Dr Lyndon Ormond-Parker

PhD (University of Melbourne); Grad Dip Creative Media/Multimedia (RMIT), BA Management Communication (Deakin University)
ARC Fellow, Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Information And Knowledge Systems 080601
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Knowledge Management 080701
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Policy 160501
  • Archival, Repository And Related Studies 210201
  • Heritage And Cultural Conservation 210202
  • Materials Conservation 210203


Associate Professor Lyndon Ormond-Parker was born in Darwin and is of Alyawarra decent, from the Barkly tablelands region of the Northern Territory. He has been involved in advocacy, policy development, research and negotiations at the local, national and international level.

A cultural heritage expert with significant experience in the fields of repatriation, archives, information technologies, materials conservation, heritage and policy, Ormond-Parker has held numerous positions across universities, organisations, government committees and boards. He is currently an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies, ANU. In addition, Ormond-Parker has held the following recent appointments:

  • Indigenous Advisory Panel to the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) (Panel Member, 2018-present)
  • ICOMOS GA 2023 Scientific Symposium, Indigenous Heritage Program (Australian Co-chair, 2022-present)
  • First Nations Digital Inclusion Advisory Group (Deputy Chair, 2023-present)
  • Advisory Committee for Indigenous Repatriation, Office for the Arts, Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications, Australian Government (Committee Member, 2015-present)
  • Indigenous Connections Committee, National Film and Sound Archive (Committee Member, 2020-present)
  • National Centre for Indigenous Genomics (Board Member, 2018-2022)
  • Australian Heritage Council (Council Member, 2015-2021)
  • National Resting Place Indigenous Advisory Committee, Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (Committee Member, 2019-2020)
  • Return of Cultural Heritage Project Advisory Committee, Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (Committee Member, 2018-2020)
  • Walter and Eliza Hall Institute Reconciliation Committee Melbourne (Committee Member, 2016-2019)

Ormond-Parker has significant experience in coordinating tertiary level subjects and also in the development and delivery of 'on country' learning. He has lectured in numerous graduate and undergraduate courses across disciplines and universities.

Since 2019, Ormond-Parker has been involved in ‘Introduction to repatriation: principles, policy and practice’. This 5-day intensive ANU Masters course (also offered as a Professional Development course), has been co-developed and co-delivered by repatriation experts in the Return Reconcile Renew research group from community, museum, university and government sectors in Australia, New Zealand and the USA. Ormond-Parker led the program in 2019 on Ngarrindjeri country in South Australia.

Researcher's projects

Projects include:
  • (2021) After Repatriation: New Approaches to Indigenising the Museum
  • (2021) Getting Back on Country: Traditional Owner-Led Repatriation, Digitisation and Exhibition Design of Olkola Cultural Archives
  • (2021) The Larrakia Land Rights Archive Project
  • (2020) First Nations Media response to Covid-19
  • (2019) Remote Aboriginal Photographic Collections Preservation & Student Object-Based Learning Project
  • (2018) Aboriginal Remote Narrowcast TV and the Aboriginal Archive
  • (2018) From Mount Margaret Mission to Melbourne - and back again: reconnecting family and community links to mission children’s schoolwork held by University of Melbourne Archives
  • (2018) Reclaiming Performance Under Assimilation in Southeast Australia, 1935-75
  • (2018) Restoring Dignity: Networked Knowledge for Repatriation Communities
  • (2017) Collaborating, Building and Broadcasting in Wadeye, NT
  • (2016) Developing a framework for the digitisation of at-risk audiovisual archives held by The University of Melbourne researchers and our Indigenous community partners
  • (2014) Wadeye IPTV: delivering significant and at risk audiovisual archives to remote aboriginal communities via IPTV and the NBN
  • (2013) Local aboriginal community archives: The use of information technology and the national broadband network in disaster preparedness and recovery
  • (2013) Return, Reconcile, Renew: understanding the history, effects and opportunities of repatriation and building an evidence base for the future
  • (2010) The Uma Mutin (White House) Timor Leste Project (I-Archival Contextualisation)
  • (2009) Vindicating Rover Thomas
  • (2008) Digitisation and Indigenous Communities: A study of the development of online collections
  • (2008) eMob pilot project. Online Guide to Indigenous Cultural Heritage Housed Overseas. AIATSIS

Current student projects

  • Johanna Parker (PhD): The Gentlemen Scientist: what can be learnt by examining the methodologies employed by British amateur collectors to accumulate Australian Indigenous human remains in the late 19th and early 20th centuries? ANU (Advisory Committee).
  • Winsome Adam (PhD): Building a Ngarrindjeri National Archive. NAA/ANU Collaborative Scholarship (Co-supervisor)

Past student projects

  • Ainslee Meredith (MA, 2017): An ‘Unsettling of Established Practice’? Concepts of Access and Value in Conservation (Co-supervisor)
  • Amelia O'Donnell (MA, 2017): 'Dirty Audit’ an emerging’s conservator’s reflections on the dynamics and realities of collection project work at the Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre, Fitzroy Crossing, Western Australia (Co-supervisor)
  • Ciara Redmond (MA, 2018): Preservation through Participation: Understanding Conservation Implementation in an LGBTQI Community Archive (Co-supervisor)
  • Claire Tindal (MA, 2017): Cultural Heritage in the Digital Age: An Evaluation of 3D Print Materials and their Applicability within Cultural Material Conservation (Co-supervisor)
  • Kasserine Ross-Sheppard (MA, 2017): Lights, Camera, Conservation Examining Representations of Cultural Materials Conservation in Mainstream and Conservation Media (Co-supervisor)
  • Keyeele Lawler-Dormer (MA, 2017): reCollections; Contributing to Australian conservation resources through community engagement (Co-supervisor)
  • Molly Culbertson (MA, 2018): Good Process and Cultural Sensitivity: The changing relationship between Cultural Materials Conservation and Remote Aboriginal Cultural Collections (Co-supervisor)
  • Oskar Slifierz (MA, 2017): Community Accessibility and Engagement: Issues around the storage and conservation needs, and potential relocation of the KALACC archive and collection in Fitzroy Crossing (Supervisor)

Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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