Our Research Team

The Quarantine Project is a collaborative research project within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, bringing together archaeologists, historians and heritage scholars.

Professor Alison Bashford

Alison Bashford is the Vere Harmsworth Professor of Imperial and Naval History, University of Cambridge. Her books and research bring together medical history, environmental history and world history.
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Dr Annie Clarke

Dr Anne (Annie) Clarke is a senior archaeologist with extensive experience in the Indigenous archaeology of Northern Australia. Focusing on Eastern Arnhem Land, she has researched the art and archaeology of cross-cultural interactions, community-based archaeology and heritage, and collecting studies. Annie brings her decades of experience in interpreting Indigenous rock art to the markings made by people incarcerated in quarantine at the edge of Sydney Harbour.
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Dr Ursula Frederick

Dr Ursula Frederick is an archaeologist and artist with a particular interest in material and visual cultures. She is currently completing a combined research and practice doctoral project on the art and aesthetics of car cultures. Prior to undertaking her PhD Ursula completed an MA (Research) in Archaeology at the ANU and a BA (Hons) in Fine Arts at UWA. Her MA thesis was concerned with exploring continuity and transformation in the social context of rock art production during the process of Aboriginal-European contact in central Australia. Ursula has a long term research interest in practices of mark-making including contemporary graffiti, historic inscriptions and rock art.

Dr Peter Hobbins

Dr Peter Hobbins is a historian of science and medicine serving as the project manager for the Quarantine Project. His research encompasses the intersections between the spaces and practices of quarantine and defence, especially their contributions to ideas of Australasian identity.
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Lady Jean Foley

Lady Jean Foley (Honorary Researcher) has a longstanding expertise on quarantine, especially the Quarantine Station at North Head. A former Registrar of the University of Sydney, Jean Foley completed an MA in history and was awarded a Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) in 1995. In that year she published In Quarantine: A History of Sydney's Quarantine Station 1828-1984. Continuing to research and write about the site, Jean is currently completing a further book, entitled Healings and Burials at Sydney’s North Head.

Peta Longhurst

Peta Longhurst is an archaeologist with an interdisciplinary background in heritage studies and history and philosophy of science. Her doctoral research is concerned with the intersection between medical theory, ideology and the material culture of human quarantine, and in particular the extent to which medical conceptions of disease transmission were realised at quarantine sites.

Sarah Janson

Sarah Janson is undertaking her Honours in archaeology at the University of Sydney, recording and researching the Quarantine Station’s Third Cemetery and headstone collection. Through this project she hopes to explore the archaeology of death, history and heritage by examining how the liminality of the quarantine experience affects the material culture of memorialisation and commemoration.

Tiarne Barratt

Tiarne Barratt is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at the University of Sydney. Her current doctoral work explores contraceptive sterilisation in twentieth century Australia, using tubal ligation and vasectomy to challenge existing understandings of gender and reproduction. Tiarne has been involved in historical research for the Quarantine Project throughout 2013 and now acts as Conference Manager.

Rebecca Anderson

Rebecca Anderson is the Curator and Collections Manager at the Sydney Quarantine Station. Currently completing her Masters of Museum Studies at the University of Sydney, her interests encompass the histories of photography, exploration, health, medicine, and ethnobotany. Drawing upon her BA/BFA in History and Photomedia at the University of NSW/College of Fine Arts, Rebecca’s research for the Quarantine Project focuses on photographic records.

Samantha Killmore

Samantha Killmore is a graduate student in the Department of History. Having completed honours in History and Philosophy of Science, her current doctoral project explores the history of commercial anthropometry. Samantha's research for the Quarantine Project focuses on shipping records for vessels that visited the site.

Kate Colgan

Kate Colgan is currently completing an MA (Research) at the University of New South Wales. Her current research interests include socio-cultural encounters of minority cultures and Sydney’s working-class neighbourhoods in the later nineteenth century. Her role in this project is to uncover the life stories behind the European inscriptions and discover their contribution to the Station’s history and Australia’s rich cultural narrative.

Daniel Kaan

Daniel Kaan is an analyst and database developer who has completed Certification for FileMaker versions 7 to 12. After studying Music, Mathematics, Philosophy and English as a University of Sydney undergraduate, Daniel completed a Master of Cognitive Science from UNSW. He also has an AMusA and a Licentiate from Trinity College London in classical singing.

Lotty Feakins

Lotty Feakins is a historical archaeologist with an interdisciplinary interest in folklore and archaeology, particularly patterns and meaning in the material and immaterial realms. Her recent Honours thesis investigated correlations between the Australian 'bush legend' and the material record at buffalo shooting camps in Kakadu National Park. After gaining two accolades for her Honours research – the University Medal and the Maureen Byrne Memorial Prize for best thesis – Lotty is now undertaking a PhD on the buffalo shooting industry in Australia.

Pam Forbes

Pam Forbes taught electronics and computing at TAFE before returning to study archaeology at Sydney University. She is interested in technologies to record and analyse archaeological data and has been involved in recording rock inscriptions using polynomial textural mapping.

Greg Jackson

Greg Jackson is a former engineer and TAFE teacher of engineering. He is currently completing a BA in archaeology at Sydney University. Greg’s involvement in the Quarantine Project has included recording rock inscriptions and headstones using polynomial textural mapping.

Iain Johnston

Iain G. Johnston is an archaeologist and a PhD candidate of the School of Archaeology and Anthropology at The Australian National University. His doctoral research focuses on the Dynamic Figure style of rock art in Northern Australia and explores the extent to which depictions of people, objects and animals by Aboriginal rock artists tell us about their society, organisation and environment. Iain’s role for the Quarantine Project is to help record and document the inscription across the quarantine landscape.

Jane Rooke

Jane Rooke has an interest in the relationships that occur between archaeological field work and the ongoing curation and interpretation process. The opportunity to complete an internship looking at a collection left for 30 years before the cataloguing and reporting process at Hyde Park Barracks in Sydney, has led to an interest in the importance of orphaned collections within the larger archaeological narratives of historical Australia.