Jody Steele

TAS Representative
Annual Report Coordinator


Most recently, Jody was a Director at Curio Projects and has been a heritage professional for over twenty years.  She’s worked across local, state, national, and world heritage listed properties in archaeology and built heritage planning and management, collection management, exhibition design, interpretation, cultural tourism and visitor experience planning, stakeholder consultation, as well as education and training.

Jody has advised and served on several committees including the Australian Convicts Sites Steering Committee, the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Committee, the Tasmanian Archaeological Advisory Panel, the Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology, and Interpretation Australia. Jody joined the Australia ICOMOS Executive Committee in 2021, and as making heritage accessible and engaging is Jody’s mission as a professional, she can’t wait to share Australia’s heritage with everyone at the GA2023.

When growing up in the 80s, the pop culture career options were clear: either become a Princess of Alderaan or an archaeologist. Archaeology won by a narrow margin and Jody received her doctorate in the early 2000s. She was at that time, well into the world of archaeological and built heritage conservation and interpretation, working across the state of Tasmania with the Parks and Wildlife Service only to hang up her trowel when joining the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority as Heritage Programs Manager. After serving more time at convict sites than most convicts, Jody received her ticket-of-leave from government servitude in 2020 to take up her role at Curio.

Jody has had the honour of working locally, nationally, and internationally on a myriad of sites including lighthouses, mountain huts, penal settlements,  mining camps, cultural landscapes, colonial estates, industrial enterprises, agricultural settlements and homesteads, cemeteries and urban dwellings. Some highlights include being the expedition Archaeologist at Mawson’s Hut, Antarctica for a summer, recording civil war battlefield sites in Virginia, teaching thousands of school children, sharing archaeology and heritage with the public and most recently seeing the interpretation at South Eveleigh’s Locomotive Workshops come to fruition!