Dr Geraldine Mate

Dr Geraldine Mate

Geraldine has been at the Museum since 2007, commencing as Curator of Science and Technology. Currently based at Ipswich at The Workshops Rail Museum, her research is focused on the cultural landscape of 19th and early 20th century mining towns and industrial complexes in Queensland, including investigations of the cultural heritage of the Ipswich Railway Workshops site.  Geraldine's other research interests encapsulate broader reflections on cultural landscapes in archaeology, the interpretation of industrial cultural heritage and labour history, considerations of social/industrial interplay in historical landscapes, and the relationship between people and technology.

Recent Publications/Exhibtions

Prangnell J. and G. Mate 2011 (In Press) ‘Kin, Fictive Kin and Aspirational Movement: Working class heritage of the Upper Burnett’. International Journal of Heritage Studies.

Mate, G. and A. Moritz (In Press) The Workshops Rail Museum. In Macno, V. D. Mewes and G. Mate (eds) Behind the Tin Fence: A History of the Ipswich Railway Workshops, Queensland Museum Memoirs, Cultural Series 5(1).

Mate, G.L. 2010 Mining the Landscape: Finding the social in the industrial through an archaeology of the landscapes of Mount Shamrock. Unpublished PhD thesis, School of Social Science, University of Queensland, Brisbane.

Mate, G., 2010 ‘Memory: how people remember the landscape Queensland Historical Atlas, 2009-10 http://www.qhatlas.com.au/essay/memory-how-people-remember-landscape

Ulm, S. and G. Mate, 2010 'Conflict: how people contest the landscape', Queensland Historical Atlas, 2009-10, http://www.qhatlas.com.au/essay/conflict-how-people-contest-landscape

Mileposts and Moments – Temporary Exhibition exploring the major achievements in Queensland rail history. August 2010 – August 2012. The Workshops Rail Museum, Ipswich.

Queensland Stories – Temporary exhibition marking Queensland’s Sesquicentenary. January –December 2009, Level 2 Queensland Museum Southbank, Brisbane.


Queensland Historical Atlas

Research project synthesising cross-disciplinary approaches in history, environmental studies, archaeology, anthropology and cultural geography to explore 'themes in the landscape' as a means to comprehend the diverse cultural and environmental histories of the State of Queensland.


Senior Curator, Transport and Energy, Cultures and Histories Program


Bachelor of Engineering

Bachelor of Arts (Anthropology), Honours

PhD Historical Archaeology

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