Dr. Bronwyn (Bron) Hanna is an architectural historian who has worked for both government and industry helping develop heritage assessments for places such as the Hyde Park Barracks, the ANZAC Memorial in Hyde Park and the Aboriginal Fish Traps in Brewarrina. She was also project manager for the successful World Heritage Nomination for the Sydney Opera House in 2005. She published widely while writing three research theses on the Australian built environment for her Ph.D., Master's and Bachelor's Honours degrees and is the co-author of two award-winning books about women architects in Australia. She taught art history at the University of Sydney for four years, specializing in Australian art and international modernism. Bron is interested in the politics and practice of heritage (or “preservation” as it is known in the USA) and she recently undertook an oral history project interviewing 23 pioneering heritage practitioners for the Australian National Library. In researching her own family history, she was surprised to discover that she is sixth- and seventh-generation Australian on every front, and has five convict ancestors. She has lived most of her life in Sydney, except for 12 months spent as a high school exchange student in California.
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