Volunteer as a citizen historian

Help us trace the lives of the men and women who helped build the Australian nation, and add to our database.

  • Are you interested in assisting us with research?
  • Have we missed a university student, graduate or staff member who contributed to post- war Australia in some way?
  • Do you have additional information on a family member who is listed in the database?
  • Can you help locate photographs of those who are in the database?
  • Do you know where they worked or lived after the war and in later life?

If you have any information or material you would like to see added to the database, please contact the Senior Research Officer via email at  


The Expert Nation database is available for use by researchers and special interest  groups.

  • Do you know of someone who was a formative influence in the development of a particular profession?
  • Have you undertaken research that will add to the aims of the Expert Nation project?

If you have information that you think may be complimentary to our research please contact the Senior Research Officer via email at

Bursaries for 2017 Honours students

The bursaries will enable honours students to contribute to the project and increase its knowledge base. We are particularly interested in applications from students whose work will contribute to the biographical data of Expert Nation as well as the broader contextual understanding of the place of expertise in nation-building in the 1920s and 1930s. The special issue of History of Education Review (Vol. 45 No. 2, 2016) on universities, expertise and the First World War may be useful in framing honours projects.

School and Community groups

The research being undertaken in Expert Nation will add a different focus to the story of returned service people in post-war Australia.