 'Coal River', Australian 'asylums', health history, she is also interested in the association between cultural heritage and well-being. Co-ordinator of the University's Hunter History Institute/Coal River Working Party, in 2015 project historian for the Margaret Henry Oral History Project, digitising several hundred oral histories from the Open Foundation Course (1986-1989). This project was funded by the Vera Deacon Regional History Fund. Also in development is the NewcastleWOW app, a collaboration between the University of Newcastle and the National Trust of Australia (NSW). 

Ann continues her current research interests in the association of historical research, archival sources and new digital media, collaborating with other academics to write journal articles, book chapters and present at conferences.

Research Expertise

Ann's 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 well-being 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. She has an interest in the links between cultural heritage and well-being.

Teaching Expertise
Tutoring in Australian History.

Administrative Expertise
Administrative 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. Visit http://coalriver.wordpress.com/ Visit http://governmenthousebarracks1804.wordpress.com/



Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Social Work, Charles Sturt University
  • Graduate Diploma in Applied Heritage Studies, Curtin University of Technology

Keywords

  • Australian Asylum History
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Heritage & Well-being
  • History of Institutionalisation
  • Newcastle History

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
210202 Heritage and Cultural Conservation 30
210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) 50
219999 History and Archaeology not elsewhere classified 20

Professional Experience

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2013 -  Membership - Australian Association of Archivists Australaian Association of Archivists
Australia
1/01/2013 -  Membership - Professional Historians Association of NSW Professional Historians Association of NSW
Australia
1/01/2011 - 31/12/2013 Membership - National Trust of Australia (NSW) National Trust of Australia (NSW)
Australia
1/01/2008 -  Membership - Hunter Heritage Network Hunter Heritage Network
Australia
1/01/2006 -  Membership - University of Newcastle’s Coal River Working Party University of Newcastle’s Coal River Working Party
Australia

Membership

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2016 - 1/01/2017 Membership- The Australian Historical Association The Australian Historical Association
Australia

Awards

Recipient

Year Award
2014 2014 Newcastle Volunteer Service Award - University of Newcastle’s Coal River Working Party
Unknown

Research Award

Year Award
2010 Newcastle Council Prize for Historical Research
Unknown
2010 Hunter Bonafide Award from Hunter Heritage Network
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Hardy AV, di Gravio G, 'Nobbys Whibayganba: Saving the giant kangaroo', Radical Newcastle, NewSouth Publishing, Sydney 24-31 (2015) [B1]
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 (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Hardy AV, 'Australian Coal Mining industry (1797- 1820s): beginnings, history and the vanished industrial heritage of early Newcastle.', Australian Engineering Heritage Journal, (2015)
2014 Hardy AV, Eklund E, 'Multidisciplinary Approach to University - Community Engagement', The Australasian Journal of University-Community Engagement, vol. 9 77-99 (2014)
2009 Hardy AV, 'Attending madness: At work in the Australian colonial asylum', Labour History, - 244-245 (2009) [C3]

Conference (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Hardy AV, di Gravio G, Robertson B, 'Indigenising the City: Embodying Aboriginal knowledge and wisdom into planning frameworks to create sustainable cities of the future', http://spacesandflows.com/ (2015) [O1]
2015 Hardy AV, 'Australian Coal Mining industry (1797- 1820s): beginnings, history and the vanished industrial heritage of early Newcastle', From the Past to the Future: 18th Australian Engineering Heritage Conference 2015 (2015) [E1]
2015 Hardy AV, 'Islands of the Insane Our Records, Perceptions and the Lost Voices from the Asylum' (2015) [E3]
2015 Hardy AV, di Gravio G, 'Turning the Smell of an Oily Rag into the Perfumed Garden of Memory' (2015) [E3]
2014 Hardy AV, 'Shared Heritage Care- Multi-disciplinary Approach in Cultural Heritage', http://www.umass.edu/chs/news/conference2014.html (2014) [E3]
2009 Hardy AV, 'Official Lunacy Policy and Frontier reality in Colonial New South Wales- Who was admitted to the Newcastle Asylum for Imbeciles?', . (2009) [E3]
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Creative Work (10 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2012 Hardy AV, Hardy V, Art of Ideas - National Trust Exhibition (2012)
2012 Hardy AV, Henry M, National Trust Innovation and Invention in the Hunter Forum (2012)
2011 Hardy AV, Hardy V, Amazing Stories - National Trust Exhibition (2011)
2010 Hardy AV, Henry M, Macquarie Years- National Trust Forum with three distinguished speakers Dr Grace Karskens, Mr Robin Walsh & Ms Lisa Slade (2010)
2010 Hardy AV, Hardy V, The Making of a Nation - National Trust Exhibition, http://nationaltrust-hunternewcastleregion.blogspot.com.au/2010/04/making-of-our-nation-art-exhibition.html (2010)
2009 Hardy AV, Hardy V, Interpretations - Our Place in Space-Under the Southern Cross National Trust Exhibition (2009)
2009 Hardy AV, di Gravio G, Hardy V, Hale C, Milgate E, Azzi S, Breath of Life -Back to the City Project, Sydney (2009)
2008 Hardy AV, di Gravio G, Newcastle On the Edge - Panoramic Visions of Newcastle on the Coquun - Hunter River (2008)
2008 Hardy AV, Breath of Life, Potts Point (2008)
2008 Hardy AV, Hardy V, Our Place - National Trust Exhibition (2008)
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Other (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Hardy AV, 'Newcastle's Way Forward Radical change, or cultural uniqueness', Winter Edition May - July 2015 ( pp.4-5): The National Trust of Australia (New South Wales) (2015) [O1]

Report (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
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)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
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)
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Dr Ann Hardy

Positions

Project Officer
Coal River Working Party
University Library
Academic Division

Casual Historian, Creative Industries & Digital Humanities Projects Coordinator
Coal River Working Party
University Library
Academic Division

Casual Research Assistant
Coal River Working Party
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts

Casual Research Assistant
Coal River Working Party
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

History

Contact Details

Email ann.hardy@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 5824.
Mobile 0438509139

Office

Room Cultural Collections L216
Building Auchmuty Library
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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