Dr Harrison
Dr Harrison
Honorary Research Fellow

Contact Details:
Email: jennifer.harrison@uq.edu.au
BA(Hons), University of Queensland
MA, University of Queensland
Dip of Family Historical Studies, Society of Australian Genealogists, Sydney
PhD, University of Queensland
  • 1992 - Awarded Fellowship of society by Royal Historical Society of Qld.
  • 1999 - Awarded John Oxley Library Award for outstanding contribution to Library Services in Queensland History.
  • 2004 - Awarded Fellowship by Federation of Australian Historical Societies.
  • 2006 - Made Life Member of Brisbane History Group.
  • 2008 - Awarded Australian Dictionary of Biography Medal - 9th issued in Australia.
  • 2009 - Awarded John D Kerr Medal of Distinction by Royal Historical Society and Professional Historians Association Queensland.
Some recent publications include:
  • The Brisbane Anglican Companion: a Dictionary of the Diocese of Brisbane 1859-2009, Brisbane, 2008 to mark the sesqui-centenary of the Diocese. I was compiler and co-editor of this book.
  • Regular column, Australian Notebook, in quarterly genealogical journal, Irish Roots, published in Cork, Ireland for worldwide distribution - commissioned from first edition in 1992 and still appearing in every issue.
  • Book, The Fell Tyrant, co-annotated with Dr J G Steele. This was a book written by a convict who served at the Moreton Bay Penal Settlement from 1826-32 and originally published in London in 1836. The Royal Historical Society of Queensland republished it as their ninetieth birthday offering in 2003 and invited us to annotate it - an undertaking which doubled its length.
  • “Space and the Tropics: Immigration to Colonial Queensland, 1860-1901", Chapter 4 in Diaspora (s): Movements and Cultures, eds Nicholas Hewitt and Dick Geary, Studies in Post-Conflict Cultures, No. 4, Critical, Cultural and Communications Press, Nottingham UK, 2007.
  • “Separation Celebrations: Speculation, Anticipation and Observations from 1859 reports”, Queensland History Journal [RHSQ], 2009.
  • Papers (3), on Irish Ordnance Survey, Female Convicts and Recording Family History, for Australasian Association of Family History Societies international conference held Auckland 2009, in conference proceedings.
  • “Echoes of the Past Time: Miss Lord and Brisbane’s Historic Homes”, in PHA Conference Proceedings, Journeys through Queensland History: landscape, place and society, Brisbane, PHAQ, 2009, 137-146.
  • Regular entries in Australian Dictionary of Biography.
  • ‘ ... not likely to command attention or to conciliate general esteem’: the Revd John Vincent, First Clergyman at Moreton Bay 1829, From Augustine to Anglicanism: the Anglican Church in Australia and Beyond: Proceedings of conference held at St Francis Theological College, Milton, February 2010, pp. 93-102.
  • “The Children’s Burial Vault in Convict Brisbane - revisited,” in Queensland History Journal [RHSQ], Vol. 21, No. 5, May 2011, pp. 283-295.
  • Forthcoming paper for Queensland History Journal [RHSQ] on an early voyage to the new colony of Queensland.
  • Forthcoming historical essay on convict sources for website at Queensland State Archives.
  • Book on female convicts at Moreton Bay, the result of several years’ research, is just on finished. It is hoped this will be published during 2012-3 to coincide with introduction of local convict history in Queensland schools curriculum.
Other Activities and Service:
  • 1982-1985 Duke of Edinburgh Awards - Genealogy & Family History Supervisor.
  • 1985-1989 John Oxley Library Advisory Committee.
  • 1986-1989 Australian Bicentennial Historical Records Search, Qld State Council.
  • 1986-2006 Save the Census Committee - Queensland representative.
  • 1987-1989 Board of Governors, Utah Foundation.
  • 1989-1996 State Library of Queensland Society, Vice President.
  • 1992 Queensland Historians Institute, Vice President (now Professional Historians of Australia, Queensland Inc.).
  • 1992-1995 Queensland Irish Association, Cultural Committee.
  • 1992-1995 Brisbane History Group Inc., President.
  • 1993-1995 Heritage Retrieval Project Committee, State Library of Queensland.
  • 1995-1999 Somerville House Centenary History Committee.
  • 1995 Premier’s advisory committee for Roma Street Development Project.
  • 1996-to date Anglican Diocesan Records and Archives Committee.
  • 1997-1998 Centenary of Federation Queensland Executive Committee and Chairman of History Advisory Group.
  • 1997-to date Queensland Working Party of the Australian Dictionary of Biography.
  • 2000-2004 Co-ordinator of GSQ Convict Connections Indexing Project resulting in a product encompassing eleven fiche.
  • 2004-to date Public Records Review Committee for Queensland State Archives.
  • 2006-2009 History representative on Sesqui-Centenary Commemorations Committee for Anglican Diocese of Brisbane.

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