Staff and project teams
The Dictionary of Sydney has three main multi-disciplinary groups that focus their work on Technical, Content and Management outcomes, with many crossovers occurring on a daily basis.
Jacqueline Spedding, Editorial Coordinator
Prior to taking on this role in March 2013, Jacqueline worked at the University of Sydney where she managed a digital image project for Sydney College of the Arts from 2006-10. She has a Master of Fine Arts from SCA where she wrote her thesis on natural history archives. She has over 15 years of experience in editing and writing, working on a wide range of publishing projects in the corporate, legal, government, community and education sectors. She has taught at high school, TAFE and University and runs a freelance editing and publishing business.
Jacqueline works for the Dictionary on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Linda Brainwood, Multimedia Researcher
Linda has worked for the Dictionary of Sydney Trust since March 2010. She has worked on the digitisation of picture libraries and associated metadata practices since 1992. She was the Co-ordinator of Picture Research at the State Library of NSW’s Image Library service from 1994-2000, and worked for News Limited’s online picture syndication service Newspix from 2000-2010. As a freelance researcher since February 2000, she has contributed to a wide variety of projects for Australian and international book publishers and designers, museums, libraries, media organisations, photographers and film-makers.
Linda works for the Dictionary on Thursdays and Fridays.
Jenny McInerney, Editorial Assistant
Jenny joined the Dictionary in 2008, first as a volunteer and now as Editorial and Research Assistant. A passion for history, a background in logistics, and a previous life as teacher-librarian and Information Technology librarian make this an ideal fit. She holds a BA Dip Ed in history and geography from the University of NSW and Graduate Dip in LibSc from Southern Cross University.
Jenny works for the Dictionary on Thursdays.
Garry Wotherspoon, Volunteer Writer/Editor
Garry Wotherspoon is a writer and historian whose work has largely had an urban focus. His books include Sydney’s Transport: Studies in Urban History; ‘City of the Plain’: history of a gay subculture; Minorities: cultural diversity in Sydney [with Shirley Fitzgerald]; and Street Seen: a history of Oxford Street [with Clive Faro]. He was joint NSW History Fellow in 1997/1998, and his research has been published in British, French, American, German and Australian academic journals. He has also been a consultant for several government inquiries, and his journalism has appeared in the Bulletin, the Australian, the Sydney Review, Meanjin, the Sydney Star Observer and, more recently, in onlineopinion.com.au.
He works at the Dictionary on Wednesdays.
Dr Neil Radford, Volunteer Indexer
Neil joined the Dictionary team in July 2012 and is applying and refining the existing Subject index to content on the Dictionary of Sydney. He is a librarian with qualifications from the Universities of Sydney, NSW and Chicago. He has worked in the libraries of the Universities of Sydney and Chicago, and has taught librarianship at the University of Illinois and in Tasmania. He was University Librarian at the University of Sydney 1980-1996. He indexes scholarly books for academic colleagues and has indexed three 19th century local newspapers for Leichhardt Library.
Neil works at the Dictionary on Fridays.
Kim Hanna, Executive Officer
Kim joined the Dictionary as the Executive Officer in January 2013. He has extensive experience in administration of projects and people, having spent more than a decade with the Australia Council for the Arts at a senior level. During his time there, Kim held three substantive positions, Program Manager Theatre Board, Manager National Audience Development and Project Manager Market Development. He has broad experience in reviewing business plans and strategies and ensuring strong financial sustainability for arts companies.
Kim has a background in theatre and an interest in theatre history.
Kim works for the Dictionary on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Stewart Wallace, Project Consultant & Technical Officer
Stewart is engaged by the Dictionary to work with the University of Sydney and other partners on the project’s second Australian Research Council Linkage grant. He was Project Manager from May 2006 to September 2010 and has since continued as a consultant to the Dictionary. For the previous 10 years, Stewart worked at the City of Sydney in a variety of IT-related roles, most recently IT Development Manager.
Stewart works for the Dictionary on Wednesdays.
Trudy Holdsworth, Volunteer
Trudy is a retired legal secretary whose hobby is history. She was the inaugural president of the City of Sydney Historical Association Inc and is currently the Secretary/Vice Chairman of the Friends of the First Government House Site Inc. The research skills she gained whilst working as a legal secretary assist in the research she is currently involved in with the Dictionary of Sydney. Trudy also has an interest in public speaking and has given talks to various organisations about the Dictionary of Sydney.
Technical team: Arts eResearch, University of Sydney
Steven Hayes, Technical Coordinator
Steven is Project and Business Development Manager at Arts eResearch at the University of Sydney. Steven has a background in the practical design and development of websites and other projects focused on, in his own words, ‘furthering environmental and social sustainability’.
Andrew Wilson, GIS consultant
Andrew is an expert on historical maps and other spatial resources and is coordinating the Dictionary’s spatial content. Andrew is Project & GIS (Geographical Information System) Data Coordinator at Arts eResearch.
Ireneusz Golka, Graphic designer
Irek is graphic designer at Arts eResearch, making complex data structures and applications look simple and approachable to end users. Irek is also a highly accomplished web programmer. Irek also holds degrees in GIS and Archaeology which provides him with a deeper insight into research projects.
Stephen White, Chief programmer
Steve has worked as a programming instructor for Microsoft. His deep knowledge of the art of programming and his analytical approach have allowed him to almost completely redesign Heurist so it better meets the needs of academics and researchers. Steve is always keen for new intellectual challenges and he gets plenty of these out on the cutting edge of humanities computing development.
• Dr Lisa Murray, City Historian, City of Sydney; Chair, Dictionary of Sydney.
• Associate Professor Grace Karskens – School of History, University of NSW
• Professor Paul Ashton – Public History, University of Technology, Sydney
• Professor Stephen Garton – Provost at the University of Sydney
• Jacqueline Spedding, Editorial Coordinator, Dictionary of Sydney
Digital Asset Management Working Party (DigAM)
• Dr Lisa Murray, City Historian, City of Sydney; Chair, Dictionary of Sydney
• Andy Bateman, Global CEO, The Leading Edge
• Lisa Asquith, Project Manager, NSW Dept of Finance
• Dr Alex Byrne, State Librarian, NSW State Library
• Kim Hanna, Executive Officer
• Stewart Wallace, Project Consultant
• Jacqueline Spedding, Editorial Co-ordinator
• Linda Brainwood, Multimedia Co-ordinator
See The Board for more detailed biographies.