About the editors

Dr Hilary Carey was born in 1957 in Perth (WA) and graduated with double honours in English and History from the University of Sydney in 1980. She was awarded a Commonwealth Travelling Scholarship to the University of Oxford where she submitted her D.Phil. in 1985. She taught at Macquarie University and Sydney University before coming to the University of Newcastle in 1991 where she is currently Head of the Department of History. Her research focuses on topics in Australian religious history and the cultural history of medieval astrology. She has published Courting Disaster, Astrology at the English Court and the University in the Later Middle Ages (London: Macmillan, 1991); Believing in Australia: A Cultural History of Religions (Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 1996). From 1996 - 2000, she was editor of the Journal of Religious History and she is the current co-editor of the Journal of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies. She has been a visiting lecturer and/or fellow at Balliol College Oxford, Macquarie University, St Andrew's University, Scotland, the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Sydney and the Humanities Research Centre, ANU Canberra. Current projects include a reader on medieval astrology to be published by Manchester University Press in 2003.

Dr David Andrew Roberts teaches Australian History in the School of Classics, History and Religion at the University of New England, Armidale. He was formerly a postgraduate research student with the Department of History at the University of Newcastle, NSW, where he wrote his PhD thesis on the colonial frontier at Wellington Valley. His 1993 Honours thesis on the Bells Falls massacre at Bathurst won the University's Group Establishment Prize. David has been published in Australian Historical Studies, the Journal of Australian Colonial History and Ethnohistory. He is the co-author of Ancient Ochre: The Aboriginal Rock Paintings of Mount Borradaile (forthcoming May 2003).