The Archaeological and Anthropological Society of Victoria is a group that promotes the study of archaeology, anthropology, ethno-archaeology and ethno-history in both Australia and further abroad. Lectures, from a range of talented presenters, are held every third Thursday of the month at 6:30pm at the Kathleen Syme Library & Community Centre (251 Faraday St, Carlton), and are also accessible online via Zoom.

Next Lecture: 6.30pm Thursday 20 June 2024

Stuff ‘they’ left behind from prints to poo. How we know ‘they’ were there

Presented by Margaret Bullen
Secretary, Archaeological and Anthropological Society of Victoria

This talk will examine the traces, deliberate and unintentional, which reveal the past presence of Homo sapiens and others.


Margaret is a medical doctor who has also studied archaeology with a focus on rock art and how it can encode past lifeways.

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Upcoming Lecture: 6.30pm Thursday 18 July 2024

Spirit of Place: Waves of Industry across Port Melbourne

Presented by Dr David Radcliffe
Professor Emeritus, Purdue University

Although the story of post-war manufacturing in Port Melbourne, including Fishermans Bend, is well known, very little has been written about its antecedents. Through a series of vignettes, this presentation explores the waves of industry that washed over this area from the 1850s to the 1950s. It spans factories making ships biscuits, candles, town gas, sugar, coffee and spices, glassware and bottles, starch, chemicals and spirits in the 19th century and enterprising engineering firms designing innovative milling and factory equipment, winches and excavators, machinery and industrial cranes and aircraft to defend the country during the first half of the 20th century. The emphasis is on people and place rather than technology. This cultural heritage is significant in the context of the Innovation Precinct and Advanced Manufacturing initiatives envisaged for the Fishermans Bend Renewal District.


A mechanical engineer, David Radcliffe had a 40-year academic career in Australia and the US. For much of this time, he studied engineering practice in small and large manufacturing contexts focused on product design. His first collaboration with anthropologists studying industrial practices was at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Centre in Silicon Valley in 1992. The talk is based on David’s new book, Making It Here.


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