Dr Jonathan (Jack) Ford is a professional historian specialising in military history and the history of Brisbane's various suburbs or buildings. He has worked as a historical consultant for private organisations. Since 2001, he has been a historian with the Heritage Unit of the Brisbane City Council. He has researched and written history citations and has implemented the listing process of nearly 300 places on the BCC's City Plan Heritage Register. In 2004, he volunteered his home as the research example contained in the BCC publication Your house has a history - keys to unlocking its past. He has organised public exhibitions and been an invited guest speaker for various community organisations. He is a president the American Civil War Round Table of Qld and a member of the Nundah & Districts Historical Society. In 2008, he was given a Silver Award for excellence in Heritage Conservation, Works or Action by the National Trust (Qld).
Skills and Services Offered
History of a building or site.
Heritage surveys/studies (inc. site inspections)
Historical articles
Public talks/addresses
Proofreading and editing of history works
General history research including for historical re-enactments
PhD, MA (Qual), BA, Dip Teach (Primary)
Professional Interests
Brisbane's history
Histories of individual buildings/structures
Military History and militaria
Publications and Experience

Significance Assessment Report, Burnett War Memorial Museum Collection, Kingaroy, Queensland, commissioned report for the National Library of Australia, 2009.

“The Floating Dutchmen – the Netherlands Merchant Navy in the Pacific War” in Journal of Australian Naval History 6, 1 2009.

Brisbane CBD Master Plan Heritage Survey Vols. 1-5, for the Brisbane City Council’s Heritage Unit,  2008.

Marching to the Trains - the Chermside Army Camp Remembered. Brisbane: J Ford, 2006.

"Foreword" to The Cribb Island Story. Brisbane: Nundah & Districts Historical Society, 2005.

"Banten Bay", Madoera Strait", "New Guinea Campaign" & "Papua Campaign" in Encyclopaedia of World War II: A political, social and military history, ed. Dr. Spencer Tucker. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2004.

"United States Army petroleum warehouse", "Nundah Fire Station" & "Toombul Shire Hall" in From pioneering days - Nundah, Northgate, Virginia. Brisbane: Nundah & Districts Historical Society, 2002.

"Chindits" in World War II in The Pacific War - An encyclopaedia, ed. Stanley Sandler. New York: Garland Publishing Inc, 2001.

"Banyo Army Depot" & "Northgate Naval Stores" in Banyo-Nudgee Heritage Trail. Brisbane: Brisbane City Council, 2000.

Rabaul - Australian Order of Battle in website, 1999.

A brief history of the site occupied by the Australian Army's Gona Barracks, at Kelvin Grove, Queensland, commissioned report for the Carson Group & the Department of Defence, 1998.

A Brief Military history of Geebung and Zillmere, (with Dr. Sue Keays), commissioned report for the Brisbane City Council & the Geebung/Zillmere RSL, 1997.

Allies in a Bind. Loganholme: NESWA, 1996.

There have also been numerous journal articles, public talks, conference papers, book acknowledgements, book reviews, as well as media interviews.

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