Born and raised in Adelaide, South Australia my first work experience at the state museum saw work with the seminal Ratnam collection of ceramics. This spurred my interests in Southeast Asian art that ultimately led to further museum positions and study abroad in Japan. In the 70s, I was to move to Sydney for work at the Art Gallery of New South Wales; still later took up residence in Canberra to work briefly for the National Library of`Australia, before commencing at the National Gallery of Australia (formerly, the ANG).

Earlier, museum work centred on Asian works of art, beginning significantly with the Thai collection of ceramics acquired by the Art Gallery of South Australia in 1970. Permanent appointment to two state, and one national art museum within Australia included involvement in travelling exhibitions, education, exhibition cataloguing and display, in addition to curatorial and registration responsibilities. For some eighteen months I was appointed Assistant Curator for the Tokugawa Art Museum, Japan. Prior to this, on numerous occasions I had the pleasure of working and training with members of this museum’s staff in Japanese museum methodology.

ART and Australia, Sydney

“Asian Art in Australia: One hundred and fifty years of exhibitions, connoisseurs and collections,” 1993 Autumn, vol.30, no.3, pp.378-384

Australian National University & Australian National Gallery, Canberra

Master’s Qualifying, Department of Art History, Faculty of Arts, Australian National University: Museums and Art History, and An investigation of Japanese Art History Scholarship, 1989-1990

Submitted Master of Arts thesis, Asian Art and Australia: 1830s-1930s, 14 February 1992. Arranged loans for the exhibition: The Age of Angkor: Treasures from the National Museum of Cambodia, 22 August-25 October 1992