Archaeological research of material culture, such as cargo and crew’s personal belongings, on-board certain 19th-century ships offer significant insight into the blending of different cultures at a time when global maritime exploration was at its peak.
Learn about the Chinese immigrant steamship Mecca (1878) wrecked in the Torres Strait with a collection of Chinese ‘cash’ coins and the Queensland labour trade schooner Foam (1893) which ran aground on the outer Great Barrier Reef with a collection of ceramic armbands.
Take this opportunity to meet the Museum of Tropical Queensland’s new Senior Curator Maritime Archaeology, Dr Maddy Fowler, and discuss artefacts from the Museum’s Maritime Archaeology collection that are not normally on public display.
A little more about Dr Maddy Fowler
Maddy is Senior Curator Maritime Archaeology in the Cultures and Histories Program at the Museum of Tropical Queensland. Her post is a joint appointment with James Cook University’s College of Arts, Society & Education where she is engaged in research, supervision and guest teaching.
Maddy joined the Queensland Museum Network in January 2017. As an archaeologist with five years of experience working in the university and consultancy sector, Maddy’s research has focused on Australia, in particular South Australia. Her wider interests include maritime cultural landscapes in Australia’s historical period and decolonising Australian maritime archaeology through the representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in research.