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Anne-Maree Whitaker
P O Box 63, Edgecliff NSW, Australia 2027
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ABN 63 468 570 302



FULL NAME: Anne-Maree Harriet Cox Whitaker


1989-93, Doctor of Philosophy, Macquarie University; thesis topic: United Irishmen in New South Wales 1800-1810

1984-85, Master of Arts, Sydney University, in Australian Local History; thesis topic: Darling Point

1976-77, Master of Arts, University of East Anglia, U.K., in Literature and politics in twentieth century Europe; thesis topic: Relations between Maxim Gorky and Romain Rolland

1972-75, Bachelor of Arts, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, majoring in Russian and French

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  • Fellow of the Royal Australian Historical Society
  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (UK)
  • Life member, Irish National Association of Australasia
  • Chair, Scholarship Committee, Association for Gravestone Studies (USA) 2019
  • Member, NSW Heritage Grants Committee 2016-2019
  • President, Royal Australian Historical Society, 2012-2014, Councillor 1995-2009 and 2011-2016, Treasurer 2001-2002, Vice-President 2002-2003, Senior Vice-President 2003-2009, 2012, Journal Book Review Editor 2005-2016
  • National Trust Heritage Award winner, Education and Interpretation Community/Individual category, ‘RAHS Western Crossings project’, 2014
  • Member of Mitchell Library Consultative Committee 2013-2014
  • Member of NSW Heritage Round Table 2013-2014
  • Blue Mountains Lithgow and Oberon Tourism Award of Excellence for contribution to Blue Mountains Bicentenary 2013
  • C.H. Currey Memorial Fellow, State Library of NSW, 2011-12
  • National Trust Heritage Award winner, Interpretation and Presentation Corporate/Government category, 'Sydney Parks - signage and history website', 2010
  • Member, History Advisory Panel, NSW Heritage Council, 2004-2010
  • Councillor, Australian Catholic Historical Society, 1995-2005
  • Management Committee member, Professional Historians Association (NSW), 2002-2003
  • Member, Community Advisory Committee, State Records NSW 2000-2002
  • Co-convener, 1798 Irish Rebellion Conference, Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney, July 1997
  • Co-convener, The Great Irish Famine Commemoration Conference, Macquarie University, September 1996
  • Member of Australian Garden History Society, Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology, Society of Australian Genealogists, Professional Historians Association (NSW), National Trust (NSW)

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January-March 2019: for Westmead Children’s Hospital, significance assessment of archives

January-March 2019: for Georges River Council: significance assessment of Hurstville local studies collection

December 2018: for Paul Davies Pty Ltd: history of St Philip's Church Hill, Sydney

March-May 2018: for the Catholic Diocese of Bathurst: significance assessment of archives

November-December 2017: for The Salvation Army: significance assessment of Australia Eastern Territory heritage collection

August 2017: for Australian Jewish Historical Society: significance assessment of archives

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April-May 2016: for Georges River Council: significance assessment of Kogarah local studies collection

February-March 2015: for National Institute of Dramatic Art: significance assessment of archives

September-October 2014: for Belvoir Street Theatre: significance assessment of archives

September 2014: for Liverpool City Council: historical research on former Liverpool Courthouse

August-October 2014: for NSW Heritage Council: heritage report on Great South Road

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June-October 2014: for Blue Mountains City Council: text and statement of heritage impact for Cox’s Road interpretation signage

November-December 2013: for Auburn City Council: statement of heritage impact for Auburn War Memorial

March-May 2013: for Royal United Services Institute of NSW: significance assessment of library

July 2012: for Kingsclear Books: writing Pictorial History Kings Cross

February-March 2012: for Campbelltown City council: significance assessment of local studies collection

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December 2011: for Sydney City Council: research on 14 park sites

October 2011-May 2012: for Parramatta City Council: Parramatta Civic History project

March 2011: for Commonwealth Bank: compiling Australian Icons centenary timeline

February 2011: for Campbelltown City Council: historical research on origins of Minto

December 2010-February 2011: for Catholic Institute of Sydney: significance assessment of Veech Library special collections

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July-August 2010: for AHMS: historical research on CSIRO radiophysics sites at Marsfield, Parkes, Culgoora and Mopra

July 2010: for Occasional Collective: historical research on Sydney public statues

June-August 2010: for Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority: historical research for Cumberland Street south interpretation

February 2010: for AHMS: historical research on Kapooka Army Base, Wagga Wagga NSW

October 2009: for AHMS: historical research on New Brighton Golf Course site, Moorebank NSW

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August 2009: for AHMS: history of 78-90 Old Canterbury Road, Lewisham NSW

August 2009: for AHMS: history of Edmondson Park water supply pipeline route (Denham Court NSW)

July 2009: for Kingsclear Books: writing captions for Pictorial History Liverpool

May 2008-March 2009: for Sydney City Council: research and writing book on city parks

January-March 2008: for Manidis Roberts / AHMS: thematic history of Queensland Hunter Gas Pipeline route

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May-August 2007: for Sydney City Council: research on history of city parks for website pages and park signage, which won a 2010 National Trust Heritage Award

September 2006-May 2007: for Erskineville Public School Parents and Citizens' Association: research on history of Erskineville Public School

August-December 2006: for St Vincent's Hospital: research and writing sesquicentenary pictorial history

March-August 2006: for Kingsclear Books: pictorial history of Marrickville

September-October 2005: for Kurrajong Holdings: archaeological assessment of 'Norwood', 209 Great Western Highway, Blackheath (with S Lavelle)

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March-August 2005: for Kingsclear Books: history of Appin NSW

March-September 2005: for Ryde City Council: war memorial project

October-November 2004: for Roads and Traffic Authority: historical assessment of location of Seven Hills

March-August 2004: for Lend Lease: historical assessment of evidence regarding the site of the Battle of Vinegar Hill

December 2003: for private client: history of Parramall site, George Street, Parramatta (with A Bickford)

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December 2003: for private client: history of St Margaret's East development site, Surry Hills (with A Bickford)

November 2003: for Parramatta City Council: heritage assessment of Parramatta War Memorial Swimming Centre (with P Hubert)

October 2003: for Australian Museum: archaeological assessment of 7 Yurong Street, East Sydney (with S Lavelle)

September 2003: for NSW Roads and Traffic Authority: archaeological assessment of 89 Great Western Highway, Leura (with S Lavelle)

June 2003: for National Parks and Wildlife Service: search for historical material on Gan Gan Army Camp, Port Stephens, NSW

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July-August 2002: for Bobby Goldsmith Foundation: research project on biography of Bobby Goldsmith and establishment of Foundation

June-August 2002: for NSW Roads and Traffic Authority: report on historic sandstone well, Old Bowenfels, NSW, with S Lavelle and R Paskin

May-August 2002 : for Kingsclear Books / South Sydney City Council: commissioned author of Pictorial History of South Sydney

2011-18 (ongoing): for various private clients: manuscript appraisal, editing, historical research, genealogical research, bibliography compilation

2000-2007: for Dr Bridget Griffen-Foley, Macquarie University: part-time research assistant in 20th century media history

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Books and chapters

'Remembering Easter 1916: Australian Links to the Irish Rebellion', in Lorna Barrow and Jonathan Wooding (eds), Memory and Foresight in the Celtic World: Perspectives from the Late Medieval to the Modern Period, Sydney Series in Celtic Studies, Sydney University Press (forthcoming 2019)

William Cox and Cox's Road: a bicentenary souvenir, Writelight P/L, Blackheath, 2014 [ISBN 9780992320621]

Pictorial History: Kings Cross, Kingsclear Books, Sydney, 2012 [ISBN 9780987184054]

Shaping a City: 150 years of Parramatta City Council, Parramatta City Council, 2012 [ISBN 9781876941031]

'William Bligh' in David Clune and Ken Turner (eds), The Governors of NSW, Federation Press, Sydney, 2009 [ISBN 9781862877436]

St Vincent's Hospital 1857-2007: 150 years of charity, care and compassion, Kingsclear Books, Sydney, 2007 [ISBN 9780908272884]

Pictorial History: Marrickville, Kingsclear Books, Sydney, 2006 [ISBN 0 908272 87 1]

Appin: the story of a Macquarie town, Kingsclear Books, Sydney, December 2005 [ISBN 0 908272 84 7]

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Pictorial History of South Sydney, Kingsclear Books, Sydney, September 2002 [ISBN 0 908272 69 3]

'Biographical Notes on the Fellows of the RAHS', in Alfred James (ed.), Much Writing, Many Opinions: the making of the Royal Australian Historical Society 1901 to 2001, Sydney, May 2001 [ISSN 0035-8762]

Joseph Foveaux: Power and Patronage in Early NSW, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney, May 2000 [ISBN 0 86840 555 8]

Col Graham, Perry McIntyre and Anne-Maree Whitaker (eds), The Voyage of the Ship Friendship from Cork to Botany Bay, 1799-1800,h PR Ireland, Sydney, February 2000 [ISBN 0 646 38906 8]

(ed.), Distracted Settlement: New South Wales after Bligh from the journal of Lieutenant James Finucane, 1808-1810, Miegunyah Press, Melbourne, July 1998 [ISBN 0 522 84795 1]

'Veterans of the Irish War of Independence in Australia', in Richard Davis, Jennifer Livett, Anne-Maree Whitaker and Peter Moore (eds), Irish-Australian Studies: Proceedings of the Eighth Irish-Australian Conference, Crossing Press, Sydney, 1996 (pp 413-420) [ISBN 0 9586713 2 X]

'The Convict Priests: Irish Catholicism in early colonial New South Wales', in Patrick O'Sullivan (ed.), The Irish Worldwide, vol 5, Religion and Identity, Leicester University Press, London, 1996 (pp 25-42) [ISBN 0 7185 1424 6]

Unfinished Revolution: United Irishmen in New South Wales 1800-1810, Crossing Press, Sydney, 1994 [ISBN 0 646 17591 9]

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‘The Irish Women’s Club: Cumann na mBan in Sydney 1919-1935’, Journal of the Australian Catholic Historical Society, vol 40, 2019 (forthcoming)

‘Major MacBride’s Australian Relatives’, Cathair na Mart (journal of Westport Historical Society), vol 35, 2018 (pp 56-59)

‘“The Librarian as Historian”: Hugh Wright, C. H. Bertie and their Circle’, Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association, vol 67, no 1, March 2018 (pp 20-30)

‘Arthur George Foster’, People Australia website, published online 4 October 2017, click here

‘Josephine Ethel Foster’, People Australia website, published online 4 October 2017, click here

‘Hugh Wright’, People Australia website, published online September 2017, click here

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‘Linda Kearns and Kathleen Barry Irish Republican Fundraising Tour, 1924-25’, Journal of the Australian Catholic Historical Society, vol 37, no 2, 2016 (pp 208-211)

‘Margaret Fleming: Irish Rebel to Sydney Schoolteacher’, Descent, vol 46, pt 4, December 2016 (pp 182-185)

'City of Sydney Parks', Australian Garden History, vol 28, no 1, July 2016 (pp 4-8)

‘Making History Accessible’, History, no 120, June 2014 (pp 3-4)

‘Historical Societies in the Regional Economy’, History, no 118, December 2013 (pp 3-4)

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‘What is the RAHS?’, History, no 116, June 2013 (pp 2-3)

‘The Future of History’, History, no 114, December 2012 (pp 3-4)

'Re-imagining Cox’s Road', Tourism, Roads and Cultural Itineraries Conference Proceedings, Presses de l’Université Laval, Canada, 2012

'Wall, Colman John', Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol 18, 2012

‘Recollections of the National Rose Society of NSW 1912-1932’, Branch Cuttings, no 37, February 2012 (pp 4-5)

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'Catholic vital records in NSW before 1856', Descent, vol 41, pt 2, June 2011 (pp 78-84)

'A Short Story: how new electronic resources solved the mystery of Governor Bligh and Captain Short', Descent, vol 39, pt 3, Sept 2009 (pp 104-108)

'Rogue History?', Journal of Australian Colonial History, vol 11, 2009 (pp 233-236)

'Goldsmith, Robert Bernard', Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol 17, 2007 (p 445)

'Arthur and Ethel Foster', History, no 87, March 2006 (pp 6-8)

'Whose Fault is the Cahill Expressway?', History, no 83, March 2005 (pp 4-6)

'Mrs Paterson's Keepsakes: the provenance of some significant colonial documents and paintings', Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, vol 90, pt 2, Dec 2004 (pp 136-151)

'From Norfolk Island to Foveaux Strait: Joseph Foveaux's role in the expansion of whaling and sealing in early nineteenth century Australasia', The Great Circle: journal of the Australian Association for Maritime History, vol 26, no 1, 2004 (pp 51-59)

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'Irish Republican Support Activities in Sydney, Australia 1969-1994', Australian Journal of Irish Studies, vol 3, 2003 (pp 79-90)

'"Primitive construction" or "Sound and stable"?: Joseph Foveaux's Public Buildings', History, no 75, March 2003 (pp 4-6)

'Captain Bull of Bull's Camp', The Explorers' Tree: Magazine of the Blue Mountains Family History Society, no 59, May 2002 (pp 9-12)

'Wedgwood, Darwin and the Sydney Harbour Bridge', History, no 71, March 2002 (pp 4-5)

'Lexicography as Cultural Genocide: the Irish influence on the Australian language', Australian Celtic Journal, vol 6, 1998-99 [2001]

'Swords to Ploughshares? The 1798 Irish Rebels in New South Wales', co-published in Labour History (Australia, no 75, pp 9-21) and Saothar (Journal of the Irish Labour History Society, no 23, pp 13-22), both 1998

'Lay Carmelites in Botany Bay', Journal of the Australian Catholic Historical Society, vol 19, 1998 (pp 9-11)

'King of the Road', History, no 54, December 1997 (pp 2-3)

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'Joseph Foveaux: "a Gentleman of High Reputation"', Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, vol 83, pt 1, June 1997 (pp 17-30)

'The Botany Bay Song', History, no 50, December 1996 (p 8)

'Joseph Foveaux: the Genealogy of Patronage', Descent, vol 26, no 3, September 1996 (pp 121-22)

'"Ecce Homo": William Davis, James Dempsey and Father Jeremiah O'Flynn', Sixth Gavin Cashman Memorial Lecture, Journal of the Australian Catholic Historical Society, vol 17, 1996 (pp 29-43)

'What's in a Name? Strawberry Hills', History, no 46, April 1996 (p 16)

'"Primary" evidence?', History, no 42, August 1995 (pp 14-15)

'James Meehan - nearly Australia's third Surveyor-General', Descent, vol 24, no 2, June 1994 (pp 66-70)

'The Convicts who conquered the Blue Mountains', Descent, vol 23, no 1, March 1993 (pp 2-5)

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‘The Mystery of Governor Collins’, Association for Gravestone Studies Conference, Gardner-Webb University, Boiling Springs, North Carolina, June 2019

‘Civic Leaders, Celebrities and a Crook: South Head General Cemetery in Sydney, Australia’, Association for Gravestone Studies Conference, Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, Connecticut, June 2018

‘Easter 1916: Australian links to the Irish Rebellion’, Ninth Australian Conference of Celtic Studies, University of Sydney, September 2016

‘Gone but not Forgotten: recording Sydney’s Devonshire Street Cemetery’, Association for Gravestone Studies Conference, Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio, June 2016

‘Australia’s 1798 Irish Memorial’, Heritage of Death Conference, University of Stockholm, September 2015; Association for Gravestone Studies Conference, Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts, June 2008

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‘William Cox and Cox’s Road’, Mount Druitt Historical Society, May 2015; Blue Mountains Historical Society, March 2015; Friends of Historic Houses, December 2014; Parramatta Historical Society November 2014; Hawkesbury Family History Group July 2014; Brush Farm Historical Society June 2014; Penrith Makings of a City Conference March 2014

'Writing Thematic History', RAHS Regional Seminar, Port Macquarie, March 2014

‘Insights into our Australian Identity through Colonial Art’, Macquarie Bank, Sydney, September 2013

‘William Cox and the convicts who laboured for their liberty’, Cape Banks Family History Society, June 2013; AGM of Blue Mountains Association of Cultural Heritage Organisations, March 2012; Blue Mountains Crossing conference, Lithgow NSW, May 2011

‘Kings Cross’ and ‘Parramatta Municipal Sesquicentenary’, Royal Australian Historical Society, Australia Day 2013

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'It’s a Long Way from Tipperary: Monumental grandeur in the Australian rural landscape', Association for Gravestone Studies Conference, 19-24 June 2012, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, New Jersey, USA

'The Harp Restrung: Ireland 1798 to Sydney 1804', Shamrock in the Bush conference, Galong NSW, August 2010

'The Minister for Murder', RAHS Regional Seminar, Dubbo, July 2013; Randwick and District Historical Society, May 2010; and Royal Australian Historical Society, History Week lecture, September 2009

'Distracted Settlement: Sydney as Macquarie found it in 1810', Makings of the City Conference, Penrith, March 2010

'Rum Rebellion', Blue Mountains Historical Society, August 2008; Royal Australian Historical Society, Australia Day, 2008

'Australia’s 1798 Irish Memorial', Association for Gravestone Studies Conference, Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts, June 2008

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'St Vincent's Hospital Sydney 150 Years', Royal Australian Historical Society, April 2008

'Marrickville: Cows, Clay and Cultural Diversity', Royal Australian Historical Society, Australia Day, 2007

'Newtown: Sydney's first Western suburb', Royal Australian Historical Society, Australia Day, 2007

'The Castle Hill Rebellion of 1804', Waverley Historical Society, July 2005; Combined Blacktown Historical Societies, November 2003; Hawkesbury Historical Society, August 1997; and Hills District Historical Society, March 1997

'Lieutenant Governor Joseph Foveaux', Hills District Historical Society, May 2005; C.S. Malcolm Lecture, Strathfield District Historical Society, September 1998; and Eric Dickenson Lecture, Bankstown District Historical Society, May 1998

'The 1798 Rebellion Exported: Sydney's Battle of Vinegar Hill, 1804', 13th Irish-Australian Conference, University of Melbourne, September-October 2004

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'Sydney's Battle of Vinegar Hill, 1804' and 'The Amazing Swimming Cavill Family', Royal Australian Historical Society, Australia Day, 2004

'Unrest and disturbance in the Colony: rebels, ratbags and republicans', Fellowship of First Fleeters Conference, Penrith, January 2004

'Irish Transportation Records', Lost in Ireland Seminar, Society of Australian Genealogists, North Sydney, November 2003

'Pictorial History of South Sydney: northern districts' and 'Pictorial History of South Sydney: southern districts', Royal Australian Historical Society, Australia Day, 2003

'A Black Day: famous Australian bushfires' and 'Crossing the Line: early 19th century shipboard diaries', Royal Australian Historical Society, Australia Day, 2002

'"A Passion for History": Fellows of the Royal Australian Historical Society', Royal Australian Historical Society Annual Conference, Sydney University, November 2001

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'Introducing William Redfern', South Sydney City Council, Redfern Town Hall, September 2001; and Kepos Street Activity Centre, Redfern, April 2003

'Old Price Riots' and 'Public Hanging', Royal Australian Historical Society, Australia Day, January 2001

'Joseph Foveaux', Library Society of NSW, December 2000

'Background to the 1798 Rebellion and the Australian Connections with the United Irishmen', Friendship/Minerva Bicentenary Get-together, Society of Australian Genealogists, February 2000

'Jobs for the Boys', Society of Australian Genealogists, January 2000

'Jobs for the Boys' and 'Political Cartoons 200 Years Ago', Royal Australian Historical Society, Australia Day, January 2000

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'Constitutional Crisis: NSW in 1799', On the Threshold Symposium, Royal Australian Historical Society, July 1999

'Jonathan Burke Hugo, King of Van Diemen's Land' and 'John Grant: Poet, Radical and Stalker', Royal Australian Historical Society, Australia Day, January 1999

'The Revolution in its Context', Revolution in Early Australian History? Symposium, Macquarie University/Royal Australian Historical Society, November 1998

'Joseph Foveaux and Surry Hills', South Sydney History and Heritage Society, September 1998

'Lieutenant Governor Joseph Foveaux and Public Works 1793-1809', Annual Lecture, Horbury Hunt Club, August 1998

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'Writing General History: Alan Atkinson's The Europeans in Australia', Australian Historical Association Conference, Sydney University, July 1998

'The Ruin of the Colony?: the Irish in 1804', James Jervis Lecture, Parramatta Historical Society, May 1998

'The United Irishmen in New South Wales', Remember '98 Conference, University of Western Sydney, May 1998

1798 Bicentennial Oration, Irish National Association, Waverley Cemetery, April 1998

'Demonising the Convict Era' and 'Criminal Conversation', Royal Australian Historical Society, Australia Day, January 1998

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'United Irishmen in New South Wales', Shamrock in the City Conference, Society of Australian Genealogists, Sydney, November 1997

'Joseph Foveaux: Tyrant or Visionary?', Royal Australian Historical Society/WEA, Sydney, August 1997

'Swords or Ploughshares? The United Irishmen in Australia', Spirit of '98 Conference, Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney, July 1997

'1798 Rebellion in Ireland', WEA, Sydney, one day course, July 1997

'Holland House meets Botany Bay', Australian Identities Conference, Dublin, July 1996

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'Yass in 1850', Pride of Erin Conference, Yass, April 1996

'"The True Bastille": Challenges to British authority in the "slave state" of New South Wales, 1800-1810', Royal Australian Historical Society/WEA, Sydney, March 1996

'Veterans of the Irish War of Independence in Australia', Aisling Society, Sydney, April 1995

'Rebels, Ratbags and Republicans: Political Debate in New South Wales 1800-1810', Australian Historical Association Conference, Perth, September 1994

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Atkinson, Alan, The Europeans in Australia, volume 1, The Beginning, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 1997

Barrett, Max, King of Galong Castle: the Story of Ned Ryan, 1786-1871, publ author, Canberra, rev ed 2000, p 182

Birmingham, John, Leviathan: the Unauthorised Biography of Sydney, Random House, Sydney, 1999, np

Christian, Glynn, Fragile Paradise, Doubleday, Sydney, 1999, p 438

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Coogan, Tim Pat, Wherever Green is Worn: the Story of the Irish Diaspora, Arrow Books, London, 2002, p xxi

Cunningham, Anne, The Rome Connection: Australia, Ireland and the Empire, 1865 - 1885, Crossing Press, Sydney, 2003

Currey, John, David Collins, a Colonial Life, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2000, p xii

Duffy, Michael, Man of Honour: John Macarthur, Pan Macmillan, Sydney, 2003, pp 347, 361

Foy, R H, Remembering all the Orrs: the story of the Orr families of Antrim and their involvement in the 1798 Rebellion, Ulster Historical Foundation, Belfast, 1999, pp viii-ix

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Fulton, Pamela Jeanne, The Minerva Journal of John Washington Price: a Voyage from Cork, Ireland, to Sydney, NSW, 1798-1800, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2000, p xviii

Griffen-Foley, Bridget, The House of Packer: the Making of a Media Empire, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1999, p viii

Griffen-Foley, Bridget, Sir Frank Packer: the Young Master, HarperCollins, Sydney, 2000, p x

Keneally, Thomas, The Great Shame: a Story of the Irish in the Old World and the New, Random House, Sydney, 1998, p 639

Oldfield, Audrey, The Great Republic of the Southern Seas: Republicans in nineteenth-century Australia, Hale and Iremonger, Sydney, 1999, p 6

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