Stephen Gapps has a long-standing interest in public history and the history of early colonial Sydney. His PhD thesis examined historical reenactments and public commemorations of the past. Stephen has taught public history at the University of Technology, Sydney, and worked extensively as a consultant historian for heritage, museums, film and television and history events and performances. He is currently leading the development of a new permanent gallery display at the Australian National Maritime Museum that explores deep time, environmental and Indigenous histories. His latest book is The Sydney Wars: Conflict in the early colony 1788-1817 (NewSouth, 2018).