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ASHA Showcase: online lecture series

Landscapes of Production and Punishment – the archaeology of convict industry

6pm AEDT, Wednesday 16 March 2022

Professor Martin Gibbs (speaking), Dr Richard Tuffin and Caitlin d’Glyuas, all affiliated with the University of New England

Although the convict system has been a staple of Australian historical archaeological research, Kerr’s Design for Convicts remains the only attempt at a synthesis, albeit limited to the evolution of institutional sites for accommodation and punishment. However, as archaeologists continue to undertake surveys and excavations of convict work places and production sites (from quarries to culverts to buildings and landscapes), the question remains as to how we can incorporate these as part of our wider analysis and understanding of convict labour. Similarly, if we are to reconnect with the wider concerns of historians and sociologists, how do we link our archaeologies to multi-scalar issues where we have everything from the ‘big data’ showing en-masse where and how thousands of men, women and children were deployed in a vast range of situations across the colonies, versus accommodating personal life courses and individual experiences. This seminar presents an overview of the structure of the Landscapes of Production and Punishment project and a sample of the different projects being undertaken under its banner.

More Information

For more information on this Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project, visit the project website at:

The historical archaeology of Australia’s place in the colonial Indian Ocean world

Professor Alistair Paterson, University of Western Australia

[Video to come]

There has been five decades of historical and maritime archaeological research into sites along the West Australian coast. The Coastal Connections ARC Future Fellowship provides a regional overview for Northwest Western Australia of related industrial and colonial activities and their associated archaeological expressions. This regional perspective highlights ‘deep histories’ of resource extraction and the translocation of labourers. Archaeology provides insight into the role of Aboriginal people in these industries, as – variously — on-Country, indentured or unfree labourers. The presence of Asian industries and labourers highlights regional complexities often overlooked, as well the role of Asian indentured labourers as Australia’s rejection of non-‘White’ labourers grew. This historical archaeological evidence is used to consider Western and northern Australia in wider histories of Imperialism, globalisation and industrialisation.

Additional Information

For more information on this Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship project, visit the project website at:

For more information on Professor Alistair Paterson’s research, visit his staff profile on the University of Western Australia’s website:

ASHA 2021 Conference: Soundbytes

In the lead up to the 2021 conference, Amber Patterson-Ooi produced the following soundbytes which will tantalise your earbuds, and have you wishing you had attended the 2021 conference. You can find contact details for all of our presenters in the full conference program which is available to download at on the conference webpage.

James Hunter & Holger Deuter

In a highly collaborative project, Dr James Hunter of Australian National Maritime Museum and Professor Holger Deuter of HSKL – Fachbereich Bauen und Gestalten chat about their work on creating a VR dive on the wreck of the PS Herald.

Prof Alistair Paterson

Here, Professor Alistair Paterson, ARC Future Fellow at Uni of WA gave us a little snippet of insight into his fascinating research to hear about his research into the pearl fishery industry.

Greg Hil

Greg Hil, PhD candidate for Archaeology at La Trobe University chats about the paper he presented for our conference this year. There was fascinating insights into understanding how 31.5 million cubic metres of sediments from Bendigo goldfields has impacted the landscape – and the implications this has on associated cultural heritage.

Christine, Bronwyn & Nadia – Show & Tell

Dr Christine Williamson, Bronwyn Woff and Nadia Bajzelj from Christine Williamson Heritage Consultants bring us a snippet of their paper ‘Show and Tell’. Sometimes, it’s just all about how cool an artefact is!

Sean Winter

One of the Sessions we are hosted this year is The Archaeology of Underfloor Occupation Deposits. This intriguing session was chaired by Sean Winter (The University of Western Australia and Snappy Gum Heritage Services) and Helen Runciman (The University of Western Australia. In this sound byte, Sean gives an overview of some of the presentations which were presented.

Claire Baxter

Listen in to Claire Baxter speaking about her research on why thinking about statues and monuments could be re-framed to see them as archaeology – material culture that we still use.