Geraldine's research is focussed on cultural landscapes, particiularly related to industry. This includes archaeological investigations of social and industrial landscapes of resource extraction such as mining, sugar growing, and large scale indsutrial works and the central importance of people in these landscapes.

In understanding the interplay between people and technology, Geraldine is interested in the interpretation of cultural heritage, both tangible and intangible, together with ideas about memory and meaning, and their manifestations through cultural landscapes and material culture. This includes considerations of how technology, labour history and large scale industry can be represented in museum collections.

More broadly her research foci are firmly tied together through the framework of cultural landscapes, material culture and the adoption and adaptation of technology. Current research includes the cultural heritage of the Ipswich Railway Workshops site and the suburban landscape beyond.

  • Museological approaches to intangible Heritage
  • Material Culture and its interpretation
  • Landscape archaeology
  • Cultural landscapes of nineteenth and twentieth century mining towns
  • Interpretation of cultural heritage, memory, labour history
  • Historical archaeology of industrial places and technology, interplay between people and technology
  • 2015 to present - Principal Curator, History Industry and Technology, Queensland Museum Netwrk (Queensland Museum and Sciencentre)
  • 2010 to 2015 - Senior Curator, Transport and Energy, Queensland Museum Network (The Workshops Rail Museum)
  • 2007 to 2010 - Curator, Science and Technology, Queensland Museum Network (Queensland Museum and Sciencentre)
  • 2005 to 2010 - PhD Candidate, University of Queensland (St Lucia)
  • 1989 to 2004 - Manufacturing Manager / Process Engineer, Capral Aluminium Ltd
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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 19+ research outputs authored by Dr Geraldine Mate from 2010 onwards.


These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • "In any direction it would be difficult to find one acre of level ground”: The Mining and Social Landscapes of the Normanby Goldfield, near Bowen, North Queensland (PhD , External Advisor)
  • Old Smithfield Township, Cairns, 1876-1879: Revealing the Material Life of a Nineteenth Century Community in Tropical North Queensland (2023, PhD , External Advisor)

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