Research and production of local and regional
Historical and genealogical research and
Identification and assessment of archaeological and
heritage significant sites;
Specialist identification of 18th - 20th century
Australian settlement and industrial sites.
Jennifer is an historian, archaeologist, genealogist and
cultural heritage consultant with extensive field
experience in the assessment of historical and
archaeological sites. Her expertise is in the research
of Australian colonial and early 20th century
settlement and the writing of historical biographies,
regional histories, genealogical studies and family
Australia’s colonial past is Jennifer’s major research
interest. Her English and Irish ancestors were among the
first settlers in the fledgling port of Townsville,
North Queensland. She attended St Patrick’s College and
trained as a nurse at the Townsville General and Mater
hospitals. She attained her academic degrees in
archaeology and history at The Australian National
University, Canberra, and the University of Canberra.
She is an accredited full member of the Professional
Historians Association (Qld) Inc.
With her husband, Dr. Michael MacLellan Tracey, she has
four daughters, Helene, Michelle, Elizabeth and
Kathleen; grandchildren, Ryan, Tenielle, Bradley,
Rochelle and Iain; Thomas, Lachlan and Henry, Finlay,
Jasper and Fergus; and great-great-grandchildren: Taiya,
Zaine Riley, Kai and Alix; Anique, Jaxon and Emmett
Chase; Charlie Ray and Madison May.
Awarded the Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA) with majors in Archaeology, Anthropology and Australian History, by the Australian National University.
Awarded the Degree of Master of Applied Science (M.App.Sc.) by the University of Canberra for the thesis: Imprints in the Dust: Historical and archaeological evidence of mining methods used on goldfields in south-eastern NSW and north-eastern Victoria during the 19th and early 20th century.
Awarded a PhD Research Scholarship at the Cultural Heritage Research Centre, University of Canberra.
Awarded the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The degree was conferred by the University of Canberra, for the thesis titled: Masonic Influence in the Settlement, Pastoral and Commercial Development of the Colony of New South Wales: 1788 - 1860.
Member, University of Canberra Course Consultative Committee for the restructuring of the degree, Bachelor of Applied Science (Cultural Heritage Management).
Council Member of Canberra University Post Graduate Association (CUPA).
Editorial Committee of the Australian Mining History Association.
Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology Inc.
Australian Mining History Association Inc.
Life Member of the Queen Victoria Hospital, Adelaide SA. Royal Australian Historical Society Royal Historical Society of Queensland Royal Victorian Historical Society.
Advertising / Photography / Public Relations:
Established commercial / industrial photographic
agencies in Sydney and Townsville. Responsibilities
included project planning, public relations, advertising
and promotional organisation; liaison with consultants,
corporate advertisers, local, state and commonwealth
government departments and organisations e.g. CSIRO;
research and scripting for two documentary films
produced for ATA Studios, Sydney on the subjects of
Australian history and wildlife.
Advertising and Public Relations Executive Officer,
David Jones, Townsville, Qld. (1976-1979). Duties
involved the design of advertising and promotional
material; liaison with graphic artists, photographers
and media representatives for its production;
consideration of advertising proposals as presented by
departmental heads; negotiation with corporate
advertising companies for in-house promotions;
discussions with departmental heads on the effectiveness
of media presentations and reporting to the executive
Corporate Sponsorship and Exhibitions Coordinator
Coordinated sixteen exhibitions of art and sculptural works throughout Australia and in London. Negotiated contracts for nine major public sculptural commissions and undertook the arrangements for the representation of Australian artists' works in state galleries, corporate and private collections both in Australia and overseas.
Responsibilities of this position required negotiations with the Premiers' Department, Ministers and staff of the Queensland Government; discussions directly with the Agent-General for Queensland in London; negotiation and correspondence in respect to sponsorship with executives of several corporate sector companies, including BHP, QANTAS, British Airways, Western Mining; coordination of interviews with members of the British and Australian media; consultation and exhibition planning in conjunction with the National Trust of Queensland, the Queensland Arts Council, Adelaide Festival Committee, local government authorities and historical societies.
Historical Research and Projects Consultant
Negotiations, historical research and project management related to design commissions undertaken for the Australian Bicentennial Authority, Sydney; The Royal Australian Mint, Canberra; the Singapore Mint; and Monnaie
de Paris, France. Duties performed during this period
included: negotiations and correspondence with
corporate, public sector and ministerial staff
concerning the acceptance of design contracts; project
planning and historical research; liaison with corporate
and government officials; acting as a public
representative of the artist where necessary.
Lecturer in Australian History and Historical Archaeology
Lecturing undertaken in Canberra focused on Australian archaeology, colonial history and heritage places. Field trips were conducted in association with each course. All visual materials and lecture notes were personally prepared. Course participants were adults of various ages, academic and ethnic backgrounds.
Stirling College, Canberra, ACT.
- An Introduction to Archaeology, October - November 1994;
- Historical and Archaeological Research Methods, October - November 1994;
- Archaeology of Colonial Australia June-August 1995; February-March 1996.
Centre for Continuing Education, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT.
- Archaeology of Colonial Australia, July -August 1996;
- Historical and Archaeological Research Methods, July - August 1996;
- Archaeology of the Colonial Australian Landscape, March - June 1997.
Archaeological, Historical and Heritage
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