Jenny Coates Consultant Historian

Approximate Membership


I devised and co-ordinated the indexing of the Melbourne Lying In Hospital Records. Ongoing projects include families and histories of Harkaway, Narre Warren North & East and Berwick districts in Victoria. See my spare BDM certificates and book indexes at:


I am a consultant historian with extensive experience in archival research, contextual analysis, editorial work and literature searching. I have published or contributed to histories of my local area, and written several entries for the Encyclopedia of Melbourne (2005). I have 25 years' experience in family, biographical and local history research. I have a First-class Honours degree in history from the Monash University (Melbourne), with my thesis supervised by Professor Graeme Davison and Dr Seamus O’Hanlon. I am completing a PhD on families and social life based on a sample of Melbourne families who were unemployed during the depression of the 1890s, supervised by Dr O’Hanlon and Professor Marian Quartly. I am able to provide: * Genealogical (family)research including finding lost living family members * Biographical research * Dating family photos * Local and Regional histories * Cultural heritage research * Assistance with grant and article writing * Professional proofreading and editing * Literature searching and review. Member of the Professional Historians Association (Vic). Council member of the Royal Historical Society. Member for 25 years of the Genealogical Society of Victoria and the Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies. Member of Australian Historical Association Inc. Inaugural committee member of Friends of Cheltenham and Regional Cemeteries Inc.