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Studied Latin, Greek and Classical Archaeology at the University of Lund, Sweden.
Certificate in Conservation, University of London
Postgraduate Diploma in Prehistory, University of London
MA, University of Queensland
Filosofie Doktor (Prehistory), University of Stockholm
Awards and Professional Activities:
Life Membership, Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists, awarded 2009
Full Member, Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists Inc. (AACAI)
Fellow, Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain (RAI)
Member, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)
Member, Australian Archaeological Association Inc. (AAA)
Member, ICOMOS Australia
Member, Independent Scholars Association of Australia Inc. (ISAA)
Mid-50s: Two years working with Professor J.R.Stewart , University of Sydney, and Mrs. D.E. Stewart (Cypriot BA pottery)
In recent years assisted the late Eve Stewart in preparing Vol.IV of Corpus of Cypriot Artefacts of the Early Bronze Age by J.R Stewart for publication (Åströms Förlag, Uppsala 2012, Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology Volume III:4).
Inspired by discussions with Prof. Gordon Childe, I spent seven years in England studying prehistory and relevant technical aspects as well as participating in excavations of of prehistoric, Roman and medieval sites in Great Britain. I also worked several summers in northern Sweden, surveying and excavating prehistoric sites in areas of hydroelectric developments.
When returning to Australia in 1965 I was asked to run the salvage excavation of Broadbeach Aboriginal Burial Ground, training and using students from the University of Queensland. Some funding was provided by AIATSIS in Canberra. For some years I also taught a section of the anthropology course at the University. The University also engaged me to prepare the architect's brief for an ethnographic museum with attached conservation laboratory. Official titles were Visiting Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, University of Queensland, 1965-70 and Curator, Anthropology Museum, University of Queensland, 1969.
I was also asked to prepare a draft legislation relating to Aboriginal heritage. This involved studying the legislation of a number of different countries. My draft was then submitted to government legal specialists to formulate the points made in a correct legal language and the Act to Provide for the Preservation of Anthropological and Prehistoric Relics was assented to in 1967 by the Queensland Parliament. To support this legislation I was made a Member of the Advisory Committee to the Minister for Conservation, Marine & Aboriginal Affairs, Queensland and served from 1967 to 1974. I also served as Honorary Warden, Department of Community Services (Qld) - (until the system was disbanded).
In the early 70's I, for family reasons, moved to Sydney, and was engaged by Professor P. Lawrence to tutor anthropology students at the University of Sydney (as Tutor, Department of Anthropology, University of Sydney, 1975, 1977-79. During 1976 I was in Sweden to finalise and present my Ph.D thesis in a public disputation. The Broadbeach report, published by the QUP, formed part of the thesis and a special edition was prepared for this and sent to Sweden.)
In Sydney I also taught evening courses in Australian and World Prehistory. While teaching at the university I was asked to take on doing archaeological consulting work when this was requested of the university as a result of recently introduced heritage legislation. Such work took increasing amounts of time and I decided that this work would have to be done full time and that working conditions and practices had to be vastly improved to make sense. Having worked with my sister, also archaeologist and consulting in the USA, I decided to use their organisation as a model and called a meeting of fellow archaeologist to set this up, resulting in the formation of the AACAI. (Associated positions: Foundation President, Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists Inc. (AACAI), 1979-86. Member, Executive Committee, AACAI, 1979-2000. AACAI representative, Council of Heritage Organisations (NSW), 1979-86. Member of the Bents Basin SRA Trust, 1981-84. Visiting Research Fellow, Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies, Canberra, 1987-1988.)
During some 40 years of consulting experience in Sweden, the United States and Australia, I have conducted a variety of investigations and training programs. These include cultural resource management (CRM) studies, environmental impact assessments and archaeological, anthropological and CRM aspects of training programs for archaeologists, reserve managers and rangers. My clients include heritage organisations, government departments, universities and private enterprise.
Served as Heritage Advisor to Brewarrina Shire, 2005-2012. This appointment seemed a logical development of my interest in the area, raised by having done a consultancy there. It has been an interesting experience, drawing on a wide range of heritage aspects and involving having to study additional fields, in particular aspects relating to rural economics and architecture.
- Aboriginal Prehistory and Contact Archaeology
- Use of ethnographic data, excavation methods, conservation of cultural material, heritage legislation.
- History, especially biographies, tracing interaction of events, influences and personalities.
A biography of Robert Coveny, an Austraiian of Irish Catholic descent (and of the Mort family, important in Australian history) who became a much loved officer in the Scottish Black Watch and who, after many years of service and fighting in India, Cyprus and various parts of Africa, died at Tell el-Kebir in the attempt to rescue General Gordon.