Dr Barry McGowan is a historian and heritage consultant specialising in mining history and heritage, and the history and heritage of the Chinese people in Australia. He is a Research Associate at the College of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra, Australia.
His heritage work has involved field surveys, conservation management plans, and report and history writing for Commonwealth and State Governments and local authorities. Barry’s publications include four books on mining communities in southern NSW; Lost Mines, Lost Mines Revisited, Bungonia to Braidwood and The Golden South, and together with Dr Michael Pearson, the Mining Heritage Places Assessment Manual, published in 2000 by the Australian Heritage Commission, and Mining Sites in NSW: History and Heritage, published by the NSW Department of Industry and Investment in 2009.
Other publications have included Australian Ghost Towns (Lothian Books 2002, reprinted and revised 2004 and 2006), Fool’s Gold. Myths and Legends of Gold Seeking in Australia (Lothian Books, 2006), Dust and Dreams, Mining Communities in South-east New South Wales, (UNSWPress, 2010), Tracking the Dragon. A History of the Chinese in the Riverina (Museum of the Riverina, Wagga Wagga and the New South Wales Migration Heritage Centre, 2010), and Tracking the Dragon, Thematic History of the Chinese people in the Rutherglen/Wahgunyah region of the Indigo Shire, Victoria. (the author, 2015).Barry has written a large number of academic papers and given many seminar and conference presentations on mining history and the Chinese diaspora in Australia and overseas. In 2012 he presented seminar and conference papers on the Chinese people in Australia at Jinan University, Guangzhou, and Wuyi University, Jiangmen, in Guangdong Province, China, and in 2015 he gave two presentations on the Chinese people in Australia at the University of Toronto, Canada.
In conjunction with Ms Genevieve Mott, Barry is currently writing a thematic history of the Chinese people in the Orange, Cabonne and Blayney Shires in New South Wales. This project was commissioned by the Orange Shire Council in July 2015 and is scheduled for completion in June 2016. His next book will be Taming the bush: The triumph of the Chinese in rural Australia. Barry is also researching the implications of French convictism in the South Pacific for French Australian relations in the nineteenth century.
Ph.D, Australian National University (ANU), 2002; Bachelor of Arts, ANU; Bachelor of Economics, University of Adelaide.
Member of the ACT Writers Centre, ACT Chinese Australian Association, Australian Society of Authors, Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, Australasian Mining History Association, Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology, Chinese Australian Historical Society (NSW), Chinese Historical Society of America, Australia China Friendship Society, Professional Historian’s Association (NSW).
Member ACT Writers Centre, ACT Chinese Australian Association, Australian Society of Authors, Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, Australasian Mining History Association, Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology, Australia China Friendship Society (ACT), Chinese Australian Historical Society (NSW), Professional Historian's Association (NSW).
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