Ailsa Brackley du Bois

Ailsa Brackley du Bois

Qualifications
MA (Journalism), BA (Hons), Political History & Sociology, Cert. Tourism Mngt.

PhD Thesis Title

Spaces of Popular Theatrical Entertainment, Ballaarat Goldfields, Victoria, 1850s – 1880s

(Please note the double ‘aa’ in Ballaarat is intentional. This was the original 19th Century spelling of the Wuddawurrung word.)

Thesis Summary:

This interdisciplinary thesis appraises the historic socio-cultural role of popular theatrical entertainment, through the lens of spatial theory, using atmosphere as the point of emphasis.  These (now lost) spaces of Ballaarat East and West had profound relevance for the development of community-life in early Ballaarat. The spatial interactions and atmospherics of the period created a stardust effect which enabled the Goldfields to shine on in popular memory way beyond the initial era of global renown. Illuminating these material and intangible spaces as case studies enables an enhanced understanding of how important these spaces housing the popular stage were for Australian society as it evolved during mid-late Victoriana.

Start Date: February 2017

Supervisors

Associate Professor Cassandra Atherton

Associate Professor Katya Johanson

Scholarships

Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship (2017-)

Research Interests

  • Historiography of theatrical entertainment 1851-1911
  • Political sociology of the Victorian Goldfields 1851 -1911
  • Adaptive reuse of heritage buildings and streetscapes
  • Cultural heritage and the reinvention of cityscapes
  • Narrative non-fiction

Publications

‘Repairing the Disjointed Narrative of Ballarat’s Theatre Royal’M/C Journal, Vol 20, No 5 (2017)

Conference Papers

  • ‘The Wild West of Victorian Australia: Theatrical Entertainment & Interaction in 1850s Ballaarat’, ‘City, Space, and Spectacle in Nineteenth-Century Performance’ Conference, hosted by Warwick University at their Venice Campus, June 2018.

 

  • ‘Humble heritage and the fragile fabric of Ballarat East’, Association of Critical Heritage Studies Conference, an International biannual conference hosted by ANU, Canberra, December 2014.

Affiliations

Contemporary Histories Research Group
 
Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance
 
Ballarat Heritage Advisory Committee
 

International Council of Museums

Australian Historical Association

Ballarat Mechanics Institute
 
Theatre Heritage Australia
 
Her Majesty’s Ballarat
 
Art Gallery of Ballarat
 
Museums Australia
 
Writers Victoria
 

Reviewer

Media & Culture Journal

Biography

Ailsa Brackley du Bois is a professional non-fiction writer, researcher, educator and project manager with a Marketing Communications consultancy called The Editorial Suite. In 2016 Ailsa was the Artistic Director commissioned to deliver the 10th Anniversary Clunes Booktown Festival. Since 2014, Ailsa has coordinated and lectured undergraduate Marketing courses for the Business School at Federation University. Prior to this Ailsa had a 15-year career as a senior higher education publisher, with global publishing organisations.

Contact

a.brackl@deakin.edu.au