Nicola Stairmand

Publication and online documentation of illustrative maps: Living at Coranderrk: everyday life on a self-sufficient station.

This project seeks to describe everyday life at Coranderrk Aboriginal Station, established in 1863 and closed in 1924, contributing to a greater understanding of its history. Using the State Library's photographic and documentary collections, Nicola will research and produce a series of illustrative maps supported by images and descriptions.

Nicola Stairmand works as an independent heritage consultant, curator and designer, combining her skills to research and interpret places of significance. Her projects include management of the refurbishment of the James Cook Museum, Cooktown, comprising cataloguing, conservation and development of new exhibitions for more than 5000 objects, and the sensitive representation of the stories of Hopevale Mission and of the local indigenous people, the Guugu Yimithur.

Nicola has also completed interpretation projects at Gulf Station, the former Spencer Street Power Station and Old Melbourne Gaol, and completed research, applied finishes investigation and design at Government Houses, the Melbourne Club and the Myer Mural Hall. She is currently employed at TarraWarra Museum of Art, where she assists with research and exhibition design.