Dr Geoff Ginn
Dr Geoff Ginn


Senior Lecturer in History
Director of Engagement
History Honours/PGCW Advisor

Contact Details:

Office: E327, Forgan Smith Building (1)
Phone: +61 7 3365 6407
Email: g.ginn@uq.edu.au


PhD, Qld


HIST2404 Imperial Britain
HIST2312 The History Makers
HIST2702 The City in History
WRIT3613 Making History
HIST6690 History Honours Seminar: Victorian Legacies

Research Interests:

History and heritage, public history in the Queensland setting, history of cultural policy, cultural philanthropy in late-Victorian Britain.

Current Research Projects:

  • Culture, Philanthropy and the London Poor, 1880-1900
  • Beneath Brisbane: the archaeology of a city’s history (collaboration with Queensland Museum)

Selected Recent Publications:

Journal articles, book chapters, proceeding papers and reviews
  • ‘Impressions and inscriptions: making Brisbane Town’, Queensland History Journal 21, 12 (2013) 791-808.
  • ‘Leichhardt’s colonial panorama: social observation in his Australian diaries’, Memoirs of the Queensland Museum: Cultural Heritage 7, 2 (2013) 561-74.
  • ‘Holy ground and mortal promises: the campaigns for the Mothers’ Memorial, Toowoomba’, Journal of Australian Studies 34,3 (2010) 331-346.
  • ‘J.S.M. Ward, ‘Bishop at Large’: ‘Orthodox Catholicism’ and church history in interwar Britain’, Crossroads 5,1 (2010) 45-57.
  • ‘An ark for England: esoteric heritage at J.S.M. Ward’s Abbey Folk Park, 1934-1940’, Journal of the History of Collections 22,1 (2010) 129-140.
  • ‘Cilento’s Centenary: The Triumph of his Topics’ Queensland Review 16,2 (2009) 57-72.
  • ‘South Bank and the Queensland Cultural Centre: Constructing a Visual History’ in New Ground: Construction Photographs by Peter Liddy Brisbane: P.Liddy, 2007, pp. 19-26.
  • ‘Answering the ‘Bitter Cry’: Urban Description and Social Reform in the Late-Victorian East End’ London Journal 31 (2006) 179-200.
  • ‘How to Dig a Dump: Strategy and Research Design for Investigation of Brisbane’s 19th Century Municipal Dump’ Australasian Historical Archaeology 22 (2004) 15-26 (with E. Jeanne Harris).
  • ‘Gifts of Culture in the Late-Victorian East End’ University of Queensland Historical Proceedings 14 (2003) 13-31.
  • ‘Motive Power: Animating history at the North Ipswich Railway Workshops’ in Liddy, Peter (ed.): Industrial Cycle: photographs of the North Ipswich Railway Workshops Brisbane: CDE Communications, 2003, pp. 19-25 (with Greg Hallam).
  • ‘Sherds of Early Brisbane: History, Archaeology and the Convict Lumber Yard’ Journal of the Royal Historical Society of Queensland 18,2 (2002) 49-67 (with E. Jeanne Harris).
  • ‘Strange Bedfellows: Green Hill Fort, Archaeology and Tourism’ Australasian Historical Archaeology 20 (2002) 83-91 (with Gordon Grimwade).

See full list of publications.

Other Activities and Service:

  • As Executive Director of Histori|co Research Services (a trading name of UniQuest P/L), Geoff manages a range of commercial consulting projects undertaken for external clients.
  • Dr Ginn is a member of the Board of the Queensland Museum, the Judging Panel for History, Queensland Premier's Literary Awards, and the Editorial Board of the Queensland Historical Atlas.
  • For details of RHD supervision, please refer to Dr Ginn's UQ Researchers profile



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