I’m Naomi Parry Duncan, a professional historian and heritage consultant and writer/editor. I tell stories of places and people, and love museums, archives, buildings, images and landscapes. My specialties are social history, Aboriginal history, and digital history. I also edit higher degree theses and reports.
My first book, New South Wales and the Great War, written with Brad Manera, Will Davies and Stephen Garton for the NSW Centenary of Anzac, was released in November 2016 and sent to every public and Catholic school in NSW.
I am an accredited member of the Professional Historians’ Association of NSW & ACT, Lecturer and Adjunct Researcher at the University of Tasmania, and an external affiliate with Purai Global Indigenous History Network. As a consulting historian I have researched all sorts of things, from building and site histories, to the industries of 19th century Lithgow, social history, women’s history, migration, missions to Aboriginal people, and Skippy The Bush Kangaroo. I’ve worked in both NSW and Tasmania, in local government and not-for-profit organisations, and as a museum manager and curator at Eskbank House. I was the NSW historian on the Find & Connect web resource, doing digital history and archival work. I’ve been a contributor and project editor at the Dictionary of Sydney and a regular presenter for the History Council’s Speaker Connect programme.
I have a BA from the University of Tasmania, a PhD in Australian History from the University of New South Wales, and degrees in arts and education from Macquarie University and the University of New South Wales. I’ve taught at all these, and the University of Western Sydney, and have published a wide range of academic and other writing.
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