• ‘White women writing biographies of black men: how to write the life of Musquito’, Writing Lives Symposium, University of Tasmania Humanities Symposium, 24 June 2022
  • ‘Looking into Shadows: Musquito and Black Jack and a Death Mask made of country’, Australian Historical Association Conference, 1 December 2021 (UNSW)
  • ‘How writing the biography of an Aboriginal warrior brought me to my own colonial family history’, Family History ACT, 5 October 2021
  • ‘Writing Narratives: Writing Lives’, Professional Historians’ Association of Victoria/Tasmania, Allport Library Hobart, March 2021,
  • ‘Editing Family History’, Institute of Professional Editors Tasmania, 28 October 2020
  • A Social History of the Impact of the Great War in NSW, Randwick and District Historical Society and Randwick City Library, 10 November 2018
  • Author Talk NSW and the Great War, Liverpool City Library Heritage Events, 9 November 2017
  • Writing ‘New South Wales and the Great War’, Royal Australian Historical Society, Sydney, March 2017,
  • Sydney Writers’ Festival Blue Mountains programme – panel with Delia Falconer, John Low, Julian Leatherdale and Lisa Murray discussing the Dictionary of Sydney and Varuna’s Blue Mountains Icons project, 15 May 2016
  • ‘Soldier’s children: child welfare, family support and the home front in World War I’, West Wyalong Library, Royal Australian Historical Society and History Council Speaker Connect Programme, History Week, September 2014 (also delivered at Lithgow Learning Centre, September 2014)
  • ‘Mob Rule Alleged at Welfare Farm’, Australian Historical Association Conference ‘Conflict in History’, University of Queensland, July 2014
  • ‘Real estate and ghosts: the geography of child welfare institutions’, Australasian Welfare History Workshop, University of Tasmania, February 2014
  • ‘Children’s Homes: In the frame’, Picton Library, Royal Australian Historical Society and History Council Speaker Connect Programme, History Week, September 2013
  • ‘Mary Cook’, Sir Joseph and Dame Mary Cook Seminar, Lithgow June 2013
  • Address to Botany Bay History Society, March 2013
  • “In every case happy and bright”: boarding out, child labour and apprenticeship in New South Wales, circa World War I’, Colonization and Domestic Service Historical and Contemporary Perspectives Research Symposium, University of Newcastle, 16-17 July 2012
  • ‘Engaging with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities in child care services’, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Institute Conference, Canberra, October 2009
  • Keynote address, International Women’s Day Celebrations, Springwood, March 2008
  • ‘In the hands of the state department’: white and Aboriginal state wards in NSW and Tasmania, 1900-1940’, Australian Historical Association/CISH Conference, UNSW, July 2005
  • ‘Individuals in Bureaucracy: Personal counterpoints to child welfare movements in NSW and Tasmania, 1896-1940’, Australasian Welfare History Workshop, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, February 2005
  • ‘Privacy or Politics? Researching personal material in the age of privacy’ (with Associate Professor Bruce Scates and Professor Stephen Garton), Australian Historical Association Conference, Newcastle, July 2004

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