Nick is the Archaeology curator in the Cultures and Histories Program, responsible for researching, curating and sharing the Queensland Museum’s archaeology collections. He joined the Museum’s Cultures and Histories program as a volunteer and became a fulltime Assistant Collection Manager in 2008, after completing a Bachelor of Arts (Archaeology double major) with the University of Queensland. After completing his Honours degree, Nick worked for a number of years as the Collection Manager before joining the Archaeology program as a Curator in 2015. Since this appointment, Nick has significantly increased the size of the historical archaeology collections with strategic acquisitions of assemblages associated with Queensland’s convict past, resource boom and busts and life in Brisbane during the 19th century.

Nick’s research specialisation is historical archaeology and his interests include the changing role of museums since their inception, 19th and 20th century material culture and how it reflects Queensland’s changing cultural landscape, museum collection development and the application of digital technology to cultural heritage recording and interpretation. Nick is currently working across multiple large-scale projects including the 3D recording of a tree carving from Far North Queensland, recording lived Indigenous experiences under the Native Mounted Police and Brisbane’s history as revealed through the Cross River Rail project. In addition, Nick has recently spent multiple field seasons excavating and analysing finds from Ravenswood, a central Queensland gold mining town, in order to better understand the choices people made when living in a frontier town in the late 19th century.

Research Projects supported by Project DIG

Cultural Heritage in a Digital World: Recording a Western Yalanji dendroglyph (presented at Australasian Archaeology Association 2019 conference).
In May 2019, a project team, supervised by the Western Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation, travelled to record a dendroglyph on the Mt Windsor Plateau in Far North Queensland. Photogrammetry of the dendroglyph was conducted along with the creation of a physical fibreglass peel, providing two unique recordings of this significant cultural modification. The authors provide a summary of the two methodologies along with an analysis of the benefits and costs of both. This paper also explores the further opportunities generated through the creation of digital cultural heritage. Learn more about preserving an endangered dendroglyph.

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