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2015 GAMAA FINALIST: Geraldine Mate


Dr Geraldine Mate has been employed by the Queensland Museum Network since 2007. She is nominated in her capacity as Senior Curator Transport and Energy at The Workshops Rail Museum, for her contribution and commitment to the Queensland Museum, The Workshops Rail Museum and the wider profession over an extended period. 

In her role as Senior Curator of Transport and Energy she has lead the development of two significant temporary travelling exhibitions for The Workshops Rail Museum – I’ve been Working on the Railway, exploring the untold story of Indigenous Australians’ experience of working on the railways, and Railways 1914–1918 exploring the Australian railway experience both at home and on the front during the Great War.

Geraldine has acquired significant collections for the Queensland Museum including the Mick Marsden model railway collection of 11,500 models and the transfer of the Queensland Energy Museum Collection. She has chaired the Queensland Museum’s On Line Service Committee, and edited and published a number of volumes of the Queensland Museum Memoirs.

Her leadership and professional commitment to the sector is evidenced by her willingness to be involved in a wide array of activities including as a Standards Reviewer over a number of years for Museums & Galleries Queensland Standards Review Program; and her contribution to organising a variety of industry and professional association conferences including the 2015 railway heritage conference, the 2015 M&G QLD Conference and the 2014 Joint Australian Archaeological Association/Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology conference.

Dr Geraldine Mate, Queensland Museum Network, accepting her GAMAA Finalist award from Museums & Galleries Queensland’s Executive Director, Rebekah Butler. Photographer LeAnne Vincent.


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