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Liza Dale-Hallett

Senior Curator, Sustainable Futures & Lead Curator, Invisible Farmer Project

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Liza Dale-Hallett is Senior Curator, Sustainable Futures, at Museum Victoria. She specialises in the history of rural Victoria, with a particular interest in contemporary issues of sustainability, the role of women in agriculture, the history of agricultural manufacturing in Victoria, natural disasters, and how to make connections between city and country.

Liza is the lead curator in the national Invisible Farmer project - the largest ever study of Australian women on the land. This project is a creative partnership between rural communities, academics, government and cultural organisations. It aims to create new histories of rural Australia, and showcase the diverse, innovative and vital contribution of women to agriculture & rural Australia.

Liza is passionate about the relevance of history in our contemporary lives and the active participation of communities in creating and interpreting their own stories.  She has received a number of industry awards (nationally and internationally) for her work in museums, community engagement and multimedia.

Qualifications

BA (Hons)

Key publications

Dale-Hallett, Liza & Carland, Rebecca & Fraser, Peg. (2015). ‘Sites of Trauma - Contemporary Collecting and Natural Disaster’. In Museum Theory, Eds. Andrea Witcomb and Kylie Message, vol 1. of  The International Handbooks of Museum Studies, General Eds. Sharon MacDonald and Helen Rees Leahy, Oxford, Malden, MA: Wiley Blackwell. 531-552.

Dale-Hallett, Liza; McLennan, Catherine. (2008) 'Living history'. History Australia. Volume 5, No. 3, December 2008. Monash University ePress: Victoria, Australia. http://www.epress.monash.edu.au/. : 80.1–80.1. DOI:10.2104/ha080080

Dale-Hallett, L., Diffey, R. (2006) “Motherboards and desert sands: stories of Australian rural women”. Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies 27(1) 90-115.

Dale-Hallett, L., Fahey, C. & Lack, J. (2003) “Resurrecting the Sunshine Harvester Works: Re-presenting and Reinterpreting the Experience of Industrial Work in Twentieth-Century Australia”, Labour History, No. 85, Nov: 9-28.

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Projects and events

Research, Exhibition & Community Engagement

Invisible Farmer Project, ARC Linkage project (2015 – )

The Melbourne Story (Melbourne Museum 2008-present)

Women on Farms Gathering (community displays in Melbourne and regional Victoria (2004 – present)

Water Smart Home interactive exhibit (Melbourne Museum 2004-2013)

Windows on Victoria: Sunshine Harvester (Melbourne Museum 2004)

Treasures: 150th anniversary of Museum Victoria (Melbourne Museum 2004-present)

Toward Zero Waste (with EPA, Melbourne Museum 2003)

A to Z of Collecting (Scienceworks, 2002)

Grow 1, 2, 3 (Children’s Museum, Melbourne Museum 2000-2015)

Future Harvest: A journey towards a sustainable future (travelling exhibition 1998-2000) 

Publications

Dale-Hallett, Liza & Kinsey, Fiona. (2015),The Material Culture and Memories of Manufacturing Melbourne’. The Caring Museum: New Models of Engagement with Ageing, edited by Hamish L. Robertson, Edinburgh: MuseumsEtc (www.museumsetc.com)

Dale-Hallett, Liza & Carland, Rebecca & Fraser, Peg. (2015). ‘Sites of Trauma - Contemporary Collecting and Natural Disaster’. In Museum Theory, Eds. Andrea Witcomb and Kylie Message, vol 1. of  The International Handbooks of Museum Studies, General Eds. Sharon MacDonald and Helen Rees Leahy, Oxford, Malden, MA: Wiley Blackwell. 531-552.

Dale-Hallett, L. & Fraser, P. (2011) ‘The Value of a Story: oral histories and the Bushfire Collection’, Insite Magazine, Museums Australia (Victoria), Nov-Jan: 2-3.

Dale-Hallett, L. (2010) ‘The Victorian Bushfire Collection: healing, remembering and reflecting’, Insite Magazine, Museums Australia (Victoria), Nov-Jan: 2-3.

Dale-Hallett, L. (2010) ‘Collecting after Black Saturday’, Six Months: Museum Victoria, Sept-Feb: 5

Dale-Hallett, L. & Higgins M. (2010) “The Victorian Bushfires Collection – Symbols for Healing”, reCollections National Museum of Australia: April 2010.

Dale-Hallett, L. (2009) “Remembering Black Saturday”, Rural Women’s Network Journal, Special Bushfire Edition.

Dale-Hallett, L. (2009) “Kinglake Chimney Finds New Life in Melbourne Museum”, Mountain Monthly, July-August.

Dale-Hallett, L. (2009) “Collecting in the aftermath of Black Saturday” Museums Australia (Victoria) Insite, March.

Dale-Hallett, L. Diffey, R, O’Keefe, Q. and Wilson, K. (2008) “Rural women reclaiming their place through symbols, stories and rituals”.  In Making Sense of Place, edited by Frank Vanclay, Jeff Malpas, Matthew Higgins and Adam Blackshaw. University of Tasmania and the National Museum of Australia.

Dale-Hallett, L. (2008) contributing author for Tout-Smith, D. (ed), Melbourne. A City of Stories, exhibition catalogue, Museum Victoria.

Dale-Hallett, Liza; McLennan, Catherine. (2008) 'Living history'. History Australia. Volume 5, No. 3, December 2008. Monash University ePress: Victoria, Australia. http://www.epress.monash.edu.au/. : 80.1–80.1. DOI:10.2104/ha080080

Dale, L., Pini, B. and Panelli, R. (2007) “The Victorian Women on Farms Gatherings: A case study of the Australian ‘Women in Agriculture’ movement”. Australian Journal of Politics and History. 53(4): 569-581.

Dale-Hallett, L., Panelli, R., Diffey, R., May, C., and Pini, B. (2006) “Creating collaborative living history; the case of the Victorian Women on Farms Gathering Heritage Collection”, History Australia 3(1) 15.1-15.15.

Dale-Hallett, L., Diffey, R. (2006) “Motherboards and desert sands: stories of Australian rural women”. Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies 27(1) 90-115.

Dale-Hallett, L. (2006) “Putting “Her” Back into History”, Rural Women’s Network Journal, No. 1.

Dale-Hallett, L. (2005) “Making meaningful connections between water and our daily lives”, Eingana: Journal of the Victorian Association for Environmental Education, Vol 28, No 2, August.

Dale-Hallett, L., Wilson, K. (2005) “Celebrating community identity - A partnership between Museum Victoria and rural Victorian women”. Museums Australia Journal  February 2005. 

Dale-Hallett, L. (2004) “Collecting by Stealth: the HV McKay Collection”, Museum Victoria Magazine, March

Dale-Hallett, L., Fahey, C. & Lack, J. (2003) “Resurrecting the Sunshine Harvester Works: Re-presenting and Reinterpreting the Experience of Industrial Work in Twentieth-Century Australia”, Labour History, No. 85, Nov: 9-28.

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