Joanna Boileau
About Me:

I came back to live in New Zealand four years ago after living in Australia,  where I completed a Graduate Diploma in Local, Family and Applied History through the  University of New England in Armidale, New South Wales. I have just completed a PhD in history through the University of New England. My topic is Chinese market gardening in Australia and New Zealand. It is a multidisciplinary study in technology transfer. While working on my thesis I have also been doing voluntary work for a local historical society,  Parnell Heritage, editing and producing their annual Journal.

I originally studied archaeology and anthropology at the University of Auckland. I have worked in various museums, including large metropolitan institutions (Auckland War Memorial Museum, the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney and Queensland Museum in Brisbane), and  local museums such as the Tweed River Regional Museum in northern New South Wales.  My roles included exhibition planning and development; collections management, research and conservation. Most recently I worked as a freelance historian and heritage consultant based in northern New South Wales, writing thematic histories as part of community based heritage studies.

Multicultural and immigration history, in particular Chinese; environmental history; indigenous history
Publications and Research:

'Chinese market gardening in Australia and New Zealand, 1860s - 1960s: a study in technology transfer', PhD Thesis submitted to University of New England, Armidale in February 2014.

‘Researching Chinese market gardening: insights from archaeology and material culture’, Chinese Southern Diaspora Studies, Vol. 6, 2013.

Families of Fortune: Chinese in the Tweed Valley, Tweed Shire Council, 2009.

'Remembering Wing Yuen Lee: surprises, silences and subtexts in oral testimony', Oral History Association of Australia Journal No 31, 2009.

Thematic History of Nundle, Manilla and Barraba, report to Tamworth Regional Council, 2007.

Caldera to the Sea: A history of the Tweed Valley, Tweed Shire Council, 2006.

Tweed Shire Community Based Heritage Study: Thematic History, report to Tweed Shire Council, 2004.

‘Native Title and the Sea’, article in Queensland Commercial Fishers Magazine, 1998.

'From Manila to Manjimup: Female Filipino Migration to Australia', Paper for 'Linking Our Histories: Asian and Pacific Women as Migrants' Conference, Melbourne (with Ann Smith), 1994.

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