Jeff Hopkins-Weise

Jeff Hopkins-Weise
I am the primary care-giver (or stay-at-home parent) to two young sons, but have been heavily involved as a curator in a collaboration with the Pine Rivers Heritage Museum (Petrie, Queensland) during 2013-15 with two major exhibitions. One explored Australian involvement in the New Zealand (or Maori) Wars of the 1840s & 1860s entitled ‘Blood Brothers An ANZAC Genesis’ (Feb-April 2014). This large 8m x 12m exhibition is believed to be the first exhibition in Australia to ever explore this colonial wars theme in any depth, including an emphasis on the role and service of the British Army and Royal Navy, and the importance of the shared history of the trans-Tasman world of colonial Australia and New Zealand in the nineteenth century. The other exhibition is “Napoleon’s Last Gamble: 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and the legacy of the Napoleonic Wars in Australia”, which is currently open during May-July 2015.

During 2013 I was engaged as Curator for the Queensland Museum’s The Workshop Rail Museum (TWRM) at North Ipswich, where I carried out the primary research and development of the thematic content for a proposed touring exhibition dealing with rail and war. My curatorial involvement in the development of this exhibition continued through 2014-15 in my role as Honorary Research Fellow for TWRM. This exhibition ‘Railways 1914 – 1918’, opens on 15 June 2015, and will run through to 6 December 2015.

Another ongoing research project I am involved with is being pursued in association with Professor Lyndall Ryan (University of Newcastle), dealing with early war memorials and memorialisation in colonial Australia and New Zealand, especially focusing on the 99th Regiment NZ Wars 1845-46 Memorial in Hobart, Tasmania. An extension of this project is to explore the role and service of the 99th Regiment in Australia and New Zealand during the 1840s and 1850s.

Master of Philosophy, awarded by the School of History, Philosophy, Religion, and Classics, the University of Queensland, on 29 July 2004. (History thesis: Australian Involvement in the New Zealand Wars of the 1840s & 1860s, September 2003.)

Bachelor of Arts in the field of History with Honours Class IIa, awarded by the University of Queensland, on 6 May 1993. (History Department thesis: An Analysis of the Place of ‘Foreign’ Pacific Islanders in the Development of North-Eastern Australia and Eastern New Guinea, 1863-1878.)

Bachelor of Arts, awarded by the University of Queensland, on 21 December 1991. (Double major in History and a major in Sociology.)

Australia’s first war memorial (99th Regiment’s NZ Wars 1845-46 Memorial in Anglesea Barracks, Hobart, Tasmania, raised in 1850) and other early memorials and war trophies associated with the British Army or Royal Navy in Australia and New Zealand.

The history, service and legacy of the British Army’s 99th Regiment of Foot in Australia during the 1842-1856 (including war service in New Zealand 1845-1847).

I am very interested in exploring colonial Australian and New Zealand humanitarianism and memorialisation, especially in association with the NZ Wars of the 1840s & 1860s, but also in response to disasters which involved the British Army or Royal Navy. One example of this experience is the HMS Orpheus disaster in 1863, which let the fund raising in support of the families of those lost, as well as a memorial raised in Hobart: ‘Australasian humanitarianism and memorialisation: the trans-Tasman dimension of the HMS Orpheus Disaster and Relief Fund and Hobart Mariners Church Memorial, 1863-1864’. Paper presented at the International Australian Studies Association (InASA) 2014 Conference ‘Friends, Foes and Other Intimacies’, convened in collaboration with the Centre for Colonialism and its Aftermath and the University of Tasmania, 3-5 December 2014, Hobart, Tasmania.

Naturalist, Curator and Soldier: Ken Jackson – a life cut short (the life and service of Ken Jackson, the only Queensland Museum employee to have died on active service for Australia, killed in action at Sanananda, New Guinea in January 1943): in conjunction with Michael Quinnell, Honorary Associate at Cultures & Histories, Queensland Museum.

Development of early armoured vehicles and warfare in WW1, and especially German Tanks such as the A7V. This interest also extends into the many layers of stories associated with the war prize/trophy German A7V ‘Mephisto’, captured and recovered by the largely Queensland-derived 26th Infantry Battalion in July 1918, and now almost 100 years a Queensland iconic object, and one of the most significant social history objects in the collection of the Queensland Museum since its arrival in Brisbane in 1919.

The role, service and legacy of the Brisbane Army in Australia and New Zealand; and the New Zealand Wars of the 1840s and 1860s.

QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT HISTORICAL, HERITAGE OR OTHER RESEARCH REPORTS:

Report to DATSIP on Research carried out for Lease Applications made under the Land Holding Act 1985, 1 April 2004. (As a Researcher, I submitted this 69-page report, along with accompanying extensive Excel database of research and findings, dated 29 March 2004, to the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy.)

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS), Annual Environmental Audit Report – 2002-03: Environmental Auditing of Native Forest Timber Production. (As a Senior Policy Officer for QPWS, I assisted in the preparation for, including development of audit database, and writing of this report for Operational Review, Ecosystems Conservation Branch, Conservation Services Division, QPWS, in 2003.)

Queensland Montréal Process Non-Indigenous Cultural Heritage Report: Data Request Response for 2003 State of the Forests Report, 30 June 2002. (Report written in conjunction with Dr David Cameron, and submitted to the Commonwealth, on behalf of Sustainable Forestry Practices Unit, Forestry & Wildlife Division, QPWS, in 2002.)

Montreal Non-Indigenous Cultural Heritage Inventory Project Report: Clermont State Forests, Central Queensland, 21 December 2001. (As a Cultural Heritage Project Officer for QPWS, I carried out the research for, and submitted this report to Forest Planning and Sustainable Use, Forest Management Division, QPWS, in 2001.)

Gladstone State Forests Project: Overview & Contextual History of the Gladstone Study Area, September2001. (As a Consultant Historian for QPWS, I submitted this report to Forest Planning and Sustainable Use Section, Forest Management, QPWS, in 2001.)

A History of the Service and Loss of the Q.G.S. “Llewellyn”, 1884-1919, 9 March 1999. (As a Researcher for the Queensland Museum, I submitted this report to the Marine Archaeology Section, Queensland Museum, in 1999.)

As a Research Historian for the Queensland Art Gallery, I submitted three reports to the Queensland Art Gallery as part of the Gallery’s Centenary History Project in 1995: (1) Centenary History of the Queensland Art Gallery: Chronology of Events, Acquisitions, Exhibitions, and Personalities (84 page report, dated 24 January 1995); (2) History of the Queensland Art Gallery (and Art in Queensland/Brisbane) – Research Bibliography (11 page report, dated 21 January 1995); & (3) Queensland Art Gallery History Research Project – Sources Search List – (items that could possibly be of use) (8 page report, dated 20 January 1995).

BOOKS:

Blood Brothers: The Anzac Genesis. Rosedale, North Shore, New Zealand: Penguin Books, 2009. [ISBN 978 014 3011187] {Note: Also published by Wakefield Press, Kent Town, South Australia, 2009. ISBN 978 1 86254 838 1.}

(Co-authored with Greg Czechura), A7V Mephisto: The Last German First World War Tank. South Brisbane, Queensland: Queensland Museum, 2008 (& revised & reprinted 2010). [ISBN 9780980569209 (pbk.)]

(Co-authored with Rod Pratt), Brisbane’s 1st Battalion 12th (East Suffolk) Regiment Detachments, 1860-66. [Brisbane, Queensland]: Jeff Hopkins-Weise & Rod Pratt, 2005. [ISBN 0958084815]

(Co-authored with Rod Pratt), Brisbane’s 50th (Queen’s Own) Regiment Detachments, 1866-69: & the Saint Helena Penal Establishment Military Guard. [Brisbane, Queensland]: Jeff Hopkins-Weise & Rod Pratt, 2004. [ISBN 0958084807]

Further Selected New Zealand War Medal Rolls of Applications Granted up to 1900: Volume 2. Brisbane, Qld: Jeffrey Hopkins, and supported by the Victoria Barracks Historical Society (Brisbane, Qld), 1998. [ISBN 0646360469]

Selected New Zealand War Medal Rolls of Entitlements, Rejections, and Applications Granted up to 1900. Brisbane, Qld: Jeffrey Hopkins & the Victoria Barracks Historical Society (Brisbane, Qld), 1997. [ISBN 0646298992]

The Gottlieb Raddatz & extended Kühn & Sellin Families & Descendants of Queensland: including the associated Heeschen, Raaen, & Schubert Families. 125th Anniversary of the arrival aboard the “Reichstag” of the Raddatz, Kühn, & Sellin Families to Queensland on 1 August 1872. Brisbane, Qld: Jeffrey E. Hopkins, in conjunction with the Family Reunion held at the Dayboro Showgrounds, Qld, 3 August 1997. [ISBN 0646337025]

ARTICLES:

(Co-authored with Professor Lyndall Ryan), “Memorialising Britain’s imperial wars in New Zealand in the 1840s and the 99th Regiment Memorial in Hobart, Tasmania”, New Zealand Journal of History, [in press for October 2015 issue of the New Zealand Journal of History].

“Blood brothers: The true birthplace of Anzac is not the beaches of Gallipoli but the forests of New Zealand”, The Australian Literary Review, Vol.4, Issue 3, (April 2009), pp.3-4. [The Australian Literary Review supplement in the issue of The Weekend Australian, 25-26 April 2009.]

“Colonial Humanitarianism: Australian Involvement in Relief Funds during the New Zealand Wars, 1840s & 1860s”, The Volunteers: The Journal of the New Zealand Military Historical Society, Vol.34, No.2, (November 2008), pp.100-115.

“The New Zealand Crisis of 1868-69: Part 2: Australia and the New Zealand Armed Constabulary”, The Volunteers: The Journal of the New Zealand Military Historical Society, Vol.33, No.2, (November 2007), pp.104-125.

“Australia’s Military Horse Trade during the New Zealand Wars of the 1860s”, Sabretache: The Journal and Proceedings of the Military Historical Society of Australia, Vol.48, No.3, (September 2007), pp.5-12.

“Australia and the New Zealand Crisis of 1868-69”, The Volunteers: The Journal of the New Zealand Military Historical Society, Vol.33, No.1, (July 2007), pp.30-55.

“Australia’s Logistical and Commissariat Support in the New Zealand Wars, 1863-66”, Sabretache: The Journal and Proceedings of the Military Historical Society of Australia, Vol.47, No.4, (December 2006), pp.5-24.

“Australia and the Taranaki War – 3: Humanitarianism, 1860-61”, The Volunteers: The Journal of the New Zealand Military Historical Society, Vol.32, No.2, (November 2006), pp. 102-119.

“A History of the Service and Loss of the Queensland Government Steamer Llewellyn, 1884-1919”, Memoirs of the Queensland Museum: Cultural Heritage Series, Vol.4, Part 1, (1 November 2006), pp.29-51.

“Australia and the Taranaki War – 2: Logistical, commissariat and manpower support, 1860-61”, The Volunteers: The Journal of the New Zealand Military Historical Society, Vol.32, No.1, (July 2006), pp. 27-49.

“Australia and the Taranaki War: Responses to the Conflict 1860-61”, The Volunteers: The Journal of the New Zealand Military Historical Society, Vol.31, No.3, (March 2006), pp. 160-175.

“Australian involvement in the New Zealand Wars, 1846-47 (Part 3)”, The Volunteers: The Journal of the New Zealand Military Historical Society, Vol.30, No.3, (March 2005), pp.36-51.

“Australian involvement in the New Zealand Wars, 1845-46”, The Volunteers: The Journal of the New Zealand Military Historical Society, Vol.30, No.2, (November 2004), pp.33-52.

“The Australian-New Zealand prelude, 1834-45”, The Volunteers: The Journal of the New Zealand Military Historical Society, Vol.30, No.1, (July 2004), pp.38-53.

“Tasmania and the New Zealand Wars of the 1860s”, Tasmanian Historical Research Association Papers and Proceedings, Vol.50, No.3, (September 2003), pp.176-201. [NB. – also republished with permission in, The Volunteers: The Journal of the New Zealand Military Historical Society, Vol.29, No.3, (March 2004), pp.67-96.]

“Van Diemen’s Land and the New Zealand Wars of the 1840s”, Tasmanian Historical Research Association Papers and Proceedings, Vol.50, No.1, (March 2003), pp.38-55. [NB. – also republished with permission in, The Volunteers: The Journal of the New Zealand Military Historical Society, Vol.29, No.2, (November 2003), pp.23-41.]

“Queensland and the New Zealand Wars of the 1860s”, Journal of the Royal Historical Society of Queensland, Vol.18, No.5, (February 2003), pp.209-231. [NB. – also republished with permission in, The Volunteers: The Journal of the New Zealand Military Historical Society, Vol.29, No.1, (July 2003), pp.12-29.]

(Co-authored with Rod Pratt) “New Directions in Australian Colonial Historiography: A Call for the Timely Reintegration of the British Army, Frontier Conflict, and Involvement in Wars of Empire”, in C. Dixon & L. Auton, eds., War, Society, and Culture: Approaches and Issues: Selected Papers from the November 2001 Symposium organised by the Research Group for War, Society, and Culture. Callaghan, NSW: Research Group for War, Society, and Culture (School of Liberal Arts), The University of Newcastle, (2002), pp.105-116.

“New Zealand’s Armed Constabulary and its Australian Context, 1867-72”, Sabretache: The Journal and Proceedings of the Military Historical Society of Australia, Vol.43, No.4, (December 2002), pp.19-38.

“A Brief History of the Award of the New Zealand Cross”, The Volunteers: The Journal of the New Zealand Military Historical Society, Vol.28, No.2, (November 2002), pp.96-99.

“New Zealand’s Colonial Defence Force (Cavalry) and its Australian Context, 1863-66”, Sabretache: The Journal and Proceedings of the Military Historical Society of Australia, Vol.43, No.3, (September 2002), pp.23-39.

(Co-authored with Rod Pratt), “The 50th (Queen’s Own) Regiment Military Guard at the St Helena Penal Establishment, Moreton Bay, 1867-69”, Journal of the Royal Historical Society of Queensland, Vol.18, N0.3, (August 2002), pp.97-114.

“A Brief History of the Bay of Plenty Cavalry Volunteers, Tauranga Cavalry Volunteers, and the Opotiki Rangers Volunteers”, The Volunteers: The Journal of the New Zealand Military Historical Society, Vol.28, No.1, (July 2002), pp.66-70.

“Pacific Islander Involvement in the Pastoral Industry of the Gulf of Carpentaria”, Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, Vol.88, Part 1, (June 2002), pp.36-53.

“The Armed Constabulary of New Zealand: and the Australian Context”, The Volunteers: The Journal of the New Zealand Military Historical Society, Vol.27, No.1, (July 2001), pp.5-42.

(Co-authored with Rod Pratt), “The Scarlet Legacy: The British Army’s forgotten presence in Moreton Bay, 1860-69”, Sabretache: The Journal and Proceedings of the Military Historical Society of Australia, Vol.42, No.2, (June 2001), pp.3-38; & editor’s Correction, Vol.42, No.3, (Sept. 2001), p.1.

“A History of the Colonial Defence Force (Cavalry): and the Australian Context”, The Volunteers: The Journal of the New Zealand Military Historical Society, Vol.26, No.1, (July 2000), pp.5-25.“ ‘Fighting Those Who Came Against Their Country’: Maori Political Transportees to Van Diemen’s Land 1846-48”, Tasmanian Historical Research Association Papers and Proceedings, Vol.44, No.1, (March 1997), pp.49-67. [NB. – also republished with permission in, The Volunteers: The Journal of the New Zealand Military Historical Society, Vol.24, No.3, (March 1999), pp.100-117.]

“The Place of ‘Foreign’ Pacific Islanders in Torres Strait and Papua, 1863-1878”, Journal of the Royal Historical Society of Queensland, Vol.15, No.12, (August 1995), pp.571-578.

NEWSLETTERS & BULLETINS:

(Co-authored with Rod Pratt), “The Scarlet Legacy: The British Army’s forgotten presence in Moreton Bay, 1860-69”, RUSI Bulletin [Royal United Services Institute: Queensland Inc]: Part 1 – Issue No.4, (December 2001), pp.7-15; Part 2 – Issue No.1, (March 2002), pp.5-9; & Part 3 – Issue No.2 (June 2002), pp.8-14.

“St Helena Artefact Project”, Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology Inc. Newsletter, Vol.31, No.1, (2001), p.4.

AWARDS:

Literary Award: Best Example of Original Research in 2008 (awarded by the New Zealand Military Historical Society Inc., 19 March 2013). This was awarded for the article, “Colonial Humanitarianism: Australian Involvement in Relief Funds during the New Zealand Wars, 1840s & 1860s”, published in The Volunteers: The Journal of the New Zealand Military Historical Society, Volume 34, No.2, November 2008.

Part of the small team recognised in the category of “Relationship Building” for Main Roads Heritage in the Main Roads PD&O Staff Excellence Awards in 2007.

Literary Award: Best Example of Original Research in 2004 – 2005 (awarded by the New Zealand Military Historical Society Inc., 29 May 2007). This was awarded for the article, “Australian Involvement in the NZ Wars 1834 – 47” (published in 3 parts), published in The Volunteers: The Journal of the New Zealand Military Historical Society, Volume 30, Nos.1, 2, and 3, during 2004-2005.

OTHER EXPERIENCE & ACHIEVEMENTS:

During February-June 2009, I conceived, researched and wrote 12 interpretation panels as part of a war memorial raised by the Ashgrove RSL in memory of the 61st Militia (and later A.I.F.) Battalion Queensland Cameron Highlanders (1938-46), at Stewart Place on Waterworks Road, Ashgrove, in Brisbane.

During the period November 2007 through to February 2009, I was offered a book contract and carried out the work of the author for a major historical publication for Penguin Books NZ (distributed in Australia by Wakefield Press) entitled Blood Brothers: The Anzac Genesis, a detailed exploration of Australia’s diverse and significant roles in the New Zealand (or Maori) wars.

During March-October 2007, I was the Heritage Co-ordinator, a senior member of a small team of heritage/museum professionals, which ensured that the creation of the Main Roads Heritage Centre at Toowoomba, Queensland, became a reality within the timeframes and other constraints set down when this project was implemented.

In 2006, when an assistant collection manager at Queensland Museum, I was selected to participate in the Queensland Museum Partnership Program with the Solomon Islands National Museum, under the overall aegis of the Australian National Committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM Australia). This involved being one the team of four museum staff who travelled to Honiara for a 3-week field trip to address collection management needs.

During 2004-2005, while an assistant curator at Queensland Museum, I provided the primary curatorial and research input into Bulldust to Bitumen and Beyond – the Royal Automobile Club of Queensland’s centenary touring exhibition, which was officially launched by the Governor at Queensland Museum, South Bank, on 26 April 2005, and thereafter became a successful state-wide touring exhibition.

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