Jeff Hopkins-Weise

Jeff Hopkins-Weise
Name: Jeff Hopkins-Weise
Bio: Recent and Memorable Professional Experience and Achievements:

During 2019, I was consulted by, loaned research collection objects, and assisted with exhibition installations for Army Museum South Queensland, part of the Army History Unit regional museum network, to assist with two museum exhibitions held at the Officers Mess, Victoria Barracks, Petrie Terrace, Brisbane:
(1) Aftermath of WW1 (1 March – 10 July 2019)
(2) Redcoats to Camouflage (launched on 26 July 2019 – on show until 8 July 2020).

Co-author (with Greg Czechura) of major 358-page First World War centenary publication, Mephisto: Technology, War and Remembrance, launched at Queensland Museum on 20 July 2018. Available in both hardback and softcover editions, this richly illustrated book is part of A Queensland Museum Discovery Guide series, and revolves around the internationally significant sole surviving example of the German First World War A7V tank Mephisto and the context and legacy of the First World War.

During 2018 I provided historical consultation and loan of personal research collection objects associated with Australia’s early British Army and convict heritage for interpretational and display purposes for two convict exhibitions:
(1) Dancing in fetters: the culture of convict dance, at the Redcliffe Museum and curated by Dr Heather Clarke in collaboration with the museums network of the Moreton Bay Regional Council (25 August – 18 November 2018); and
(2) Life in Irons: Brisbane’s convict stories, at the Museum of Brisbane, curated by Drs Jennifer Harrison and Ray Kerkhove in collaboration with the Museum of Brisbane and the Queensland State Archives (18 May – 28 October 2018).

Developed the framework of themes and provided curatorial input for the exhibition Railways 1914–1918 as part of commemorations associated with the centenary of the First World War, launched at The Workshops Rail Museum (North Ipswich, Queensland) on 15 June 2015; this unique exhibition was then re-installed for a second public display in February 2016. A ‘lite’ version of this exhibition has also been traveling to regional centres throughout Australia since 2015 and will continue during 2018.

Produced four original major exhibitions in collaboration with the museums network of the Moreton Bay Regional Council, Queensland:

(1) The final 100 days, 2 March – 27 May 2018, Pine Rivers Heritage Museum (Moreton Bay Regional Council). This exhibition explored the 1918 Western Front experience, especially with regards to the homefront and its many patriotic and humanitarian organisations and fundraising, and the impact and legacy of Australia’s involvement in respect with grief, memory and commemorations.

(2) Redcoats: The Service and Legacy of British Soldiers in Moreton Bay, 5 August – 9 October 2016, Redcliffe Museum (Moreton Bay Regional Council). This exhibition was also timed to coincide with the annual festivities/events associated with the 2016 Redcliffe Festival.

(3) Napoleon’s Last Gamble: 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and the Legacy of the Napoleonic Wars in Australia, 1 May – 12 July 2015, Pine Rivers Heritage Museum (Moreton Bay Regional Council). This exhibition and its public program was a finalist in the (GAMAA) Galleries and Museums Achievements Awards (GAMAA) for 2015, Museums and Galleries Queensland.

(4) Blood Brothers: An Anzac Genesis, 21 February – 27 April 2014, Pine Rivers Heritage Museum (Moreton Bay Regional Council) and believed to be the first Australian based exhibition to ever explore the diverse and significant Australian roles in the New Zealand (or Maori) Wars of the 1840s and 1860s.

Curator who researched and wrote a series of 14 exhibition panels as part of the First World War centenary commemorations which have been used as a series of rotating small temporary exhibitions by the Redcliffe Museum, Moreton Bay Regional Council, from late 2015.

Authored a major historical publication for Penguin NZ (distributed in Australia by Wakefield Press) entitled Blood Brothers: The Anzac Genesis (2009), a detailed exploration of Australia’s diverse and significant military, social and economic roles in the New Zealand (or Maori) wars of the 1840s and 1860s.

Curator for 61st Battalion Queensland Cameron Highlanders Memorial Project for the Ashgrove RSL (2009): Engaged to conceive, research, and write 12 interpretation panels as part of a new war memorial to be raised in memory of the 61st Militia (and later A.I.F.) Battalion (1938-46), for installation in conjunction with the existing war memorial located in Stewart Place on Waterworks Road, Ashgrove, Brisbane.

Co-authored (with Greg Czechura) the first cultural heritage related pocket guide for the Queensland Museum on one of the museum’s most significant collection items, A7V Mephisto: The Last German First World War Tank which was launched on 11 November 2008 (this book has been revised and reprinted into its third edition).

Main Roads Heritage Centre – Heritage Co-ordinator (2007). A senior curatorial role to conceive, plan, utilise appropriate Main Roads heritage collection objects (both large and small) and interpret the history of the Queensland Department of Main Roads from its inception in 1920 to the present-day. As part of the team developing this museum and heritage centre, was also recognised in the category of “Relationship Building” for Main Roads Heritage in the Main Roads PD&O Staff Excellence Awards in 2007.

Queensland Museum – Collection Manager (2006): 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.

Queensland Museum – Curator (2004-05): Provided the primary curatorial and research input into Bulldust to Bitumen and Beyond, the RACQ’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.

Qualifications: Master of Philosophy, School of History, Philosophy, Religion, and Classics, The University of Queensland, 2004.

Bachelor of Arts in the field of History with Honours, The University of Queensland, 1993.

Bachelor of Arts, The University of Queensland, 1991.


Membership & Roles with Professional Associations, Historical & Museum organisations:

Appointed Councillor to The Royal Historical Society of Queensland on 13 June 2019.

Member of the Professional Historians Association QLD since 1999, holding various management committee roles including President (2008-11), Vice President (2006-08) and Honorary Secretary (2002-06). While Vice President, and then later as President, was a member of the Q150 Conference Sub-Committee organising the Journeys through Queensland History: landscape, place and society conference held to celebrate Queensland’s sesquicentenary. This committee’s work included producing successful Queensland Government Q150 grant applications, publication of the proceedings (including a reprint run following on from the success and demand for these proceedings), and negotiations which led to the Governor of Queensland, Her Excellency Penelope Wensley AO, presenting the keynote address at this Queensland sesqui-centenary conference event.

Commissioner for Declarations (Queensland) No.55519, registered on 9 May 1999 (and was formerly a Justice of the Peace from 16 May 1989).

Honorary Director of the Queensland Military Memorial Museum & Library, operated by the Committee of the Victoria Barracks Historical Society Brisbane Inc. (now known as the Queensland Military Historical Society), 28 Church Street, Fortitude Valley 4006, Brisbane Queensland: 18 February – 4 August 2016.

The Queensland Military Heritage Foundation [ASIC: ACN 086 849 694] Operating the Victoria Barracks Museum – Brisbane, in partnership with the Army History Unit), 2004 –2009. I was a member of this Foundation from 2004, and then held the following executive and management committee roles: QMHF Director (30 August 2005 – 21 October 2009), QMHF Secretary (30 August 2005 – 21 October 2009), QMHF Treasurer (13 August 2006 – 21 October 2009), and QMHF Museum Liaison Officer (24 June 2007 – 21 October 2009).

Professional Interests: 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.

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

Publications and Experience:

Recent and major published works include:

“Regimental Mascots and Pets – some glimpses into Australasian examples, including “Pokeno”, veteran of the 50th Regiment of Foot”, [IN PRESS for November 2019 issue, The Volunteers: The Journal of the New Zealand Military Historical Society].

(Co-authored with Rod Pratt), “Enrolled Pensioners or ‘Fencibles’ in Australasia, 1840s-50s: a forgotten Imperial military force”, The Volunteers: The Journal of the New Zealand Military Historical Society, Vol.45, No.1 (July 2019), pp.6-35.

(Co-authored with Rod Pratt), “Redcoats in the 1840s Moreton Bay and New Zealand frontier wars”, Vol.26, Issue 1, (June 2019), Queensland Review (Cambridge University Press), pp.32-52.

(Co-authored with Associate Professor Cliff Pollard), “World War I Queensland Military Hospitals, Repatriation, and the Returned Soldiers’ Transport Corps”, Queensland History Journal [special WW1 “Remembering Armistice” commemorative issue], Vol.24, No.1, (May 2019), pp.5-23.

(Co-authored with Greg Czechura), “Memory, Commemoration and World War I: Mephisto, Queensland’s unique ‘war prize’ ”, Queensland History Journal [special WW1 “Remembering Armistice” commemorative issue], Vol.24, No.1, (May 2019), pp.67-88.

(Co-authored with Rob Shiels, The Workshops Rail Museum), “The centenary of the Battle of Amiens and the capture of the Amiens Gun”, Sabretache: The Journal and Proceedings of the Military Historical Society of Australia, Vol.59, No.4, (December 2018), pp.4-10.

(Co-authored with Rob Shiels, The Workshops Rail Museum), “Railways in World War One: their place in the Australasian military railway journey – Part 2”, Sabretache: The Journal and Proceedings of the Military Historical Society of Australia, Vol.59, No.3, (September 2018), pp.16-24 & 33.

(Co-authored with Professor Lyndall Ryan, Newcastle University), “Memorialising the New Zealand Wars 1845-47 – the 99th Regiment Memorial, Hobart, Tasmania”, Chapter 18 in, Tutu te Puehu: New Perspectives on the New Zealand Wars, Steele Roberts Aotearoa Publishers, Wellington, New Zealand, (October 2018), edited by John Crawford & Ian McGibbon. {One detailed and appreciative book review (which also cites me specifically) includes: Professor Peter Stanley, UNSW Canberra, “Reviews: Tutu Te Puehu – New Perspectives on the New Zealand Wars”, in The Volunteers: The Journal of the New Zealand Military Historical Society, Vol.44, No.3, (March 2019), pp.61-63.}

“The role of the Australian colonies in New Zealand’s Wars of the 1840s and 1860s”, Chapter 19 in, Tutu te Puehu: New Perspectives on the New Zealand Wars, Steele Roberts Aotearoa Publishers, Wellington, New Zealand, (October 2018), edited by John Crawford & Ian McGibbon. {One detailed and appreciative book review (which also cites me specifically) includes: Professor Peter Stanley, UNSW Canberra, “Reviews: Tutu Te Puehu – New Perspectives on the New Zealand Wars”, in The Volunteers: The Journal of the New Zealand Military Historical Society, Vol.44, No.3, (March 2019), pp.61-63.}

(Co-authored with Greg Czechura), Mephisto: Technology, War and Remembrance (A Queensland Museum Discovery Guide: South Brisbane, 2018) [ISBN – Hard cover: 978-0-6480944-3-2, & Soft cover: 978-0-6480944-2-5.]

(Co-authored with Rob Shiels, The Workshops Rail Museum), “Railways in World War One: their place in the Australasian military railway journey – Part 1”, Sabretache: The Journal and Proceedings of the Military Historical Society of Australia, Vol.59, No.2, (June 2018), pp.16-26.

“Taranaki Military Settlers and the Australian Context”, The Volunteers: The Journal of the New Zealand Military Historical Society, Vol.43, No.3, (March 2018), pp.6-35.

“Australasian Humanitarianism and Memorialisation, 1863-64: Trans-Tasman Dimensions to the HMS Orpheus Disaster”, The Volunteers: The Journal of the New Zealand Military Historical Society, Vol.43, No.2, (Nov. 2017), 7-24.

(Co-authored with Professor Lyndall Ryan, Newcastle University) “Memorialising Britain’s imperial wars in New Zealand in the 1840s: the 99th Regiment Memorial in Hobart, Tasmania”, New Zealand Journal of History, Vol.49, No.2, (2015), 160-175.

Blood Brothers: The Anzac Genesis (Rosedale, North Shore, New Zealand: Penguin Books, 2009). [ISBN 978 014 3011187; & also published by Wakefield Press, Kent Town, South Australia, 2009. ISBN 978 1 86254 838 1.] {One detailed and appreciative book review includes: Scott Sheffield, “Book Reviews: Blood Brothers: the ANZAC Genesis”, in The Journal of Pacific History, Vol.45, No.1, (June 2010), pp.172-173.}

(Co-authored with Greg Czechura), A7V Mephisto: The Last German First World War Tank (South Brisbane, Queensland: Queensland Museum, 2008; revised & reprinted 2010 & 2016). [ISBN 9780980569209 (pbk.)]

Literary & Professional 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 “Relationship Building” for Main Roads Heritage in the QLD 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 2004-05.

Recent Conferences, Seminars, Talks & Other Speaking Engagements:

‘Memory, Commemoration and the First World War: Mephisto, Queensland’s unique “war prize” ’. Joint paper with Greg Czechura, presented at Remembering Armistice, Conference by The Royal Historical Society of Queensland, at the Commissariat Store Museum, Brisbane, 16 February 2019.

‘First World War Queensland Military Hospitals, Repatriation, and the Returned Soldiers’ Transport Corps’. Joint paper with Associate Professor Cliff Pollard, presented at Remembering Armistice, Conference by The Royal Historical Society of Queensland, at the Commissariat Store Museum, Brisbane, 16 February 2019.

‘The Rarest Tank in the World’. Joint talk with co-author Greg Czechura, promoting the newly released Queensland Museum publication, Mephisto: Technology, War and Remembrance, at Redcliffe Library, for Moreton Bay Regional Council Libraries, on 31 July 2018.

‘Mephisto: Technology, War and Remembrance’ Joint talk with co-author Greg Czechura, promoting the newly launched Queensland Museum publication, Mephisto: Technology, War and Remembrance (officially launch on 20 July), at Queensland Museum theatre, Southbank, on 22 July 2018.

Guest Speaker at 2018 Reserve Forces Day Recognition Parade and Ceremony held at the WW1 Cenotaph at The Workshops Rail Museum, North Ipswich, Queensland, on Sunday 24 June 2018.

‘The Western Front 8 August 1918 ‘The black day of the German Army’ – The Battle of Amiens and the ‘Amiens’ Rail Gun’. Joint talk with Rob Shields (Collection Manager, The Workshops Rail Museum), part of heritage talks series accompanying The Final 100 Days (1918 Western Front) exhibition, at Pine Rivers Heritage Museum, on 18 May 2018.

Presented Address at Service and Morning Tea to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the unveiling of the Mount Alford WW1 Sandstone Digger Memorial, held at the Mount Alford State School, Queensland, on Friday 25 May 2018.

‘First World War Queensland Military Hospitals, Repatriation, and the ‘Spanish Flu’ Pandemic, 1918-1919’. Joint presentation with Dr Cliff Pollard (Retired General Surgeon, and Board Member of Metro North Hospital & Health Board, Queensland), as part the Moreton Bay History Seminar, Moreton Bay Region Libraries, Moreton Bat Regional Council, North Lakes Community Centre, on 16 May 2018.

‘War, Technology and Remembrance – the First World War German tank Mephisto and the 26th Battalion’. Joint talk with Greg Czechura (Research Author, Queensland Museum), part of heritage talks series accompanying The Final 100 Days (1918 Western Front) exhibition, at Pine Rivers Heritage Museum, on 24 April 2018. Greg and I presented this talk a second time in the evening, same date, for the Royal United Services Institute, at Victoria Barracks, Petrie Terrace, Brisbane, for the centenary of the 2nd Battle of Villers-Bretonneux, 24 April 1918.

‘First World War Queensland military hospitals, repatriation, and the ‘Spanish Flu’ pandemic, 1918-1919’. Joint talk with Dr Cliff Pollard (Retired General Surgeon, and Board Member of Metro North Hospital & Health Board, Queensland), part of heritage talks series accompanying The Final 100 Days (1918 Western Front) exhibition, at Pine Rivers Heritage Museum, on 14 March 2018.

‘Railways in World War One: One part in a much longer Australasian military railways journey’. Joint presentation with Rob Shiels (Collection Manager, The Workshops Rail Museum), for the Royal United Services Institute, at Victoria Barracks, Petrie Terrace, Brisbane, on 14 November 2017.

‘An Imperial presence, and Queensland’s scarlet legacy’. Joint paper with Rod Pratt, presented at the Brisbane History Group seminar, Victoria Barracks and the Defence of the Colony, held at Victoria Barracks, Petrie Terrace, Brisbane, on 9 September 2017.

Queensland Government & other research/legal reports:

Research Consultant, Queensland South Native Title Services (QSNTS), July – August 2013. Research for, and prepared a report for QSNTS, Military Activity Historic: Fraser Island Commando School (1943-45), which dealt with the military occupation and possession of Fraser Island during World War Two (primarily focused around the establishment, operation and closure of the Fraser Island Commando School 1943-45) for use by the Butchulla People in Native Title case before the Federal Court of Australia.

Queensland Museum repatriation research project & reports by Jeff Hopkins-Weise & Dr Michael C Westaway: (1) A report for Dr Kazuhiro Sakaue on the skeletal remains of eight Japanese military personnel held in the collection of the Queensland Museum (5 February 2010); & (2) Collecting war dead in the name of Science? Japanese military personnel in the Queensland Museum collection (14 May 2012). This project and reports dealt with the largely unexplored phenomena of Japanese wartime remains collected by Australian military personnel during World War Two. A growing body of literature deals with this subject from the United States perspective, especially the ‘souveniring’ motivations and practices that were not uncommon amongst American military personnel during the war in the Pacific (1942-45). Examination of the historical context for similar remains found in Australian museums such as those found in the Queensland Museum reveals that there was another aspect driving the collecting of Japanese skeletal remains beyond mere souveniring or trophy taking. In at least a small number of cases it was the desire by museums, and the opportunistic collecting practices by museum staff or associates temporarily serving in the military forces in the Pacific, which enhanced scientific skeletal specimen collections in some Australian institutions; while an illicit trade for medical students seems to also account for other examples found in Australia.

Queensland Museum report by Jeff Hopkins-Weise & Michael Quinnell, Naturalist, Curator and Soldier: Ken Jackson – a life cut short. Research project carried out in in conjunction with Senior Curator Michael Quinnell (Torres Strait Islander & Pacific Indigenous Studies, Cultures & Histories Program), researching the life, career, and present-day museum collection legacy of Queensland Museum Ethnologist Ken Jackson (1937-43), the only Queensland Museum staff member to have ever been killed while on active service, when serving in the Australian Army (2nd A.I.F.) in New Guinea, January 1943. A work-in-progress paper was presented as part of the “Queensland Connections” series of lectures held at Queensland Museum, South Bank, on 7 October 2009.

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).

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