While our team members main focus is on being experienced and highly knowledgeable historians and re-enactors they are also dedicated educators on a mission to show young people that learning history is fun, exciting and rewarding. So we don’t just aim to impart a knowledge of history to your students we also hope to engage young people in a lifelong love of learning in general. We seek to bring an interactive, holistic learning experience that actively involves students.
“Learning is experience. Everything else is just information.”
Dr Terry Fitzsimmons – Chief Executive Officer/Owner
Terry the founder of Living History Australia and is a Senior Lecturer and researcher at the University of Queensland. He has been involved in historical re-enactment in Australia since 1990 and his fascination with history pre-dates that. He is a former President of both the Australasian Living History Federation and the Queensland Living History Federation. He is passionate about all eras of history having re-enacted everything from Imperial Rome, The Crusades, the Scottish Jacobite Rebellion, the Napoleonic Wars, The American War of Independence and the American Civil War. He has travelled extensively to study the areas that LHA covers in its programs including China, the United States, Canada, England, France, Germany, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Japan and the Solomon Islands.
Michelle Fitzsimmons – Chief Operations Officer
Michelle has a Diploma in Graphic Arts and has studied Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Queensland. She has been re-enacting since 2006 and is particularly interested in Apothecary and Medical practices throughout history. She is currently a member of An T-arm Mhontrois, portraying a Scottish Jacobite Apothecary at the Battle of Culloden and Sons of Liberty, a American War of Independence living history group. She has also re-enacted Imperial Rome, The Crusades and the American Civil war.
Roland Wolf – Team Manager
Roland has been with Living History Australia since its inception and has been pivotal in the development of all of our programs. He has been an historical re-enactor since about 1995 and has been involved in groups re-enacting Imperial Rome, Secular Crusaders, Knights Templar and recently the American War of Independence. He has studied history at the University of New England and has travelled extensively to locations that Living History Australia covers in its performances including England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Turkey, Japan and Israel.
Robert (Bear) Clendinen – Presenter
Robert, aka Bear, has been involved in re-enactment for since 2000 in various groups ranging from Imperial Rome to Dark Age Viking, High Medieval to 16th Century English and Scottish Jacobite. He is also a member of 1776: Sons of Liberty a group which re-enacts the American War of Independence. He began working with Living History Australia in 2008 and holds a Diploma in Screen and Media with the New York Film Academy.
Lee Treadwell – Presenter
Prior to joining LHA Lee spent time as a High School History and PE Teacher. He has always been passionate about history, so much so that he has just completed a Bachelor of Ancient History through Macquarie University. His historical interests cover a wide spectrum ranging from Imperial Rome to the Second World War, with an expanding interest in numismatics (the study of coins). In 2017 he began re-enacting with The Knights Templar and is driven by a passion for both history and education, believing that both should be made accessible to people of all backgrounds.