David Crotty

BA (Hons); Grad Dip Applied Science (Museum Studies)

Current Position:                        

Curator, History & Technology, Museum Victoria.

Previous Positions:            

Curator, RAAF Museum, (2002-2006)

Curator, Australian War Memorial, (1994-2000)

Since 1984, I have worked in a voluntary and paid capacity with transport and technology collections at local, state and national levels. Much of my work has been in the field of aviation, particularly the preservation and display of Australia’s military aviation history.

At the Australian War Memorial, I co-ordinated conservation and restoration work on the Australian-built Mosquito and Wirraway held in the collection and then supervised the disassembly of Lancaster G for George before extensive conservation treatment began. I received a Churchill Fellowship to assist with gathering technical information relating to Lancaster aircraft held in the United Kingdom. At the Royal Australian Air Force Museum, Point Cook, I was responsible for researching, text writing and managing the installation of new exhibition galleries detailing the history of the air force since 1913.

My current role at Museum Victoria focuses on the engineering & transport collections which date back to the mid-nineteenth century.  My current research program encompasses maritime and communications history. Hopefully this will feed into a publication on the activities of German surface raiders around Australia and New Zealand between 1940 and 1943