Rochelle Bensted graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Archaeology (Hons) in 2017. As part of her Honours, Rochelle conducted a landscape study investigating the experience and articulation of ethnicity and cultural identity of the Swiss Italian population in central Victoria at the decline of the Gold Rush. Her study has contributed to our understanding of the expression of cultural identity by migrant groups upon permanent settlement in Australia during the nineteenth century.
Rochelle has experience in historical archaeological excavations both locally and internationally, participating in excavations in Victoria and overseas in Ireland.
Rochelle is a fully qualified ‘Heritage Advisor’ as specified by the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006.