Our People


Dr Richard Martin
Dr Richard Martin
Anthropologist and native title specialist

Richard is an anthropologist who has worked in the Gulf Country (among other places) since 2007 as a native title researcher and cultural heritage specialist. He has conducted anthropological fieldwork, interviews and genealogical research as part of native title claims, including work on the resolution of complex boundary dispute issues in highly politicised environments. His work has also included cultural heritage surveys in remote and difficult terrain, including the identification and assessment of places of cultural and spiritual significance to traditional owners. He has also conducted anthropological research in connection with a variety of natural resource management programs. His post-PhD fieldwork has focused on the meaning and significance of water in the Gulf Country, as well as Aboriginal perceptions of native and introduced species.


 Dr Dee Gorring
Dr Dee Gorring
Senior Heritage Consultant

Dee has over thirteen years’ experience working as an anthropologist, archaeologist and cultural heritage practitioner throughout Queensland, South Australia, New South Wales and the Northern Territory. During that time Dee has managed a broad range of projects to completion, gaining a comprehensive understanding of the legislative and methodological requirements of the different jurisdictions. She has provided a diverse range of cultural heritage inputs for a wide variety of clients, including government and non-government organisations, infrastructure developers (road, rail and power), and clients in the resources sector. Based on a shared passion for developing appropriate and acceptable cultural heritage management outcomes, as well as a pragmatic and transparent approach to consultation, Dee has developed reciprocal working relationships with many Aboriginal organisations and groups throughout Australia through an emphasis on mutual respect and understanding. Dee has also facilitated a number of large workshops designed to expedite heritage mitigation and management discussions in a sensitive, timely and practical manner.  She has also negotiated numerous Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management Plans for her clients in Queensland and New South Wales.


Dr Jon Prangnell
Dr Jon Prangnell
Senior Archaeologist

Jon is a specialist in the field of historic (non-Aboriginal) archaeology. In addition to his academic work, Jon has provided archaeological services at some of Queensland’s most iconic heritage places, including the Wickham Terrace windmill, Boggo Road Gaol, the Commissariat Building, and Lang Park (the former North Brisbane Burial Grounds). Jon authored the ‘Brisbane City Council CBD Archaeological Plan’ and provided heritage advice in relation to the Brisbane Cross-River Rail project, the Northern Link project, the Mackay Planning Scheme, the Intergen Millmerran power project and the Brisbane to Cairns Fibre Optic Network. He has provided advice with respect to Aboriginal cultural heritage on a number of major projects including the Centenary Highway Upgrade and Traveston Dam.


Dr Glenys McGowan
Dr Glenys McGowan
Archaeologist

Glenys is an archaeologist and heritage consultant with experience in both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal cultural heritage. Her work includes the excavation and analysis of artefacts from the North Brisbane Burial Grounds as part of the redevelopment of Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane. Glenys has also been a major contributor to a federal government initiative to document and share examples of ‘best practice’ Aboriginal heritage management. Glenys has specialist skills in forensic and mortuary archaeology.


 Dr Hilda Maclean
Dr Hilda Maclean

Consultant Historian and Genealogist

Hilda is a professional genealogist, accredited historian and archival researcher. She has over twenty years’ experience researching north and central Queensland family and pastoral histories.  Since 2012, Hilda has been engaged by UQCHU to conduct genealogical and historical research in relation to three Native Title claims, as well as concerning Indigenous/Chinese families in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Hilda regularly presents workshops on genealogical and archival research methodology and has presented at international conferences on allied topics. She also acts as a research consultant for documentary television production companies. 


The University of Queensland, School of Social Science

The UQ Culture & Heritage Unit is a commercial entity within the School of Social Science, The University of Queensland. In carrying out our commercial work, we are able to draw on the skills and experience of a range of anthropologists and archaeologists who are also academic members of staff at the university. As a result, the breadth and depth of our skill-set is second to none. The UQ personnel that commonly assist us with our commercial work include:
  • Professor David Trigger – Anthropologist and native title specialist.
  • Dr Kim de Rijke – Anthropologist, native title specialist, and social significance specialist.
  • Dr Chris Clarkson – Archaeologist.
  • Dr Andy Fairbairn – Archaeologist and archaeo-botanist.
  • Dr Annie Ross – Anthropologist and archaeologist.