About

Dr Claire Brennan is a lecturer in History at JCU.  She teaches and supervises at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.Claire's honours project led her to an interest in the history of sport hunting, first in New Zealand, then globally.  Her University of Melbourne PhD thesis looked at the history of hunting in New Zealand and Australia, and placed it in a global context.

While based in Townsville Claire's interests have become more tropical.  She continues to research the history of hunting (including the history of recreational fishing) but her interest in animal history has extended to include the history of livestock breeding.  Her teaching has led her to publish within global history, and her place at James Cook University has led her to an interest in the physical process of early European exploration within the Pacific and across the Australian continent.

Claire's current research focuses on crocodile hunting in tropical Australia.  She is regularly interviewed by the media. Claire is a successful supervisor, and supervises a wide range of topics at doctorate, masters, and honours levels.

Teaching
  • BA1001: Time, Truth and the Human Condition (Level 1; TSV)
  • HI1302: Modern World History (Level 1; TSV)
  • HI2001: The History of Global Connections (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • HI2006: Australian and Pacific Exploration (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
Interests
Professional
  • Media and Community Engagement: Claire has granted numerous interviews in order to promote her research within the broader community. In particular she has been interviewed about the history of crocodile hunting in Australia
  • Supporting the Teaching of History in Townsville's Schools: since 2017 Claire has organised History Teachers' Professional Development Days.
  • Community Engagement with Local History: Claire has given numerous public lectures in Townsville on local topics. In addition she has organised a JCU history stall at Townsville City Council's Heritage Day, and produced local history exhibitions
Research
  • Environmental History of Australia and New Zealand
  • History of Hunting: Claire has published on this topic and continues to research the hisstory of sport hunting; the history of recreational fishing; and commercial and sport hunting of crocodiles within Australia
  • Digital History: Claire has an in-press publication about the field of digital history, available through Research Online
  • Townsville History: Claire has been part of projects supported by small grants to research and produce public exhibitions: Townsville Turns 150: the Old and thhe News; Between Battles: Commemorating the Cultural Lives of Soldiers. She is also part of JCU grant funded projects exploring Tropical Heritage and Townsville naming practises.
Teaching
  • Digital History: in 2017-2018 Claire recieved an LTSE grant and updated assessment across the history major to include digital history components
  • History of Exploration: Claire teaches in this area and has published on debates surrounding Pacific exploration. She is currently researching the physical constraints on Cook's first voyage around the world.
Experience
  • 2006 to present - Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2005 to 2006 - Casual tutor, University of Auckland (Auckland)
  • 2001 to 2004 - PhD candidate, University of Melbourne (Melbourne)
  • 1999 - History Honours Student (1st class), University of Auckland (Auckland)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
Honours
Memberships
  • 2003 to 2018 - Membership of Australian Historical Association
Other
  • 2017 - Nomination for JCU Awards for Excellence: Community Engagement.
  • 2016 - Nomination for JCU Awards for Excellence: Cross-Unit Collaboration
Publications

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 34+ research outputs authored by Dr Claire Brennan from 2002 onwards.

Current Funding

Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) - Armistice Centenary Grant Program

Swords to Ploughshares : the lives of Townsville's returned servicemen

Indicative Funding
$10,947
Summary
The project will examine the lives of Townsville's returned service men and women and the contribution they have made to building a just society. While focussed on WW1 veterans the project will also include examination of the lives of service personnel returning from other wars. The project will result in glass case displays in the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library, at City Libraries and in the Museum of Tropical Queensland. It will be accompanied by a blog, and have a lasting digital component administered through Research Online.
Investigators
Claire Brennan in collaboration with Janice Wegner (College of Arts and Society & Education)
Keywords
Armistice; Townsville history; just peace; World War I; Service personnel; Armistice Centenary

Townsville City Council - T150 - Anniversary Grant Program

Townsville's Timeline, our history and it's media

Indicative Funding
$50,000
Summary
We are seeking funding from the T150 scheme for our research time and the putting on of an exhibition at the Museum of Tropical Queensland. We have support in kind from James Cook University, the Museum of Tropical Queensland, and the Townsville Bulletin. We learn about our community and region partly through the local and community media. In addition history is recorded through the reports of our media. This project will be unique in documenting and drawing together numerous events to reflect on how our local media has shaped our community and identity. The project will complement the work of the T150 Townsville Bulletin projects.
Investigators
Maxine Newlands, Marie M'Balla-Ndi and Claire Brennan (College of Arts and Society & Education)
Keywords
Townsville; Media; Celebratory; Community; History; Unity

Townsville City Council - T150 - Anniversary Grant Program

Making Townsville's history available to Townsville's people

Indicative Funding
$6,000
Summary
This project seeks to make historical research conducted by Townsville James Cook University students available to the Townsville community. It will do so by producing a series of public lectures and publications. The publications will be printed and distributed by the North Queensland History Preservation Society. The publications will also be freely available in electronic form into the future.
Investigators
Claire Brennan in collaboration with Geoff Hanson (College of Arts, Society & Education and North Queensland History Preservation Society)
Keywords
Townsville History; Townsville Show; Goldfields History; Women's History; North Queensland History

Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) - Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program

Between Battles: Commemorating the Cultural Lives of Soldiers

Indicative Funding
$8,853
Summary
This project seeks to commemorate the cultural lives of soldiers during the First World War by uncovering how they spent the large amounts of time available to them in between battles. It will focus on soldiers? intellectual lives in the form of reading, writing, and other entertainments such as music and plays, to understand how these activities of the mind formed part of the war experience for Australian troops. The project will foster cooperation between JCU special collections, the Museum of Tropical Queensland, Citylibraries, and the Army Museum in the production of commemorative displays at each location.
Investigators
Claire Brennan and Susann Liebich (College of Arts and Society & Education)
Keywords
First World War; WWI; Soldiers; war experience; digital projects
Supervision

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

Current
  • The Deep North and the Near North: The Relationship Between North Queensland and Japan, 1894-1991 (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • The Politics of Sugar: The Herbert River Farmers' League a North Queensland Small Farmer Organization in Comparative Perspective (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • An Investigation into the Treatment of Military History as a Subject Area in Queensland Schools (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Developing the Queensland Tropics: The Ideas and Politics of Northern Development 1901-2014 (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Slavery and feminism in the writings of Madame De Stael (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • An Army of Naturalists: John Gould's Australian Network of Collectors and Correspondents. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Science, Agriculture and Environment: The Ideas, Culture, Practices and Programs of Agricultural Science in Queensland during the Early to Mid~Twentieth Century (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
Completed

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