Education History (Secondary, Tertiary, technical)
Engineering, Medicine and Science education history
Carolyn Rasmussen was educated at Coburg High School and the University of Melbourne. After some years teaching in Victorian technical and secondary schools she returned to the University of Melbourne to complete an MA and PhD in labour history and the peace movement (published as The Lesser Evil? Opposition to War and Fascism in Australia 1920-1941).
Following the publication of an HSC textbook on early colonial Australia she embarked on a career as a public historian which has ranged over the history of Victorian public institutions, the history of science and technology, education history, the involvement of women in all of the above, and biography. Her major publications include Poor Man's University: Seventy Five Years of Technical Education in Footscray; Vital Connections: Melbourne and its Board of Works 1891 to 1991, (with Tony Dingle); A Place Apart, The University of Melbourne: Decades of Challenge (with John Poynter); a chapter on women scientists, in F. Kelly (ed.), On the Edge of Discovery: Australian Women in Science; Lauriston: 150 Years of Educating Girls; A Museum for the People: A history of Museum Victoria and its predecessors, 1854-2000, which was judged best print publication, Victorian Community History Awards, 2002; a short history of the Science Faculty at the University of Melbourne; Increasing Momentum: Engineering at the University of Melbourne 1861-2004; and ‘A Whole New World’ 100 years of Education at University High School.
She has been a member of the Victorian Working Party of the Australian Dictionary of Biography project since 1998 and chair , to which she has contributed fourteen entries, and in 2011 was appointed to the National Editorial Board, and chair of the Victorian Working Party in 2016. In 2004 she received a State Library of Victoria Creative Fellowship to further her joint biography of the radical political and social activists, Maurice and Doris Blackburn. More recently an Australi
I have a broad and deep background and publication record in Australian twentieth century history which ranges across labour history, the peace movement, Victorian public institutions, the history of science, medicine and engineering, education history (tertiary, technical, secondary), the involvement of women in all of the above and historical biography. I also have well-honed editorial expertise.