Dr Vanessa Witton is a Sydney-based writer. She holds degrees in arts and education from the University of Sydney, and began her career as a professional educator, teaching for 13 years in New South Wales Department of Education public schools. In 2008 she was awarded a doctorate from the University of Western Sydney for her novel and thesis based on the life of pioneer Australian woman doctor Dagmar Berne. Vanessa has since worked in various roles within the small museums and archives sector in Sydney including: Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Museum and Archives; Sydney Medical School Online Museum and Archive; St Paul’s College Archives at the University of Sydney; The Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales Heritage Centre; the SDN Archive at SDN Children’s Services; and The National Archives of Australia (New South Wales State Office). Since 2018 Vanessa has been based at the School of Medicine, University of Wollongong. She is currently working on an oral history project identifying the experiences of women in rural medical practice in Australia, and a project in collaboration with Justice Health New South Wales mapping the development of medical services in New South Wales prisons.