Stephen Anstey

Curator, History


M. Museum Studies, BA, History and Communication Studies (Hon’s, History), Diploma of Education


(08) 9212 3728


Research priorities reflect the Museum’s exhibition and public programmes. Of interest are: Western Australian (WA) childhood, WA military history and museum collections management.


Co- curator of the Western Australian Museum, History Department collection.

Services (to other bodies):

Museums Australia (WA Branch): Since 1984 Stephen has provided service to Museums Australia (MA) as an office bearer and long term State Committee member (1984 to 1991, 1997 to 2003). He currently serves MA as Chair of the Lotteries Commission of WA Cultural Heritage Interpretation Grants Assessment Committee (1992 to present) and as a member of the Training Needs Review and Analysis for the Collections Sector Review Reference Group Member, Museums Australia (2011 to present).

Edith Cowan University: Member Certificate in Museum Studies Advisory Committee, 1993 to present. Unit Coordinator and Principal Lecturer, Certificate in Museum Studies, 1993 to present.

Fremantle City Council: Deputy Chair, Fremantle City Council, Cantonment Hill Working Group to Develop a Master-plan for Cantonment Hill Precinct, Fremantle, 2010-present

Exhibitions and Public Programs


Stephen has curated or co-curated many major exhibitions, including several state and national traveling exhibitions. Exhibitions include:

  • 1993 -100 Years of Education 1893-1993, [Ministry of Education, Western Australia and Edith Cowan University Museum of Childhood (ECUMOC)]
  • 1998 - Home-Made Treasures, (ECUMOC, with B. Shepherd) National traveling exhibition.
  • 2002 - Koorlongka: Stories of Indigenous Childhood, (ECUMOC, with M. Webb, B. Shepherd). National traveling exhibition.
  • 2006 - Howzat!: Western Australians and Cricket, Western Australian Museum (WAM), Major exhibition and Statewide traveling exhibition.
  • 2009 - Western Australian Museum, Albany, exhibition redevelopment - Defense Gallery
  • 2010 - Western Australian Museum, Kalgoorlie, exhibition redevelopment (with WAM curatorial team)
  • 2012 -  Debt of Honour: Australia’s First Commandos and East Timor, (WAM, with P. Bridges). Visions Australia touring application made for national tour.

Education – Public Programmes

He responds to public and governmental inquiries. He is regularly engaged in public programmes via public talks, tours, floor talks, conference papers and teaching museum studies. He has made media and PR appearances, particularly to do with collections and exhibitions.

Selected Publications

Stephen has written numerous professional articles and conference papers. His most recent include:

S. Anstey (2011), The Importance of Well Recorded Provenance, At the Frontier, Museums Australia, National Conference, Perth, 16 Nov 2011

S. Anstey and M. Meyers (2012-13 Forthcoming publication) Handling and Storage of Collections. In I. Godfrey (Ed), Conservation and Care of Collections (2nd Ed), Western Australian Museum, Perth.