Over the past month we have been fortunate enough to have had a young Coptic Town Planner working and assisting in our draft submission to nominate the Former St Marys and St Minas Coptic Orthodox Church on the State Heritage Register (SHR). As part of this process a professional Historian was required to assist in the submission.
With the help of Dr Stephen Gapps, Secretary of the Professional Historians Association NSW, the Australian Coptic Heritage and Community Services (ACHCS) worked together and placed an advertisement seeking a professional historian to join our panel.
ACHCS is pleased to announce the engagement of academic Historian, Professor Paul Ashton as part of our team. ACHCS is delighted that Professor Ashton has agreed to lead the project and assist in the nomination to officially list the Former St Mary and St Minas Coptic Orthodox Church on the SHR.
Professor Ashton brings a wealth of experience to the role as a Professor of Public History at UTS; Co-Director of both the Australian Centre for Public History and the centre for Creative Practice and Cultural Economy; and Director of UTS Shopfront, a unit that works with community groups.
Professor Ashton is also a member of the Professional Historians Association of NSW, Board Member and Chair of the Dictionary of Sydney, and has published over thirty academic books, text books and countless journal articles.
Renowned as one of the best academics in his field, Professor Ashton has a most impressive career spanning over thirty years.
ACHCS is delighted to welcome Professor Paul Ashton on board.
Further updates will be advised as we progress with finalising our nomination submission.
Ms Hanan Ghabour JP