Rosalie Triolo


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Rosalie is a senior lecturer and writes and presents widely in History Education, history of Australian education and on WWI. She is a Fellow and the Vice-President of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, its Convenor of the History Victoria Support Group and one of its two delegates to the Federation of Australian Historical Societies. She is a past President of the History Teachers' Association of Victoria (6 years), past Board member (further 24) a 'Life Member' and 'Awardee for Outstanding Service' (both 2008), and recipient of the 'HTAV Award for Sustained Contribution to the National History Challenge' (2018). She is a past Vice-President of the History Teachers' Association of Australia and formerly its delegate to the Australian Historical Association. She is invited as Victoria's representative on the council of the Australian National Museum of Education.

Rosalie has published scholarly works and teacher/tutor professional learning and classroom resources for tertiary, secondary and primary education audiences. Her MEd by research of 'State Schooling and Civic and Citizenship Ideals in Victoria, 1872-1910' was a precursor to her doctoral thesis, '"Our Schools and the War": Victoria's Education Department and the Great War, 1914-18'. The latter received a 'Monash University Mollie Holman Medal' (2008), and the book of the same, Our Schools and the War, was 'Commended' in the Victorian Community History Publication Awards (2012). She received the Monash Student Association 'Faculty of Education Outstanding Teaching Award' (2014); has annually received Vice-Provost (Teaching) commendation letters since their introduction, (2011-21: 20 in total); was a member of the 'Vice-Chancellor’s Team Award for Programs that Enhance Learning: The Faculty of Education's International Professional Experience Program' (2016); and, was nominated for the 'Monash Graduate Association Doctoral Supervisor Award' (2021).

She has received the 'Council of Professional Teaching Associations Victoria Award for Outstanding Service' (2013); the 'Shrine of Remembrance Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Community Understandings of Victorian Service and Sacrifice in Wars and Peace-Keeping' (2015), as well as the 'Federation of Australian Historical Societies Merit Award for service to History Education' (2015).


Publications/Papers/Presentations/Workshops (last 4 years pre-Covid, verified and indicative of scope, reach and impact of research and education outputs, as well as engagement)


Australia and New Zealand History of Education Society (ANZHES) Conference: '"France as Foe and Friend": School Paper Representations of France and its People, 1896-1918’ paper (Charles Sturt University, Port Macquarie, New South Wales)

Australian Historical Association Conference (AHA): '"Friends in Need": School Paper Responses to the Experiences of Belgium and France in the Great War, 1914–18' paper (University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Queenslanld)

History Teachers' Association of Australia (HTAA) National Conference: 'What were the Experiences of South Australian Teachers, School Pupils and Wider School Communities in WWI?' (Adelaide, South Australia)

HTAA National Conference: 'Appealing and Effective: Using Inquiry Method to Introduce Topics to Students of Mixed Literacy Abilities' (Adelaide, SA)

HTAA National Conference: 'Researching and Teaching the First World War in an Australian Context', Drs Romain Fathi and Rosalie Triolo 'in conversation' (Adelaide, SA)

History Teachers' Association of New South Wales (HTANSW) Teaching History Symposium: 'The First Australians: The Indigenous Priority' (State Library of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW)

History Teachers' Association of Victoria (HTAV) Annual Conference: '"Collecting and Curating": Exciting Inquiry Method Unit Introductions' (Melbourne, Victoria)

HTAV Primary and Middle Years' Conference: 'Teaching History For Our Environment' (Melbourne, Vic)

Monash University Education Academy Learning and Teaching Conference: ‘Past, Present, Future: Education for Sustainable Development' (Monash University, Vic)

Monash University Faculty of Education Building Leadership for Change Through School Immersion Saudi Program: 'Inquiring that's exciting: Active Learning in Australian and Other Histories' (Monash University, Vic)

Monash University Faculty of Education Building Leadership for Change Through School Immersion Saudi Program: 'Interdisciplinary Teaching for Sustainability: History, Geography, Biology, Civics and Citizenship, and more' (Monash University, Vic)

Monash University Faculty of Education Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) Program for Social Science Teachers from Ministry of Education and Culture, Indonesia: 'Historical Inquiry, Part A' and 'Part B' (Monash University, Vic)

Monash University Faculty of Education TESOL Professional Learning for the Zhejiang Department of Education: 'Introduction to Inquiry-Based learning, Part A' and 'Part B' (Monash University, Vic)

Monash University Sustainable Development Institute Sustainability Conference: 'History Education is Sustainability Education' (Monash University, Vic)

National Servicemen's Day Commemorative Ceremony: '"Shared Experiences": Victoria's WWI Teacher-Soldiers and Australia's Mid-C20th National Servicemen' (Shrine of Remembrance (Shrine), Melbourne, Vic)

Returned Services League (RSL) Women's Council of Victoria: '"Our Schools and the War": Victoria’s Education Department and the Great War, 1914-18' (RSL House, Melbourne, Vic)

Rotary Club of Boronia and Knox: '"From Blackboard to Battlefield": Victoria's Teachers as Soldiers,1914-18' (Knox Club, Melbourne, Vic)

Tasmanian History Teachers' Association (THTA) (in partnership with Tasmanian Association of Teachers of English (TATE) and Tasmanian Geography Teachers' Association (TGTA)) Conference: 'Introducing Histories through Inquiry Method Approaches' (Hobart, Tasmania)

THTA, TATE and TGTA Conference: 'Postcard Potential: Collecting and Curating for Inquiry Method Learning' (Hobart, Tas)

THTA, TATE and TGTA Conference: 'The Sustainability Priority in History Education' (Hobart, Tas).


ANZHES Conference: ‘“Assessing the Assessments”: The Winning Responses in Victorian State School Competitions, 1905-1918’ paper (University of Sydney, NSW)

AHA Conference: 'Statehood, Strength and Sorrow in Australian and German School Songs, 1900-1920’ paper (Australian National University, Austraian Capital Territory)

Bendigo Soldiers’ Military Institute and Memorial Museum: ‘Writing Text Panels’ workshop (Bendigo, Vic)

Bendigo Writers’ Festival: ‘Tom Griffiths and Rosalie Triolo in Conversation’ (Bendigo, Vic)

Geography and History Teachers’ Association of the Northern Territory (GHTANT) Conference: ‘Generating STEAM with the Sustainability Priority in History Education’ and ‘Exciting Inquiring for Effective Prompts to Learning’ workshops, and plenary (Darwin, Northern Territory)

Glen Eira Historical Society: ‘“Our Schools and the War”: Victoria’s Education Department and the Great War, 1914-18’, public lecture (Carnegie, Vic)

HTAA National Conference: 'Inquiring that’s Exciting for Teachers and Students Alike' workshop (Canberra, ACT)

HTANSW Norfolk Island Conference: ‘“Pacific Past-times”: Creating Engaging Inquiry Method Units’ workshop (Norfolk Island, NSW)

HTAV Annual Conference: 'Inquiring that’s Exciting’ workshop (Melbourne, Vic)

HTAV Primary and Middle Years Conference: ‘First Australians: The Indigenous Priority’ workshop (Melbourne, Vic)

Kanawinka Writers and Historians Writers’ Weekend: ‘Planning a Publication Project’ (Naracoorte, SA)

Kanawinka Writers and Historians Writers’ Weekend: ‘Broadening Perspectives, Diversifying Sources, Bringing Publications “to Life”’ (Naracoorte, SA)

RSL (Victoria) Annual State Remembrance Service: ‘“The War is Over”: Great War Armistice and Aftermath for Victoria’s State School Teachers and School Communities’ public address (Springvale, Vic)

Monash Combined Rotary Clubs: ‘”The War is Over”: Armistice and Aftermath for Victoria's Teacher-Soldiers of 1914-18’ public lecture (Oakleigh, Vic)

Monash University Education Academy Learning and Teaching Conference: ‘Hands on History’ practical education snapshot (Monash University, Vic)

National Capital Educational Tourism Project (NCETP) and Museums Australia (ACT) Presentation Skills Training: ‘Broadening our Perspectives’ workshop (Canberra, ACT)

Royal Historical Society of Victoria (RHSV) 'Writing and Publishing Local History' full-day solo series of workshops (Melbourne, Vic)

Social and Citizenship Education Association of Australia Biennial Conference: ‘“Generating STEAM”: The Sustainability Priority in History Education’ (Ballarat, Vic)

THTA, TATE and TGTA Conference: ‘“Inquiring that's Exciting”: Inquiry Method Approaches in the History Classroom’ and ‘Powerful Curriculum Priorities and Perspectives’ workshops (Launceston, Tas)

Tertiary History Educators’ Association of Australia, Signature Pedagogies of History Teaching: History Education in Public and Formal Education Contexts Symposium: ‘“Professionally Powerful”: Australia’s HTAs’ paper (University of Newcastle, NSW)

University of Leeds Care after the First World War Conference: “Our Grief and Obligations”: Reality and Rhetoric in in an Australian Education Department in the Early Post-War World’ paper (University of Leeds, United Kingdom)

Yass & District Historical Society Whole Histories Conference: ‘“Writing that’s Exciting”: Broadening our Perspectives and Sources in Australian History’ paper (Galong, NSW)

Yass & District Historical Society Writers’ Retreat: ‘“Exciting Writing”: Bringing Words to Life’ two days solo of writers’ workshops (Galong, NSW).


AHA Conference, ‘“Mobilities Mapped”: War and Geography Lessons in Australian Schools, 1914-18’ paper (University of Newcastle, NSW)

Balwyn Historical Society: “’Our Balwyn Schools and the War”: Victoria's Education Department and the Great War, 1914-18’ paper (Balwyn, Vic)

Suzanne Boatto, Sarah Cammarano, Shehani Rukanayake & Rosalie Triolo,’Teachers, Historical Societies and Primary School Children: “Doing History”’, FAHS Newsletter, no. 43, June 2017, pp 14-15, at

Darwin Defenders and Shrine of Remembrance 75th Anniversary of the Bombing and Defence of Darwin: ‘When the War Came to Australia’ public address, at

Geography Teachers' Association of Victoria and HTAV Primary Conference: ‘Best Practice History Teaching’ workshop (Melbourne, Vic)

HTAA National Conference: 'Writing and Publishing in Australian History' workshop and 'Queensland Schools, the Great War and the First Anzac  School Paper' paper (Brisbane, Qld)

HTAV Annual Conference: 'Writing and Publishing Local History' and 'Historical Concepts, Skills, Knowledge, Capabilities' workshops (Melbourne, Vic)

HTAV Middle Years' Conference: ‘“Marvellous Melbourne” and the RHSV’ walking tour and RHSV exhibition preview, with commentary (Melbourne, Vic)

History Teachers' Association of Western Australia Annual Conference: ‘Turning Points in History’ panel, and ‘Being Capable with the General Capabilities’ and ‘Our Western Australian Schools and the Great War’ workshops (Perth, Western Australia)

Monash University Education Academy Learning Lunchbox: ‘Broader Definitions of Being Educators’ paper (Monash University, Caulfield, Vic)

Mount Alexander Shire Heritage Festival: 'Writing Local History: New Perspectives' sole presenter of series of writers’ workshops (Castlemaine, Vic)

NCETP Professional Learning Day: ‘Broadening our Perspectives’ workshop (Canberra, ACT)

Rosalie Triolo, ‘If You Were to Create a Christmas Decoration that Represented your Local Community and its History, What would you Create?'', FAHS Newsletter, no. 44, December 2017, pp 22-23, at

Rosalie Triolo, Helen Doyle & Katya Johanson, Writing and Publishing Local History: A Guide for First-Time Authors and Historical Societies, Royal Historical Society of Victoria (RHSV) and Federation of Australian Historical Societies (FAHS), Melbourne, 2017, also available online at:


Australian Capital Territory Museums and Gallery Education Network: ‘Broadening our Perspectives’ (National Portrait Gallery, Canberra ACT)

Australian Capital Territory Museums and Gallery Education Network: ‘Locating and Using New Sources’ workshops (National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, ACT)

AHA Conference: ‘“Enduring Colonial Legacies”: British Illustrations and Photographs in the School Paper, 1914-18’ paper (Ballarat, Vic)

ANZHES Conference: ‘Lessons Learned for the Great War?: Victoria’s Education’s Department and the Boer War’ paper (Melbourne, Vic)

Brighton Cemetery Historical Society: ‘“Sunshine and Shadows”: Victoria's State Schools and No.11 Australian General Hospital Caulfield, 1914-19’ paper (Caulfield, Vic)

Canterbury Historical Society: ‘Our Canterbury Schools and the Great War’ paper (Canterbury, Vic)

Heidelberg Historical Society: ‘The Great War and its Impact on the Schools of the Heidelberg Shire’ paper (Heidelberg, Vic)

HTAA National Conference: ‘Educating History Teachers panel and ‘Powerful Priorities: Easy Infusions’ workshop (Sydney, NSW)

HTAV Annual Conference: ‘Indigenous Cross-Curriculum Priority: Years 9-10’ workshop (Melbourne, Vic)

HTAV Middle Years Conference: ‘Generating STEAM in History’ workshop (Melbourne, Vic)

GHTANT Professional Learning Day: ‘Taking it to the Territory: Thinking Historically’ sole presenter of series of workshops (Darwin, NT)

Legacy Victoria: ‘Remembering School Days of the Great War' paper (Melbourne, Vic)

NCETP Professional Learning Day: ‘Priorities, Perspectives, Primary Sources’ workshop (Canberra, ACT)

RHSV ‘Writing Local History’ sole-presenter of series of workshops (Melbourne, Vic)

United Kingdom National Archives Voices of the Home Front Conference: ‘“Our Schools and the War’: The Short and Long-Term Consequences of the Great War on Daily Life in Australian Schools, 1914-1920’ paper (London, UK)

University of Bolzano (Italy) visiting scholar faculty seminar: ‘“Hidden Languages!” The German schools in Australia before and during the Great War, 1914-18” - „Bildungsbiographien im peripheren Räumen in der zweiten Hälfte des 20. Jahrhunderts“ paper (University of Bolzano, Italy).

Research interests

  • History Education
  • History of Australian Education
  • World War I Australian Overseas and Home Front experiences
  • Australian History
  • Twentieth Century World History

Supervision interests

  • As above

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research area keywords

  • History Education
  • History of Australian Education
  • World War I Australian Home Front
  • Australian History
  • Twentieth Century World History