Research support

Melanie Davies

Melanie Davies is currently working part time for the Laureate team as the project administrator. Melanie has been with the ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security (“CEPS”) since shortly after its inception in the role of centre coordinator. Prior to joining CEPS, Melanie was a paralegal at a medium sized law firm for over 15 years.

Chris Leppard-Quinn

Dr Chris Leppard-Quinn is based at the University of Tasmania where she is a tutor and research associate who specialises in convict history. Her PhD thesis looked at female convicts who were identified as prostitutes and the implications which that label held for them during assignment and post servitude. She has also undertaken a study of convict leg irons, their application as implements of punishment, the mythology which has subsequently grown up around them, and how they have been adopted as symbols of convictism. Chris is particularly interested in the processes and purposes of record keeping in the nineteenth century and the contemporary use and abuse of those records. She is involved with the Founders and Survivors Project, The Convict Women’s Press and convenes the Research and Publications Committee of the Friends of the Orphan School in Hobart.

Madlena Siuda

Madlena Siuda graduated with a Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice from Griffith University in 2016 and has since then been working as a research assistant for the Prosecution Project. She is working towards a career in investigation and crime prevention.

Samuel Davies

Samuel Davies is undertaking his studies at Griffith University in the double degree program Bachelor of Law/International Business, and is also a member of Griffith University’s Honours College (the University’s top 2% students). His interests in law range from human and animal rights to contract and criminal law. Sam aspires to become an international lawyers.

Lee Butterworth

Lee Butterworth is a Research Associate with the Prosecution Project and a Research Fellow with the Harry Gentle Resource Centre, Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research, Griffith University. Lee’s PhD thesis looked at the transformation of the office of coroner in Queensland between 1859 and 1959. She has previously worked on the Find & Connect web resource and the Australian Women’s Archive Project. Lee’s research interests include Australian History, Child Welfare History and Coronial Law and History.

Past contributors:

Lachlan Dudley
Anastasia Dukova
Kate Marchesi
John Myrtle
Patricia O’Shaughnessy