The John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library (JCPML) Visiting Scholar program is designed to encourage research on John Curtin and the use of the JCPML Archival Collection. The program has been successful, with research resulting in the publication of several books, the production of an award winning play, the creation of online resources for the JCPML website and the presentation of public lectures by historians and academics.
2015 Ms Julie Woodland
The JCPML took a new approach to the Visiting Scholar program in 2015 by seeking applications. Julie Woodland, a former member of the Curtin Library staff was the successful applicant.
Julie has worked in libraries and research support since 1987, gaining qualifications in arts, information studies, business and health. She introduced many international visitors to the north-west through her adventure tourism company in the 1990s, and more recently, worked as a registered nurse in a remote Kimberley town.
The focus for the 2015 JCPML Visiting Scholar Program was the development of a geolocation project using a social networking site to create an image rich online resource. The aim of the project was to improve the discovery and the promotion of the “North West Journey” from the McCallum collection.
The project used date and location information, historical documents and photographs from the McCallum collection, a written narrative to provide context for the items and the development of a website to assist discovery of the collection.
The Alexander McCallum North West and Kimberleys Tour provides a useful resource for those wishing to travel the same route as Alexander McCallum and his party, without the heat, sweat and threat of crocodiles.
2014 Professor Deborah Gare
Professor Gare is the author or editor of several leading works, including Making Australian History: The politics of the past since 1788 (Cengage, 2008). Her research interests are broadly Australian, Western Australian and Empire history. In particular, Professor Gare is currently writing a history of women in Fremantle and a biography of Mary Ann Friend (1800-39). She was previously a Research Associate at Curtin University, a Visiting Fellow of the University of British Columbia and a Visiting Scholar at the University of Manchester. Professor Gare has a strong interest in teaching and learning within the Humanities and represented the Deans Council (DASSH) in the ALTC project which developed graduate standards for the discipline of History.
Professor Gare conducted research at the JCPML during September 2014 and presented her findings at her lecture ‘Curtin’s First War’ in November 2014. Professor Gare focused on Curtin and the Great War, his imprisonment and move to WA.