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Russell, Roslyn Valda Louise (1948 - )

BA (Hons), MA (Hons)

Born
23 May 1948
Hendon, London, United Kingdom
Occupation
Historian
Alternative Names
  • Brice, Roslyn (maiden name)

Summary

Roslyn Russell is a historian, author, editor and museum consultant who has lived and worked in Canberra since 1982. She holds Bachelor and Masters Honours degrees in History from the University of Sydney, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Science (Cultural Heritage Management) from the University of Canberra, and a PhD in English from the University of New South Wales.

Her published works include Literary Links: Celebrating the Literary Relationship between Australia and Britain, One Destiny! The Federation Story: How Australia Became a Nation (with Philip Chubb), Ever, Manning: Selected Letters of Manning Clark 1938-1991, and The Business of Nature: John Gould and Australia. Editor of several museum magazines in Australia over the period from 2000 to the present, Roslyn has developed museum exhibitions in Canberra, interstate and overseas, including the Museum of Parliament and National Heroes Gallery of Barbados, and has co-edited a book on Caribbean museums, Plantation to Nation: Caribbean Museums and National Identity. She has also worked as a curator at the National Museum of Australia and is a Research Associate in the Museum's Centre for Historical Research.

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1970 - 1974
Secondary teacher of History, Art History and English with the New South Wales Department of Education
1977
Part-time teacher of Communication subjects with the New South Wales Department of TAFE
1980 - 1981
Part-time teacher of Communication subjects with the New South Wales Department of TAFE
1982 - 1987
Research assistant to Emeritus Professor Manning Clarkof the History Department at the Australian National University
1987 - 1990
Part-time research assistant for the History Department at University College with the Australian Defence Force Academy
1988 - 1990
Contractor to the Australian Heritage Projects Pty Ltd
1990 - 1991
Part-time lecturer and tutor in Australian History for Cultural Heritage Management students with the Faculty of Applied Science/Communication at the University of Canberra
August 1990 - June 2001
Historian, Project Manager and Manager for Australian Heritage Projects (AHP) Pty Ltd
October 1990 - August 1991
Full-time responsibility for project with Keith Murdoch Sound Archive of Australia in the War 1939-45 for the Australian War Memorial
1991 - 1993
Curator of 'Nyngan - Our Stories', local history exhibition with a focus on the 1990 Nyngan flood
1991 - 1994
Project officer and editor of the Country Education Profiles project for the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (NOOSR), Department of Employment, Education and Training
1991 - 1996
Editor of the Australian Customs History Journal
1993
Joint curator of exhibition, ' Coming to Canberra' for the ACT Museums and Galleries Unit and the National Museum of Australia
1993 - 1994
Curator of 'Literary Links between Australia and Britain', a travelling poster exhibition for the National Library of Australia and The British Council
1993 - 1994
Historical research and script (with Stephen Foster) for video production, 'Menzies in his time' for the Sir Robert Menzies Foundation
1994
Historical significance assessment of the North Sydney Olympic Pool for North Sydney Council
1994
Significance assessment for National Library of Australia Community Heritage Grants
1994 - 1995
Joint curator (with Stephen Foster) of Australian Archives/National Library of Australia exhibition, 'An Ideal City? The 1912 competition to design Canberra'
1995
Author of commissioned history of the Health Insurance Commission,Building Strength Through Change: Twenty Years of the Health Insurance Commission
1995
Compilation (with Jan Lyall, Stephen Foster and Duncan Marshall) of General Guidelines to Safeguard Documentary Heritage Memory of the World project, UNESCO
1995 - 1997
Oral history project for the Australian Industrial Property Organisation
1995 - 1997
Research and writing for CD ROM, 'One Destiny! The Federation Story' and research and writing for a book of the same title (with Philip Chubb, published 1998 by Penguin Australia)
1995 - 1997
Compilation (with Stephen Foster and Susan Marsden) of Federation: The Guide to Records, for Australian Archives
1997 - 1998
Writing text and audiovisual scripting for the Australian War Memorial's redevelopment of its World War II gallery, with particular responsibility for the development of the interpretation of the Women's Services
1997 - 1998
Project manager for CD ROM project, 'Stories of Democracy', for the Curriculum Corporation
1999 - 2001
Interpretative display for the foyer of Customs House, Canberra
1999 - 2003
Significance assessment for National Library of Australia Community Heritage Grants
9 May 1999 - 31 October 1999
Co-curator (with Stephen Foster) of an exhibition for Old Parliament House, 'Going My Way?: Australia's Choice in 1949', dealing with the election of 1949
2000
'The Nation's Garden - thirty years of growing', an exhibition for the Australian National Botanic Gardens
2000
Interpretation for Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve Visitor Centre for Environment ACT
2000
Exhibition for Museum of the Riverina, 'They came from the bush', about rural Olympians
2000 - 2002
Co-curator of exhibition for the Centenary of Federation, 'Belonging: A Century Celebrated', for National Library of Australia, National Archives of Australia, State Library of New South Wales and State Library of Victoria.
October 2000 -
Editor of Museum National for Museums Australia
2001
Significance: a guide to assessing the significance of cultural heritage objects and collections, for the Heritage Collections Council, Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts
2001
Exhibition for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
June 2001
Partner with Marsden Russell Historians

Sources used to compile this entry: From Lady Denman to Katy Gallagher: A Century of Women's Contributions to Canberra, Australian Women's Archives Project, February 2013, http://www.womenaustralia.info/exhib/ldkg.

Archival resources

National Library of Australia Oral History Collection

  • Interview with Susan Marsden, historian [sound recording] / interviewer, Roslyn Russell, ORAL nla.oh-4952; Russell, Roslyn Valda Louise (1948 - ); National Library of Australia Oral History Collection. Details

Digital resources

Title
Ros Russell making a speech at the UNESCO Memory of the World Studies Forum, Macau, 2012
Type
Image
Date
2012
Creator
Anthony Lai
Source
Anthony Lai, Macau Documentation and Information Society. Used with permission.

Details

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