A little about David

David SingaporeA brief update: pre-Covid-19 I decided to semi-retire…I stepped back from teaching (and marking) and took up an Adjunct role at the university.  Together with a significant restructure at UniSA I moved from Creative Industries (Communication and Journalism) to Justice and Society.  My main interests include researching oral history and mentoring higher degree students.

My careers have allowed me to live in and travel to many parts of the world.  After eleven years in Perth, Western Australia I returned to my home town in late 2005. I was born in Adelaide, South Australia, but a passionate supporter of the Fremantle [Dockers] Western Australian, Aussie Rules Football Club.  After leaving high school [Unley High] I joined the South Australian Police Service as a Cadet and later served in metropolitan Adelaide, Oodnadatta and Renmark.  I moved to New Guinea and joined the Royal Papuan and New Guinea Constabulary and served in Port Moresby, and Rabaul for three years.  On returning to Adelaide I was a professional fire-fighter for thirteen years before joining the corporate world in communications, public relations and advertising.

With this significant career change, I took up corporate communications roles in public transport and then the energy sector specialising in issues management, environmental communications and corporate marketing.

Another career change in the early part of this century, saw me teaching as an adjunct lecturer and tutor at the Edith Cowan University in Perth and since January 2006, at the University of South Australia, Magill Campus. My academic teaching is in communications, public relations and advertising at the Magill Campus of UniSA and off-shore in Hong Kong and Singapore.  I completed my Masters in (Communications, photo-media) at ECU (Perth Western  Australia) in 2005.

I am a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Australia [PRIA],  a Justice of the Peace in South Australia and previously in Western Australia, and since January 2015 the national secretary of Oral History Australia.

After some years of research and writing I submitted my PhD thesis,  for examination – one examiner was from Sydney and the other in Canada.  The title of the thesis is: Talking about family photographs and the Australian Baby Boomers’ legacy:  Opening the shoe boxes: snapshots, memories and narratives.

The University of SA, at its Academic Council meeting on October 20, 2016 confirmed my award as a Doctor of Philosophy.  The award was acknowledged at the Graduation Ceremony on March 29, 2017.

The first completed draft of my thesis was 125,000 words – at least 40,000 too many.  In November 2015 I finished the heavy editing and re-writing phase.  Various drafts have been reviewed by Associate Professor Peter Bishop, Dr Jean Duruz and Dr Nigel Starck.  Due to some administrative changes at the University my supervision changed and I had wonderful support from Dr Nigel Starck and Dr Chris Hogarth during the complex submission process.  My thesis has undergone the detailed and exhausting examination and review, and is now now confirmed.

In the past three years I have presented at significant academic and special interest conferences in Adelaide, Oxford (UK), Vienna (Austria),  Perth and Bangalore (India).  I am now involved with a small number of research projects, one being the impact of language in discussing PTS.  Also there is a small group of us working on a larger project, which in a broad manner brings together personal narratives in to the digital realm.

My family is spread around Australia, residing in Melbourne, Northern Queensland, Perth and Sydney.  Now I will look to new challenges in research, based in part, on my PhD and oral history.

[updated May 7, 2021]

2 thoughts on “A little about David

  1. How do I contact you David?
    Your blog on “research is interesting” caught my eye, because I was researching my grandmother’s ancestry. Rosaria Lena Jackson (nee Martorana) had a sister Laura, who was married to Albert Greenman, the fireman who died in the “City of Singapore” fire. Your co-researcher misread the headstone (or other information), and the name is not Marhorana (Indian?), but Martorana (Italian!!). It’s Francesco Martorana’s origins from Italy that I’d love to know more about. Francesco was Albert’s father-in-law.
    Please get in touch (and maybe amend your blog).
    Cheers, Tim Kaethner PhD


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