This brief has been prepared to assist in the selection and engagement of a historian to undertake research relating to Ellensbrook situated 12km north of Margaret River in the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Park approximately 290km south of Perth. It is arguably one of the most significant within the portfolio of heritage places managed by the National Trust, largely as a consequence of its highly layered and complex histories.
The history of Ellensbrook attests to both the amicable and frequently volatile relations between Aboriginal people and the early colonists. It offers the unique potential to explore these relationships, to redress an imbalance in the telling of these histories and to contribute to the process of reconciliation.
The place is one that tells stories of the natural world and how this environment has been shaped by human intervention. It represents patterns of use that have been replicated throughout the south west and is positioned to tell a broader story of land uses in the region.
Comprehensive historical research can assist in this process by documenting and revealing primary sources and material evidence that survives. The annotated bibliography/ historical sources review will provide the baseline data for the National Trust’s team to support its work across a range of disciplines.
The National Trust has received a grant from Lotterywest to undertake conservation and interpretation works combined with education and community engagement activities at Ellensbrook. The annotated bibliography will be used to guide the development of key themes and more detailed research for each of these inter-related programs. The project will be carried out over the 2016/17 financial year.
Lodgement of Submissions
Your submission should be clearly marked, “Historian – Ellensbrook Project”, and arrive at the National Trust no later than 9am WST on Monday 25th July 2016.
Mail: National Trust of Australia (WA)
PO Box 1162
WEST PERTH WA 6872