Technical Officer (Cultural Heritage)
Ecology and Heritage Partners, Melbourne
I was born and raised in Mackay and spent my university years in Townsville studying a Bachelor of Arts degree in Archaeology at JCU. Currently I’m living in Moonee Ponds, Melbourne, which is a leafy suburb north of the CBD. The traffic has been quite difficult to get used to, as it’s very much a ‘drive fast and get out of my way’ type of attitude compared to the easy driving in North Queensland!
My work focuses on Cultural Heritage Management in Victoria, which includes Aboriginal and Historical archaeology. I usually travel across the state to perform archaeological digs and surveys in often remote areas. I also spend time in the Melbourne office to write archaeological reports and catalogue artefacts. The remote work I travel to is often quite picturesque, which is an added bonus of the job.
My current project is focussed on the potential UNESCO site Budj Bim – a significant Aboriginal cultural heritage site that has existing structures that are over 6600 years old. I was also on Mt Napier in Western Victoria, which is an extinct volcano that has important Aboriginal Cultural Heritage attached to it.
I gained invaluable work experience in North Queensland for archaeological work, which was a defining factor in gaining my employment in Melbourne.