Geraldine Mate

Dr Geraldine Mate is the Principal Curator, History, Industry & Technology in the Cultures & Histories Program at Queensland Museum. Geraldine cares for collections related to industry, science and technology, transport and social history. She is a Subject Editor of Queensland Museum’s journal – Memoirs of the Queensland Museum – Culture series.

With degrees in Metallurgical Engineering and Archaeology, and a PhD in Historical Archaeology, her current research projects are focused on the cultural landscape of nineteenth and early twentieth century industrial complexes in Queensland, including investigations of mining towns and the cultural heritage of the Ipswich Railway Workshops site. Geraldine is currently a Partner Investigator of the Australian Research Council (ARC) funded research project Archaeology, collections and Australian South Sea Islander lived identities, where she is exploring cultural landscapes with the Australian South Sea islander communities. She is also a Partner Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage, as part of the Education and Engagement stream.

Geraldine’s other research interests encapsulate broader reflections on cultural heritage landscapes, the interpretation of industrial cultural heritage and labour history, considerations of social/industrial interplay in historical landscapes, and the relationship between people and technology. She is also part of a team that has been undertaking longitudinal analysis of the archaeological profession in Australia since 2005. Geraldine currently holds Adjunct Senior Research Fellow positions at James Cook University and the University of Southern Queensland.


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