Dr Mimi Colligan writes theatre history and biography and has been associated with Monash University since 1968 when she started a mature age part-time Arts degree. After graduating with honours in 1973 she became a research assistant in the Monash University Arts Faculty working part-time in the English and History Departments as well as being Victorian research for ANU’s Australian Dictionary of Biography. Mimi obtained a Ph.D. in 1987.
For the next six years she was Senior Research Officer with Australia Post researching images for stamps and writing Stamp Heritage Books. A freelance since 1993 she has curated exhibitions for the Ballarat Art Gallery for the 140th Anniversary of Eureka Stockade, Old Treasury Museum on the Gold-Rush (1994) on Cremorne Gardens for a Richmond apartment developer (2007) and in 2012 was volunteer curator for a Royal Historical Society of Victoria’s exhibition on Melbourne Theatres and Cinemas.
Mimi is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, and member of RHSV publications committee; Adjunct Research Fellow with the National Centre for Australian Studies at Monash University; former member of the Victorian Working Party, Australian Dictionary of Biography; former Board Member of the International Panorama Council (based in Europe) and a committee member of Theatre Heritage Australia Inc. At present as well as working pro bono on the Theatre Heritage Australia website, she is researching a biographical article on novelist Marcus Clarke’s family circle including his widow, the actress Marian Dunn.