School of Arts

Dr Anne Doggett

Position: Honorary Research Fellow
Location: SMB Campus E building


  • Doctor of Philosophy – University of Ballarat – 2007
  • Master of Arts – Swinburne University of Technology – 2000
  • Bachelor of Arts – Swinburne University of Technology – 1995
  • Diploma of Education – University of Melbourne – 1965
  • Bachelor of Music – University of Melbourne – 1964

Anne commenced her career in music in 1965, teaching in various state secondary schools before being appointed Director of Music at Shelford Girls' School in Caulfield. She remained on the staff of Shelford until 2000, teaching both music and Japanese, while also undertaking postgraduate studies in languages at Swinburne University of Technology. In 2007 she was awarded her PhD by the University of Ballarat for her detailed study of music in Ballarat between 1851 and 1871. Anne has presented papers in music and history conferences, and spoken at many community associations and events. Her publications include several books, as well as refereed articles in national and international journals. Her latest book is the first full history of town crying in Australia, published by Australian Scholarly Publishing in 2015.

Research interests

  • Music in colonial Australia
  • Early church history of Victoria
  • The history and culture of bells and bell-ringing



Anne Doggett, A Far Cry: Town Crying in the Antipodes, Australian Scholarly Publishing, Nth Melbourne, 2015.

Anne Doggett, Keeping in Touch, Postcards from Early Tasmania, self published, Vic, 2013.

Terence Fitzsimons & Anne Doggett, Songs of the Goldfields, Sovereign Hill, Ballarat 2012.

Anne Doggett & Gwyn Gillard, See How they Ring: Travelling Bellringers on the Australasian Popular Stage, Ballarat Heritage Services, Ballarat, 2011.

Helen Pettet & Anne Doggett, The Bells are Ringing: A celebration of Melbourne life through the story of her bells, Melbourne, 2001 (Self published with a grant from the Victorian Federation Grants Scheme).

Refereed journal articles

Anne Doggett, 'Crying in the Colonies': the Bellmen of early Australia, Journal of Australian Colonial History, vol. 14, 2012.

Anne Doggett, "The Old Vexed Question:" Divergent attitudes and practices in the sacred music of early Ballarat, Journal of Religious History, Vol. 33, No. 4, December 2009.

Anne Doggett, 'Beyond Gentility: Women and music in Early Ballarat', History Australia, Vol. 6, No. 2, August 2009.

Anne Doggett, '"Strains from Flowery Land": Responses to Chinese musical activity in mid-nineteenth-century Ballarat', Context Journal of Music Research, Vol. 33, 2008, pp. 107-120.

Wang Zheng-Ting and Anne Doggett, 'Chinese Music on the Goldfields', Victorian Historical Journal, Vol. 78, No. 2, November 2007, pp. 170-186.

Anne Doggett, 'The "resistless fascination of the unknown": fifteen years of opera in Ballarat's "other" golden age', Journal of Australian Colonial History, Vol. 5, 2004, pp. 73-99.
Anne Doggett, 'Harmony on the Goldfields', Victorian Historical Journal, Vol. 75, No. 1, April 2004, pp. 49-69.


  • Musicological Society of Australia
  • Australian Historical Association