Dr Michaela Ann Cameron

BA (Hons I), Dip. Ed., PhD (USYD)

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Founder and Director of The St. John’s Cemetery Project

Dr. Michaela Ann Cameron completed her PhD thesis, Stealing the Turtle’s Voice: A Dual History of Western and Algonquian-Iroquoian Soundways from Creation to Re-creation, in 2018 at the University of Sydney where she is also a research assistant, guest lecturer and tutor. An ethnohistorian specialising in sensory history (sound and audition), her doctoral thesis explores how and why deeply ingrained acoustemological differences created cultural conflict between natives and newcomers both in and beyond the colonial period in the New World. Read more about her American History research on Academia.

Michaela’s additional research interests in colonial Parramatta and particularly the convict experience have stemmed from the fact that her family has lived in Parramatta continuously since 1801. Known as “The Old Parramattan” for the purposes of her work as a public historian, Michaela has worked on a number of projects with the aim of promoting the history and heritage in her local area and raising awareness of its endangered heritage sites; for example,

Many of Michaela’s ancestors are buried at St. John’s Cemetery, including her oldest “Old Parramattan” and five-times great grandmother, the convict Lydia Barber (née Lydia Childs, alias Lydia Parker). Michaela’s ancestral connections to the cemetery continue to inspire her to raise the cemetery’s profile and increase community engagement with this under-appreciated heritage site by bringing to life the stories of the people buried there.


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