DR Cate O'Neill

DR Cate O'Neill


  • Archival theory (Archives, heritage, databases, access)
  • Child welfare history (Forgotten Australians, orphanages, Former Child Migrants, Stolen Generations)
  • Migration history (Italian post-war migration to Australia)



  • A graduate of the School of Historical Studies, Dr Cate O'Neill has been working at the University of Melbourne since 2006 on a number of research projects in the broad areas of digital history and archival theory. Her PhD (2003), an industry partnership between the University of Melbourne and the Italian Historical Society, Co.As.It., explored the contemporary intersections between archives, history, identity and memory.

    From 2006 to 2008, Cate worked as a Senior Researcher in the Cultural Heritage Unit in the School of Historical Studies. She was a member of the team behind the ‘Trailblazers’ exhibition at the Immigration Museum’s Community Access Gallery in 2008, which commemorated the activism of migrant women. Cate has a special interest in using technology to make archival heritage more accessible. Using the Online Heritage Resource Manager (OHRM) software, developed by the eScholarship Research Centre, Cate has worked on the development of the eGold and eMelbourne websites.

    In the past, she worked for Public Record Office Victoria (PROV), most recently in its Koorie Records Unit, to produce the report, ‘Wilam Naling ... Knowing who you are: Improving access to Records of the Stolen Generations’ (2006). In 2007, the Wilam Naling report received a Mander Jones Award for outstanding publications in the field of archives.

    In January 2009, she commenced a three-year research fellowship working on the Who Am I project at the Alfred Felton Research Program, funded by an ARC Linkage Grant. The Who Am I project responds to the recommendations of the Forgotten Australians and its predecessor Reports about the need to improve recordkeeping and archiving practice in the health and welfare sector. Cate’s strand of research will develop a digital archive utilising innovative technology to capture the history of institutional ‘care’ in Victoria and to improve people’s access to and    


Selected publications


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2003
  • BA (HONS), University of Melbourne 1997