About Us

Presenting the Past has been convened by:

Michelle Arrow picDr Michelle Arrow is an Associate Professor in the Department of Modern history at Macquarie University, where she teaches Australian history, history on film and television, and histories of popular culture. Michelle has a long interest in presenting her research in the media: she worked on a two part Hindsight series on Australian women playwrights (her PhD research) with Michelle Rayner in 1998, and in 2004 she was one of the presenters on the ABC TV history series ‘Rewind’. Michelle was a historical consultant for the Essential Media series ‘Raising the Curtain’  in 2012 and she was a member of the advisory board for the Prime Minister’s Prize for Australian History from 2008-2012. She has published two monographs, including Friday on Our Minds: Popular Culture in Australia Since 1945, which was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Australian History Prize in 2009, and she has published widely on the subject of history on television, both in Australia and overseas. In 2013, Michelle produced her first radio feature, Public Intimacies: the Royal Commission on Human Relationships, which was broadcast on ABC RN’s Hindsight in April. Michelle is also a frequent media commentator, both on radio and in print, and most recently featured on ABC RN Life Matters to discuss her research on the history of the Royal Commission on Human Relationships.


Dr Tanya Evans is a Lecturer in the Department of Modern History at Macquarie University where she teaches Australian history and public history. She proactively disseminates her research on the history of the family, sexuality and poverty in the media and has acted as a consultant for museums and television production companies. She has worked with a range of television production companies in the UK and Australia, including RDF, Granada, Testimony Films, Ricochet, Black Diamond, Wall to Wall and the BBC all producing programs on the history of the family in Britain. She continues to work as a consultant for Artemis International and Serendipity Productions on the Australian series of ‘Who Do You Think You Are’.   She also helped make an ABC Radio National Hindsight program broadcast earlier this year entitled ‘Charity and Justice’ exploring the history of The Benevolent Society, Australia’s oldest surviving charity.

CLARE_4823Dr Clare Wright is a freelance professional historian and Honorary Associate in the History Program at La Trobe University. Clare has worked as a political speechwriter, university lecturer, historical consultant and television presenter. She is the author of Beyond the Ladies Lounge: Australia’s Female Publicans (MUP, 2003) and The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka (Text, 2013) and has published widely in national and international scholarly journals. Clare has published social commentary and essays with an historical perspective in The Age, Meanjin, Overland and Crikey. Clare appeared as a regular panellist on six seasons of the ABC’s popular quiz show The Einstein Factor.  She has appeared as an expert interviewee in her field of Australian History on many television documentaries, including The Years That Made Us (ABC1),  Dirty Business: How Mining Made Australia (SBS) and The Royal Wreck of Gold (Foxtel History Channel).  She has also worked as an historical consultant for television and radio documentaries. In 2012, Clare researched, co-wrote and presented the documentary Utopia Girls: How Women Won the Vote (Renegade Films/ABC1) which was nominated for the NSW Premier’s History Prize – Multimedia Category.  With Electric Pictures, Clare has recently developed and co-written a four part documentary series for ABC1 to commemorate the centenary of World War 1.  She is also consulting for Screentime on development of a docudrama for ABC1 based on her forthcoming co-authored book, Nedwood: True Adventures in Kelly Country.

We wish to thank:

  • All the speakers for their generous participation
  • Yvonne Perkins for technical advice and support
  • State Library of NSW
  • History Council of NSW
  • Department of Modern History, Macquarie University
  • Centre for Media History, Macquarie University
  • History Program, La Trobe University
  • ABC TV

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