professional historians association (queensland)
Neville Buch

In the 1990s, I tutored in the Department of History at the University of Queensland over five semesters, and provided the occasional lecture on the history of religious ideas and cultural practices in Queensland. I have a history Ph.D. and have completed post-doctoral work in two local history projects, including a short history of St Barnabas Anglican Church in Red Hill.
Between my honours thesis, Ph.D. thesis, and recent research work, I developed a depositary of historical data and analysis on Protestant religious institutions in Queensland over the last hundred years. I have a specific research interest in the secularization of belief through institutional practice and the loss of conceptual meaning in religiosity.

I have published several papers in an international reference book on historic places and history conference publications. In recent years he has provided clients with research reports on a wide range of historical topics, including the Coolullah Pastoral Company and the Melbourne Trust Ltd in the 1920s, teaching appointments in central Queensland, and the work of the Archibald family on the 19th century Ipswich coal fields. Information on my research work & publications can be found at


Skills and services offered:

·   Social, intellectual and religious/secular history
·   Historical research and reports
·   Heritage studies/surveys
·   Historical statistical analysis

 Professional interests:

·   History of Protestant religious belief and skepticism in Queensland.
·   History of philosophers and other abstract thinkers in Queensland.
·   History of Australian universities and their place in the local community.


BA (Hons), Grad. Dip. Ed., Grad. Dip. Arts (Philosophy), Ph.D, MPHA(Qld)

Publications and experience:

Books, Monographs

Norfolk Island (Australian External Territory, Australia) International Dictionary of Historic Places. Volume Five: Asia and Oceania. Chicago. Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers. 1995.
Windsor (New South Wales, Australia) International Dictionary of Historic Places. Volume Five: Asia and Oceania. Chicago. Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers. 1995.
A History of St Barnabas’ Church, Red Hill – A Church In Society Through the Years. October 1999.

Journal Articles

Under the Bondage of Religious Conservatism: Athol Gill and the Baptist Union of Queensland in 1972 Dayspring Volume 11 Number 3 November 1992.
For the Love of History: History of Student Representation in the Department of History 1970-1993 The History News. May 1993.
Clio or St. Luke? When the Evangelist becomes the Historian. Proceedings of the University of Queensland History Research Group. Number 5 1994.
Book Review of Keith Windschuttle's The Killing of History: How a Discipline is Being Murdered by Literary Critics and Social Theorists Australian Journal of Politics and History. Vol. 41. No. 2. 1995.
The Value of the Secular. Quadrant. Volume 51, No. 1, March 2007.
Religion Remain a Problem. The Skeptic. Summer 2007. 

Conference Papers

Americanizing Queensland Protestantism, Studying Australian Christianity 1995 Conference, Robert Menzies College, Macquarie University, July 1995.
The Significance of the American Invasion for Australian Churches: A Preliminary Examination, War's End Conference (Queensland Studies Centre, Griffith University), University Hall, James Cook University, July 1995.
‘...many distractions confronting the Church’: The Responses of Protestant Religion to Popular Culture in Queensland 1919-1969. Everyday Wonders Popular Culture: Past and Present 10th International Conference, Crest Hotel, Brisbane, June 1997.
Defining a Public University in the Entrepreneurial Age, Australian Network of Higher Education Researcher Conference, University House, Australian National University, December 1999. 

Other Manuscripts

Protestant Churches and their Attitude to Public Issues in Queensland 1919-1939, Honours Thesis, Department of History, University of Queensland, November 1987.
Five Papers for The Logos Foundation and the League of Rights Kit produced by the Social Responsibility Section, Queensland Synod, Uniting Church in Australia, May 1989.
American Influence on Protestantism in Queensland since 1945, Ph.D thesis, Department of History, University of Queensland, August 1994. 

Contact details:

Address: 18 Callendar Street, Sunnybank Hills, Qld 4109.
Phone: (07) 3342 3704
Mobile: 0416 046 429

Categories of skills and expertise: Corporate/institution history, Heritage studies/surveys, intellectual history, religious history, teaching history (Updated Aug 11, 2011)