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Biographical entry Haglund, Laila B.



Laila Haglund was an archaeologist who played a significant role in the framing of legislative protection for Aboriginal sites in Australia. While excavating the Broadbeach burial site on the Gold Coast, a more complex task that originally expected, she was concerned at the lack of protection for the site or for Aboriginal material cultural heritage more broadly. Her concern led to an invitation by the Queensland Government to contribute to the drafting of legislation, the Act being passed in 1967. This was the first such legislation in Australia. Haglund also was integral to the formation of the Australian Association f Consulting Archaeologists of which she was inaugural President from 1979 to 19896. Since 2005 the Australian Archaeological Association has awarded the Laila Haglund Prize for Excellence in Consultancy.



Life event - Migrated to Australia
1967 - 1974
Career position - Member of Advisory Committee to Queensland Minister for Conservation, Marine and Aboriginal Affairs
1979 - 1986
Career position - Inaugural President, Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists

Published resources


  • Haglund, L., An archaeological analysis of the Broadbeach Aboriginal burial ground (St Lucia, Qld: University of Queensland Press, 1976), 118 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Gorman, A., 'Laila Haglund: progress and professionalisation in consulting archaeology', Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists Inc. newsletter, 50 (1992), 15-6. Details

See also

  • Bowdler, Sandra and Clune, Genevieve, 'That shadowy band: the role of women in the development of Australian archaeology', Australian Archaeology, 50 (2000), 276-35. Details

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