Historian in Residence Program 2022-2023

The call for submissions for Sunshine Coast Council’s Historian in Residence Program 2022-2023 has now closed. 
The successful candidates and their chosen topics will be announced soon.


This is the second year of the Historian in Residence program. There are two contract positions available for qualified and experienced historians or other relevant professionals. 

Residencies will be located at: 

  • Heritage Library, Nambour.
  • Bankfoot House Heritage Precinct, Glass House Mountains or Landsborough Museum, Landsborough.

Historians will be able to access council’s collections as part of their research. 

Past projects

The two historians appointed for the Sunshine Coast Historian in Residence Program 2021-2022 were Dr Ray Kerkhove and USC PhD student Kate Kirby.

Bankfoot House Historian in Residence - Dr Ray Kerkhove

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 involved exploring the connection between the family of Bankfoot House and First Nations peoples. He also undertook mapping and traditional names of Sunshine Coast First Nations sites, working closely with the Kabi Kabi and Jinibara peoples. 

Heritage Library - Kate Kirby

Sunshine Coast gold 1901 - 2021: local high-performing athletes winning on the world stage. Kate Kirby examined Sunshine Coast’s sporting history, including athletes winning on the world stage between 1901 and 2021. Her research involved community consultation as she delved into local sports clubs, the role of sisters in sports and the history of boxing on the Sunshine Coast.