Portfolio work

Here you will find samples of my writing. Opinion pieces, essays, short histories or a reflection. If you’re interested in reading one of those, scroll the content below!

  • The Royal Historical Society of Victoria published Hall of Fame: ‘An accomplished fact’: a brief history of the Montrose Public Hall, 1910-2020.
  • UPDATE: Limited free copies are available by this link> https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/WBUDCCVBBJP5ZEVXQIVD/full?target=10.1080/00223344.2020.1829966

    The Journal of Pacific History, published a peer-reviewed article, which was the final result of my Honours thesis. Abstract: During the 19th century, The Argus was a popular broadsheet newspaper for Victorians situated in the southern colony of the Australian mainland. As the Colonial Office and the Queensland colony debated the practicalities of annexing the southeastern region of Papua in 1883, the editors of The Argus seized on the Victorian colonists’ interests in the region and funded an expedition to demonstrate New Guinea’s value to its audience. As the expeditionary team travelled from Port Moresby to the Astrolabe Ranges they produced a series of articles and sketch maps. The following article examines these sketch maps as multi-layered artefacts of material culture, created as the British colonies’ interest in New Guinea intersected with Indigenous curiosity about settlers’ intentions. My analysis of these maps illuminates how ambitious colonial emissaries performed settlement discourses to support the annexation of the southeastern portion of New Guinea. Simultaneously, the Indigenous intermediaries performed settlement discourses to establish trade and judicial relationships with Britannita. I contend that these sketch maps are material manifestations of encounters where political imaginings, social negotiations, and cultural knowledge were communicated. Deborah Lee-Talbot (2020) ‘Why Do Not the Britaniata Come to Us?’ Locating Papuan Settlement Discourses Within 19th-Century Annexation Sketch Maps, The Journal of Pacific History, DOI: 10.1080/00223344.2020.1829966 

  • The biannual Lilith Journal symposium was a fantastic opportunity to identify current research trends, theoretical shifts, and conceptual contestations. This brief highlights a selection of presentations from this day for discussion.
  • I travelled to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, in September of 2019 as part of my research project, A Feminist Frontier? Analysing Women’s Experiences on Evangelical sites in Oceania, 1861-1907. This reflection examines the experiences of an agnostic Australian in a contemporary Anglican Cathedral in PNG.
  • Presenting is a substantial aspect of professional life. After making a dedicated effort to improve my public speaking skills, I reflected on the experience for Deakin’s Contemporary Histories Research Group. You can read my tips here.
  • Doing Feminist Histories
  • Biraban
  • Lancelot Threlkeld