Historic/Heritage Tours and Guides

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Bianka Vidonja Balanzategui
About: Historian and Historical Consultant living and working in North Queensland. Daughter of a displaced person and cane cutter and wife of a former cane farmer of Spanish Basque origins hence the professional interest in sugar and migration history
Danny Allsopp
About: Danny Allsopp is a member of the American Civil War Round Table, and concentrates research Australian, American and Irish historical topics.
About: Dr Judith McKay is a museum curator, historian and heritage consultant with wide experience in museums, exhibitions, research and writing.
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About: Dr Jonathan (Jack) Ford is a professional historian specialising in military history and the history of Brisbane’s various suburbs or buildings.
Jeff Hopkins-Weise
About: A historian and curator with a strong interest and passion for Queensland, Australian, New Zealand and Pacific history and culture.

Over 25 years’ history and heritage experience, including an array of research, heritage assessment and management, curatorial and collection management roles with a number of government departments, local councils, museums and historical societies.

Author/Co-author of almost 70 publications, including books, chapters, journal articles, government and legal reports.

I also have considerable background and experience in cultural heritage research and management while engaged in various capacities for the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and the Environmental Protection Agency. I have also held a variety of curatorial and collection management roles with the Queensland Museum (Southbank) and The Workshops Rail Museum (North Ipswich), the museums network of the Moreton Bay Regional Council (for the Pine Rivers Heritage Museum and the Redcliffe Museum), the Victoria Barracks Museum (now Army Museum South Queensland), Petrie Terrace, Brisbane, as well as the Main Roads Heritage Centre in Toowoomba.
Judith Nissen
About: Judith is a freelance historian with two decades’ experience. In addition to published works, commissions for a range of private and corporate clients have included research for permanent and temporary museum exhibitions, histories of buildings and organisations, archives reports, heritage significance assessments and citations, and genealogical research. Since July 2008 Judith has been the Australian Dictionary of Biography Research Assistant for Queensland.
Lesley Jenkins
About: Lesley has a long interest in history and community. Her many awards demonstrate both skill and experience.
AWARDS National Trust – Now and Then, A Gold Coast Journey from the past to the present GCCC 2010
National Trust – Highway Heritage GCCC – 2008
Churchill Fellow 2004 – Oral History
Life Member – Oral History Queensland -2007