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Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching
Career

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history
  • Australian history and politics
  • Public history and cultural heritage
  • Archives and museum studies
  • Citizenship theory and minority rights

Available to supervise research students

Not available for media queries

About Julie Fenley

Dr Julie Fenley is a Research Archivist at the Aboriginal History Archive, which is part of the Moondani Balluk Indigenous Academic Unit at Victoria University. This Australian Research Council, Linkage Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities (ARC LIEF) project involves creating an online digital archive of historically significant materials collated by Aboriginal activist Gary Foley.

Julie is also employed at the e-Scholarship Research Centre at the University of Melbourne, a partner organisation on the ARC LIEF grant. Her research centres around the status of minority groups, with a particular focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history. Julie also has a broad interest in public history, cultural heritage and museum studies. 

Recently, Julie Fenley presented a paper at the Australian Society of Archivists conference in Adelaide. The paper, titled 'Transforming Archival Practice: The Aboriginal History', was co-authored with Gary Foley, Edwina Howell and Gavan McCarthy and focused on efforts of the Aboriginal History Archive to transform archival practice to allow for Indigenous self-determination. This paper will be published in a forthcoming edition of the peer-reviewed journal, Archives and Manuscripts. Julie also co-presented an interactive discussion with Kirsten Wright at the conference. Titled 'Word by Design: Challenging Archival Description', the session focused on the design of inclusive archival descriptions that seek to challenge dominant narratives and deal with historical language now considered offensive.  

With more than fifteen years working as an independent heritage and museum consultant, Julie was recently commissioned to write a history of community-owned health and philanthropic services around Mirboo North for the Mirboo North and District Community Foundation. She is also working as a consultant to develop a sound installation at Old Gippstown heritage park which draws on the memories of Yallourn open cut mine and power station workers and former residents of Yallourn and Brown Coal Mine (now Yallourn North). 

Julie is a former history-politics lecturer at Federation and Monash Universities and Acting Director of the Centre for Gippsland Studies regional library and archive, and in 2015 coedited Earth and Industry: Stories from Gippsland.

Qualifications

  • PhD, Monash University, Australia, 2006
  • Graduate Diploma of Museum Studies, Deakin University, Australia, 2017
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Monash University, Australia, 2000
  • Bachelor of Arts, Monash University, Australia, 1999
  • International School for Holocaust Studies program, Yad Vashem Remembrance Authority, Israel, 1997

Key publications

Year Citation
2015 Eklund, E., & Fenley, J. (150615). Earth and Industry Stories from Gippsland. Monash Univ Pub.
2001 Fenwick, J. (010101). 'Worrying about Our Land' Conceptualising Land Rights 1963-1971.

Year Citation
2015 Fenley, J., & Lothian, K. (150101). Trudging on Manfully: Dr. Andrew and the evolution of bushwalking In Eklund, E. ;. (Ed.) (pp. 21-31). Clayton, Vic: Monash University Publishin.

Year Citation
2019 Fenley, J. (191025). Trudging on manfully: Dr. Andrew and the evolution of bushwalking The Centre for Gippsland Studies, Monash University.
2019 Fenley, J. (191021). Transforming archival practice: The Aboriginal history archive Australian Society of Archivists.
2019 Fenley, J. (191021). Words by design: Challenging archival description Australian Society of Archivists.

Year Citation
2011 Fenley, J. (110901). The National Aboriginal Conference and the Makarrata: Sovereignty and Treaty Discussions, 1979-1981. Australian Historical Studies, 42(3), (372-389).

doi: 10.1080/1031461x.2011.583257

Research funding for the past 5 years

Funding details for this researcher are currently unavailable.

Acknowledgements

Many thanks to the following organisations for their support and essential contributions to my research:

  • Moondani Balluk Indigenous Academic Unit, Victoria University

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Not available for media queries

Other supervision of research students

Dr Julie Fenley supervises students in Australian history and politics, with a focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history in particular. She is also available to supervise research on citizenship and minority rights, public history and heritage, archival and museum studies. She has supervised two doctoral students to completion.

Key academic roles

Dates Role Department / Organisation
Oct 2017 - present
Research Archivist
Aboriginal History Archive, Moondani Balluk, Victoria University, Australia
Apr 2018 - present
Research Archivist
e-Scholarship Research Centre, Univeristy of Melbourne, Australia
Dec 2018 - present
Professional Historian
Mirboo North and District Community Foundation, Mirboo North, Australia
Sep 2017 - present
Historical Consultant
Old Gippstown heritage park, Moe, Australia
Jan 2007 - Dec 2015
Lecturer in History and Politics
Monash University / Federation University, Australia
Jan 2009 - Dec 2015
Acting Director, Centre for Gippsland Studies
Monash University / Federation University, Australia
Jan 2015 - Dec 2015
Historical Consultant
Warragul and District Historical Society, Warragul, Australia
Jan 2013 - Dec 2013
Historical Consultant
Old Gippstown Heritage Park, Moe, Australia
Jan 2011 - Dec 2011
Historical Consultant
Jewish Holocaust Museum and Research Centre, Melbourne, Australia
Jan 2006 - Dec 2006
Historical Consultant
Jewish Holocaust Museum and Research Centre, Melbourne, Australia
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Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Oct 2017 -
present
Research Archivist
Aboriginal History Archive, Moondani Balluk, Victoria University, Australia
Apr 2018 -
present
Research Archivist
e-Scholarship Research Centre, Univeristy of Melbourne, Australia
Dec 2018 -
present
Professional Historian
Mirboo North and District Community Foundation, Mirboo North, Australia
Sep 2017 -
present
Historical Consultant
Old Gippstown heritage park, Moe, Australia
Jan 2007 -
Dec 2015
Lecturer in History and Politics
Monash University / Federation University, Australia
Jan 2009 -
Dec 2015
Acting Director, Centre for Gippsland Studies
Monash University / Federation University, Australia
Jan 2015 -
Dec 2015
Historical Consultant
Warragul and District Historical Society, Warragul, Australia
Jan 2013 -
Dec 2013
Historical Consultant
Old Gippstown Heritage Park, Moe, Australia
Jan 2011 -
Dec 2011
Historical Consultant
Jewish Holocaust Museum and Research Centre, Melbourne, Australia
Jan 2006 -
Dec 2006
Historical Consultant
Jewish Holocaust Museum and Research Centre, Melbourne, Australia
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Key industry, community & government roles

Dates Role Department/Organisation
Jan 2017 - Nov 2019
Cultural Diversity Advisory Committee Member
Latrobe City Council
Jul 2018 - May 2019
Employment and Professional Development Subcommittee Member
Professional Historians Association Victoria and Tasmania
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Jan 2017 - Nov 2019
Cultural Diversity Advisory Committee Member
Latrobe City Council
Jul 2018 - May 2019
Employment and Professional Development Subcommittee Member
Professional Historians Association Victoria and Tasmania

Professional memberships

  • Professional member, Professional Historians Association Victoria and Tasmania