Dr Mathew Trinca was appointed the Director of the National Museum of Australia in February 2014, after a prominent career at the NMA and Western Australian Museum.
His interests span the 20th century history of Australia, with a focus on the social and cultural relationships between Britain and Australia. He also has a professional focus on the historical and contemporary links between Australia and Asia. Dr Trinca is an interested contributor to debates on museum theory and practice and has published on the history of Australian travel to London, on convictism and constitutional history, on museums and their meaning, and has co-edited two books, Country: Visions of Land and People in Western Australia and Under Suspicion: Citizenship and Internment in Australia during World War II.
Dr Trinca was previously the Museum’s Assistant Director, Collections, Content and Exhibitions, with responsibility for collections acquisition, management and preservation, redevelopment of permanent galleries, temporary and travelling exhibitions, and curatorial and research activities. Under his leadership, the Museum developed its reputation as a leading collector of artefacts representing Australia’s history and redeveloped two major permanent galleries, Landmarks, and Australian Journeys, acclaimed by the Museum’s visitors and museum commentators.
Dr Trinca worked as a history curator and manager of the MuseumLink program at the Western Australian Museum, in Perth, and as a consultant historian for public history projects including in conservation plans, exhibition developments and short documentary films. He has a PhD in history from the University of Sydney and is a graduate of the University of Western Australia.