Dr Maddy Fowler

Dr Maddy FowlerDr Maddy Fowler is Senior Curator Maritime Archaeology in the Cultures and Histories Program at the Museum of Tropical Queensland, Townsville.

Maddy joined the Queensland Museum Network in January 2017. As an archaeologist with five years of experience working in the university and consultancy sector Maddy’s research has focused on Australia, in particular South Australia. Her wider interests include maritime cultural landscapes in Australia’s historical period and decolonising Australian maritime archaeology through the representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in research.

She arrived at the Museum of Tropical Queensland from her former post as Project Officer in the Coastal & Marine team at Wessex Archaeology, UK. Before this she was awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Prize for Doctoral Thesis Excellence at Flinders University for her study which addressed neglected narratives through the maritime cultural landscape of Point Pearce Aboriginal Mission (Burgiyana). This study also inspired the co-curated exhibition ‘Children, Boats and “Hidden Histories”: Crayon drawings by Aboriginal children at Point Pearce Mission, 1939’. From 2012 she has worked as an academic staff member in the Department of Archaeology and continues to have a strong partnership with Flinders University as an Associate Lecturer.

Maddy is interested in developing collaborative research projects with Indigenous communities, curators and scholars and has worked closely with the Narungga community in South Australia (2012-present).

Her post is a joint appointment with James Cook University where she will work on student supervision, guest lectures and developing grant applications. 


2014 – Children, Boats and “Hidden Histories”: Crayon drawings by Aboriginal children at Point Pearce Mission (Burigyana) (South Australia), 1939 – South Australian Maritime Museum






Senior Curator Maritime Archaeology, Cultures and Histories Program


Doctor of Philosophy, Archaeology (Flinders University)

Bachelor of Archaeology, First Class Honours (Flinders University)