In 2017 I was awarded an ARC DECRA for a project entitled ‘Speculative Biography, Historical Craft and the Case of Adelaide Ironside’. This project involves reconstituting the scanty archive of little known Australian colonial artist Adelaide Ironside into a narrative-driven speculative biography and then critically investigating this process in a series of publications, masterclasses and public workshops aimed at encouraging others who are also intent upon recovering lost lives for general readers. In 2016 I published a speculative biography entitled The Convict’s Daughter: The Scandal that Shocked a Colony with Allen & Unwin. The Convict's Daughter received positive reviews and is now in its 6th print run. In 2017 I was also the consultant and on-camera historian for a four-part series on the HISTORY Channel Lawless: The Real Bushrangers. Throughout 2017 and 2018 I have been a regular presenter on ABC’s Radio National’s Nightlife program.
2018–2020: Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) for a project entitled 'Historical Craft and Speculative Biography: the case of Adelaide Ironside'. ($355,399.00)
2015: Hawke Fellowship: ($12,800)
2014: Hawke/Barbara Hardy Funding, ($38,655.00)
2013: High Achievement in Student Evaluation Attainment – University of South Australia
2013: Hawke Research Institute Seed Funding: ($7,000)
2013: Twenty Good Grants Australian Research Grant Scheme UniSA ($10,000)
- Australian Women’s History Network
- Australian Historical Association and Heads of History Committee
- Executive Member: International Australian Studies Association (InASA)
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I am passionate about Australian colonial and British imperial histories, as well as histories of marriage and gender, colonial art, republicanism and romanticism. I am also extremely interested in historical craft, biography and the relationships between historical craft, creativity, historical imagination and fictional biography.
Before coming to UTS in early 2018 I was a Senior Lecturer at the University of South Australia for five years. In this capacity I won teaching awards for my undergraduate teaching in Australian History and Australian Studies and also designed a suite of online courses concerned with public history, digital technologies and the GLAM sector (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums). While completing my Masters and PhD at the University of Melbourne I taught a host of undergraduate Australian Studies and Australian history subjects at the University of Melbourne and for over a decade I designed and delivered intensive and international courses and textbook, while also conducting regular study tours throughout Melbourne's cultural institutions and Central Australia.
Lindsey, K 2016, The Convict's Daughter The scandal that shocked a colony, Allen & Unwin.
Through humiliation, heartache, bankruptcy and betrayal, Mary Ann hung on to James' promise to marry her. This is a compelling biography of a currency lass born when convicts were still working the streets of Sydney.
This Creative Matters piece is inspired by five objects in the archives of the colonial artist, Adelaide Ironside (1831–1867), which relate to her dying and death. In addition to two letters, one of which was the last Adelaide wrote before she died; the other by her mother shortly afterwards, I have drawn inspiration from the trunk the Ironsides took with them to Europe and which returned to Australia after their deaths and remains in the possession of her descendants. I have also referred to an obituary that was published the Athenaeum and a lost artwork by Ironside entitled 'The Pilgrim of Art', which depicts mother and daughter. The central focus of this work is, however, the only confirmed photograph we have of Adelaide Ironside, which was taken, a note in her archive suggests, 'a short time before her death'. In this creative piece, I experiment with how such archival objects can be used to speculate and evoke the final moments of a biographical subject's life in historical narrative.
Adelaide Ironside (1831–1867) is best known as the ﬁrst Australian-born artist to train overseas. While her life offers a portal into Republican Sydney, Pre-Raphaelite London and Risorgimento Rome, the nature of her archive also highlights the limits of historical method and the need to employ what Virginia Woolf called 'the biographer's licence' when researching and writing about subjects with problematic sources. In this article, I employ biographical license to contrast the better-known and better-documented death of the English poet John Keats (1795–1821), with the few records associated with Ironside's death some forty years later, to speculate about the silences in her sources. There are several factors encouraging this approach. Both artists died in Rome of pulmonary tuberculosis. Both were patients of the famous doctor, Sir James Clark (1788–1870), and both died during winter in the care of the person with whom they are now buried. By situating Ironside within these broader nineteenth-century contexts, my biographical subject evolves from a shadowy historical representative of demographic and an era into a ﬁgure who is more ﬂesh and blood than an account focused upon her accomplishments and acquaintances might otherwise allow.
Lindsey, K 2020, 'Indigenous approaches to the past: 'Creative histories' at the Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney', The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 83-102.View/Download from: Publisher's site
This article discusses a recent art project created by the Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi artist Jonathon Jones, which was commissioned to commemorate the opening of the revitalized Hyde Park Barracks in Sydney in early 2020. Jones' work involves a dramatic installation of red and white crushed stones laid throughout the grounds of the barracks, merging the image of the emu footprint with that of the English broad convict arrow to 'consider Australia's layered history and contemporary cultural relations'. This work was accompanied by a 'specially-curated programme' of performances, workshops, storytelling and Artist Talks. Together, these elements were designed to unpack how certain 'stories determine the ways we came together as a nation'. As one of the speakers of the Artist Talk's programme, I had a unique opportunity to experiment with what colleagues and I have been calling 'Creative histories' in reference to the way some artists and historians are choosing to communicate their research about the past in ways that experiment with form and function and push disciplinary or generic boundaries. This article reflects upon how these two distinct creative history projects – one visual art, the other performative – renegotiate the complex and contested pasts of the Hyde Park Barracks. I suggest that both examples speak to the role of memory and creativity in shaping cultural responses to Australia's colonial past, while Jones' programme illustrates how Indigenous artists and academics are making a profound intervention into contemporary understandings of how history is 'done' in Australia.
Lindsey, KJ 2018, ''Deliberate Freedom': Using speculation and imagination in historical biography', TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Programs, vol. 50, pp. 1-16.
In this article, I explore the challenges and opportunities associated with using 'informed imagination' to write a speculative biography of an historical figure. In the process, I problematize the notion of the archival gap, which has been recently romanced by numerous writers, including myself. By citing archival gaps as a justification for creative license, we neglect the fact that all archives are inherently idiosyncratic in ways that invite, perhaps even demand, the use of both speculation and imagination. Here, I make a case for what I am calling the archival overlap. A careful examination of the existing sources, however sparse or abundant, is likely to reveal reoccurring clues that can be used to shape how we image and construct our subjects.
Before we consider the gaps we should tend to these overlaps, I argue, using a current work-in-progress case study of the colonial artist Adelaide Ironside to explore how speculation and imagination are intrinsic to these stages of the biographical process.
Lindsey, K, Daniels, C, Schebella, M & Weber, D 2017, 'For the Love of Nature': exploring the importance of species diversity and micro-variables in the favourite places of nature-connected individuals', Journal of Environmental Psychology.
Schebella, MF, Weber, D, Lindsey, K & Daniels, CB 2017, 'For the Love of Nature: Exploring the Importance of Species Diversity and Micro-Variables Associated with Favorite Outdoor Places', Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 8, no. DEC.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2017 Schebella, Weber, Lindsey and Daniels. Although the restorative benefits of nature are widely acknowledged, there is a limited understanding of the attributes of natural environments that are fundamental to restorative experiences. Faced with growing human populations and a greater awareness of the wellbeing benefits natural environments provide, park agencies and planners are increasingly challenged with balancing human and ecological outcomes in natural areas. This study examines the physical and experiential qualities of natural environments people referred to when describing their connection to their most valued natural environments in an online questionnaire. Recruited primarily via a public radio program, respondents were asked to identify their favorite places and explain what they loved about those places. Favorite places are considered exemplars of restorative environments and were classified based on an existing park typology. Reasons people liked particular sites were classified into three domains: setting, activity, or benefit. Content analysis was used to identify the attributes most commonly associated with favorite places. These attributes were then related to the four components of restorative environments according to Attention Restoration Theory. In contrast to previous research, we found that "fascination" was the most important component of favorite places. Possible reasons for this contrast, namely, respondents' median age, and the likelihood of a high degree of ecological literacy amongst the study population are discussed. South Australians' favorite environments comprise primarily hilly, wooded nature parks, and botanical gardens, in stark contrast to the vast arid areas that dominate the state. Micro-variables such as birds, plants, wildlife, native species, and biodiversity appear particularly important elements used to explain people's love of these sites. We discuss the implications of these findings and their potential value as...
Lindsey, K 2014, ''The Absolute Distress of Females': Irish Abduction and the British Newspapers, 1800 to 1850', Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, vol. 42, no. 4, pp. 625-644.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2014, Taylor & Francis. Between 1800 and 1850 the British newspapers published over 1,000 newspaper articles concerned with Irish abduction, offering a stark contrast to the little attention devoted to English cases during the same period. This article examines representations of Irish abduction in the British press and considers how this form of sexual spectacle contributed to British perceptions of Ireland during this period. Analysis of a number of particularly heinous abduction cases from the early nineteenth century demonstrates how images of vulnerable and often violated women encouraged unfavourable contrasts between Irish and British masculinity in ways that served to heighten anxieties about the nature of civilisation in Ireland. In so doing, this newspaper coverage of Irish abduction helped to assuage concerns about 'the Irish question' and, this article argues, to justify the coercive nature of Britain's imperial presence there.
Lindsey, K 2014, 'The Absolute Distress of Females': Irish abduction and the shaping of Irish and Imperial Identity, 1800 to 1850'', Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History.
Lindsey, K 2013, 'So Much Recklessness: Abduction in the Colony of New South Wales', Australian Historical Studies, vol. 44, no. 3.
Lindsey, K 2012, 'A Mistress of her Own Consent: the Abduction of Mary Ann Gill, Sydney 1848', Written into History: Melbourne Historical Journal: Special Anniversary Issue.
Lindsey, K 2009, 'A Mistress of her Own Consent: the Abduction of Mary Ann Gill, Sydney 1848', Melbourne Historical Journal, vol. 47, no. 70.
Lindsey, K 2004, 'Freeway: The Hume Highway as a Spatial Narrative of Nation', Traffic (Univeristy of Melbourne).
Lindsey, K 2004, 'Freeway: The Hume Highway as National Narrative', Crossings: Journal of Migration and Culture, vol. 9, no. 1.
Lindsey, K 2003, 'The Development of Aust. Studies in Indonesia', Crossings: Journal of Migration and Culture, no. 8.
Lindsey, K 1996, 'Creative Cartographies: An Interview with Paul Carter', Australian Humanities Review.
Lindsey, K 1995, 'Creative Cartographies: An Interview with Paul Carter', Siglo4: Writing Landscapes.
Lindsey, K 2019, 'A Runaway Romance: Sydney 1848' in Ryan, S (ed), Marriage and the Irish: a Miscellany, Wordwell Books, Dublin, pp. 142-146.
One wet autumn evening in 1848, fifteen-year-old Mary Ann Gill climbed out of her bedroom window on the third floor of her parents' Sydney hotel, then shimmied down an unstable drainpipe to elope with James Butler Kinchela, a man who was not only twenty years her senior but also the youngest son of a previous attorney general of New South Wales. An 'intimacy' had developed in late summer while Kinchela had been residing at Gill's Hotel. When, however, the gentleman settler had asked the publican for his daughter's hand in marriage he had received a 'flat no' before being told to settle his hotel bill and leave.
Undeterred, Kilkenny-born Kinchela came up with the idea of a runaway romance. Two nights before Mary Ann took to the drainpipe, the gentleman settler stood on the street below her bedroom and shared his strategy. Once she had escaped her father's house, she would take a coach to the Parramatta Racecourse, then known as the 'Australian Gretna Green', where the errant couple would be married by special licence. Having cautioned Kinchela that her father would kill them both 'if he took me from my father's house and did not marry me', Mary Ann agreed to this plan. The next day she stole a carpet-bag from her mother and filled it with possessions worthy of her new life as the wife of a gentleman settler. Then, on the night in question, Mary Ann made her way down the drainpipe and through Sydney's darkened and dangerous streets to the coach that was to carry her to her future.
Lindsey, K 2010, 'Sydney 1844: Lanty O'Liffey & the Currency Lass' in Breathnach, C & Lawless, C (eds), Visual Material and Print Culture in nineteenth century Ireland, Four Courts Press, Dublin.
Lindsey, K 2007, 'Encounter and Enterprise: A Colonial Soundtrack of the Hume Highway' in Bandt, R, Duffy, M & McKinnon, D (eds), Hearing Places, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, London.
Darian-Smith, K & Lindsey, K 2006, 'Snapshots of a Nation, Introducing Australia, and Australian People and Institutions'.
Darian-Smith, K, Grimshaw, P & Lindsey, K 2006, 'Exploring the British World: Identity – Cultural Production – Institutions', RMIT.