My qualifications include a Grad. Dip. (Applied History) and a BA (Anthropology), both from the University of Queensland. My main study areas included archaeology, sociocultural anthropology, museology, and local and applied history. I am also a member of the Professional Historian's Association (Queensland).
I am very active in the community, including roles in the following history and heritage organisations:
- Boggo Road Gaol Historical Society (Inc.) (founder and committee member)
- Boggo Arts & Heritage Alliance (founder and committee member)
- Brisbane Southside History Network (committee member)
- Friends of South Brisbane Cemetery (committee member)
- National Trust of Queensland (former councillor)
Apart from my extensive experience with the above organisations, my paid history projects includes oral history research for the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble production of 'Bogga'; research and content for the 'Mapping Brisbane Histories' website; employment with the Ipswich City Council as a research and data officer on the 'Ipswich Historic Cemeteries Project' and with 'Picture Ipswich'; and the book 'In Heavenly Garb' (winner of the 2012 'Viva Cribb Bursary Award'). I have also completed consultancy work for numerous projects, such as the 'Daughters of the Floating Brothel', the Brisbane City Council 'Executed Prisoners Plaque', and the Queensland Supreme Court 'Path to Abolition: A History of Execution in Queensland' exhibition.
My volunteer work includes researching and presenting the very successful day and night tours at the South Brisbane Cemetery (among others), organising the popular 'Guardian Angel' cleaning programme at the same cemetery, website development, curating several exhibitions at the Boggo Road Gaol Museum, and establishing the Queensland Prisons Collection.