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Barbara Webster
About: Barbara Webster undertakes historical research and writing about people, places, organisations, institutions, events and environments. Her particular interest is Central Queensland history.
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
About: Jennifer is an academically qualified, professional historian and archaeologist. Her expertise is in research for Historical Biographies, Screenplays, Local and Regional Histories; Genealogy; Cultural Heritage Significance Assessments; Archaeological Site Assessments: 18th – 20th century European Settlement and Industrial heritage; Historical Research and Publication.
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: Janet King is the Director of Queensland Energy Museum and responsible for establishing Memories of Energy Groups (MEGs) and Memories of Energy Trails (METs) throughout Queensland.
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.