Ray Kerkhove is a professional historian, researcher and writer. He conducts and compiles research into source texts, secondary sources, maps and museum items for various Indigenous and multicultural/ multi-faith projects (historical & cultural). His area of expertise is Indigenous southern and central Queensland history and culture. Occasionally he does projects on faith histories and religious culture. Ray has decades of experience working with Indigenous community groups in southern Queensland. He also has much experience in the disability sector, and in working with arts projects. Ray will be appearing with Lyndon Davis and Robin Wells in a special Dreamtime Stories conversation in the Dreamtime Stories marquee on Saturday, September 10.
Ray is an accomplished grant-writer - over 10 years' experience, securing much funding for disability arts, multi-faith arts and Indigenous cultural projects. He has worked expensively on organisational policies and procedures, and in managing cultural projects. Ray was co-founder and Project Manager for ICP Aust Inc. In this capacity, he oversaw and developed some 30-40 Indigenous cultural/historical projects between 1997 and 2011, including exhibitions (Heart of Earth, Quilpie Regional Gallery), DVD/ film production, event management (e.g. Bringing Kitchener Home - a Stolen Generations project), book production (e.g. Bury Me at Tartulla Hill), school kit production, language research and Indigenous family history research. ICP Aust Inc won the 2011 National Trust Golden Governors Award for promoting local Indigenous heritage.
He has just completed "Aboriginal Campsites of Greater Brisbane" and is currently working with Indigenous groups on a number of projects revitalizing aspects of their material culture and reconstructing local histories - eg the frontier wars period in the Lockyer region. He is an executive member of BSHN (Brisbane Southside History Network), and Chair of Q-Earth Inc which assists small museums and community groups in their heritage work.