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Coat stitched from sugar bags

Geoff Speirs has worked with community museums across Australia for 35 years. His career began in 1976 as an extension officer with the South Australian Museum, a position transferred to the History Trust of South Australia upon its establishment in 1981. He published magazines and journals, ran training programs and workshops, and was a key figure in setting up the Trust’s Museums Accreditation and Grants Program. For three years he was Project Director of the National Railway Museum in Port Adelaide. In 2001 he left the History Trust (now History SA) to set up his own historical consultancy. He joined PHA(SA) in 2006 and became President in 2009.

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