Dr Stephen Gapps
Dr Stephen Gapps is a Curator at the Australian National Maritime Museum. In 2014 he developed the exhibition War at Sea – The Navy in WWI. He was previously responsible for the collection areas of Environment and Industry and is currently involved in the development of the museum’s soon to be opened Warships Pavilion.
Stephen has a long-standing interest in public history. His PhD thesis was a history of historical reenactments and public commemorations of the past.
Stephen is an historian whose work has been published widely. In 2011 he won the NSW Premiers History Prize for Regional and Community history with his book Cabrogal to Fairfield – A history of a multicultural community. Stephen has current research interests in early colonial Australian military history and is working on a project about Indonesian and Australian connections during the Indonesian struggle for independence 1945-1949.
Dr James Hunter
Dr James Hunter is the inaugural Curator of RAN Maritime Archaeology at the Australian National Maritime Museum. He received his MA in historical archaeology from the University of West Florida, and holds a PhD in maritime archaeology from Flinders University, where he is an Associate Lecturer in the Department of Archaeology.
James has worked in the field of maritime archaeology for nearly two decades, and during that time has participated in the investigation of shipwrecks and other archaeological sites ranging from prehistory to the modern era. He was a member of the archaeological team that investigated the American Civil War submarine H.L. Hunley, and a staff archaeologist with the U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command’s Underwater Archaeology Branch. James is currently involved in the development of Australian National Maritime Museum’s Warships Pavilion, and is the museum’s representative responsible for management of the wreck site of AE1’s sister-submarine AE2, located in Turkey’s Sea of Marmara. He has been published widely and is also an accomplished archaeological illustrator whose work has been featured in a number of scholarly books and articles.
Daina Fletcher is a Senior Curator at the Australian National Maritime Museum with responsibility for the art collections, and past curatorial oversight of immigration, environment, industry, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and sport, travel and tourism. Daina studied art history and museology at University of Sydney and is past president of the Australian Maritime Museums Council. She has worked on many programs and exhibitions about community and national histories, including the Nawi Indigenous watercraft exhibition and research collaboration and an international touring exhibition about child migration entitled On their own – Britain’s child migrants with National Museums Liverpool, UK. She is on the steering committee and National Council for the Australian Register of Historic Vessels. In 2015 she curated a national touring program about Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition entitled Shackleton: Escape from Antarctica.