Professor Peter Spearritt

Emeritus Professor

School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Overview

Emeritus Professor Peter Searritt is the co-editor of five major public websites, Queensland Places (over 1100 places, with their history and economy), Queensland Speaks (interviews with key government ministers and public servants), the Queensland Historical Atlas and Text Queensland, a resource for studying the state. He is also the co-editor of Victorian Places, a project with Monash University, detailing over 1500 settlements in Victoria.

A Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, his research interests include coastal urbanisation and conservation, housing and the developer-led apartment boom, green space provision in urban areas and the use and abuse of water in our cities.

Qualifications

  • Fellow, Academy of Soc Sciences in Australia
  • PhD (Research School Social Sciences ANU), Australian National University
  • Bachelor of Arts (University of Sydney), The University of Sydney

Publications

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Grants

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Supervision

  • Master Philosophy

  • (2017) Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Ginn, Geoffrey and Spearritt, Peter (2016). Cities, imperial. In John M. MacKenzie, Nigel Dalziel, Nicholas Doumanis and Michael W. Charney (Ed.), The encyclopedia of empire (pp. 1-14) Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom: John Wiley & Sons. doi:10.1002/9781118455074

  • Spearritt, Peter (2014). Bodies on the Gold Coast. In Graham S. Burstow (Ed.), Flesh: The Gold Coast in the 1960s, 70s and 80s (pp. 10-11) St Lucia, QLD Australia: University of Queensland Press.

  • Spearritt, Peter (2012). Brisbane. In Peter Beilharz and Trevor Hogan (Ed.), Sociology: antipodean perspectives 2nd ed. (pp. 77-82) South Melbourne, Vic., Australia: Oxford University Press.

  • Spearritt, Peter (2012). Mercier, Emile Alfred Lucien (1901–1981) cartoonist. In Melanie Nolan (Ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography 18 ed. (pp. xx-xx) Carlton, Melbourne, Australia: Melbourne University Press.

  • Spearritt, Peter (2012). Pidgeon, William Edwin (Wep) (1909–1981). In Melanie Nolan (Ed.), Australian dictionary of biography 18 ed. (pp. xx-xx) Melbourne, Australia: Melbourne University Press.

  • Spearritt, Peter (2012). Sydney. In Peter Beilharz and Trevor Hogan (Ed.), Sociology: antipodean perspectives 2nd ed. (pp. 63-67) Australia: Oxford University Press.

  • Spearritt, Peter (2010). Brisbane City Hall construction. In Roslyn Follett (Ed.), Found in Fryer : Stories from the Fryer Library Collection (pp. 94-95) St Lucia, Qld. Australia: The University of Queensland Library.

  • Spearritt, Peter (2010). Selling Torbreck.. In Roslyn Follett (Ed.), Found in Fryer : Stories from the Fryer Library Collection (pp. 140-141) St Lucia, Qld. Australia: University of Queensland Library.

  • Spearritt, Peter (2010). Sydney Harbour Bridge. In Melissa Harper and Richard White (Ed.), Symbols of Australia (pp. 145-151) Sydney, Australia: UNSW Press; National Museum of Australia Press.

  • Spearritt, Peter (2010). The 200 kilometre city. In Brendan Gleeson and Wendy Steele (Ed.), A climate for growth (pp. 39-58) St Lucia, QLD, Australia: University of Queensland Press.

  • Spearritt, Peter and Head, Brian (2010). Water politics. In Brendan Gleeson and Wendy Steele (Ed.), A climate for growth (pp. 88-107) St Lucia, Qld, Australia: University of Queensland Press.

  • Spearritt, Peter (2009). Finding grandeur: Paris, Venice, Newcastle, Brisbane. In Michele Helmrich (Ed.), Margaret Olley: Life's Journey (pp. 11-32) Brisbane: The University of Queensland Art Museum.

  • Spearritt, Peter (2008). The Sydney Harbour Bridge. In Peter Cochrane (Ed.), Australian greats (pp. 123-125) Sydney NSW, Australia: Random House Australia.

  • Spearritt, Peter (2008). The water crisis in Southeast Queensland: How desalination turned the region into carbon emission heaven. In Patrick Troy (Ed.), Troubled waters: confronting the water crisis in Australia's cities (pp. 19-36) Canberra ACT, Australia: ANU E Press.

  • Spearritt, P. (2007). Finey, George Edmond (1895-1987). In Diane Langmore and Darryl Bennet (Ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography: Volume 17 1981-1990: A-K (pp. 182-183) Carlton, VIC, Australia: Melbourne University Press.

  • Spearritt, Peter (2007). Kenneth Macqueen's coastal landscapes. In Rebecca Dezuanni (Ed.), Making It Modern: The Watercolours of Kenneth Macqueen (pp. 40-47) Brisbane, Australia: Queensland Art Gallery.

  • Spearritt, P (2006). Bridge mementos and souvenirs. In C Mackaness (Ed.), Bridging Sydney 1 ed. (pp. 257-261) Australia: Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales.

  • Spearritt, P. (2006). Brisbane. In Beilharz, P. and Hogan, T. (Ed.), Sociology: Place, Time & Division (pp. 59-63) Australia: Oxford University Press.

  • Spearritt, P. (2006). Consuming Sydney. In R. Freestone, B. Randolph and C. Butler-Bowdon (Ed.), Talking about Sydney: Population, community and culture in contemporary Sydney (pp. 199-212) Australia: University of New South Wales Press Ltd.

  • Spearritt, P (2006). From Iluka to Q1: Property marketing on the Gold Coast from the 1970's to today. In J Walsh (Ed.), Sold! The Gold Coast Real Estate Dream 1 ed. (pp. 8-12) Australia: Gold Coast Art Gallery.

  • Spearritt, Peter (2005). Positioning: On site and in situ. In Graeme Davison and Kimberley Webber (Ed.), Yesterday's tomorrows: The Powerhouse Museum and its precursors 1880-2005 (pp. 240-253) Haymarket, NSW, Australia: Powerhouse Publishing; UNSW Press.

  • Spearritt, Peter (2003). Freedom and commerce on the Australian beach. In James Skinner, Keith Gilbert and Allan Edwards (Ed.), Some like it hot: The beach as a cultural dimension (pp. 24-39) Oxford, U.K.: Meyer & Meyer Sport.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Spearritt, Peter and Salisbury, Chris (2016). Damnation: from the Hinze Dam to the Tugun desalination plant. In: Icons: 13th Australasian Urban History/Planning History Conference. Abstract Book. UHPH 2016: 13th Australasian Urban History/Planning History Conference, Griffith University, Gold Coast, (18-18). 31 January–3 February 2016.

  • Salisbury, Chris and Spearritt, Peter (2016). Damnation: from the Hinze Dam to the Tugun desalination plant. In: Caryl Bosman and Ayşın Dedekorkut-Howes, Icons: The Making, Meaning and Undoing of Urban Icons and Iconic Cities – UHPH 2016 Proceedings of the 13th Australasian Urban History Planning History Conference. Australasian Urban History Planning History Conference, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, (431-439). 31 January–3 February 2016.

  • Spearritt, Peter and Salisbury, Chris (2016). Damnation: from the Hinze Dam to the Tugun desalination plant. In: UHPH 2016: 13th Australasian Urban History/Planning History Conference, Griffith University, Gold Coast, (). 31 January–3 February 2016.

  • Salisbury, Chris, Stell, Marion and Spearritt, Peter (2014). "Like all union things, blood was shed": conflict in Queensland’s industrial landscape. In: Conflict in History: The Australian Historical Association 33rd Annual Conference 2014. Abstract Book. Australian Historical Association’s ‘Conflict in History’ Conference, University of Queensland Brisbane, Australia, (73-73). 7 - 11 July 2014.

  • Spearritt, P. (2014). Bridge climbs: new money for cultural tourism. In: Rogério Amoêda, Sérgio Lira and Cristina Pinheiro, Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development. 4th International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development, Guimarães, Portugal, (1499-1507). 22-25 July 2014. doi:10.14575/gl/heritage2014/0147

  • Spearritt, Peter (2014). Why Melbourne kept its trams. In: Morten Gjerde and Emina Petrović, UHPH_14: Landscapes and Ecologies of Urban and Planning History. Proceedings of the 12th Australasian Urban History Planning History Conference. 12th Australasian Urban History/Planning History Conference (UHPH 2014), Wellington, New Zealand, (771-780). 2–5 February 2014.

  • Salisbury, Chris, Stell, Marion and Spearritt, Peter (2014). “Like all union things, blood was shed”: conflict in Queensland’s industrial landscape. In: Conflict in History: Australian Historical Association 33rd Annual National Conference, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (). 7-11 July 2014.

  • Spearritt, P. (2012). Who owns the coast? Holiday structures and public access. In: Rogerio Amoeda, Sergio Lira and Cristina Pinheiro, Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development. Heritage 2012 - 3rd International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development, Porto, Portugal, (167-174). 19-22 June 2012.

Other Outputs

  • Frost, Lionel, Gaynor, Andrea, Gregory, Jenny, Morgan, Ruth, O'Hanlon, Seamus, Spearritt, Peter and Young, John (2016) Water, history and the Australian city: Urbanism, suburbanism and watering a dry continent, 1788-2015 :

  • Ritchie, Jonathan, Kemish, Ian, Spearritt, Peter, Stell, Marion, Lowe, David and Moutu, Andrew (2015) PNG Speaks. Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, Papua New Guinea National Museum & Art Gallery.

  • Stell, Marion and Spearritt, Peter (2015) Queensland Places. Brisbane, QLD, Australia, Centre for the Government of Queensland, University of Queensland.

  • Spearritt, Peter and Stell, Marion (2015) Victorian places. St. Lucia, QLD, Australia, The University of Queensland.

  • Spearritt, Peter and Stell, Marion (2011) Queensland Historical Atlas. Brisbane, QLD, Australia,

  • Spearritt, Peter, Stell, Marion and Miller, Danielle (2011) Queensland speaks. St Lucia, QLD, Australia, Centre for the Government of Queensland.

  • Spearritt, Peter and Stell, Marion (2011) Text Queensland: Queensland's past online. St Lucia, QLD, Australia, Centre for the Government of Queensland.

  • Spearritt, Peter and Stell, Marion (2010) Queensland historical atlas. Brisbane, QLD, Australia, Queensland Historical Atlas.

  • Spearritt, Peter and Stell, Marion (2009) Queensland places. Brisbane, QLD, Australia, Centre for the Government of Queensland, The University of Queensland.

  • Spearritt, Peter and Stell, Marion (2009) Triumph in the tropics: Selling Queensland. St Lucia, QLD, Australia, UQ Art Museum.

  • Spearritt, P. (2007) Campbell, Sir James Keith (1928-1983) in Langmore, D. and Bennet, D. (eds.) Australian Dictionary of Biography: A-K. Melbourne, Australia: Melbourne University Publishing

  • Spearritt, P. and Young, J. (2007) Korman, Stanley (1904-1988) in Langmore, D. and Bennet, D. (eds.) Australian Dictionary of Biography. Melbourne, Australia: Melbourne University Publishing

  • Spearritt, Peter and Young, John (2005) Retailing in Andrew Brown-May and Shurlee Swain (eds.) The Encyclopedia of Melbourne. Port Melbourne, Vic., Australia: Cambridge University Press

  • Spearritt, Peter and Byrne, Dianne (2004) The 200 kilometre city: Noosa to the Tweed. Brisbane, Museum of Brisbane.

  • Spearritt, Peter (2003) Promoting Western Australia in Text and Image.

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

Completed Supervision