Historian in Residence Community Days

Sunshine Coast Council has significant cultural heritage collections, which are managed by Cultural Heritage Services and the Heritage Library.

Community invitation

You are invited to meet council’s Historians in Residence at Community Open Days in February 2022. 

Share your knowledge of Sunshine Coast history on the researcher’s chosen topic.

Registration required. Select your timeslot and nominate if you will be attending in person or require a phone appointment.

Historian Date and Time  Location  Registration
Ray Kerkhove
Wednesday
16 February,
9.30–11.30am
Bankfoot House
Heritage Precinct

Register 
Ray Kerkhove
Wednesday
16 February,
1.00–3.30pm
Heritage Library,
Nambour

Register
Kate Kirby 
Wednesday
23 February,
9.30–11.30am
Bankfoot House
Heritage Precinct

Register
Kate Kirby 
Wednesday
23 February,
1.00–3.30pm
Heritage Library,
Nambour

Register

Unable to make the above dates? Register your contact details for a call back on 0417625576 or email culturalheritage@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.

In line with public health directives, persons over the age of 16 are required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter the Bankfoot House Heritage Precinct. 

Background

In August 2021, historians were invited to be part of Sunshine Coast Council’s inaugural Historian in Residence Program, funded by the Cultural Heritage Levy. The program offers qualified and experienced historians the opportunity to immerse themselves in a research project that will reveal, document and showcase aspects of the region’s history and heritage.

The two historian positions are located at Bankfoot House Heritage Precinct, Glass House Mountains and the Heritage Library, Nambour.

Historian in Residence – Bankfoot House Heritage Precinct

Dr Ray Kerkhove, Historian and Consultant

Topic: A Definitive Referenced Map of First Nations place names and pathways of the Sunshine Coast, including likely translation and their deeper significance. 

Dr Kerkhove’s study will involve the mapping of Sunshine Coast First Nations sites. He will work closely with the Kabi Kabi and Jinibara peoples to compile a list place names and their meanings. This study will link to similar work he has undertaken for the Greater Brisbane area. As Dr Kerkhove’s residency is based at Bankfoot House Heritage Precinct, he will also explore the Bankfoot House collection and the connection between the family and First Nations peoples. 

Historian in Residence - Heritage Library

Kate Kirby, PhD Student, University of the Sunshine Coast

Topic: Sunshine Coast gold 1901 - 2021: local high-performing athletes winning on the world stage.

Kate Kirby’s study will examine Sunshine Coast’s sporting history, including local high-performing athletes winning on the world stage between 1901 and 2021. Her topic examines sporting beaches and built environments, as well as memories, monuments, and storytelling. The local community and their contribution, from coaches to politicians, will also be explored.

Community involvement invitation

If you have stories or images to share on the above topics send to culturalheritage@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.