Gordon Grimwade is an historical archaeologist, writer and geographer with over forty diverse years in the industry. His work as a heritage specialist has focused on mining, cemeteries and military history along with museum curation and conservation management with particular focus on rural and remote regions of the tropical north. He is a former Member of the Queensland Heritage Council and a Member of Australia ICOMOS. Gordon is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (UK), a Chartered Geographer and on the International Advisory Board for the US based ‘Dig Into History’ (for 7 – 14 years old to which he is a frequent contributor. He was John Oxley Fellow in 2008 researching Chinese illegal, overland migration from the Northern Territory to the Eastern colonies.

Gordon has written widely on ethnic minority heritage, mining, and military history of North Queensland primarily in the course of providing management plans and heritage significance assessments, displays and interpretive signage. He has curated several displays and developed travelling exhibitions for remote areas.
Skills and Services Offered
Regional and remote area heritage management, assessment and interpretation. Site museum and local museum management and curation. Writing history for general public.
Master of Letters (Class 1), James Cook University 1989
Bachelor of Arts (WAIT) 1987
Chartered Geographer (RGS, UK)
Patrol Officers Certificate (ASOPA, Sydney) 1964
Professional Interests
Mining, cemetery, ethnic (Chinese, Japanese, Indigenous) history and heritage. Site management and interpretation. Interpretive signage. Writing history for young readers.
Publications and Experience

1975 ‘Narinjari: An Outline of the Language studied by George Taplin, with Taplin’s Notes and Comparative Table’, Oceania Monograph Pt 2, Univ of Sydney, Sydney.

1993 Bell P., G. Grimwade, N. Ritchie, 'Archaeology of the Overseas Chinese in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea: a select bibliography' in Newsletter Vol 23 No 1 Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology, Sydney.

1997 ‘Balancing Use and Preservation in Cultural Heritage Management’ Bill Carter and Gordon Grimwade in International Journal of Heritage Studies, Spring 1997 Vol 3 No 1, Intellect Ltd, Exeter.
‘Managing Cultural Heritage Places’ Bill Carter and Gordon Grimwade in Dept of Natural and Rural Systems Management Occasional Paper Vol 4 No 1, (eds) R W Carter and A Ross, Gatton College, Univ of Qld, Gatton.

1998 ‘The Canning Stockroute: Desrt stockroute to outback tourism’ in Australasian Journal of Historical Archaeology Vol 16 pp 70 - 79, 1998.

2000 ‘ Managing Small Heritage Sites with Interpretation and Community Involvement’ Gordon Grimwade and Bill Carter in International Journal of Heritage Studies, pp 33 – 48, Vol 6 No 1, Taylor & Francis Ltd, Exeter.

2003 ‘Gold, gardens, temples and feasts: Croydon’s Chinese Temple’, Australasian Journal of Historical Archaeology. Vol 21, pp50 –57,

2004 ‘Nineteenth Century Japanese Pearlers’ Bathhouse, Thursday Island’. Queensland Museum Memoirs.

2009 ‘Crispy roast pork: using Chinese pig ovens’, Australasian Journal of Historical Archaeology Vol 26 pp 21-28, 2008.
2013 ‘The Historical Archaeology of the Chinese in Far North Queensland’, H .Burke & G. Grimwade, Queensland Archaeological Research, Univ of Qld, St Lucia, Vol 16 pp 121-139.
2017 ‘Shattered dreams: Palmer goldfield 1874 1875’, in Journal, Royal Historical Society of Qld.
1996 ‘Cedar Camp: Atherton’s Chinatown’ in National Trust Queensland, Journal, April 1996 pp 19-20, NT(Qld), Brisbane.
1997 ‘Of Gods, Timber, And Maize’ in Histories of the Chinese in Australasia and the South Pacific, pp307 - 319, Chinese Australian Museum, Melbourne, Victoria.
2000 ‘Croydon: museums and cultural heritage tourism’, ArtEfact, Australian Museums Association, Queensland Branch
2001 ‘Japanese Bathhouse at Thursday Island, Queensland’ section in 1901 Australian Life at Federation An Illustrated Chronicle, (Ed) A. Cremin, Aust Society for Historical Archaeology; Univ of NSW, Sydney.
2001 Hou Wang Temple, Atherton for ArtEfact, Museums Australia.
2002 ‘Croydon Chinatown – snapshots across the centuries’, in Queensland Administrators’ Source Book 2002, pp 8 -9, Millbank Publications, Sydney.
2003 ‘Rediscovering Atherton Chinatown’, (pp 7 -11), Locality Community History Magazine, UTS, Sydney
2007 ‘Temple artefacts as a source of history’ Rediscovered Past: China in North Queensland, K Wong Hoy (Ed) pp 48 – 55, Chinese Heritage in North Queensland Inc, North Melbourne.
‘Cooktown Sewerage Scheme: the world’s longest archaeological trench?’ Rediscovered past: China in North Queensland, K Wong Hoy (Ed) pp 48 – 55, Chinese Heritage in North Queensland Inc, North Melbourne.
2011 ‘Field Note: No More Tucker’ in Historic Environment v.23 no 3 pp 40-42, Australia ICOMOS, Melbourne.

2003 Grimwade G & J. Sykes, 'The Best Life I Ever Had: Droving Around Cooktown', Pictorial Press, Corinda.
2004 'Discover Thursday and Horn Islands' Pictorial Press Corinda.
2018 O'Keeffe P and G. Grimwade, 'Northern Anzacs: How the First World War Shaped Far North Queensland', Cairns Historical Society, Cairns.

Over 20 articles for young readers on historical and archaeological issues ranging from ancient time keeping to mound burials, Uluru and historical mining for an International publishing house.

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