School of Education

Dr Joan Hunt

Position: Honorary Research Fellow
Study area: Collaborative Research Centre in Australian History (CRCAH)
Location: SMB Campus E building


Diploma of Teaching (Primary) - State College of Victoria - 1976
Graduate Diploma of Education (Literacy) - Charles Sturt University - 1991
Graduate Diploma in Local and Applied History - University of New England (Year One completed).
Graduate Diploma of Continuing Education (Japanese 4 (ITV)) - Melbourne University - 1996
Certificate of LOTE Methodology - Monash University - 1997
Advanced Diploma in Local History – Oxford University -  2013
Doctor of Philosophy - Federation University - 2016


Joan Hunt is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, and a Churchill Fellow. She has a PhD from Federation University Australia, where she is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Australian History. An ex-teacher, she has retired recently from the Public Record Office Victoria, Ballarat Archives Centre. Joan is a local and family historian with an extensive goldfields background, spanning 45 years, as an active member of many local historical societies. She is currently writing a history of the Springdallah gold-field, based on her PhD thesis, and is researching and writing the history of Sebastopol fire brigade for its 150th anniversary in 2018. Joan is a judge for the Victorian Community History Awards, previously serving on the Victorian Local History Grants Awards panel, was co-founder of the Central Highlands Historical Association, and past president of Ballarat Historical Society and Ballarat and District Genealogical Society. She is convener of the Twilight Talks at the Ballarat Mechanics’ Institute, secretary of the Piggoreet-Happy Valley reunion committee, a member of the Ross Creek history group restoring the Avenue of Honour, and is a representative on the Geelong and District Historical Association. Joan was presented with an Award of Merit from the Australian Federation of Historical Societies for her contribution to the local history network.

Areas of expertise

Joan Hunt’s expertise lies particularly in the areas of biographical and local historical research, as they relate to both Victoria and Britain. She holds an Advanced Diploma in Local History from Oxford University as well as a PhD in Australian History from Federation University Australia.

Research interests

Joan Hunt’s interests are strongly in the areas of goldfields history and pre-gold history of the Port Phillip District, as they relate to Australian history; and biographical research and family and social history, as they relate to British and Australian history.


Croggon, Janice, and Joan E. Hunt. “The Scots at Springdallah.” Provenance: The Journal of Public Record Office Victoria 13 (2014). Accessed February 4, 2015.

Hunt, Joan E., “Campbell and Woolley’s Store”, Provenance: The Journal of Public Record Office Victoria 10, 2011. Provenance: The Journal of Public Record Office Victoria, issue no. 10, 2011. ISSN 1832-2522. Copyright © Joan Hunt. - See more at:

Hunt, Joan E., “Piggoreet: A Township Built on Gold”, Provenance: The Journal of  Public Record Office Victoria 12, 2013. Provenance: The Journal of Public Record Office Victoria, issue no. 12, 2013. ISSN 1832-2522. Copyright © Joan Hunt.

Hunt, Joan E. Forest and Field: A History of Ross Creek 1840-1990. Ballarat, Vic.: Jim Crow, 1990.

Hunt, Joan E. John Lynch, Mining Surveyor (1826-1906). Ballarat, Vic.: The Woady Yaloak Historical Society, 1992.

Hunt, Joan E. Smythesdale General Cemetery: 150 Years (1859-2009). Ballarat, Vic.: Smythesdale Cemetery Trust, 2009. With CD-ROM of burial transcriptions.

Conference Papers

“Springdallah, a mining community,” presented at the Australian Historical Association Conference, held at Federation University Australia, Ballarat, 8 July 2016.

“Springdallah, a mining community,” presented at the 22nd Australasian Mining History Conference, held at Cobar, NSW, 16-21 October 2016.

"The Springdallah goldfields: a theoretical perspective," presented at the Federation University Australia Research Conference, November 2014.

"The Scots at Springdallah," presented at a symposium of the Ballarat Art Gallery in May 2014 as part of the Ballarat Heritage Festival

"The discovery of the Springdallah goldfields", presented at the Australasian Mining History Association conference at Beechworth, Victoria, October 2013

"Is it really worth it? Experiences of a working miner on a Victorian deep-lead goldfield in the 1860s" to be presented at the annual conference of the Australasian Mining History Association in Darwin, June 2015


  • Australian Historical Association
  • Australasian Mining History Association
  • Royal Historical Society Victoria