BA (Hons I), Dip. Ed., PhD (USYD)
Founder and Director of The Female Factory Online
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 guest lecturer, tutor, and research assistant. 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.
Recently, Michaela contributed a chapter, “Singing with Strangers in Early Seventeenth-Century New France,” to the edited collection, Daniela Hacke and Paul Musselwhite (eds.), Empire of the Senses: Sensory Practices of Colonialism in Early America, (Leiden, Netherlands: Brill, 2017), pp. 88–112. 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,
- Developing the CONVICT PARRAMATTA walking tour for the Dictionary of Sydney Walks app (2015)
- Writing 11 entries on Parramatta’s heritage for the Dictionary of Sydney
- Promoting Parramatta’s lesser-known and well-known heritage items via Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and blogging on “The Old Parramattan.”
- Managing social media accounts dedicated to extending the reach of the petition to “Declare the Parramatta Female Factory a site of National and World Heritage significance.”
- Director, Multimedia Researcher and Editor of The St John’s Cemetery Project: a biographical database of the people buried at St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta (2016–ongoing)
- Contributor of 16 biographical entries for The St. John’s Cemetery Project.
Australian Historical Association
Organization of American Historians
The Champlain Society
Articles contributed to The Female Factory Online
- Elizabeth Bennett: The Baker’s Wife
- Factory Above the Gaol (c.1802–1821)
- Hannah Steele: The Gaoler’s Daughter
- Parramatta Female Factory (1821–c.1848)