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Maddy is Senior Curator Maritime Archaeology in the Cultures and Histories Program at the Museum of Tropical Queensland, Townsville. Her post is a joint appointment with James Cook University's College of Arts, Society & Education where she is engaged in research, supervision and guest teaching.

Maddy joined the Queensland Museum Network in January 2017. As an archaeologist with five years of experience working in the university and consultancy sector Maddy’s research has focused on Australia, in particular South Australia. Her wider interests include maritime cultural landscapes in Australia’s historical period and decolonising Australian maritime archaeology through the representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in research.

Her doctoral study addressed neglected narratives through the maritime cultural landscape of Point Pearce Aboriginal Mission (Burgiyana). This study also inspired the co-curated exhibition ‘Children, Boats and “Hidden Histories”: Crayon drawings by Aboriginal children at Point Pearce Mission, 1939’. From 2012 she has worked as an academic staff member in the Department of Archaeology and continues to have a strong partnership with Flinders University as an Associate Lecturer.

Maddy is interested in developing collaborative research projects with Indigenous communities, curators and scholars and has worked closely with the Narungga community in South Australia (2012-present).

Teaching
  • AR3008: Boats and Beaches: The archaeology of coasts and islands (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
Interests
Professional
  • Diversity within maritime and underwater archaeology
  • Indigenous representation within maritime and underwater archaeology
  • Opportunities for young professionals and early career researchers
Research
  • Maritime and underwater archaeology
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander archaeology
  • Island and coastal archaeology
  • Maritime cultural landscapes and seascapes
Teaching
  • Community-based education
  • Supplementing traditional teaching methods
Experience
  • 2017 to present - Senior Curator Maritime Archaeology, Queensland Museum Network (Australia)
  • 2016 to present - Adjunct Associate Lecturer, Flinders University (Australia)
  • 2016 - Marine Archaeologist, Wessex Archaeology (UK)
Research Disciplines
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Honours
Awards
  • 2015 - Vice Chancellor's Prize for Doctoral Thesis Excellence - Flinders University
  • 2011 - University Medal - Flinders University
Memberships
  • Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology
  • Society for Historical Archaeology
Other
  • 2016 to 2017 - Councillor - Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology
  • 2012 to 2015 - Secretary - Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology
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