Dr. Jennifer Lambert Tracey

BA (ANU), M App.Sc. (UC), Ph.D. (UC) MPHA (Qld.)

Jennifer passed away peacefully in her husband's arms at her home on 1st July 2022. She is buried in The Bundaberg cemetery.

Jennifer was a capable manager, excellent lecturer, competent field servery and excavator. She was a caring and dedicated mother.


Jennifer was a dedicated historian, archaeologist, genealogist and cultural heritage consultant hwo gained extensive field experience in the assessment of historical and archaeological sites. Her expertise was in the research of Australian colonial and early 20th century settlement and the writing of historical biographies, regional histories, genealogical studies and family histories.

Australia’s colonial past was 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 was an accredited full member of the Professional Historians Association (Qld) Inc.

Academic Profile

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.

Professional Experience
Advertising / Photography / Public Relations:


She established  commercial and 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 management.

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 1994-1997

Jennifer presented at ANU Canberra lectures 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. 
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