Australian Association Of Consulting Archaeologists Inc

Member Profiles: Oona Nicolson


Ecology Partners
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Southeastern Australia; anytime SA and VIC
* BA (Hons), Flinders University

Professional Associations and Positions

Full Member, Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists Inc.
Member, Australian Archaeological Association Inc.
Member, Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology
Associate Member, Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology
Foundation Member, Chinese in Australia History Association
Life Member, Flinders University Archaeology Society


  • Site Survey
  • Site Recording
  • Excavation


  • Site Survey
  • Site Recording
  • Excavation

Special Fields

  • CONTACT ARCHAEOLOGY: site survey, site recording, excavation
  • Historic site management and interpretation
  • Project management
  • Site significance assessments
  • Archival research
  • Community consultation and negotiation

Consulting Experience

Oona is a Principal Heritage Consultant and Director with Ecology Partners Pty Ltd. Prior to joining Ecology Partners, Oona worked for Environmental Resources Management, Biosis Research and du Cros and Associates and participated in a number of excavations of historical sites, including the Elizabeth Symons Nursing Home in Innamincka (SA), Viewbank Homestead (VIC), the National Hotel in Gisborne South (VIC) and the Poonindie Aboriginal Mission (SA). She has also worked in maritime archaeology whilst employed with the Maritime Unit of the State Heritage Branch of South Australia.

Since 1998, Oona has worked as a full time consultant surveying for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal historical sites throughout New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.

Consultation with Aboriginal communities is an integral part of Oona's work. As well as being an experienced excavator of both historical and Aboriginal sites, Oona has an interest in managing projects of an interdisciplinary nature incorporating the work of historians, conservation architects, flora and fauna specialists and heritage engineers.

Selected Publications

NICOLSON, O. 2001 Melbourne Airport Rail Link: Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal Archaeology: Panel Presentation. Unpublished report to the Department of Infrastructure.

NICOLSON, O., R. Sim and D. West 2001 Pieman River State Reserve - Corinna Tourism Development Zone Cultural Heritage Values - Survey, Recording and Conservation Plan, Tasmania. Unpublished report to Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment and Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service.

Predavec, M., O. NICOLSON, M. Richardson, R. Riddett, S. Reeves and K. Paterson 2001 Cultural and Natural Heritage Values of Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport. Unpublished report to Salomon Smith Barney Australia Securities Pty Ltd.

Debney, T., O. NICOLSON, M. Sheehan and L. Amorosi 2000 Goulburn Valley Highway - Shepparton Bypass Review of Western Route Planning Study: Archaeology and Cultural Heritage. Unpublished report to Ove Arup and Partners Pty Ltd.

Muir, S., O. NICOLSON and J. Tulloch 2000 An Archaeological Survey of Melbourne Airport Rail Link, Victoria. Unpublished report to Allom Lovell and Associates and the Department of Infrastructure.

NICOLSON, O. 1999 An Archaeological and Heritage Survey of Land East of Epping Road, Epping North, Victoria. Unpublished report to Coomes Consulting Group.

NICOLSON, O. 1999 Test Pit Excavation and Monitoring of Site H7924-0005, the Hughes Creek Hotel Site, Goulburn Valley Highway, Victoria. Unpublished report to VicRoads.

NICOLSON, O. 1999 A Photographic Record of Rockbank Middle Road (H7822/0188), Caroline Springs, Victoria. Unpublished report to Delfin Property Group Ltd.

NICOLSON, O. 1996 A Fish Called Condah: An Analysis of Archaeological Interpretations of the Cultural Landscapes of the Lake Condah Region in Southestern Victoria, Australia. Unpublished BA (Hons) thesis, Department of Archaeology, Flinders University, Adelaide.

A full curriculum vitae is available on request