I am interested in Australian history, in particular the shipwrecks of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) which are scattered along the West Australian coast. I completed a short course on maritime archeology several years back at the Fremantle Maritime Museum to learn a bit more about the subject. I also love anything to do with the bushranger Ned Kelly. I have been involved in several archeaological field trips to Kelly related sites including one where I was lucky enough to rediscover the ruins of a long thought to be lost hut in dense bushland which related to the shootout at Stringybark Creek in 1878. I was pretty proud of myself for that as I was credited with the discovery in a book which was released on Ned Kelly a year or so after I rediscovered the hut.
I also love Australias convict history, my ancestors were hand selected by some of the finest magistrates in the whole of England to colonize my part of the world, something I'm also quite proud of! Cheers, Dave.