Keynote Speaker

Rose Barrowcliffe

Rose Barrowcliffe is Butchulla and a Doctoral candidate at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Rose’s research has led her to work with libraries and archives around the country. In 2021, she won the Mander Jones award for her blog post which focussed on collecting practices through the lens of the 2020 Black Lives Matter uprising. That blog started conversations across Australia about how archival practice was measuring up against institutions’ statements of intent and reconciliation action plans. In 2021, Rose was appointed the inaugural First Nations Archives Advisor to the Queensland State Archives. This appointment coincided with the Queensland Government’s Path to Treaty. Rose’s work within QSA is helping to guide not just internal practice, but also various government agencies in how records can be used for Indigenous self-determination during the truth telling and Treaty process. Later that same year, Rose took on the research project to audit a selection of original Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collections at NSLA libraries. Rose is a member of the Indigenous Archive Collective.