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.
I've been fortunate to have worked on projects on a diverse range of industrial sites from boat building, dockyard cranes, coal loaders, coke works, grain silos, warehouses, airfields, railways (including driving a steam engine), coal mining, copper mining, gold mining, brickworks and Broken Hill.
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.