Location: History and Anthropology
Study area: Mt Helen Campus, H Building, Room H226
Phone: 5327 9710
Doctor of Philosophy – Federation University - 2002
Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) – Federation University – 1999
Bachelor of Social Science – Deakin University - 1998
- Bachelor of Arts (History & Social Inquiry)
- Western Civilization in World History (BAFND 1005)
- History, Folklore and Urban Legends (HISOC 2106)
- Advance Studies in History (BAHRS 4031)
- Modern World Events (ATSGC 1312)
- Alternative and Mainstream Communities (ATSGC 2782)
David is a historian working in the School of Education and Arts. Dr David Waldron joined Federation University, then the University of Ballarat, in 2002 whilst engaged in post graduate study. Previously David worked as a book binder at Classical Victorian Printers and Castlemaine Bacon as a slicer operator whilst completing his studies through distance education at Deakin University.
David is currently a member of the Australian Historical Association, the Victorian Studies Association of Australia and is heavily engaged in the History Teacher’s Association of Victoria History Enrichment Program in regional schools. He is also engaged in active learning based historical education programs with at risk youth through the Spark a Change Program with the Golden Key Honour’s Society and Federation University. He is a strong proponent of community engagement and active learning models in the teaching of history.
David Waldron is an active researcher in local history and folklore studies and is the author of “Snarls from the Tea Tree: Australia’s Big Cat Folklore” (ASP 2012), “Shock the Black Dog of Bungay: A Case Study in Local Folklore (Hidden Publishing 2010) and “Sign of the Witch: Modernity and the Pagan Revival” (CAP 2008). Most recently he has made contributions to and edited the anthology of 19th Century South East Australian folklore “Goldfields and the Gothic: A Hidden Heritage and Folklore” (ASP 2016).
David Waldron is the researcher and co-writer of the Goldfields History pod cast series "Tales from Rat City."
Areas of expertise
David is a folklorist and historian with a particular focus on the development of urban legends and popular folklore as a response to traumatic community experiences. He is interested in the intersection of folklore, popular culture and the creation of shared mythology and story-telling. He is also interested in tracing the development of folklore attached to historic and sacred sites and the development of urban legends in relation to social, cultural and political crisis in communities. He has a strong interest in new religious movements and the concomitant development of new mythologies and belief systems.
He has written extensively on the origins of contemporary neo-Paganism and it’s relation to medieval and early modern beliefs in the supernatural, romanticism and western modernity. He has also written extensively on British folklore as linked to local identity and community and on the Australian folklore of Bunyips, Big Cats and Yowies in relation to environmental and social history. A current research focus is on the use of ghost stories as a vehicle for memorialising community trauma through both story-telling and hoaxing.
- New Religious movements
- Folklore Studies and community identity
- The intersection of community folklore and popular culture/urban legends
- Active learning models in Historical Education
- Place, Culture and Identity formation in small, communities
- Ghost Stories and Urban legends as a cultural response to shared trauma.
Current Post Graduate Students
Beth Kicinski – Moulded by Influence: A History of the Pheonix Foundry, Ballarat.
Jennifer O’Sullivan - “Beyond home and sex?”: Gender and sexuality in Elizabeth Moon’s Paksworld series.
Waldron, D (Ed.) Goldfields and the Gothic: A Hidden Heritage and Folklore. Australian Scholarly Publishing: Melbourne, 2016.
Waldron, D & Townsend, Simon. Snarls from the Tea-Tree: A History of Victoria’s Big Cat Folklore. Australian Scholarly Publishing: Melbourne, 2012.
Waldron, D & Reeve, C. Shock! The Black Dog of Bungay: A Case Study in Local Folklore. Hidden Publishing: Herts, 2010.
Waldron, D. The Sign of the Witch: Modernity and the Pagan Revival. Carolina Academic Press: Durham, 2008.
Waldron D. ‘I Tawt I saw a Puddy Cat’ in Stollznow K (Ed) Would you believe it: Mysterious Tales from People You'd Least Expect, Ebook, Amazon Digital Services LLC, 2017.227-233.
Waldron D, Waldron G and Pola B. ‘Homosexuality on the Goldfields’ in Waldron D (Ed) Goldfields and the Gothic: A Hidden Heritage and Folklore. Australian Scholarly Publishing: Melbourne, 2016. 87-102.
Waldron D. ‘Playing the Ghost: Ghost Hoaxing and Supernaturalism’ in Waldron D (Ed) Goldfields and the Gothic: A Hidden Heritage and Folklore. Australian Scholarly Publishing: Melbourne, 2016.
Waldron D. ‘Invented Traditions and Regional Identity: The Case of the Black Dog of Bungay’ in Downes J and Downes C (Ed) Centre for Fortean Zoology Year Book 2011.CFZ Press: Bideford. 52-94.
Waldron D. ‘Spiritualism and UFO Mythology’ in Downes J and Downes C (Ed) Centre for Fortean Zoology Year Book 2009.CFZ Press: Bideford.2009.119-128.
Leeming D (Ed). The Blanton Peale Institute Encyclopaedia of Psychology and Religion. Blanton Peale: New York. 2008. Entries for ‘Witchcraft; Paganism; Great Mother; Holy Grail; Folk Magic; Wicca; Celtic Religions’.
Waldron D. ‘Post-Modernism and Witchcraft Histories’ in Jane-Davy B (Ed) Paganism: Critical Concepts in Religious Studies. Routledge: London.2008. 113-124.
Refereed journal articles
Waldron D. ‘A Medieval Mystery in Modern Ballarat’, Agora: Journal of the History Teacher’s Association of Victoria. Volume 52, No 1, 2017.4-9.
Waldron D & Waldron S. ‘Playing the Ghost: Ghost Hoaxing and Supernaturalism in Late Nineteenth-Century Victoria, Australia’, Folklore, 127:1, 2016.71-90.
Waldron D. ‘Playing the Ghost: Ghost Hoaxing and Supernaturalism in Late Nineteenth-Century Victoria’, Provenance: The Journal of the Public Record Office of Victoria, No 13, 2014.
Waldron D & Newton J. ‘Rethinking Appropriation of the Indigenous – a Critique of the Romanticist Approach”.Nova Religio. Volume 16, No 2, November 2012.
Waldron D. ‘Big Cats and Dead Sheep: An overview of the folkloric phenomena of Big Cats in the Australian Bush. ”Australian Folklore.2011.Journal 25.March 2011.183-194.
Waldron D. ‘Roleplaying Games and the Christian Right: Community Formation in Response to a Moral Panic’. Journal of Religion and Popular Culture. Vol IX. Spring 2005.pp 50-78.
Waldron D. ‘Witchcraft for Sale: Commodity vs Community in the neo-Pagan Movement’. Nova Religio, Vol 9. No 1.August 2005.32-48.
Waldron D & Waldron S. ‘Jung and the neo-Pagan Movement’. Quadrant: The Journal of the CG Jung Foundation for Analytical Psychology. Vol XXXIV.No 2.Summer 2004.pp 29-46.
Waldron D. ‘Ecofeminism and the Reconstruction of the Burning Times’. Intercultural Studies. Vol 3.No 1.Spring 2003.pp36-50.
Waldron D. ‘Post-modernism and Witchcraft History’. The Pomegranate: Journal of Neo-Pagan Thought. Issue 15. February, 2001. pp16-22.
Waldron D. ‘Bringing History to Life: Artefacts, Primary Sources and Role-play in History Education’. HTAV Annual Conference. Melbourne, July 2017.
Waldron D. ‘Playing the Ghost: Ghost Hoaxing and Supernaturalism on the Goldfields of Victoria’. Australian Historical Association Annual Conference. CRCAH. Ballarat, July 2016.
Waldron D. ‘Artefacts, Costuming and Role-play in Tertiary History Education: An experience in the use of active learning in a first year Western Civilisation course’.16th International Symposium on School Life and School History Museums & Collections. Sovereign Hill, April 2015.
Waldron D. ‘Rethinking Appropriation of the Indigenous: A Romanticist Approach to Cultural Imperialism”. Joint Conference of the ASA, ASAANZ and AAS: Ownership and Appropriation. University of Auckland.12 December 2008.
Waldron D. ‘Myth, Folklore and Kitsch: The Case of the Black Dog of Bungay’. Joint Conference of the ASA, ASAANZ and AAS: Ownership and Appropriation. University of Auckland.12 December 2008.
Waldron D. Witchcraft for Sale: Commodity vs Community in the neo-Pagan Movement. Presented at The Australian Sociological Association Annual Conference.4-6 December 2003.
Waldron D. Role-playing Games and the Christian Right: Community formation in response to a moral panic. Presented at The Australian Sociological Association annual conference, 4-6 December 2003.
Waldron D.Post-Modern Historiography and the neo-Pagan movement in Australia. Paper presented at The Australian Sociological Association annual conference. University of Flinders.6 December 2000.
Waldron D. The neo-Pagan Movement and the Challenge of Continental European scholarship. Paper presented at The Australian Sociological Association annual conference. University of Flinders.6 December 2000.
Waldron D. The Eco-Feminist Appropriation of the Burning Times. Paper presented at the Australian Anthropological Association Annual Conference. University of Sydney.22 June 1999.
Podcasts and multi media presentations
Ballarat Up and Under – Guided VR tours of hidden Ballarat. Funded by Ballarat City Council.
Writer and Researcher: Tales from Rat City
- Episode 8: A Time of Change
- Episode 7: Buckley’s Chance
- Episode 6: Edward de Lacy Evans
- Episode 5: Call of the Bunyip
- Episode 4: Ghost Hoaxing on the Goldfields. 23 September 2017. Writer and Associate Producer.
- Episode 3:Quacks, Opiates and Fake Cures. 29 June 2017. Writer and Associate Producer.
- Episode 2:All the Mischief Ah Coon is Capable of Doing. 29 June 2017. Writer and Associate Producer.
- Episode 1:Affairs of the Spirit. 27 May 2017. Writer and Associate Producer.
Episode 5 - PLAYING THE GHOST - With guest Dr David Waldron. The Folklore Podcast. Sept 14 2016
UFO and popular Folklore. Youth Radio Network. Dec 20 2015
Circle of Insight: The Psychology of Witchcraft. US Therapy Cable. Nov 15 2015
Monster Talk: Tiger by the Tale. Skeptics Society May 5 2014
Dumbed Down Atheists. Feb 3 2013
Big Cat report Victoria ABC Radio National - Sept 18 2012
Monster Talk: Hell hath no Fury. Skeptics Society March 7 2012
- The Victorian Studies Association of Australia
- Collaborative Research Centre in Australian History
- The Australian History Association
- Australian Folklore Association
- The History Teachers Association of Victoria
- The Victorian Skeptics Association
- The Golden Key Honours Society
- Australian Living History Federation