Researcher biography

Geoff teaches British history, urban history and heritage studies, and is the History Honours Advisor. An active public historian and former heritage consultant, he was a Chevening Scholar to the UK in 1995-6 before completing his PhD in 2001.

Geoff’s biography of the English mystic, antiquarian and museums pioneer J.S.M. Ward appeared in 2012, and his latest book Culture, Philanthropy and the Poor in late-Victorian London was published by Routledge in May 2017. His current projects examine the charity activism of the Victorian novelist Sir Walter Besant and the social history of colonial Brisbane.

Since 2005 Geoff has served on the Board of the State Library of Queensland (to 2008) and the Queensland Museum (2008-2013), as a member of the Board of the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology (presently as chair), and as a judge in the Queensland Literary Awards.

Featured projects Duration
Urban Connections in late-Colonial Brisbane
Summer Research Scholarship
A Queensland Atlas of Religion: place, story, identity, action
ARC Linkage Project