Helen Penrose (HistorySmiths Pty Ltd) is a professional historian. She has a Master’s Degree in History from the University of Melbourne, and is a member and past President of the Professional Historians’ Association of Victoria. Working as a historian in Melbourne for over 20 years, she believes strongly in the role professional historians have in collaborating with organisations to tell their stories.
Her published books include histories of three hospitals, a large legal firm, and several major independent schools, such as Melbourne Grammar, Caulfield Grammar, Firbank Grammar, The Geelong College and Ivanhoe Grammar.
Her histories relating to Hobsons Bay include Spotswood Primary School, Hobsons Bay Toy Library, and the western suburbs during World War Two. She is currently writing a history of Westbourne Grammar School. HistorySmiths, of which Helen was a founding director in 1994, provides research, writing and editing services. Helen and her colleagues have worked with a diverse range of organisations since then on curriculum projects, biographies, oral histories, heritage projects, editing jobs and commissioned histories.
Read more about Helen at Homegrown Hobsons Bay.