Dorothy M. Gibson-Wilde

Dorothy Gibson-Wilde is a professional historian with wide experience of research in Australia and overseas. She has published in both professional journals and the popular press. She was awarded the Premier's Award of Excellence in 1999, and was honoured with the title of Honorary City Historian by Townsville City Council in 1988. She was honoured with Life Membership of National Trust of Queensland, and has served on the Council of National Trust of Queensland for 20 years, currently (2006) serving as Vice-President. She is also a member of the Board of the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies.

Skills and services offered:
Art History
Corporate/Institution history
Environmental history
Genealogy and Family history
Heritage studies/surveys
Historic/heritage tours and guides
Local/community history
Migrant history
Museum advice and exhibitions
Oral history
Public speaking
Urban and suburban history
Performing Arts history

Professional interests:
North Queensland history, especially the Townsville-Magnetic north region
Federation politics
Architectural history
Cultural history
Urban history
History of theatrical entertainment
Compiling bibliographies

Qualifications: BA (Hons) UQ, PhD JCU

Publications and experience:
Work in progress - History of the Townsville RSL Sub-Branch
History of St Peter's Parish, Townsville.
2006 Database - North Queensland Legal Practitioners 1861-1961 - for Supreme Court Queensland Library. (This is an ongoing project.)
2005 Sections in A Woman's place: 100 years of Queensland women lawyers. Susan Purdon & Aladin Rahemtula [eds]
2005 Notes for volunteer guides - National Trust of Queensland, Townsville Heritage Centre
2004 Notes for guides - St James Cathedral, Townsville
2003 Discover Townsville - the History Wall, Townsville Knowledge Centre
2001 Vanished Townsville (unpublished manuscript)
2000 Education Kit - National Trust of Queensland, Townsville Heritage Centre
1997 Chapter in Art off centre: Placing Queensland art, Glenn Cooke [ed]
1996 Townsville Tourist Trails
1995 Wilson, Ryan & Grose - A vintage century in Townsville
1993 Evaluation of house styles in Townsville (with Woods Bagot Pty Ltd)
1993 Thematic history of Residential Zone, Townsville and South Townsville
1992 PhD Thesis - James Thomas Walker: Banker, Federation Father, Australian Senator
1992 Architects of Townsville 1864-1914 - Report for Dept of Environment and Heritage
1991 Chapter in Peripheral visions: Essays on Australian and regional history. BJ Dalton [ed]
1990 Townsville 1888 (with BJ Dalton)
1989 Section in Early French settlers in North Queensland - ed. Marc Serge Riviere
1988 A pattern of pubs: Hotels of Townsville 1864-1914 (with Bruce Gibson-Wilde)
1984 Gateway to a golden land: Townsville to 1884

In addition, Dr Gibson-Wilde has also researched and written over 70 articles published in journals and newspapers, as well as entries in the Australian Dictionary of Biography, and reports. She has also been the curator for a number of exhibitions, the most recent being Home from holidays at the National Trust of Queensland Heritage Centre, Townsville. She has trained tourist guides, and conducted successful bus tours in the north Queensland region as well as speaking publicly at a number of events and meetings.

Address: Dr Dorothy M Gibson-Wilde
PO Box 167
Aitkenvale Qld 4814
Phone: 07 4779 2815
Fax: 07 07 4779 2815
Updated 24 June 2006