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Brad Manera

Brad MBrad Maneraanera is the Executive Manager of the Anzac Memorial, Hyde Park, Sydney, and a keen battlefi eld archaeologist and public historian. His recent documentary work includes historical input int o In Their Footsteps (2011) and Gallipoli: the Front-Line Experience (2005). Brad Manera has worked as a museum curator and historian for 30 years, beginning his career at the Western Australian Museum then building collections and developing exhibitions at the National Museum of Australia and the Australian War Memorial. His work at the War Memorial included curating the travelling exhibition Australia Under Attack 1942-43 and a major portion of the new Post-1945 Confl icts galleries. He moved to Sydney to take up the role of Head Curator at Hyde Park Barracks Museum and, after helping achieve World Heritage Listing for that site, has moved to the Anzac Memorial to prepare it for the commemorative activities that will be part of the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign.

Dr Tom Lewis OAM

Tom LewisDr Tom Lewis OAM has a long association with Northern Territory history, beginning with publications such as the children’s novel Darwin Sayonara, and continuing with Wrecks in Darwin Waters, and A War at Home, an outline of the air raids of 19 February 1942, now in its fourth edition. His new work Darwin’s Submarine I-124 was published in July 2011. In 2010 he revealed the little-known raids on north west Australia in Zero Hour in Broome.

Tom has worked as a divemaster, high school teacher, and naval offi cer, completing a combat tour involving duty in Baghdad in 2006. He has been awarded the Australian Active Service Medal, the Iraqi campaign medal, and the US Army Commendation Medal, amongst others. In 2004 he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for services tonaval history.

Tom Lewis holds a PhD in Strategic Studies, and a Master’s degree in Cold War Politics and Literature, in addition to his original degrees. He is a prolifi c writer, having published over 1000 articles in 30 years of writing, and 10 books. His latest articles deal with the sinking of HMAS Sydney in WWII. Tom is the current Editor of Headmark, the Journal of the Australian Naval Institute, and the Director of the Darwin Military Museum.

Shauna Hicks

Shauna HicksShauna Hicks has been tracing her own family history since 1977 and worked in government for over 35 years primarily in libraries and archives in Brisbane, Canberra and Melbourne. She is currently Director of Shauna Hicks History Enterprises and a collaborative partner in Unlock the Past. Shauna has a number of tertiary qualifi cations from Queensland universities as well as the Diploma in Family Historical Studies from the Society of Australian Genealogists. She is a Fellow of the Queensland Family History Society; a recipient of the Australian Society of Archivists Distinguished Achievement Award and in 2009 received the AFFHO Award for Meritorious Services to Family History.