Australian Association Of Consulting Archaeologists Inc

Member Profiles: Edward Higginbotham



Edward Higginbotham & Associates Pty Ltd
Avalon Beach NSW 2107
P: 02 9918 2088
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M: 0418 861 788
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Anytime in Australia
* MA (Hons), Cambridge University, 1979.
* PhD, University of Sydney, 1994.

Professional Associations and Positions

Full Member, Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists Inc.
Associate Member, Professional Historians Association, New South Wales
Member, Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology
Member, National Trust of Australia, NSW
Life Member, Royal Australian Artillery Historical Society
Member, Archaeological Advisory Panel, NSW Heritage Council (2007- )
Vice President, Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists Inc. (1993-1997)
Committee member, Parramatta Heritage Advisory Committee, Parramatta City Council, (1993)
Treasurer, Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology (1990-1996)
Committee Member, Industrial Archaeology Committee, National Trust of Australia (NSW) (1983-1988)
Committee member, Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology (1983-4, 1984-5, 1986-7, 1989-90)


  • Site Survey
  • Site Recording
  • Excavation

Special Fields

  • INDUSTRIAL SITES: site survey, site recording, excavation
  • Historical and archaeological assessment reports.
  • Excavation permit applications
  • Archaeological investigations from small test-trenches to large area excavations.
  • Archival reports and archival photography
  • Archaeological Management Plans
  • Conservation Management Plans
  • Statements of Heritage Impact
  • Heritage assessments
  • Cemetery excavation and conservation
  • Industrial archaeology
  • Interpretation and display

Consulting Experience

With over 35 years experience in Australia, and a further 10 years overseas, Edward Higginbotham provides a complete package of services for historical archaeological and industrial heritage sites.

Edward Higginbotham & Associates (EHA) has undertaken heritage and archaeological projects for a wide variety of clients, including all levels of Government, and the private sector. The firm has successfully completed both small and large projects of varying degrees of complexity.

Although a small consultancy firm, EHA is dedicated to the preparation of quality work.

EHA prides itself on its hands on approach. Ted Higginbotham personally directs all archaeological excavation, liaison with clients, building contractors, architects and other specialists. Ted has negotiated successful outcomes with the Heritage Office of NSW for each project.

Selected Publications

Edward Higginbotham has produced over 400 reports.

For a more comprehensive list of reports, see

Selected Publications, workshops and lectures:

Satanic Mills - Aspects of the Industrial Revolution, Past, Present and Future. 21 May 2007 for Archaeology Week 2007. Australian History Museum, Macquarie University.

Archaeological excavations, 140 Marsden Street, Parramatta. Case study, John Walker, wheelwright. Working Lives, Industrial Archaeology Workshop, Heritage Office NSW. May 2006.

HIGGINBOTHAM, E. 1994 The historical archaeology of rural settlement in the South Western Districts of New South Wales. Unpublished PhD thesis, University of Sydney, Sydney.

HIGGINBOTHAM, E. 1995 The government huts at Parramatta: From convict accommodation to early town leases, 1790-1823. Proceedings of the Elizabeth Farm Bicentennial Seminar, Elizabeth Farm, 24 October 1993. Historic Houses Trust.

HIGGINBOTHAM, E. 1993 The 1828 Census and the analysis of rural settlement in NSW. Australian Historical Archaeology 11:52-75.

HIGGINBOTHAM, E. 1989 Excavation vs. Watching Brief. Urban Digs Historical Archaeology Guidelines, seminar papers, Department of Planning, Sydney, pp.28-32.

HIGGINBOTHAM, E., M. Macphail and B. Davey 1988 The soil and pollen analysis of part of the gardens of First Government House, Sydney. Australian Society of Historical Archaeology 6.

HIGGINBOTHAM, E. 1987 The excavation of buildings in the early township of Parramatta, New South Wales, 1790-1820s. Australian Journal of Historical Archaeology 5:3-20.

HIGGINBOTHAM, E. 1985 Excavation techniques in historical archaeology. Australian Journal of Historical Archaeology 3:8-14.

HIGGINBOTHAM, E. 1983 Contract archaeology, some problems and solutions relevant to the growth of historical archaeology in NSW. In M. Pearson and H. Temple (eds), Historical Archaeology and Conservation Philosophy, pp.87-95.

HIGGINBOTHAM, E. 1983 The excavation of a brick barrel drain at Parramatta, NSW. Australian Journal of Historical Archaeology 1:35-39.

HIGGINBOTHAM, E. and R.I. Jack 1982 The Asgard Swamp Mine and Kiln near Mt. Victoria, New South Wales: An Archaeological Report. Australian Archaeology 15:54-66.

A full curriculum vitae is available on request