Initially known as the QSC3 Project, Louise's work has become an ongoing student project with several goals:
1. Provide an opportunity for students to put into practice elements of their learning from SOL and SUT in Criminology, Forensics and Policing.
2. Use Canvas-Collaborate to allow real time concurrent Online / On-Site participation for Swinburne students, no matter where they are in Australia or overseas.
3. Bring together online and attending students at an event with key industry speakers presenting possible future directions.
4. Answer questions of interest to the local community and stakeholders in the site.
The Research Project has to do with accessibility to industry experience in a combined virtual and non-virtual world. It is supported by Swinburne Online, various government agencies and local communities.
For students, scenarios are constructed from aspects of cold cases for participation and discussion. They usually involve ground penetrating radar and specialist applications like forensic excavation, recovery of evidence, and criminal profiling. The sessions are typically based at historic cold case sites across the country.
The project began at North Head, Manly in New South Wales in 2016. In March and October the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust accommodated students in the former Army Barracks and Officers Mess in the former Artillery School. Our focus was on the Quarantine Station Cemetery 3 and Parade Ground.
At these sessions students gained experience in use of a 2D Mala ground penetrating radar in a rough terrain and recognition of anomalies representing human remains buried in the Quarantine Station Cemetery No.3. A highlight arrived in the form of the 3D Mala gpr driven by Mala representatives in a survey across the Parade Ground.
Directed by Assoc. Professor Steding, students then gained excavation experience in search, recording and recovery of human remains, interpreting evidence and profiling of both victim and offender from the mock crime scenes.
The stars of this program were the key speakers, each of whom offered fascinating insights into their chosen directions in forensics and criminology and into the various careers and opportunities awaiting students. Key speakers included a NSW Police Superintendent, physical anthropologist (U.Syd), forensic archaeologist (SOL), private investigator (Lee Kelly Investigations), paramedic (Granville Rail Disaster) and geophysicists from Mala Australia. The North Head Sanctuary was introduced to us by the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust.
Cold Case Research Project (CCRP)
Location: Booral-Stroud, NSW.
The CCRP went rural in 2017 at Booral and Stroud in NSW. Here, we looked at the double homicide of Allan and Mary McAskill in 1878. It involved ground penetrating radar at an historic cold case site, an inquest re-enactment, and forensic archaeological recording, excavation and recovery of mock human burials. Key speakers included NSW Police, a Fire Investigator, Director of Cessnock Correctional Facility, Paramedic, and a Forensic Archaeologist.
Next Research Session
October 29th -November 2nd 2018.
Location: Gatton, Qld.
The next research session and site visit is scheduled for Monday 29th of October to Friday 2nd of November 2018 and will be open only to students of Swinburne OnLine and Swinburne University of Technology. It will involve crime scene reconstruction, criminal profiling and examination of an historic police investigation. Planning is in progress.
South Australia, Nov. 2019.