Researcher

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Dr Anastasia Dukova is the policing historian behind the Queensland Police and the Great War Effort project. Anastasia is a crime and policing historian specialising in the history of urban policing, with a primary focus on Ireland, Australia and Canada. She is particularly interested in the impact of Irish policing experience on the development of colonial policing models, both state and municipal. Besides the State Library Queensland Fellowship, Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation, she is also a recipient of the Lord Mayor’s Helen Taylor Award, BCC.

Her Brisbane City Council-funded project is titled Policing Colonial Brisbane. This project consolidates historical information about the key aspects of urban life in Brisbane from 1859 to 1901. It recreates the daily interactions of Brisbanites as told by actions and words of the participants themselves, captured in sworn and expert witness statements as part of police courts records.

Previously, she held Fellowships at the newly opened Harry Gentle Resource Centre, the Griffith Criminology Institute and the University of Toronto, Canada. Anastasia read history of crime and policing at the University of Dublin, Trinity College; supported through the Irish Research Council postgraduate scholarship scheme, she completed her doctorate in 2012.

Anastasia’s current research also includes border policing and policing of migrant communities in Australia and Great Britain. She is a Partner Investigator on a Australian Research Council funded Discovery Project titled Managing Migrants and Border Control in Britain and Australia, 1901-1981, led by an expert team (A Varnava, M Marmo, E Richards & E Smith) based at Flinders University, Adelaide.

Dr Dukova’s recent monographs are A History of the Dublin Metropolitan Police and Its Colonial Legacy (Palgrave Macmillan) and To Preserve and Protect: Policing Colonial Brisbane (University of Queensland Press). The books explore the origins of the Dublin Metropolitan Police and its influence on the colonial forces; early Australian policing had its rootson the streets of Dublin and London, where many of Australia’s first law and order enforcers hailed from. Through exploring their personal stories, Dukova highlights how biography and history are inextricably linked and reveals the differences between metropolitan aspirations and colonial reality. To Preserve and Protect exposes political power abuse, corruption, mismanagement, professional burnout and gendered justice, issues which continue to challenge police forces.

Queensland Police and the Great War Effort is supported by the resources and the expert research team of Queensland Police Museum.

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