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 is a medical historian with longstanding interest in the history of quarantine and the management of infectious diseases. She is currently Professor of Modern History at the University of Sydney, and has been appointed Vere Harmsworth Chair of Imperial and Naval History at the University of Cambridge.
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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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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.
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.
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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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.