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Year of Award: 1989 Award State: Tasmania None > Museums, Galleries And Libraries
The Hobart Mercury Churchill Fellowship to visit social history museums and to study displays of working life and industry - UK

Julia Clark trained as an archaeologist and taught at the University of New England before moving to Tasmania 20 years ago. At the time of her Fellowship she was Curator of Anthropology at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, a position which she held until 1992. The Fellowship enabled her to study the presentation of history in museums, particularly women’s, indigenous and working-class history. In her work following this she felt that she was able to draw on the best she had seen from the smallest rural museums to the most modern, to shape and inform museum practice in Australia. Her aim has always been to represent the lives of people from all walks of life in a social, economic and political context, so as to shed light on current society.

She then moved to Perth as head of Exhibition and Design at the Western Australian Museum, and on to Canberra as the inaugural Curatorial Manager of the National Portrait Gallery. After leaving that position, Julia was self- employed for seven years as a consultant in the museum/heritage industry. She worked with museums and sites at national, state and local levels in interpretation planning and delivery, exhibition curation and publishing. She also taught Museology at the University of Canberra. In 2000 she took up a position as Manager, Interpretation and Collections, at the Port Arthur Historic Site. After 11 years there, she has now retired. In 2015 she completed a PhD, which brought together her abiding interests in convict history and the history and practice of photography. She is still involved in research on Tasmania’s convict history. She also coaches for Riding for the Disabled and still loves working with her own horse. Her four- year-old grandson is a constant delight.

Julia is the author of several publications, including The Aboriginal People of Tasmania and, with Dr. Michael Young, An Anthropologist in Papua: the Photography of F.E. Williams, 1922-39. She also discovered and edited The Journal of William Thompson, Convict.

Excerpt from “Bringing Knowledge Home” published by the Churchill Fellows Association of Tasmania (2016) 

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