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ADB Working Parties

State, Commonwealth, Armed Services and Indigenous Working Parties draw up the lists of individuals selected for inclusion in the ADB and give advice on appropriate authors. The Working Parties consist of scholars and experts in many fields. Few noteworthy figures from Australian history escape their net.


Armed Services Working Party

Ashley Elkins (co-chair)
Karl James (co-chair)
Peter Burness
Mark Lax
Philip Mulcare
Melanie Oppenheimer
Anthony Staunton
Alan Stephens
David Stevens
Craig Stockings


Commonwealth Working Party

David Lee (chair)
Frank Bongiorno
Nicholas Brown
Margy Burn
David Carment
Patricia Clarke
Bill Gammage
Dave Middleby
Peter Stanley
Jill Waterhouse


Indigenous Working Party

Odette Best (chair)
Julie Andrews
Lawrence Bamblett
Len Collard
Brenda Croft
Linda Ford
Natalie Harkin
Barry Judd
Stephen Kinnane
Shino Konishi
Jakelin Troy
Maggie Walter
John Whop


New South Wales Working Party

Bridget Griffen-Foley (chair)
John Carmody
Andy Carr
Chris Cunneen
Nancy Cushing
Mark Dunn
Barrie Dyster
Elizabeth Ellis
Stephen Garton
Murray Goot
Glenn Mitchell
Andrew Moore


Oceania Working Party

Katerina Teaiwa (chair)
Chris Ballard
Namila Benson
Dion Enari
Ruth Faleolo
Nic Halter
Innez Haua
Lisa Hilli
Kari James
Kimberley Kruger
David Lakisa
Stephanie Lawson
Leah Lui-Chivizhe
Vicki Luker
Melinda Mann
Kirsten McGavin
Patricia O’Brien
Jioji Ravulo
Jonathan Ritchie
Rita Seumanutafa
Dulcie Stewart
Seini F. Taumoepeau
Deveni Temu
Emele Ugavale


Queensland Working Party

Geoff Ginn (chair)
Darryl Bennet
Odette Best
Libby Connors
Betty Cosgrove
Manfred Cross
Mark Cryle
Kay Ferres
Ruth Kerr
Dale Kerwin
Belinda McKay
Brian Stevenson
Barbara Webster 


South Australian Working Party

Catherine Kevin (chair)
Karen Agutter
Margaret Allen
Alessandro Antonello
Carolyn Collins
Tom Gara
Lauren Gobbett
Skye Krichauff
Anthony Laube
Bernard O'Neil
Judith Raftery
Paul Sendziuk
Jenny Stock
Bert Stock

Tasmanian Working Party

Kristyn Harman (chair)
Alison Alexander 
Nick Brodie
Honey Dower
Ian Morrison
Anna Jacobs


Victorian Working Party

Carolyn Rasmussen (chair)
John Arnold
Richard Broome
Des Cowley
Nikki Heningham
Bob Murray
Liz Rushen
John Waugh
Fay Woodhouse


Western Australian Working Party

Deborah Gare (chair)
David Black
Geraldine Byrne
Patrick Cornish
Dorothy Erickson
Peter Gifford
Sue Graham-Taylor
Jenny Gregory
Lenore Layman
John McIlwraith
Clement Mulcahy
Bobbie Oliver
Bob Reece
Pamela Statham-Drew


Women's Working Party

Melanie Oppenheimer (co-chair)
Karen Fox (co-chair)
Michelle Arrow
Cath Bishop
Kiera Donnelly
Nikki Henningham
Grace Karskens
James Keating
Catherine Kevin
Kiera Lindsay
Samantha Owen
Yves Rees
Kim Rubenstein
Penny Russell
Zora Simic
Rebe Taylor


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