About Me

Academic Background

A teacher of foreign languages by profession, I graduated from the University of New England in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in French. In 1980 I graduated from the University of New England with a Bachelor of Letters (Litt.B) in French literature, writing a thesis in French on late C19th and early C20th French writer Marcel Proust.

During my teaching career I taught at Hay War Memorial High School from 1971 to 1976 and then transferred to Mudgee High School in 1977. At Mudgee I taught French, German, Maths, English, Computing and finally Japanese, before retiring in 2000.   

I established John Broadley Heritage Services in May 2000, and completed a Master of Arts degree in Cultural Heritage Studies (with Distinction) from Charles Sturt University in 2003. My Master's thesis comprised an architectural study of the historic Binnawee homestead (circa 1855) at Mudgee which appears in my book Historic Houses of Mudgee (see My Book)

In 2015 I was nominated to the list of lecturers for the Association of ADFAS (Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Societies) - see TOURS & LECTURES for details of my available lectures on a wide range of Australian and European topics

Community Roles

A resident of Mudgee since 1977, I have a great interest in Australian history, built heritage and the arts. I am currently:

  • Vice-President of Mudgee Historical Society Inc (previously President)
  • Committee member of the Gulgong-Mudgee-Rylstone branch of The National Trust of Australia, New South Wales (previously Secretary and Treasurer)
  • Committee member of ADFAS Mudgee Inc (previously Secretary, Membership Secretary, Vice-Chairman, and Chairman)
  • Executive member of the National Council of ADFAS from 2016: I am Executive liaison for ADFAS in the Community projects: Church Recording, Schools of Arts/Mechanics Institutes, and Young Arts, and since 2017 also serve as Church Recording coordinator and Young Arts coordinator

From 1997 until 2006 I was a member of the Mudgee Shire Heritage and Environment Committee and its successors, the Mudgee Shire Heritage Committee and the Mid-Western Regional Council Heritage Committee. From 2011 to 2014 I was Secretary of the Central Tablelands Chapter of Museums Australia

Heritage Involvement

In recent years I have been actively involved in heritage issues in the Mudgee district. I have:

  • self-published a well-received book Historic Houses of Mudgee
  • conducted heritage bus and walking tours of Mudgee and district
  • coordinated events for the National Trust Heritage Festivals and Australia Day celebrations
  • compiled historical and architectural studies on numerous residential, commercial and public buildings in the Mudgee area
  • been extensively involved in the production of the Mid-Western Regional Council Heritage Study in the mid 2000s
  • lectured on the history of Mudgee to a variety of organizations and conferences
  • been involved in conservation management plans for several of the district’s historic buildings
  • presented a Powerpoint lecture to ADFAS Mudgee entitled The Architects of Mudgee
  • regularly contributed articles to the Mudgee Guardian on Mudgee's architectural heritage

I also have an interest in, and considerable knowledge of, the history and built heritage of the Bathurst, Orange, Gulgong, Dunedoo, Coolah, Cassilis, Merriwa and Rylstone districts in the Central West of New South Wales, as well as the eastern suburbs of Sydney.

I am about to finish my second book, Stories in Stone: Mudgee Memorial Park.

I also have two other books which I am currently researching:

  • Vanished Mansions of Woollahra
  • Early Cars of Mudgee and District: 1900 to 1914