Faculty of Education and Arts

Tracey Manallack

Position: Honorary Research Fellow
Study area: Collaborative Research Centre in Australian History (CRCAH)
Location: SMB campus E building
Email: t.manallack@federation.edu.au

Qualifications

Graduate Diploma, Information Management (Archives & Records) – RMIT – 1997
Bachelor of Arts (Australian Cultural Studies) – Victoria University of Technology – 1990

Biography

Tracey is the Manager of the Community Archives and Koorie Records Unit at Public Record Office Victoria, the State government archives. She is an archivist with over 18 years' experience working within the GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) sector with historical collections and collecting organisations. Her role is diverse, including responsibility for the establishment and development of regional archives centres in Victoria and improving equity of access of historic collections to regional communities. She also oversees exhibitions development for Old Treasury Building Museum, projects to improve access to Aboriginal records with a focus on the Stolen Generations, as well as the Local History Grants and Victorian Community History Awards programs.
She has multidisciplinary skills having previously worked in the areas of journalism, editorial, media and public relations. She has managed PROV's Reference and Access Services, Standards and Compliance, Documentation and Disposal, and Online Access teams.

Areas of expertise

Tracey was attracted to the archival and heritage collections through her strong interest in history. She has a broad knowledge of the Victorian community collections sector, providing advice and developing programs through involvement in strategic alliances and partnerships.
She is responsible for delivery of PROV's strategic initiative preserving archives within their region of origin, ensuring equality of access for communities in regional Victoria. This has involved the establishment of the Bendigo Regional Archives Centre, a partnership between PROV, the City of Greater Bendigo and Goldfields Library.
Her interest in exposing the state's collection for higher research opportunities within the University sector has seen her actively supporting the aims of CRCAH as well as supporting research strategies for academic staff. She has established Internship agreements at PROV to engage with the University sector; enabling higher research students to participate in projects to gain professional experience in archival research, exhibition development, and digitisation projects.

Research interests

  • Victoria's colonial prisons and prison hulks
  • Social and cultural History
  • Micro histories
  • Improving access to Aboriginal records in archival collections

Associations

  • Collaborative Research Centre in Australian History, Federation University Australia
  • Victorian Heritage Collections Network
  • Australian Society of Archivists, Corporate Representative
  • Exhibitions Committee, Old Treasury Building
  • Victorian Aboriginal Advisory Group
  • Bendigo Regional Archives Centre Operations Committee
  • Geelong Heritage Centre Advisory Committee