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Daniel Leahy, BInfoTech
Historical Researcher, Database Administrator

Daniel has been researching, surveying, and documenting World War II historic sites for over fifteen years, covering sites in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Canada, and the United States. He completed a Bachelor of Information Technology degree at Charles Sturt University in 2004 then worked in the IT industry in Canberra for approximately ten years, often as a database administrator on government telephony contracts. During his time in Canberra Daniel also volunteered at the Australian War Memorial. In 2015 Daniel started studying archaeology and history as part of a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of New England (UNE). He was part of the National Committee for the 2015 National Archaeology Student Conference (NASC) and has been Vice President of the UNE Archaeology Society since July 2016. Daniel is particularly interested in the aviation, conflict, and maritime sub-disciplines of archaeology.

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Fiona Shanahan, BA (Hons)
Archaeologist

Fiona completed an archaeological honours degree at La Trobe University in 2014. Her thesis concerned the management of World War II aviation sites in Australia and the Marshall Islands. Fiona has presented at a number of international and domestic conferences, including the National Archaeology Student Conference (NASC), Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology (AIMA), and Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology (ASHA) conferences, as well as the National Trust of Australia and Deakin Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies Symposium. She has a broad range of fieldwork experience including historical, Indigenous and maritime archaeology throughout Australia. Excavations have included the penitentiary and ablutions area at Port Arthur, Oatlands Guard House, Australian Historic Shipwreck Preservation Project (Clarence) in Victoria, survey work at Nedís Corner, and consulting work throughout Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia. Fiona plans to continue researching conflict aviation sites while working as a consulting archaeologist.

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Shane Wicke, AdvDipScreen
Game Designer

Shane completed a Certificate IV in 3D Anomation for Games and Film followed by an Advanced Diploma in Screen at the Acadamy of Interactive Entertainment in 2007. He worked as a game designer at Team Bondi on L.A. Noire in 2011 which recreated a large portion of Los Angeles in a 1947 setting. Shane has close to a decade worth of experience in the games and film industry and is currently working in the field of virtual reality (VR). He is interested in recreating Australian history and heritage sites using photogrammetry and VR technology.

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Andrew Wilkinson, DipMgt, AdvDipEng (Electrical), BArch
Archaeologist, Avionics Technician

Andrew completed his Bachelor of Archaeology degree at Flinders University in 2012 and is currently studying his Master of Maritime Archaeology at Flinders University. Andrew has a broad range of archaeological field, laboratory and conservation experience having worked in Pompeii and Carsulae in Italy, and on historical, maritime and Indigenous sites throughout Australia. He was a member of the National Archaeology Students Conference (NASC) organising committee in 2014 and has presented his archaeological research and field experiences at conferences, and in public forums. He specialises in terrestrial and underwater remote sensing, photogrammetry and laser scanning, UAV and ROV, HBIM and 3D modelling, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality. Andrew spent 15 years as an Instrument Fitter/Avionics Technician in the RAAF, predominantly with the Maritime Patrol Group, however has worked on all aircraft types operated by Defence in the 1990s and early 2000s. Andrew also holds an Advanced Diploma in Electrical Engineering (computers), and a Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance (Avionics). He has additional experience having worked in the IT, construction, finance and civil aviation industries. While continuing his personal interest in all things archaeological, Andrew focuses on methods that deliver the results of archaeological research to the general public and community in interesting and engaging ways.

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