Jan Wegner is a north Queenslander who has become fascinated by the region's history since her undergraduate days and has been researching and teaching it ever since. As a large part of that history is to do with mining, this is her principal research area, and she has done some Impact of Assessment consultancy work in mining heritage for the Queensland government and for mining companies. However, she has also written commissioned histories of the Etheridge and Hinchinbrook Shires which has given her an overview of many other areas of northern history. Lately she has side-stepped into environmental history and she is currently researching a history of tropical Queensland weeds.

Jan is a volunteer at the Cairns Historical Society Museum where she researches for displays and object files. This has led to a Significance Assessment study for the Croydon Shire Council's mining machinery museum collection. She also chairs the Far Northern branch of the National Trust of Queensland. She has been on several State and Council committees to do with history and heritage, including a stint on the Queensland Heritage Council.

  • HI1302: Modern World History (Level 1; CNS)
  • HI2005: Australasian Environmental History (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • HI5005: Regional Environmental History (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
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  • Education Scheme First AIF Post Demobilization - 1918-1919 (Masters , Primary Advisor)
  • Building cultural and social capital through re-purposing community industrial infrastructure: A Case study of the Tanks Art Centre, Cairns (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Slavery and feminism in the writings of Madame De Stael (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • A Shared History Forgotten: Aboriginal Prospectors and Miners of Tropical Queensland, From Pre-Contract Times to ca.1950. (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • North Queensland’s Chinese Family Landscape : 1860-1920. (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • The Politics of Sugar: The Herbert River Farmers' League a North Queensland Small Farmer Organization in Comparative Perspective (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 , Primary Advisor)
  • Cultural Landscape in the historical Perspective of White Settlement in the Wet Tropics: Case Study of Redlynch Valley (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Kelso Field Uprising: African-Americans in North Queensland 1942-1945. (PhD , Primary Advisor)

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