WINNER: Virginia Gordon, Assistant Curator, Queensland Police Museum, Brisbane
Virginia Gordon was appointed as the Queensland Police Museum’s Assistant Curator in August 2000. Her first twelve years were spent managing the Education Program during which she spoke to thousands of children and adults, enlivening their curiosity about the world of policing in Queensland.
Virginia’s interest in costume led her to amass many resources about the changes in police uniforms since 1864. As the Museum’s costume expert, she was instrumental in researching and adding historical police uniform items to the Australian Dress Register.
Virginia’s well-researched and efficiently communicated public information service has built a strong rapport with clients, who rate her service as exceptional.
Virginia completed both a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies in 2004 and a Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies in 2005 to upskill for her work within the Queensland Police Museum. Across 17 years, Virginia has continued with her research and knowledge about the uniform history of the Queensland Police – gathering information, resources, images, newspaper clippings and archival data about uniforms and their changes (1864 to now). Virginia undertakes historical research for a variety of Museum clients – working with prospective donors; writing histories of various police stations and police officers; and providing access to records on Indigenous troopers and trackers within the service.