Bianka Vidonja Balanzategui

Published author of sugar industry, migration and local history. Currently completing a PhD in History and working as an Historical Consultant.
Historical research/historical consultancy/authorship
B.Education; B.Arts (Hons); M.Arts, Dip. Modern Languages (Italian)
Sugar industry and migration history

Consultant: ABC documentary: Gentlemen of the Flashing Blade 1999

Consultant: cane fire photographic exhibition “The Fearful Heart” travelling exhibition November 2003
Engaged to write a report for The Department of Environment and Heritage:
The Tropical Queensland Sugar Cane Industry. A Structural and Material Survey,
1872 to 1955 1994

Engaged by the Thuringowa City Council to write Thirty-Three miles to Rollingstone.
A Short history of Rollingstone and Balgal, 2003

Engaged by St. Patrick’s Parish, Ingham to write Portrait of a Parish. A History of Saint Patrick’s Church and Parish Ingham 1864-1996, 1998

Engaged by Hinchinbrook Shire Council to write The Herbert River Story, 2011

Engaged by Hinchinbrook Shire Council to research and write information for streetscape installations

PUBLICATIONS AND PAPERS:

Published works:
Books:
*Gentlemen of the Flashing Blade, 1990
*Portrait of a Parish. A History of Saint Patrick’s Church and Parish Ingham 1864-1996, 1998
*Thirty-Three mile to Rollingstone. A Short history of Rollingstone and Balgal, 2003
*O’Meara’s Vineyard, A Short History of Canossa Catholic Primary School Trebonne 1951-2001. 2001
*The Herbert River Story, 2011

Journal articles:
*Basking in a Different Sun: The Story of Conchi Mendiolea” in Amatxi, Amuma, Amono: Writings in Honor of Basque Women, Centre for Basque Studies Occasional Papers Series, No. 8, 2003
*“The Fronton: Basque Legacy in Tropical North Queensland” in Journal of the Society of Basque Studies in America Volume xxi – Year 2001
*”Ripple Creek, an unhappy place”, in History Queensland, November 2011 Issue 1
*Miscellaneous magazine articles.

Unpublished work:

Reports:
*The Herbert River Museum Gallery. A documentation of the current attempt to establish a museum in the Hinchinbrook Shire, 1989
*”The Tropical Queensland Sugar Cane Industry: A Structural and Material Survey, 1872 to 1955” for the Department of Environment and Heritage, 1994.

Installations:
*Historic walk and signposting, Hinchinbrook Shire Council
*Currently working on researching sugar machinery installations at Tyto on behalf of Hinchinbrook Shire Council for anticipated Heritage walking tours.
Currently acting as Historical Consultant for community mosaic installations

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