I am a Principal here and my main role is to act as Excavation Director for excavations on historical sites run by Artefact as well as historical research, general heritage management and mentoring of Artefact staff.



I have always been interested in the past; from trips to the goldfields, trips to timber mills and steam train rides with my father as well as his version of family history. I learned by field skills from some wonderfully generous archaeologists and found inspiration from the classic archaeological writing. My interest lies somewhere in the junction of history, geography and archaeology. I have seen the firestick fires of a Northern Australia summer, the mutton birds on the water in Bass Strait, the silent wreck of the Loch Ard and the apocalyptic remains of Gunkanjima and I have a bit more to learn about the past.


My artefact is an 1882 plan of the settlement of Mitchel between Bathurst and Lithgow. This was a small gold mining settlement and poorly documented. This map shows the surprising extent of the settlement in the landscape including a Chinese market garden and a hut occupied by a Chinese man. The map is of value as it is a serendipitous find.


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