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Dr Bernadette Hince



  Dr Bernadette Hince

  Visiting Fellow

  Phone: + 61 2 6125 9798






Dr Bernadette Hince is Visiting Fellow at the Australian National Dictionary Centre. She has degrees in English, science  and history from the ANU. Her PhD is on the environmental history of French, Australian and New Zealand subantarctic islands. Bernadette was Science Editor on the Australian National Dictionary. She researches the English words and history of the Polar regions. She is writing an historical dictionary of Arctic English, which follows The Antarctic dictionary. Bernadette edited the 1953 Heard Island journals of John Béchervaise, Unique and Unspoilt.


Recent and major publications

2014 'Words of the Far North' Ozwords (Melbourne, Oxford University Press)

2012 Still no Mawson: the Antarctic diaries of Frank Stillwell 1911–13 (Canberra, Australian Academy of Science)

2011 Unique and unspoilt: a year among the natural wonders of Heard Island (Canberra, National Library of Australia)

2011 Antarctica’s necklace. Island [Tas] no 124 (Autumn): 23–8

2011 ‘Paradise’, Euroa — Australia’s first frog farm. Locale: the Australasian-Pacific Journal of Regional Food Studies 1: 130–155

2010 A very cold collation: food stories from polar words. In Richard Hosking (ed) Food and language: proceedings of the 2009 Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery (Totnes, Devon, Prospect Books), 174–82

2009 Labrador cure. Northern Review 31 (Fall): 154–9

2008 The cultural history of the eastern hemisphere subantarctic islands. IV International SICRI conference, Finland 2008,

2008 Halfway to Antarctica: Australia’s subantarctic islands. Memento 35: 10–13.

2008 Anthony Gerald Bomford; George and Johann Forster; Francis Ommanney (biographical entries). In David Tatham (ed) Dictionary of Falklands biography (Ledbury UK, David Tatham)

2008 Feature review. Subantarctica: the Auckland Islands and Joan Druett’s Island of the lost. SHIMA: the International Journal of Research into Island Cultures 2(1): 103–14

2007 The man on the wettex: report on the conference ‘Culina Mutata: the changing kitchen’, Uppsala, 3–5 Sept 2007. Research Centre for the History of Food and Drink newsletter 46 (Oct): 12–13

2006 Words for grey. Island [Tas] 104: 30–3.

2005 Half a square mile bigger. Isle: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 12(1): 177–84

2001 Champions of the past. In Robyn Williams (ed) Australian science: expanding the frontiers (Sydney, Focus Publishing), 14–33

2000 The Antarctic dictionary: a complete guide to Antarctic English (Melbourne, CSIRO/Museum Victoria)

1993 CSIRO handbook of economic plants of Australia (with M Lazarides) (Melbourne, CSIRO)

1993 A Pryor commitment: Canberra’s public landscaping 1944–58. Report to the National Capital Development Commission, Canberra


Recent conference papers

2011  ‘Frank Stillwell: a new diary from the 1912 Australasian Antarctic Expedition’, Royal Society of Tasmania Mawson Symposium ‘A hundred years of Australian Antarctic Expeditions’, 30 November–1 December

2011  ‘Encyclopaedic knowledge: environmental, science, and other histories through the lens of dictionaries’, Division of History of Science and Technology, |Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, Stockholm, 7 November

2011 ‘The penguin and the pipes: a bagpiper on Antarctica’s ice — WS Speirs’ Scottish Antarctic Expedition 1902–04’, Antarctica Music Festival and Conference, Canberra School of Music, 27–29 June

2011  ‘The subantarctic as a source of human enrichment’. Third International Sub-Antarctic Forum: ‘The future of the Sub-Antarctic region: its global significance and value’, Hobart, 1–2 August

2010 ‘Lindsay Pryor’s contribution to Canberra’s urban forest’. Friends of the ACT Arboreta midwinter after-dinner speech, 5 August 2010

2010 ‘Making a gutskin parka.’ Friends of the National Museum of Australia research workshop, National Museum of Australia, 17 July 2010

2009 ‘Exotic and native on the subantarctic islands’ British Environmental Historians Annual Meeting ‘Invasions, and transformations’, Oxford University, 15 September

2009 ‘A very cold collation: polar food and polar words’. Food and Language, 2009 Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery, Oxford University, September

2009 ‘The subantarctic islands and global environment change’. Svartarkot Nature and Culture field studies course, northeast Iceland, 19–29 June (Reykjavik Academy)

2008 ‘Arctic food words’, Australex conference 13–14 Nov, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand

2008  ‘The cultural history of the subantarctic islands’. SICRI conference, Nauvo, Finland

2007 ‘Farthest South – Antarctica’s influence on the English language’, Australian usage and style: language description and commentary: Style Council 2007, Hobart, 11–12 May 2007



2011 Invited visitor 19 October–13 November, Polar program, Division of History of Science and Technology, |Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (Royal Institute of Technology), Stockholm

2007  Australian Academy of the Humanities travelling fellowship

2006  Harold White Fellow, National Library of Australia

2005, 2006 Basser Library Fellow, Australian Academy of Science

2006 Overseas Visiting Scholar, St John’s College, Cambridge

2006 Departmental Visitor, Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies, Australian National University

2004  Australian Antarctic Division Arts Fellow

1995 Sir Thomas Ramsay Science and Humanities Fellow, Museum of Victoria, Melbourne

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