Trevor Leaman is a PhD candidate in the School of Humanities & Languages, UNSW, researching the astronomical traditions of the Wiradjuri people of central N
SW under the supervision of Dr Duane Hamacher (Monash University) and Prof Daniel Robinson (UNSW).
Originally from the UK, he emigrated to Australia with family as a 9-year-old in 1973. His passion for cultural astronomy and space science was ignited from a young age, vividly remembering a visit to Stonehenge in 1972, and the live broadcasts of the Apollo launches on the BBC a couple of years earlier.
He earned Diplomas in Civil & Mechanical Engineering (TAFE Tasmania), Degrees in Biology (QUT) & Forest Ecology (UQ), and an MSc in Astronomy (Swinburne University), which included a major project examining the astronomy of the Aboriginal people near Ooldea, South Australia, based on the archives of Daisy Bates
He has also worked as an Astronomy Tour Guide at Ayres Rock (Uluru), and educator and program presenter at the Launceston Planetarium
, and Sydney Observatory
. In his spare time he runs his own Astronomy Education & Tour Guiding business, Dark Skies Downunder
, based in Orange, Central West NSW, showcasing the Cultural night sky for schools, community groups and private functions.
- Trevor M. Leaman and Duane W. Hamacher (2019). Baiami and the Emu Chase: An Astronomical Interpretation of a Dreaming Associated with the Burbung (in review).
- Trevor M Leaman (2019). Reading the Indigenous night sky to interpet wildlife patterns. Wildlife Australia Magazine, Winter 2019, 18-20.
- Trevor M. Leaman and Duane W. Hamacher (2018). A methodology for testing horizon astronomy in Australian Aboriginal cultural sites: a case study. Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry, 18(4), 431-438.
- Trevor M. Leaman, Duane W. Hamacher and Mark T. Carter (2016). Aboriginal Astronomical Traditions from Ooldea, South Australia, Part 2: Animals in the Ooldean Sky. Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, 19(1), 61-78.
- Trevor M. Leaman and Duane W. Hamacher (2014). Aboriginal Astronomical traditions from Ooldea, South Australia, Part 1: Nyeeruna and the “Orion Story”. Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, 17(2), 180-194.
TV and Radio