Michaela Ann Cameron

BA (Hons I), Dip. Ed., PhD Candidate (USYD)


Director of The St. John’s Cemetery Project

Michaela Ann Cameron is a PhD candidate, research assistant, guest lecturer and tutor in the Department of History at the University of Sydney. 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. 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,

Many of Michaela’s ancestors are buried at St. John’s Cemetery, including her oldest “Old Parramattan”; her five-times great grandmother, the convict Lydia Barber (née Lydia Childs, alias Lydia Parker). Michaela’s ancestral connections to the cemetery continue to inspire her to raise the cemetery’s profile and increase community engagement with this under-appreciated heritage site by bringing to life the stories of the people buried there.