Jan Brazier

Curator, History Collections, Macleay Museum (Mon-Wed)
MA UTS, Grad Dip Information Management
Rm 134 Macleay Building A12
9351 4244

I joined the Macleay Museum in 2007 as curator of the history collections, which comprise the Historic Photographs Collection and the Science Collection.

I began my career in universities working as a research assistant in the area of Australian history, in the Department of History, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, and then working for Professor Ken Inglis on his history of the ABC and of war memorials in Australia. As an archivist, I worked at the Australian Museum, one of the first archives in a museum in Australia. The archives included large holdings of scientific records and historic photographs.

Research Interests

  • History of photography in Australia
  • History of museums and science in nineteenth-century New South Wales


1986-2002 Australian Dictionary of Biography – articles on Raymond Allsop; William Beatty; Edgar Dawes; Charles Lawrence; George Saunders; A.B. Walkom

1998 Inglis, K.S, assisted by Jan Brazier, Sacred Places. War Memorials in the Australian Landscape (MUP)

1997 Inglis, K.S. and Jan Brazier, ‘The Silent Sentinel: War Memorials in the Australian Landscape’, in Anna Rutherford and James Wieland (eds), War. Australia’s Creative Response (Dangaroo Press)

1995 ‘Archives/ objects/museums: points of intersection’ in Tim Sherratt et.al, Recovering Science (Conference proceedings October 1992, Australian Science Archives Project)

1983 –Inglis, K.S. assisted by Jan Brazier, This is the ABC. The Australian Broadcasting Commission 1932-1983 (MUP)


1996 - project team member Indigenous Australians, Australian Museum
2008 - History of Microscopy, Macleay Museum
2010 – Picturing New South Wales Photographs by Kerry & Co., Macleay Museum
2013 – True to form: models made for science, Macleay Museum