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Meet the Artefacts

Friday, 20 May 2022
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11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Do you want to know more about the finds from the Cross River Rail project?

Join us as we explore these finds in greater detail and provide casts of real artefacts that visitors can hold and interact with, as they hear the stories of these items from the past.

We also welcome special guest, Queensland Museum’s Archaeology Curator Nicholas Hadnutt as he talks through an introduction to Archaeology, what he does as a Curator, the Archaeology processes and why the Cross River Rail finds are so important. Nicholas will also be available to answer any questions participants may have.

Recommended for all ages.


Nick is the Archaeology curator in Queensland Museum’s Cultures and Histories Program, responsible for researching, curating and sharing the Museum’s archaeology collections. Nick joined the Museum as a volunteer and enjoyed a number of Museum roles before joining the Archaeology program as a Curator in 2015. Since this appointment, Nick has significantly increased the size of the historical archaeology collections with strategic acquisitions of assemblages associated with Queensland’s convict past, boom and busts and life in Brisbane during the 19th century.

Nick’s research specialisation is historical archaeology and his interests include the changing role of museums since their inception, 19th and 20th century material culture and how it reflects Queensland’s changing cultural landscape and the application of digital technology to cultural heritage recording and interpretation. Nick is currently working across multiple large-scale projects including recording lived Indigenous experiences under the Native Mounted Police, Brisbane’s history as revealed through the Cross River Rail project and 3D scanning and recording of museum artefacts. In addition, Nick has recently spent multiple field seasons excavating and analysing finds from Ravenswood, a central Queensland gold mining town, in order to better understand the choices people made when living in a frontier town in the late 19th century.