School of Education

Dr Dorothy Wickham

Position: Honorary Research Fellow
Location: SMB Campus E building


Doctor of Philosophy – University of Ballarat – 2008
Master of Philosophy – Australian Catholic University – 2003
Trained Primary Teacher's Certificate – BTC – 1966


Dorothy is a director and co-founder of Ballarat Heritage Services, a specialist publishing company and heritage advisory service. With around 20 years' experience in archives and publishing she has been closely connected with historical interpretation and locating local research within a broader transnational context. She was instrumental, among other consultancies, in formulating the Regional Thematic Study Stage Two in 2012, for the Department of Community & Development, Victoria. Dorothy has been heard on ABC Regional for over 10 years and is well known due to her involvement with many heritage committees and her public engagements.

Areas of expertise

Dorothy researches neglected categories of history. Her interests lie especially within welfare, goldfields and feminist history. Dorothy's MPhil thesis, as a case study of Ballarat Female Refuge, focused on asylums, welfare and feminist histories. Her PhD, in examining the agency of women on the early Ballarat gold fields, broadened her investigations and analyses. She is especially interested in Eureka, and has authored many books on the subject, as well as co-authoring the wiki "" hosted by Ballarat Reform League Incorporated.
Dorothy has extensive experience and knowledge of archives and archival systems having worked at the Public Record Office Victoria for around ten years and six years as School Archivist at Ballarat Grammar. The digitisation and accessibility of archives is one aspect of archival work that she was especially interested in. She was a member of the executive committee of the special interest school archivists (Victoria) group of the Australian Society of Archivists.
As a publisher Dorothy has a keen interest in media applications, and wider historical approaches. She understands the significance of academic rigor, while promoting accessibility of scholarship through exciting media modes and online sources.
She is also interested in research and advances in Primary Education. Her background in teaching led her to be involved with the EMU Program in Victorian Primary Schools, Clemente, and other such research programs.

Research interests

  • Social and Cultural History
  • Welfare History
  • Prosopography and Genealogical Studies
  • Archives and Record Keeping
  • Education


Books (selected monographs)

Eureka, BHS Publishing, 2014.

Eureka's Women, BHS Publishing, 2014.

Freemasons on the Goldfields, BHS Publishing, 2013.

Ballarat Views, BHS Publishing, 2012.

Women of the Diggings: Ballarat 1854, BHS Publishing, 2009.

The Silent City: A History of the Ballarat General Cemeteries, by Dorothy Wickham & Peter Butters, BHS Publishing, 2006.

Family History Research in the Central Goldfields of Victoria, BHS Publishing, 2004.

The Eureka Encyclopaedia, Justin Corfield, Dorothy Wickham and Clare Gervasoni, BHS Publishing, 2004.
(Overall Winner of Victorian Community History Award)

The Eureka Flag: Our Starry Banner, D. Wickham, C. Gervasoni, V. D'Angri, BHS Publishing, 2001.

History of Ballarat and Some Ballarat Reminiscences, by W. B. Withers, facsimile, 1999 (Publisher)

Doggy Doings, Roy Huggins & Dorothy Wickham, Ballarat Heritage Services,1998.

St. Alipius: Ballarat's First Church: The Early History, Dorothy Wickham,1997.

Deaths at Eureka, Dorothy Wickham, 1996.

In the Days When the World was Wide, Dorothy Wickham, 1995.

Goldfields Heritage Series
Castlemaine Petitions, C. Gervasoni & D. Wickham, Ballarat Heritage Services, 1999.

Court in the Act: Ballarat East Petty Sessions 1858-59, Wickham & Huggins, 1998.

Shot in the Dark: A Pre-Eureka Incident, Ballarat Heritage Services, 1999.

Researchers' Guide to the Central Highlands of Victoria, Ballarat Heritage Services, 1998.

Research Directories

Eureka Research Directory, Wickham & Gervasoni, Ballarat Heritage Services, 1999.

Ballarat & District Pioneers Register, Wickham & Gervasoni, Ballarat Heritage Services, 1998.

Mt Alexander Old Residents Directory, Wickham & Gervasoni, Ballarat Heritage Services, 1998.


Creswick Hospital Admissions 1863 -1883 IN Index to Victorian Goldfields Hospitals' Admission, CD-ROM, Genealogical Society of Victoria, March 2003 (By invitation)

Ballarat Old Cemetery Registers 1847 – 1856, Wickham & Wilcox
Touch screen, Ballarat Old Cemetery

Creswick Hospital Inpatients Admission Register by R. Huggins & D. Wickham
(4331 entries) Alphabetical name index. 4 microfiche

Index to Ballarat Rate Assessment Books 1856 - 1864 by R. Huggins & D. Wickham, 1999, 11 microfiche, Alphabetical name index of occupiers and owners, as well as names in the original register order. These records are the 1st rates levied for Ballarat municipality. Over 14,000 names

Index to Children Attending Schools in Victoria 1863 by Dorothy Wickham, 1998, 2 microfiche, A comprehensive listing of school children in Victoria in 1863 from the Inspector's Report Book VPRS 904. Over 8,000 names in alphabetical surname index

Book chapters

Goldfields Freemasonry: Decoding the Past (forthcoming)

'Til Death Us Do Part' Women's Central Roles on the Early Goldfields during Death and Bereavement (forthcoming)

Silent Screams: The Hidden Agenda (Refereed chapter) IN Deeper Leads: New Approaches to Victorian Goldfields History, Ballarat Heritage Services, 2007.

"Great are the Inconveniences": The Irish and the Founding of the Catholic Church on the Ballarat Goldfields (Refereed chapter) IN A World Turned Upside Down: Cultural Change on Australia's Goldfields 1851, Pandanus Publishers, ANU, 2001.

Refereed journal articles

Who Rocked the Cradle: The Impact of Women in the Development of a Gold Mining Town IN Circa The Journal of Professional Historians, Issue 2, 2011.

Blood, Sweat and Tears: Women at Eureka: Partial 'Hidden Histories IN Journal of Australian Colonial History: Eureka: Releasing the Spirit of Democracy, Volume 10, Number 1, pp. 99-115.

Women of Eureka, IN ProActive, Issue 33, Summer, 2004/05, PROV, pp. 17-18.

Irish Women of Eureka, IN Tain, 2004.

Death of a Drummer Boy IN Tain, 2001.

Consulting Reports

Report on Skipton Common and Winter Swamp, 2014, Ballarat Environment Network

Eurekapedia Wiki, 2013, Ballarat Reform League, Launched 3 December 2013.

Ballarat Buildings, 2011, City of Ballarat
Research and compile fact sheets on Ballarat Buildings

Ballarat Buildings, 2011, 2010, Ballarat City Council
Research and compile information on ten Ballarat Buildings
Used in Ballarat Heritage Weekend brochures

Regional Thematic Study Stage Two, 2012,
Central Highlands Regional Strategic Plan
Department of Community Planning and Development, Victoria

Bacchus Marsh Holy Trinity Church Records, 2012,
Bacchus Marsh Holy Trinity
Digitise and Compile all relevant records
Births, Marriages, and Minute Books

Greg Binns: An Oral History, 2009,
National Trust of Australia (Ballarat Branch)
Conduct oral history interviews, transcription and compile a book

Significance Assessment of Three Historical Collections, 2008, City of Ballarat
Assessment of Historical Collections held by three repositories within the City of Ballarat.

Archive Workshops, 2008, City of Ballarat
Organise and present workshops on historical significance, conservation processes and cataloguing systems for stakeholders in city of Ballarat.

Significance Assessment, 2008,
Talbot Arts & Historical Museum Inc.
To provide a Statement of Significance Report to assist in determining the future management of the Talbot Historical Collection housed at the Talbot Arts and Historical Museum site. In June 2008 the Talbot Arts and Historical Museum Register showed 3697 items in the Collection.

UB Art and Historical Collection,
University of Ballarat, 2005 – 2007,
Research and compilation of UB Honour Roll for website

Preparation of Presentation of PowerPoint, 2007,
University of Ballarat,
For distribution over four Campuses for International Women's Day

Text Panels Sir Edward Coates Centre, 2007,
University of Ballarat,
Consultancy and Archival Research for Permanent Display

Education Kit, 2003,
Castlemaine Art Gallery & Hist. Museum
Prepare an education on Australian paintings housed in the Castlemaine Art Gallery, Years P-12

Family History Workshops, 2002,
Daylesford neighbourhood house, 2002.
Workshop 1: August 10, 2002
Skeletons in the Closet OR How to Research Your Family History
Workshop 2: August 17, 2002
What's in Grandma's Attic? OR How to Look After Your Family Heirlooms
Workshop 3: August 24, 2002
Tales my Grandpa Told Me OR How to Record Family Stories

Conferences and Presentations

'An Ocean of Tears': Immigration to Australia, Under the Southern Cross: A Goldfields Experience VAFHO State Conference, Australian Catholic University, Ballarat, 2-5 May, 2013.

Writing Voices into Australian History, Melbourne Writers' Festival, Guest Speaker, Federation Square, 31 August 2008. Chaired by Radio National's Michelle Rayner (90 mins)

Sugar and Spice and all things Nice: Colonial Women, Sixth Victorian Family History State Conference, Preserving the Past and Present for the Future, Guest Speaker, Inverloch, 2-4 May, 2008.

Suffrage and Women of Eureka, IWD Dinner, Guest Speaker, Bell Tower Convention Centre, 6 March, 2008.

'Peeping over the Fence': His History, Her History, Whose History? Australian Historical Association Conference, University of Canberra, 2006.

'Music, Mechanics and Mayhem: Women on the Ballarat Goldfields', CISH International Conference, UNSW, Sydney; also Humanities and Social Sciences Seminar Series, School of Behavioural and Social Sciences and Humanities, UB, 2005

Women of the Ballarat Diggings, Eureka and all that! Eureka 150 Democracy Conference, Excluded from Democracy, University of Ballarat, 2004.

'Ordinary People: Ordinary Lives' (and how to find them) and 'Beyond the Wall: Early Female Refuges' 'Settlers in the Sun', 5th Victorian State Family History Conference, Mildura, 2003.

The Prostitute Body: The Locus of Power, Australian Catholic University, St Patrick's Campus, 2002.


2015 Victorian Community History Award
Commended (Publisher)
Publication "Scots Under the Southern Cross" (Publishers)

2014 Victorian Community History Award
Short listed (Author)
Publication "Freemasons on the Goldfields"

2014 Victorian Community History Award
Short listed (Publisher)
"Growing a Garden City: The History of the Ballarat Horticultural Society"
Author: Michael Taffe Publisher: BHS Publishing

2014 Victorian Community History Award
Commended (Publisher)
Publication "Goulburn River Aboriginal Protectorate"
Author: Ian D Clark Publisher: BHS Publishing

2013 Ballarat Heritage Awards
Dorothy Wickham
Special Heritage Skills (Research and Authors)

Victorian Association of Family History Organisations
Dorothy Wickham
Certificate for 10 years service on VAFHO Committee

2010 Eureka Australia Day Medal
Promoting the ideals formulated at Eureka

2009 Victorian Community History Award
Publication "Women of the Diggings"

2005 Prime Minister's Award for Australian History
Publication "The Eureka Encyclopaedia"

2005 Australasian Printers' Guild Award
Silver medal
Publication "The Eureka Encyclopaedia"

2005 Victorian Community History Award
Overall winner
Publication "The Eureka Encyclopaedia"

2003 University of Ballarat
Academic Scholarship (PhD)

2000 Victorian Community History Award
Category winners
Best Community/Research/Register/Records
"Eureka Research Directory"


  • Professional Historians' Association (Victoria) - Professional Member served on the editorial board of the Association's refereed journal, Circa, for some years during the early years of its publication.
  • Australian Women's Archive Project (Committee Member)
  • Advisory Committee Ballarat Cemetery Trust
  • Victorian Interpretive Projects Inc. (former President)
  • Central Highlands Historical Association Incorporated (Secretary)
  • Museums Australia (Victoria Branch) Member