Dr Kirstie Close-Barry has worked as a historian in Melbourne universities since 2006. Her research has taken her from the United States of America, to Far North Queensland and out into the Pacific. Along the way she earned a Bachelor and Master of Arts, and examined colonialism in her home country, Australia. Realising that her family’s history was tangled with colonialism in the Pacific, she then decided, in her doctorate, to confront the policies they adopted while working for the Methodist Overseas Missions of Australasia. She continues to draw attention to Australia’s colonial past in the Pacific through her teaching and research in Australia, and the Pacific Adventist University in Papua New Guinea. Dr Close‑Barry has accepted an invitation to join State, Society & Governance in Melanesia at The Australian National University as a visiting researcher.