Alison Giles

Alison Giles

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

School of Humanities

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics

I am a late career academic, after a previous career in the private school sector and reaching the dizzying heights of Acting Principal and K-12 College Counsellor. I have worked as a secondary and primary teacher, a teacher-librarian, an ESL specialist and Indigenous specialist teacher in the Kimberley region and rural Western Australia. As College Counsellor I worked in inner-Sydney Islamic schools.

Prior to teaching, I attended Melbourne College of Textiles which led to work in the fashion industry as designer and haute couture seamstress. It is this passion for textiles and design that I combine with my interest in Indigenous history and culture - hence my research focus. I have family connections to the Bardi-Jawi/Kidja First Nations of Western Australia.

I have a current studio practice of floor loom weaving which you can find at I was the 2021 winner of the prestigious The Isabel Watt Memorial Perpetual Trophy for the Most Outstanding Exhibit in Design and Execution of Hand Weaving and a finalist in the Seed Stitch Textile Award, Australian Design Centre 2020.

I am a published author and was shortlisted for The Premier's Book Award (WA) 2005.

I am a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society.

Woven Stories: Analysing the impact of missionary craft on the lives of Aboriginal women in the first half of the C20th. 

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2024 Giles, A. (2024). Authenticity and authority in Stolen Generation literature for children. Magpies Magazine: Talking about books for children, 39(3).
    2022 Giles, A. (2022). The Wedding Apron: a search for Macedonian stitches. Piecework Magazine, 30(3), 22-27.
    2022 Giles, A. (2022). Colorwork sleeves from Staravina, Macedonia. Piecework Magazine, 30(3), 28-33.
    2018 Giles, A. (2018). Visiting the largest children's library in the world.. Magpies: Talking about books for children, 33(2), 14-16.
  • Books

    Year Citation
    2016 Giles, A. (2016). The Wreck of the Cherry Venture.
    2016 Giles, A. (2016). Belka Little Face. Clickcloud Publishing.
    2015 Giles, A. (2015). Travels to Moscow ... with a Ticket to the Bolshoi and a Train Ride to Vostok!.
    2015 Giles, A. (2015). The Happy Fish (Chinese).
    2015 Giles, A. (2015). Cockatoo Man. Clickcloud Publishing.
    2014 Giles, A. (2014). The Happy Fish. Clickcloud Publishing.
    2005 Gregory, A. (2005). Rodeo Darcy. ISBS.
  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2020 Giles, A. (2020). A ball of wool. In R. Hollis (Ed.), Love & Loss True Stories that Reveal the Depths of the Human Experience. New Zealand: Exisle Publishing (NZ).
  • Theses

    Year Citation
    2023 Giles, A. (2023). Moving on from the glass cabinet: The Lutheran settler story in three South Australian museums.
    2022 Giles, A. (2022). The Daisy Bates clothing collection at the South Australian Museum.

HDR Research Grant Allocation - Melbourne October 2024

MUSEUM7007 Museum Collections Management 

MUSEUM7001 Marking

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