Digital media is a non-intrusive, responsive and contemporary way of engaging audiences in the stories of a place. It allows visitors to choose the level of interpretation they wish to have and is respectful to the environment.

SHP has recently moved into digital media. We have produced a number of popular audio tours and films over the last several years and in 2013 launched our first App, the Convict Road App, which was shortlisted for the 2013 Telstra Australian Mobile App Awards.


Digital Media


Convict Road iPhone App

Dharug National Park, NSW
Client: NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
Date: 2012-13

SHP created a pilot Smartphone App for the World Heritage listed Old Great North Road (OGNR) while developing the OGNR Interpretation Plan in 2011. In 2012, the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service subsequently received an Australian Government Grant to fund the App’s development.


The App, which was launched on the App Store on 11 June 2013, is designed for use on the road and before and after visiting the site. Tours of the road use maps, films, text and images and enable visitors to tailor their experiences according to their own interests. The content allows people to experience the ‘hidden histories’ of the road through a series of short filmed depictions of convict life, focusing on the smells, sights and sounds of the road. The content also features filmed interviews with experts on the road, including park rangers, archaeologists and historians.


The Convict Road App was a finalist in the 2013 Australian Mobile Awards.


Book & Black (coding)

Jerry Retford (film)



Maitland Gaol Audio Tours

Maitland, New South Wales
Client: Maitland Gaol
Date: 2012

SHP was engaged to develop the Children’s Audio Tour and Escapes Audio Tour for Maitland Gaol and revise its existing General Audio Tour in 2012. SHP planned the tours and researched and wrote the scripts for the two new tours.

‘Snitch the Rat’ is the ghostly narrator of the Children’s Tour, which takes primary school aged kids on an adventure through the Gaol’s 150-year history. The Escapes Tour tells the intriguing and sometimes dark stories of the numerous escape attempts inmates have made from Maitland Gaol. The tours were launched in late 2012.


Kirstie Hawkes (Children’s Tour)

Clockwork Mastering


The Watermakers

Mildura, Victoria
Client: Stonnington City Council
Date: 2006

In 2006, SHP was engaged by Mildura Rural City Council to create a 10-minute film that told the story of WB and George Chaffey, two Californian brothers who founded the Mildura irrigation settlement in the 19th century. The film is played in the historic Rio Vista House, home of WB Chaffey, and was launched to celebrate Mildura Arts Centre’s 50th anniversary. The Watermakers has been highly successful with both local residents and tourists.


Kirstie Hawkes (Children’s Tour)

Clockwork Mastering



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Last updated January 2015. Australian Business Number: 45 097 174 000