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Cate O'Neill

National Editor And Research Co-Ordinator
Student And Scholarly Services
Italian post-war migration to Australia
Forgotten Australians
Former Child Migrants
Stolen Generations
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Cate O'Neill

Chief Operating Officer
Primary Interest
Child welfare history
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Cate O'Neill


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 knowledge about the context of ‘care’.

In 2011, she became the National Editor and Research Co-ordinator of the Find & Connect web resource, a Federal Government-funded project about the history of children's institutions in Australia. In this role, Cate regularly writes posts related to the Find & Connect web resource project on the project blog. She has written several submissions to a number of inquiries including the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (2012-2017) and the Victorian Inquiry into the handling of child abuse by religious and other organisations (2012-2013).

In 2016, Cate was a researcher on a project funded by a Melbourne School of Social Equity Interdisciplinary Seeding Grant: ‘Routes to the Past: Exploring the identity and well-being of care leavers through genealogical lifestory work’.

In 2018, Cate and a team of researchers led by Professor Kat Ellinghaus were awarded a University of Melbourne Engagement Grant for the project: ‘From Mount Margaret Mission to Melbourne - and back again: reconnecting family and community links to mission children’s schoolwork held by University of Melbourne Archives’.

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Doctor of Philosophy

University of Melbourne


University of Melbourne