Beth Kicinski

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"I am a postmodern historian – in that I believe that no history is ever objective and that an element of the imaginary is necessary in the practise and sharing of history."



Born in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia in 1974, I am the third of seven children. I attended Buninyong Primary School, Smythesdale Primary School, Clunes Primary School and Maryborough High School.

I completed a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (History major with High Distinction, Literature minor with High Distinction) and Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) at the University of Ballarat. I recently enrolled with Federation University Australia to undertake a program in the Doctor of Philosophy by research.

At present I am practising public history through a mixture of historical archaeology and industrial archaeology. This involves looking at manufacturing, especially (in a Victorian colonial context) the foundries and engineers of Ballarat and District. I am also practising digital history through participation in the creation of digital archives and online presentations. These endeavours involve both cultural and political history.

My strongest academic interests lie within the area of archaeological history – particularly examining the question of what is appropriate evidence and how should it be used when investigating early colonial and contact histories.

Personally, I am also growing my interest in genealogy – having undertaken the task of creating a family tree.

My previous experience lies in the area of using multimedia as an educational and informational platform - including the Anxious Angie Project and no1historychick.

Community Involvement

Founding participant, UB History Society, August 2011-now.

Vice President, Buninyong & District Historical Society, October 2012-October 2013.

President, Buninyong & District Historical Society, October 2013-now.



Honours Thesis: Forging Ballarat: An industrial transformation recorded in the pages of the Ballarat newspaper The Star from 1855 to 1864. University of Ballarat, May 2013.

Beth D Kicinski, Ian D Clark and Teigan Arthur. 'The death of a hutkeeper near Geelong in 1840: a new investigative approach.' Victorian Historical Journal, Vol 84, No 2, November 2013.

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