Ian Johnson has been awarded Life Membership to the association in recognition of his long standing support. This award was established to recognise significant and sustained contribution to the objects and purposes of the Australian Archaeological Association Inc.
With a Cambridge BA and a Bordeaux DES, Ian Johnson started his PhD research at the ANU in 1976 with excavations at Abercrombie Arch Shelter near Bathurst, NSW. He has been a member of AAA ever since, and served on the Executive in 1984 and 1985. He organised the first Association Conference at Kioloa in 1978 and edited the resulting publication – ‘Holier Than Thou’, titled with a famous Rhys Jones quote. He organised later conferences including the Sixth Australian Archaeological Association Conference in 1984 at Tallebudgera, Queensland, and has helped many archaeologists with computing problems of all kinds.
Ian started development on broad archaeological applications of his Minark database system straight after his PhD was completed in 1980, and introduced many Australian archaeologists to the huge potential of computerised databases. As an archaeological consultant, Ian has advised many government and heritage organisations and set up database applications in Europe, USA, UK and, of course, in many Australian State and Commonwealth organisations. Ian set up the first website and computerised databases for the Australian Archaeological Association and the Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists.
He has managed to mix archaeological field work in several parts of the world with teaching, research and ongoing software development in the Archaeological Computing Laboratory, which he first set up at the University of Sydney in 1992. Ian Johnson has generously contributed to the growth of Australian archaeology and is thoroughly deserving of AAA Honorary Life Membership.