Associate Professor Geoff Ginn

Associate Professor

School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 56407


Geoff teaches British history, urban history, historigraphy and public history in the School of Historical & Philosophical Inquiry. His biography of the English mystic, antiquarian, Freemason and museums pioneer J.S.M. Ward appeared as Archangels & Archeaology: JSM Ward's Kingdom of the Wise in 2012, followed by Culture, Philanthopy and the Poor in Late-Victorian London (Routledge, 2017). His current projects examine the intimate politics of the late-Victorian 'New Liberals', the urban history of colonial Brisbane, and the religious history of Queensland. With UQ colleagues he secured Queensland Anzac Centenary funding to develop and produce The Blood Votes, an original play by Michael Futcher dramatising the Queensland conscription debates of 1916-17. Since 2005 he has served on the Board of the State Library of Queensland (to 2008) and the Queensland Museum (2008-2013, 2017-present), and as a judge in the Queensland Literary Awards.

Research Impacts

Geoff's research spans the academic, public history and museum sectors. In addition to scholarly research in British history, urban history and heritage studies, he has undertaken a number of consultancies and contracts as a professional historian. He was a Chief Investigator on the innovative ARC-Linkage project to develop the Queensland Historical Atlas (2007-2010).


  • PhD, The University of Queensland
  • BA (hons), The University of Queensland


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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

  • Ginn, Geoff (2010). Bell Family papers. In Roslyn Follett (Ed.), Found in Fryer : Stories from the Fryer Library Collection (pp. 52-53) St Lucia, Qld. Australia: University of Queensland Library.

  • Ginn, Geoff, Pratt, Rod and Rough, Brian (2010). Defending colonial Queensland. In Geoff Ginn, Hilary Davies and Brian Rough (Ed.), 'A most promising corps': Citizen soldiers in colonial Queensland (pp. 3-15) Brisbane, Australia: Colonial Forces Study Group.

  • Ginn, G. A. C. (2007). South Bank and the Queensland Cultural Centre: Constructing a Visual History. In Liddy, P., Morrell, T. and Ginn, G. A. C. (Ed.), New Ground: Construction Photographs by Peter Liddy (pp. 19-26) Brisbane, Australia: Peter Liddy.

  • Ginn, Geoff and Hallam, Greg (2003). Motive Power: Animating history at the North Ipswich Railway Workshops. In Peter Liddy (Ed.), Industrial Cycle: photographs of the North Ipswich Railway Workshops Brisbane (pp. 19-25) Annerley, Qld: CDE Communications.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Ginn, Geoffrey A.C. (2013). Spectacles remembered: the retrospective vocabularies of a Victorian childhood. In: Jessica Gildersleeve, Victorian Vocabularies: Refereed Proceedings of the 2012 Australasian Victorian Studies Association Conference. AVSA 2012: Australasian Victorian Studies Association Conference, Nathan, QLD, Australia, (). 11-14 April, 2012.

  • Ginn, Geoffrey A. C. (2012). Encounters with the past: an antiquarian and the British World, 1890-1916. In: Marcus K. Harmes, Lindsay Henderson, Barbara Harmes and Amy Antonio, The British World: Religion, Memory, Society, Culture: Proceedings of the Conference. The British World: Religion, Memory, Society, Culture, Toowoomba, Qld, Australia, (27-38). 2-5 July 2012.

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision