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Welcome to the website of Australian historian, Helen Stagg, BA (Melb), Dip Ed, MHist (UNE).

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Helen’s interests lie predominantly in the areas of Australian History. In addition to her archival research, oral history methodology fuels Helen’s interest in giving voice to minority groups, including women, children, ordinary workers and other under-represented groups in the historical ‘record.’

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INSPIRATION

Letter from my 3 x great grandfather Wm. Rains written 1878.

Letter from my 3 x great grandfather Wm. Rains written 1878.

One of my favourite historians, Greg Dening, said: “I have never fully recovered from the historian’s first excited discovery that most of history comes from unpublished sources, from letters, diaries, logs, imprinted as much with tears, sweat, blood and the dirt of time as by ink and pencil.”

Source: Greg Dening, “Experiments in rethinking history”, ed. Munslow and Rosenstone, Routledge, 2004, p. 36.