NOHC draw upon the services of a network of associated specialist who may join our team for a particular project or contribute a particular analysis component. This network includes the following members:
BSc Hons, Post Grad. Dip. (Conservation of Rock Art), MA
Bruce is a Canberra-based chemist and conservation scientist with Art & Archival Pty Ltd and a researcher with the National Museum of Australia. He works on museum based science and conservation policy issues as well as the conservation and management of indigenous rock art. Bruce’s work includes the application of the concepts of cultural heritage significance and risk in the assessment and design of lighting frameworks for cultural institutions. This has led to commissions at prominent international collecting organisations such as the Tate Gallery in London, England, the National Galleries of Scotland, and the Guggenheim (art) Museum in New York, USA, in addition to Australia’s leading national and state collecting organisations. In the past Bruce has taught conservation science at the University of Canberra and was Head of Conservation at the National Gallery of Australia. NOHC draws upon Bruce’s expertise in the areas of materials conservation and the management of Aboriginal rock art.
Dr Roslyn Russell
MA (Hons), Post Grad. Dip. Applied Science (Cultural Heritage Management), PhD
Historian and Museum Curator, Roslyn Russell Museum Services
Roslyn is a historian and author who lives and works in Canberra. She conducts her own consultancy, Roslyn Russell Museum Services and is active in the fields of moveable heritage, the assessment of the significance of collections, documentary heritage, and historical interpretation. Roslyn provides advice to NOHC on site interpretation and the development of signage. She has developed exhibitions and signage for a wide range of museums, galleries and institutions including the National Museum of Australia, National Library of Australia, National Archives of Australia, the Australian War Memorial, Canberra Museum and Gallery, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Canberra Urban Parks, ACTEW/Bulk Water Alliance, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
BA (History and Archaeology), Assoc.Dip. (Local and Applied History)
Historian. Caroline Plim history + research
Caroline has worked as a freelance historian since 2001 and is a Graduate Member of the Professional Historians Association NSW. Caroline regularly conducts historical research for the NOHC team, displaying a high degree of expertise in the retrieval and interpretation of the historical documentary record. Caroline specialises in documentary and archival research, and the writing of histories and significance assessments. Investigations include residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural sites focusing on the built environment in the context of the surrounding landscape. Research has been carried out in rural, regional and metropolitan areas in New South Wales, and in other states where a site has broader associations. Heritage studies and conservation management plans are undertaken in collaboration with firms of archaeologists and architects, while other report types are produced independently.
Dr Denise Donlon
BSc, BA Hons, Dip. Ed., PhD
Physical and Forensic Anthropologist
Denise is a senior lecturer in anatomy and forensic osteology at the Department of Anatomy and Histology, University of Sydney. She is the curator of the Shellshear Museum of Physical Anthropology and Comparative Anatomy. In parallel with her academic career, Denise has a consulting practice, providing services in biological and forensic osteology and forensic anthropology to a variety of clients including archaeologists, the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, Aboriginal Land Councils and the NSW Department of Forensic Medicine. Denise has over twenty years experience in the identification, analysis and interpretation of human skeletal material within a wide range of contexts, from archaeological sites and cultural heritage assessments to forensic casework. She also has training and experience in the excavation of burials. On the infrequent occasions that human skeletal remains are encountered on NOHC projects, Denise has provided specialist services and advice in their identification, recovery, management and repatriation.
M BEnv, B Arch, ARAIA
Heritage Architect, Small Quinton Coleman
Nicholas is a Senior Architect at Small Quinton Coleman and has more than 20 years experience as an architect. While he has been involved in a broad range of architectural and conservation projects throughout Australia he has a very strong interest in the adaptive use of buildings. Nicholas has also undertaken extensive research into timber buildings and their development in Australia. In 1996 his Masters Thesis on this topic won him the inaugural Sydney Cove Authority’s prize for best thesis. Nicholas contributes specialist advice, recording, analysis and management skills to NOHC projects where there is a specific built environment component.
BA Hons, Dip. Maritime Archaeology
Maritime archaeologist, Cosmos Archaeology
Cosmos is the Director of Cosmos Archaeology Pty Ltd, and has an Honours degree in Archaeology from the University of Sydney and a Post Graduate Diploma in Maritime Archaeology from Curtin University. Cosmos has worked in government as a project officer in Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory both as a historical and maritime archaeologist. He has operated Cosmos Archaeology Pty Ltd since 1997. Cosmos has also participated in academic and Government projects in Australia, New Guinea, Saipan, Italy and Greece, in varying capacities from volunteer specialist to field director. Cosmos contributes specialist advice, recording, analysis and management skills to NOHC projects with a maritime heritage component (eg. The Sydney Ports Expansion project and the Multi Purpose Wharf project at Twofold Bay, NSW).
Dr Matthew Brookhouse
Assoc. Dip (Applied Science; Horticulture), B.Sc. (Forestry) (Hons), PhD (Dendroclimatology)
Matthew is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Research School of Biology (ANU) and lectures in statistics and environmental measurement techniques at the Fenner School of Environment and Society (ANU). He has previously worked as a forest dendrochronologist (1997-2003) and has designed and implemented a range of forest inventory and research programs. As well as leading a program collecting and analysing tree-ring materials from native eucalypt forests in Victoria, he has also conducted assessment and interpretation of forest structural attributes including external features and injuries associated with internal decay and canopy characteristics associated with tree- and forest-level processes of ageing and disturbance.
During and since completing his Ph.D. Matthew has pioneered dendrochronological research in Australia. This has included proposing and verifying the annularity of unique tree-ring features in eucalypts as a source of forest growth and climatological data, developing the first climate-sensitive tree-ring chronologies for eucalypts as well as identifying elevation-dependent climate sensitivity in eucalypts and their potential for climatological and hydrological reconstructions. Matthew provides professional dendrochronological services and has contributed to assessments of culturally-modified trees and provided expert-witness evidence in land-clearing prosecutions and bushfire inquiries.