Andrew J May is a professor of history in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne.

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Malcolm Campbell is a retired construction industry commercial manager whose interest in scales, weights and measures was sparked by the find of a half pennyweight weight in the Amherst goldfields while metal detecting. From this find ensued a hobby of collecting gold scales and weights. He soon noticed stamps that were not verification stamps of the UK. These small stamps, 3–5 millimetres across, were of a Crown above a letter and a number and ‘VIC’. Eventually, finding out that they were from Victoria, the search began for the system of numbering and its meaning.

Dr Fiona Gatt’s PhD thesis in history, completed at Deakin University in early 2023, recovers the lived experience of nineteenth-century urbanisation on Melbourne’s colonial urban frontier. Her areas of interest include class, housing, urbanisation and global migration. She works at various universities as a teacher and research assistant and on public history projects. She is coeditor of the Journal of Australian Studies and Pharos, the newsletter of the Professional Historians Association (Vic & Tas).

Kendrea Rhodes grew up in Victoria and has researched her family history for over a decade. She now lives in South Australia where she works  as a researcher, artist and writer. In 2019 she enrolled at Flinders University, Adelaide, to improve her skills, knowledge and research methods. ‘Tracing ancestral voices’ is an edited composition from Kendrea’s unpublished honours thesis. Continuing with her studies at Flinders University, Kendrea is currently undertaking doctoral research into the history and narratives of the Ballarat Asylum.

Peter Davies is a research fellow in the Department of Archaeology and History at La Trobe University. His research interests include the archaeology of resource industries and the formation of rural landscapes. He is the co-author (with Susan Lawrence) of Sludge: disaster on Victoria’s goldfields, which was shortlisted for the 2020 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards.

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Susan Lawrence is a professor of archaeology at La Trobe University and has studied the Victorian goldfields for many years. She is the author of Dolly’s Creek: an archaeology of a Victorian goldfields community and (with Peter Davies) An archaeology of Australia since 1788.

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Robyn's dissertation focused on early Australian children's literature. Robyn lectures in the Humanities and is passionate about engaging students in historical inquiry. She is currently completing her biography of Olga Ernst.

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