Siobhan Lavelle MA.,
Historical Archaeologist and
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The following information derives from my professional C.V. The great thing
about egotists is that we never talk about anyone else.
Did I mention that I was a school prefect and captain of the cricket team ? How about my (fabulously high) percentile score in
the HSC ??
Some of my teachers even actually liked me. Shame about all those other years I
was sent outside or on detention.
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An Historical Archaeologist and
Heritage Consultant, Siobh�n Lavelle has a wide range
of both practical and administrative experience. She has worked as a full time
professional engaged in cultural heritage management for over 15 years.
Positions held have included National Trust (NSW) Assistant Archaeologist
(1985-1988) and Archaeologist (1989); Project Officer, Historic Resources NPWS
(1988); Consultant Archaeologist, Heritage Branch / Heritage Council of NSW
(1990) and Senior Environmental Consultant (Specialist Archaeologist) to
Pacific Power (1996-97).
consultancy established in 1989 with most work undertaken in NSW. More than 100
projects completed. Consultant projects for both government and private clients
have included historical archaeological surveys, excavations, heritage
assessments, heritage studies, statements of heritage
impact, conservation plans and archaeological management plans. Regular clients
include the Roads and Traffic Authority, Local Government Authorities, the
Public Works Department and the Penrith Lakes Development Corporation.
Major projects in the
past decade include the preparation of Archaeological Management Plans for the
City of Melbourne; City of Sydney; City of Newcastle and Port Macquarie.
Siobh�n has considerable expertise in the assessment of Colonial
roads. Since 1994 she has been the consultant archaeologist for the Heritage
Council endorsed "Convict Trail Project". This is a community based
initiative which seeks to conserve the remaining heritage precincts of the Great North Road,
constructed from Sydney to Newcastle from 1826 to 1836. A Conservation
Plan for the 250km road was completed from 1997 to 1999.
This Conservation Plan won a National Trust Heritage Award. To read the plan click here.
To visit the road use the link further down this page or visit The Convict Trail Project.
1998 a team comprising the Engineering firm Cardno
MBK, Dr Don Fraser and Ms Siobh�n Lavelle completed a
"Study of the Relative Significance of all Timber Truss Bridges in NSW
" for the Roads and Traffic Authority. This report assessed the remaining
82 of an original 422 timber truss bridges constructed in NSW. The 5 volume
study received a 'Highly Commended' in the 1999 Institution of Engineers Awards
(Heritage Category), and was the Winner of the Energy Australia Award in the
National Trust Heritage Awards 2000, the award being accepted by the RTA.
Siobh�n has also worked on several major urban archaeological
excavations and participated in major heritage studies. Historical
archaeological monitoring projects and archaeological excavations include work
on the "Dundullimal" property, Dubbo,
"Lindesay" Darling Point, "Woodford Academy",Woodford,
and "Old Government House" Parramatta, for the National Trust of
Australia (NSW), as well as investigations of The No.1 Mortuary Station and
Necropolis Circuit, Rookwood Cemetery and
"Wivenhoe" near Camden.
Siobh�n has particular expertise in the care and conservation of
historic cemeteries, having prepared guidelines on this subject published by
the Heritage Council of NSW in 1992, and having completed an MA thesis on the
cemeteries of the Sydney Region. She has also been involved in the preparation
of detailed conservation plans for more than a dozen individual cemeteries,
including large general cemeteries, churchyards and private burial grounds. In
1988, she was a member of the consultancy team for the Rookwood
Necropolis Plan of Management, which subsequently won the 1990 Australian
Heritage Award (Government Category) from the Australian Council of National
Trusts and the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects National Award 1990
(Heritage Landscapes Category).
In 1993 - 1994 Siobh�n was appointed as Historic Cemeteries Adviser to the
National Trust and Heritage Council of NSW. From 1993 to 1995 Siobh�n also served as the National Trust nominated Trustee
of Rookwood Necropolis, Sydney, which at more than 750
acres, is one of the largest cemeteries in the world. In 1997 Siobh�n was part of a team which completed a report and
published "Guidelines for the Management of Human Skeletal Remains Under the NSW Heritage Act, 1977".
Since 1995 Siobh�n has been the heritage consultant for the
restoration of the historic Mays Hill Cemetery
in Western Sydney. Over the past five years,
six stages of restoration and repair work have been completed by Holroyd City Council with input from Siobh�n
in conjunction with the Mays Hill Cemetery "Friends" Group. In 2003 a
team comprising Siobhan Lavelle, Judith Dunn, Geoffrey Britton and Barbara
Cameron-Smith completed a Conservation Plan for the cemetery. That study
received a 'Highly Commended' in the 2004 National
Trust Heritage Awards. For more information visit Mays Hill Cemetery.
BA (Archaeology/Prehistory) Sydney University
MA (Historical Archaeology) Sydney University
Siobh�n is enrolled as a PhD student at the University
of Newcastle (Faculty of the Central Coast). Her PhD in Australian Studies is
on the topic:
"Founding Fathers and Foundering Myths: Explorer's Monuments in the Blue Mountains".
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