A.Prof David Andrew Roberts <>

Head of Department, Archaeology, Classics and History
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Associate Professor David Andrew Roberts is Head of Department of Archaeology, Classics and History at the University of New England. He teaches a variety of History subjects, including HIST351/551: Convict Australia, and administers a large postgraduate program that specialises in the study of early Australia. He is the editor (since 2003) of the Journal of Australian Colonial History and formerly co-editor of Australian Historical Studies (2017-2021). His research ranges across a variety of concerns but he is best known for his work on the history and legacy of Australia’s convict past. His current research is funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Project grant titled ‘Enquiring into Empire: Remaking the British Empire after 1815’.

Prof Hamish Maxwell-Stewart <>

Professor of Heritage Studies and Digital Humanities, Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education
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Professor Hamish Maxwell-Stewart specialises in the use of linked digitised datasets to explore past issues. He is particularly interested in the history of labour relations, crime and health. His research has been funded by the Australian Research Council most recently through the linkage grants ‘Conviction Politics’ and ‘Putting Death in its Place’ and the Discovery Grant ‘Intergenerational Transmission of Inequality’. Hamish works with Family and Local History Associations to increase access to archives through digitisation. A board member of the Tasmanian National Trust and Woolmers Historic Site he has track record in turning digital data into site interpretations and other products that are widely accessible. He is the author of several books including (with Michael Quinlan) Unfree Workers: Insubordination and Resistance in Convict Australia 1788-1860 (Palgrave Studies in Economic History, 2022).

Prof Martin Gibbs <>

Professor of Australian Archaeology, Department of Archaeology, Classics and History
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Professor Martin Gibbs is Chair of Australian Archaeology at UNE and specialises in Australasian-Pacific historical and maritime archaeology. He directs the Landscapes of Production and Punishment project and has worked on and written about convict sites throughout Australia. He also collaborates with Dr Richard Tuffin on the Mapping Convict Landscapes project. He is Editor of the Studies in Australasian Historical Archaeology series for the Australasian Society of Historical Archaeology, published via Sydney University Press. His other research includes the archaeology of Australian river systems with Dr Brad Duncan, as well as investigating the historical archaeology of the Solomon Islands.

Dr Richard Tuffin

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Richard Tuffin is an adjunct lecturer and formerly a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of New England (2020-22) who conducts historical and archaeological research in relation to the Australian convict period.

Dr Jenny Wise <>

Senior Lecturer in Criminology, School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
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Jenny Wise is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology within the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at the University of New England. Her research focuses on three broad areas: exploring place-based historical criminological sites and leisure activities associated with them, rural criminology and the social impacts of forensic science on the criminal justice system. In particular, Dr Wise has focused on place-based analysis of convict heritage sites, with a particular focus on tourism and leisure activities associated with these sites as a way of educating, creating/building national identities and entertaining tourists. She was the Chief Investigator of the 2016 Australian Institute of Criminology Research Grant ‘Reducing crime and incarceration rates in Aboriginal communities: What impact does the “Yes I Can” adult literacy program have on crime and incarceration rates in NSW Aboriginal communities?’ and continues her work in rural criminology as the Secretary for the Centre for Rural Criminology at UNE.

Dr Matthew Allen <>

Senior Lecturer, Department of Archaeology, Classics and History
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Dr Matthew Allen is a Senior Lecturer in Historical Criminology at the University of New England. He teaches across History and Criminology, notably, for students interested in convict history, HIST310: Being Bad: Sinners, Crooks, Deviants and Psychos and HIST313: Liberty and Democracy in the British World. His diverse research is focused on understanding the unique and extraordinary transition of New South Wales from penal colony to responsible democracy, and the way that this process was shaped by the conflict between liberal ideals and authoritarian controls within the British world. His work on the history of alcohol, policing, summary justice and surveillance has been published in Australian Historical Studies, History Australia, the Journal of Religious History, and the ANZ Journal of Criminology and he is currently writing a monograph for McGill-Queens University Press, entitled Drink and Democracy: Alcohol, Politics and Government in Colonial Australia, 1788-1856.

Dr Andrew Piper <>

Lecturer, Department of Archaeology, Classics and History
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Dr Andrew Piper has extensive experience in the cultural heritage industry in a variety of positions, including as an historian, archaeologist, curator and site manager in Africa, Australia, Micronesia and New Zealand, and six years as Conservation Manager at the Port Arthur Historic Site. He researches the social and economic repercussions of incarceration and institutionalisation in colonial Australia. He is especially interested in the use of physical fabric as historical primary sources, such as buildings and architecture, monuments and memorials, as well as cemeteries and grave markers. Dr Piper has been active in a number of community and governmental organisations, including the National Trust of Australia, Tasmanian Heritage Council, and UNE’s Heritage Futures Research Centre. He has also drafted policy for the Australian Labor Party and published widely on a range of heritage and historical topics.

Dr Caitlin D’Gluyas <>

Fixed-term Lecturer, Department of Archaeology, Classics and History
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Dr Caitlin D’Gluyas is an early career researcher in Australian archaeology, focusing on young (child) convicts and convict landscapes. She maintains industry connections through work on commercial archaeological projects, in particular, material evidence of convict sites in Parramatta and Sydney. Her research specialises in studies of convict history utilising landscape archaeology, historical archaeological theory, artefacts, GIS spatial analysis and historical studies of young people. Her publications include ‘Everyday artefacts: subsistence and quality of life at the Prisoner Barracks, Port Arthur, Tasmania’ in Archaeology in Oceania, Vol. 50, 2015 (with Gibbs, Hamilton and Roe), and ‘Juvenile Convict Labour and Industry: The Point Puer Landscape’, Journal of Australian Colonial History, Vol. 23, 2001.

Researchers (associated)

Sylvana Szydzik (Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority)