Carolyn Rasmussen with Alister Danks
Carolyn Rasmussen completed post-graduate studies in labour history and the peace movement at the University of Melbourne where she is currently an Honorary Senior Fellow. Her work as a public historian since 1985 has ranged over the history of Victorian public institutions, the history of science and technology, education history, the involvement of women in all of the above, and biography. Her publications include Poor Man's University: Seventy Five Years of Technical Education in Footscray; The Lesser Evil? Opposition to War and Fascism in Australia 1920-1941; and A Place Apart, The University of Melbourne: Decades of Challenge (with John Poynter). She is currently completing the centenary history of University High School.
Alister Danks is the youngest of David Danks' five children. Alister has worked as a professional engineer, business consultant and logistics manager across Australia and Asia. He completed an MBA at the London Business School to complement his engineering studies at the University of Melbourne. He was previously an editor of Strategic Supply Chain Alignment (Gower, 1998). Alister saw the opportunity to document the story of his father who had always been an inspiration to the family and the wider community. He embarked on a series of interviews in 2002, supported by his sister Jenny and mother, June, which formed a base for the biography Double Helix, Double Joy written by Carolyn Rasmussen. Alister is currently living in Shanghai with Heather and their three daughters.