Who are Colourful Histories?

Colourful Histories is the freelance writing and professional consulting business of Deborah Lee-Talbot. Deborah is a historian fascinated by materiality, religion, gender, archives and community engagement. With financial support from a scholarship at Deakin University, these interests are expressed in her PhD thesis ‘Kaleidoscopic archives: finding hidden histories in the Pacific records of the Australian Joint Copying Project’. Deborah has proven her dedication to historical research, community linkages and achievable project outcomes time and time again. She received a National Library of Australia Summer Scholarship in 2022 and was a highly commended author at the Pacific Historians Association conference for her paper in 2021. She was awarded the Alfred Deakin Medal in 2018 for her academic record and contribution to the University and community while studying. Deborah’s research and book reviews are in the Journal of Pacific History, Limina, Australian Policy and History, and the Professional Historians Association (Vic & Tas). Deborah has also delivered her research through various public speaking events. The Australian Professional Historians Association acknowledges her professional status as a historian. Deborah also volunteers with regional museums in Victoria, researching their Pacific Collections.

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