Registered as a Cultural Heritage Advisor with the Office of Aboriginal Affairs Victoria database.
Current member of the Australasian Society of Historical Archaeology.
Alison completed her archaeology degree with Honours at La Trobe University in 2008. Her thesis focused on historical archaeology, titled Working-class dining practices: analysis of ceramic tableware and teaware artefacts from a Casselden Place cesspit. Alison was trained in artefact analysis during her undergraduate studies at La Trobe University. Alison has been involved in historical excavations since 2006 and has supervised historical excavations as part of her role as Senior Project Manager at Andrew Long + Associates. Alison has recently joined the team at Ecology and Heritage Partners as their Senior Historical Archaeologist. Alison is an experienced field supervisor and has overseen the investigation and salvage of large and complex archaeological sites.
As a consultant Alison has conducted Cultural Heritage Management Plans, historical due diligence assessments, desktop assessments, survey and excavation reports, including the assessment of dry stone walls and household sites. In addition, she has built professional relationships working with Heritage Victoria and the Office of Aboriginal Affairs Victoria as well as consulting with various clients. Alison has a positive history of consulting with Registered Aboriginal Parties and Traditional Owner groups in Victoria.
Alison has shown commitment to the profession through her involvement in the La Trobe University Colloquium where she has presented the results of her excavations at Evansdale historical excavation in 2012 and the Lonsdale Street historical excavation in 2013. Alison has also produced papers for the Excavation, Surveys and Heritage Management in Victoria journal (La Trobe University) regarding the historical excavations at the Evansdale Farm Complex, Truganina (vol. 2) and 612-622 Lonsdale Street, 593-599 Little Lonsdale Street and 5-11 Altson Lane, Melbourne (vol.3 - 2015).
OConnor, A. 2015 (in press). Lonsdale Street, Little Lonsdale Street and Altson Lane, Melbourne: initial testing and first stage of excavations in 2013 in Excavations, Surveys and Heritage Management in Victoria (eds) Berelov, Eccleston and Frankel. La Trobe University, Melbourne.
OConnor, A. 2013. Evandale Farm Complex, Truganina: history, excavations and artefact analysis in Excavations, Surveys and Heritage Management in Victoria (eds) Berelov, Eccleston and Frankel. La Trobe University, Melbourne.
OConnor, A., Athanasiadis H. and E. Alley-Porter. 2012. 22-32 Little La Trobe Street, Melbourne Archaeological Excavation Report. An unpublished report prepared by Andrew Long + Associates for Brady Construction.
Tucker, C., A. O\\\\\\\'Connor and H. Athanasiadis. 2009. Malcolm Creek Historical Excavation. An unpublished report prepared by TerraCulture for Stockland.
OConnor, A. 2008. Working-class dining practices: analysis of ceramic tableware and teaware artefacts from a Casselden Place cesspit. An unpublished Honours thesis for La Trobe University, Melbourne.