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The Australian National University

Nicole McLennan

Position: Research Editor for the Australian Dictionary of Biography

School or Centre: National Centre for Biography

Email: nicole.mclennan@anu.edu.au

Phone: 61250156

Website: My profile website

Biography

Nicole McLennan is a research editor for the Australian Dictionary of Biography. Nicole first worked for the ADB in 1998, after completing her PhD at the Australian National University. Her PhD thesis was an examination of English immigration to Australia in the second half of the nineteenth century. It included statistical analysis of English migrants arriving in Victoria, as well as an assessment of notions of Englishness, the shifting nature of what constituted ‘home’, and a consideration of emotional factors as a motivation to migrate.

In 1999, Nicole joined the National Museum of Australia as one of a team of curators developing the Horizons gallery for the Museum's opening day exhibitions in Canberra. Since then she has worked in a range of cultural institutions in Australia and in the United Kingdom. Her role has frequently entailed working with rural communities to engage with, record, preserve and exhibit their histories using local collections. In 2012 she returned to the National Museum of Australia to work on the Spirited: Australia’s Horse Story temporary exhibition. Working in both museums and biography has resulted in a particular interest in object biography.

Research Interests

• Australian History (Excl. Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander History)
• Biography
• Museum Studies

Publications

‘Hitching Post’, the museum [National Museum of Australia], Vol. 8, September 2015-February 2016, p. 42

‘Life sentences: Nicole McLennan, PhD ’98, goes down the rabbit hold on an unexpected adventure’, ANU Reporter, Vol. 46, No. 3, 17 August 2015

(with Martha Sear) ‘A Farrier’s War’, Horses and People, 24 April 2015, pp. 79-83

(with Kirsten Wehner, Martha Sear, Jennifer Wilson, and Laura Breen) Spirited: Australia’s Horse Story, [booklet to accompany the exhibition] National Museum of Australia Press, Canberra, 2014

‘Eric Dunlop and the origins of Australia’s folk museums’, in reCollections: a journal of museums and collections, vol. 1, no. 2, September 2006, pp. 130-51.

‘Collecting and Presenting the Past’, in Alan Atkinson, JS Ryan, Iain Davidson & Andrew Piper (eds), High Lean Country: Land People and Memory in New England, Allen & Unwin. Sydney, 2006, pp. 263-75 (co-author with Alan Atkinson, Bill Oates and Andrew Piper).

‘Henry Van de Velde’, in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Vol. 16, MUP, Carlton, 2002, pp. 435-6.

‘Christopher James Perrett’, in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Vol. 15, MUP, Carlton, 2000, pp. 593-4.

‘Glimpses of Unassisted English Women Arriving in Victoria, 1860-1900’, in Eric Richards (ed.), Visible Women; Female Immigrants in Colonial Australia, Vol. 4, Australian National University, Canberra, 1995, pp. 59-84.

Projects and Grants

2011 – £3,000 – Marc Fitch Fund, UK – Cardboard Suitcases: Documenting London’s Irish archival project. Archive of the Irish in Britain, London Metropolitan University.

2010 – £4307 - Grassroots Grants (Camden), UK – Home Away From Home: London’s Irish County Associations exhibition at London’s City Hall and the London Irish Centre, Camden. A collaborative project between the Council of Irish County Associations, London, and the Archive of the Irish in Britain, London Metropolitan University.

2010 – €6,133 - Emigrant Support Programme, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ireland –Home Away From Home: London’s Irish County Associations exhibition at London’s City Hall and the London Irish Centre, Camden. A collaborative project between the Council of Irish County Associations, London, and the Archive of the Irish in Britain, London Metropolitan University.

2009 – €11,346 - Emigrant Support Programme, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ireland – The third year of a collaborative heritage project between the Council of Irish County Associations, London, and the Archive of the Irish in Britain, London Metropolitan University.

2008 – €12,653 - Emigrant Support Programme, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ireland – The second year of the collaborative heritage project between the Council of Irish County Associations, London, and the Archive of the Irish in Britain, London Metropolitan University.

2006 - $11,000 – Ministry of Arts NSW – Women of a ‘High, Lean Country’ travelling exhibition project.  University of New England Heritage Centre, University of New England, Armidale.

2005 - $1,500 – Royal Australian Historical Society Small Grants Scheme, New South Wales Heritage Office – Ollera Station digitisation and conservation rehousing project. University of New England Heritage Centre, University of New England, Armidale.

2003 - $10,000 - Ministry of Arts NSW - Pens and Presses: Education and Print in Nineteenth Century New England, a joint exhibition between the Museum of Printing, New England Regional Art Museum, and the Museum of Education, University of New England Heritage Centre, University of New England, Armidale.

Exhibitions:

Spirited: Australia’s Horse Story, temporary exhibition on the history of horses and humans in Australia, National Museum of Australia, 2014. (Curator).

Home Away From Home: London's Irish County Associations, temporary exhibition staged at City Hall, London and the London Irish Centre, Camden (UK), 2011. (Curator and project manager).

Women of a 'High Lean Country', travelling exhibition curated with five museums in the New England region and staged in Gunnedah, Tamworth, Narrabri, Inverell and Glen Innes, 2007. (Curator and project manager).

Pens and Presses: Education and Print in Nineteenth Century New England, joint temporary exhibition with Michelle Arens of the Museum of Printing at the New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale, 2003. (Curator and project manager).

Horizons: The Peopling of Australia since 1788 gallery at the National Museum of Australia, 1999-2001. (Curator).

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