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Nicole Cama

Professional historian
My aim is to engage and inspire audiences with stories from the past in creative ways…

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Nicole Cama

Nicole Cama

Professional historian, curator, content strategist

I’m a professional historian who specialises in social and public history, and have worked on numerous history projects for the City of Sydney, Dictionary of Sydney, IP Australia, PlayStation and more.

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What I do



Investigate and collate historical sources, such as photographs, archival material, oral histories, books, on a particular topic, individual, place or time.



Organise and interpret historical evidence, critically assessing its reliability and significance.


Create engaging historical narratives for a wide audience based on research and analysis of evidence.


Publish or present historical narrative across a number of formats such as online, print, broadcast, in person.

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Nicole is a highly regarded consulting historian who works with and for a range of diverse history and community organisations and museums. Her outputs are produced to a very high standard, she is professional and prompt in her communications, never misses deadlines and she pays excellent attention to detail. Associate Professor Tanya Evans

Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations, Macquarie University

In my many dealings with Nicole since 2013, I have found her articulate, innovative, well organised, and a superb researcher and writer with an excellent track record in meeting deadlines. She also has particularly strong social media skills. She is always pleasant to deal with. I have no hesitation in highly recommending Nicole as an historical consultant.

Emeritus Professor David Carment AM

Former President, History Council of NSW


Colonial neighbours: Reynolds’ cottages

Reynolds’ cottages on Harrington Street, The Rocks have survived for 187 years! I spoke about them on 2SER for the Dictionary of Sydney.

“I challenge you sir!” – Duelling in colonial Sydney

Did you know a duel took place in a field in Homebush one morning in March 1827? I spoke about duelling in colonial Sydney this morning on 2SER Breakfast.

NAIDOC 2016 – Sydney’s Aboriginal people

NAIDOC 2016 is in full swing and the Dictionary of Sydney recently published new articles about two interesting characters from Sydney’s Aboriginal past – Carangarang and Willemering.

Kate Leigh: ‘the Sly-Grog Queen’

The Dictionary of Sydney has some fascinating new articles including one on the famous ‘the Sly-Grog Queen’ and ‘worst woman in Sydney’ – Kate Leigh.

Sydney’s wild weather

Wild weather just hit Sydney and images captured by awestruck residents have dominated the news. I spoke with Jamie on 2SER about Sydney’s stormy past.

Constance Kent: The ‘murderess’

In 1929, 85-year-old Sydney nurse and public servant Ruth Emilie Kaye confessed to murdering her three-year-old brother. Her real name was Constance Kent.

The Ultimo World War I Roll of Honour

For decades a World War I honour board lay in the attic of an Ultimo church. It features 36 names. These are their stories.

The Appin massacre – 200 years on

This Sunday 17 April 2016 marks 200 years since the Appin massacre, when at least 14 Aboriginal men, women and children were killed by soldiers under the command of Captain James Wallis, as part of a military reprisal raid ordered by Governor Lachlan Macquarie. I...

The Trocadero: Sydney’s most glamorous dance hall

There’s been a lot of talk about Sydney’s night life lately so I thought I’d look at one of the city’s most popular venues between 1936 and the late 1960s. The Trocadero on George Street was Sydney’s most glamorous dance hall and played host to a range of VIPs,...

200 years of public architecture

The State Library of NSW has just opened a new exhibition – Imagine a City: 200 Years of Public Architecture in NSW. In the Dictionary of Sydney, architects Philip Thalis and Peter John Cantrill detail how Sydney’s built environment developed from the arrival of the...

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