Dr Nancy Cushing completed her PhD thesis on the history of Newcastle in 1995 and has been researching and publishing on the city ever since. In 2015, she published two books, Smoky City, A History of Air Pollution in Newcastle, New South Wales with Howard Bridgman (Hunter Press) and Radical Newcastle, co edited with Erik Eklund and team member James Bennett (NewSouth Press).
Professor Catharine Coleborne is Head of the School of Humanities and Social Science and author of several books including Insanity, Identity and Empire: Immigrants and institutional confinement in Australia and New Zealand, 1873-1910 and, with Katie Pickles, New Zealand’s Empire (both Manchester University Press, 2015), which showcase her expertise in migration and mobilities.
Dr James Bennett is an historian of labour also interested in film and has published several books including Making Film and Television Histories: Australia and New Zealand, co edited with Rebecca Beirne (IB Taurus, 2011).
Dr Julie McIntyre is a regional specialist with a particular interest in histories of migration and wine growing. She is the author of the award winning First Vintage: Wine in colonial New South Wales (NewSouth Press, 2012) and co-author of a short history of Fort Scratchley. Julie is currently undertaking a Linkage project entitled “Vines, Wine and Identity: The Hunter Valley NSW and Changing Australian Taste” in partnership with the Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association and the Newcastle Regional Museum.
Newcastle Public Library partners
- Suzie Gately - Library Manager;
- Alex Mills - Manager, Community Programs and Partnerships;
- Sue Ryan - Local Studies Librarian.