ARC Discovery Project - Landscape of Production and Punishment: the Tasman Peninsula 1830-77

PhD Scholarship Opportunities

About the Project

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The School of Humanities is leading the ARC Discovery Project Landscapes of Production and Punishment: the Tasman Peninsula 1830-77 (DP170103642). This exciting multidisciplinary project re-evaluates the historical and archaeological records of the convict system on the Tasman Peninsula, with a particular focus on Port Arthur and its outstations (project description can be found at: The project is led by Prof. Martin Gibbs (UNE), A.Prof David Roberts (UNE) and Prof. Hamish Maxwell-Stewart (UTas), alongside staff of the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (Dr David Roe, Dr Jody Steele, Ms Susan Hood) and project Postdoctoral Fellow Dr Richard Tuffin.

An opportunity exists for a PhD candidate to join our research team under the supervision of Prof. Gibbs. We have two potential projects and are asking for expressions of interest in either or both.

  1. A historical archaeological study of Point Puer:  Point Puer was the first purpose-built reforming institution for criminal boys in the British Empire (operating 1834-48).  The project will focus on industrial training and outputs, drawing on extensive documentary sources as well as existing archaeological and museum records and material culture resources. Further survey of landscapes and structures may be required, although no further excavation is proposed.  This project will closely align and work in conjunction with the main project and the other studies of industrial production at Port Arthur including material analyses.
  2. A historical archaeological study of maritime infrastructure and operations at Port Arthur and the Tasman Peninsula: Port Arthur and associated convict sites across the Tasman Peninsula relied heavily upon maritime transport and engaged in a variety of maritime industries and activities during the convict period.  This project will explore the nature and role of the various maritime related activities associated with the convict era on the Tasman Peninsula, with a focus on maritime infrastructure and industrial sites including the dockyard and the extensive wharfs, jetties and facilities. The project will require re-evaluation and synthesis of previous studies, extensive additional archival research and analysis, further survey, and potentially analysis of structures and material culture, depending on the final form of the project.  No excavation is proposed.

Applicants should have Honours or Masters level qualifications in archaeology and be concerned with the anthropological dimensions of the archaeological record. It is essential that applicants have well-developed skills in using historical documents in support of archaeological research and some aptitude for, or experience in, materials analysis. The successful candidate will be expected to work under the direction of and in collaboration with the main project team. There will be a requirement for co-publication of results. The final form of the project will be determined through consideration of the skills of the candidate.

The successful candidate will be resident at UNE Armidale, with fieldwork in Tasmania as required. Funding will be made available for basic travel and accommodation. The Scholarship includes:

  • 3-year full-time UNE funded PhD studentship providing tuition fees and living allowance stipend.
  • Stipend is $26,682 per annum tax free for full-time internal students, paid in fortnightly instalments.


To discuss this role please contact Professor Martin Gibbs, phone: (02) 6773 2656 or email: For further information about the School visit

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How to Apply

To apply for this scholarship, prospective candidates need to submit a scholarship application and an application for candidature at UNE.

Please make sure you read the Domestic Students Scholarship Application Guidelines prior to completing the scholarship application form.

Complete the Domestic Students Scholarship Application Form. Detailed instructions are included on the form. Please make sure all required documentation is attached, or your application may not be considered.

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Please click here to apply for candidature at UNE.

Scholarship applications are due by Friday 4 May at 5:00pm

Submission options include:

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University of New England

Armidale   NSW   2351 Australia


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