Dr Bruce Veitch, who died of motor neurone disease in early 2005, was the former director and principal archaeologist at Archae-aus (A copy of Bruce’s obituary can be found here).

Archae-aus will be forever indebted to Bruce’s passion and dedication for Australian archaeology. We are committed to ensuring that his legacy, his devotion and his passion for excellence sets a benchmark for all the work we undertake.

Bruce’s dedication to Indigenous people and the protection of their right to manage their own cultural heritage was an inspiration, as was his determination to ensure that consultant archaeologists conducted their work according to national and international best practice.

In his memory, the Bruce Veitch Award for Excellence in Indigenous Engagement was established in 2005 by the Australian Archaeological Association. It is awarded annually to an individual or group who has undertaken an archaeological or cultural heritage project, resulting in a significant outcome for Indigenous interests. Funding to establish the award was provided by BHP Billiton Iron Ore, Pilbara Iron and Alcoa of Australia, in addition to a number of private donations. Archae-aus supports the award annually by providing a framed Indigenous art print.

Through this award, Bruce’s dedication to archaeology lives on.

The award has been given to the following recipients:

2014 – Amy Roberts / Sean Ulm
2013 – Daryl Wesley
2012 – Ian McNiven
2011 – Ken Mulvaney
2010 – Peter Veth
2009 – Luke Godwin
2008 – Annie Ross
2007 – Bruno David
2006 – Richard Fullagar


Archae-aus – supporting the Motor Neurone Disease Association of WA.

Archae-aus’ charity of choice is the Motor Neurone Disease Association WA (MNDAWA), a not-for-profit organisation providing support and equipment for people living with MND and their families.

This decision was made in honour of Bruce Veitch, joint Founding Director of Archae-aus and Managing Director Fiona Hook’s late husband, who died in 2005 of the disease at just 49 years old.

“I know from personal experience that the MND Association of WA carries out remarkable work for those in the community affected by the disease,” says Fiona.  “We are very pleased to support the MNDAWA team on an ongoing basis, they do incredible work.”

Archae-aus funds a communications company – Shine Communications – which specialises in the charitable and not-for-profit sector to support MNDAWA every month with PR, media and awareness raising activity. This has boosted community awareness and donations for MNDAWA, and has resulted in dozens of press articles over the last six months.

For more information about Motor Neurone Disease or MNDAWA please visit www.mndawa.asn.au.