Board of Management
Gordon Grimwade has extensive experience in managing archaeological investigation, cultural heritage management and cultural tourism projects in remote and tropical environments, spanning four decades. He has undertaken numerous Chinese-Australian, mining and military heritage archaeological projects. Gordon has published widely on heritage management, interpretation, regional museums, cultural heritage tourism and writes on history and archaeology for school age children. Gordon is a former member of the Queensland Heritage Council and was awarded the prestigious 2008 John Oxley Fellowship, State Library of Qld, to research overland Chinese migration in northern Australia. He is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at Flinders University, Adelaide, a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Dig into History (USA) and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (UK).
Melissa Dunk is a passionate and goal-orientated archaeologist with six years’ experience in the field, who has worked on sites across Tasmania, Victoria, NSW and Queensland. She currently works for the NBN Co in the Statutory Approvals team providing cultural heritage advice and support. Previously she led a team of environmental, heritage and land specialists that supported gas pipeline projects and operations across Australia. Melissa is a current MPhil candidate at the University of Queensland researching Overseas Chinese Archaeology in Australia specifically a methodology used to assess the theoretical approaches, site interpretations and to create a timeline and context for comparison with other Chinese settlement sites. Melissa recently worked with Gordon Grimwade on an archaeological excavation on the Pig Oven in Atherton Chinatown and has since published a chapter on Chinese ceramics from the Dennis O’Hoy collection, Bendigo. She is also an Full International Member of Australia ICOMOS (International Council of Monuments and Sites), a member of the Australasian Society of Historical Archaeology, and a registered heritage advisor with the Office of Aboriginal Victoria. Melissa is also experienced in Geographical Information Systems and technology in general.
Paul Macgregor is an historian and heritage consultant, and was the curator of Melbourne’s Museum of Chinese Australian History 1990-2005. His specialty areas are colonial, 19th and early 20th century histories of Australia and China. He has a wide-ranging knowledge of Chinese material culture and initiated two archaeological excavations of sites in Victoria - the Cohen Place project in Melbourne's Chinatown (Sarah Myers 1999) and the Butcher's Gully project near Castlemaine (Zvonka Stanin 2002). He has also been involved in five major academic research projects including: the Thematic Survey of Sites of Chinese Australian History project, and the Studies in Victoria’s Goldfield Heritage: the Mt Alexander Diggings 1851-1901 project. He has organised four international conferences on the Chinese in Australasia, and curated numerous exhibitions on the history and material heritage of Chinese Australians. He has published widely on Chinese Australian history and is currently researching Chinese joss houses, merchants and storekeepers in colonial Victoria.
Diann Talbot is one of the pre-eminent historians of the Ovens and Buckland Valleys, and has a particular interest in the Chinese miners and pioneers of the district. She is an active member of both the Bright and Harrietville Historical Societies/Museums, and is particularly interested in the relationships between sites, artefacts and people's histories. Her publications include: Grave Recollections - The History of the Bright Cemetery with some brief histories of our early pioneers (1999); Then and Now: Exploring Bright (2001); Tobacco in the Ovens Valley (2002); The Buckland Valley Goldfield: A Brief History of the Rush for Gold, the Deaths, the Chinese Tragedy and the Rebellion that Culminated in the infamous Buckland Riot (2004); The Buckland Riot (2007); and Chinese Deaths and Burials in Harrietville and some lonely graves (2012), and Who is She? (2016), a history of the women of the Chinese communities of the Ovens Valley.
Andrew Swift has worked as a mining heritage consultant to various state and local government agencies since the mid 1990s. Projects in conjunction with Robert Kaufman (LRGM Services) have included heritage feature surveys, site mapping and assessments of historic mining sites throughout the eastern ranges of Victoria in 2003-5, especially the Upper Ovens, Buckland, Mitta Mitta, Upper Dargo and Dart River goldfields. Published works include the section on mining in The Buckland Valley Goldfield, by Diann Talbot, and a number of local mining history documentaries under the banner of "Heritage Rat Productions". Andrew has been employed since 2008 by the Mt Hotham Alpine Resort Management Board as Cultural Heritage Officer. This role has seen him implement and supervise the construction of three iconic heritage themed walks, including the Cobungra Ditch Walking Track, The Huts Walk, and the Brabralung Trail. Andrew continues to present, record and conserve mining heritage in many formats.