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.