Dr Cate O’Neill (formerly Elkner) is the National Editor and Research Co-ordinator of the Find & Connect web resource project of the eScholarship Research Centre. Before this, she was a post-doctoral research fellow in the School of Social Work working with the historical strand of the Who Am I? project. With an educational background in historical studies, Cate has also worked in archives, including at Public Record Office Victoria, where in 2005-06 she was involved in a project aimed at improving access to records of the Stolen Generations.
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’.
Cate regularly writes posts related to the Find & Connect web resource project on the project blog: http://www.findandconnectwrblog.info/. 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).
Access to records for people who were in out-of-home care: moving beyond ‘third dimension’ archival practice
O'Neill, C, Selakovic, V & Tropea, R 2012, 'Access to records for people who were in out-of-home care: moving beyond ‘third dimension’ archival practice', Archives and Manuscripts, vol. 40, no. 1, pp. 29-41
Swain, S, Sheedy, L & O'Neill, C 2012, 'Responding to "Forgotten Australians": historians and the legacy of out-of-home "care"', Journal of Australian Studies, vol. 36, no. 1, pp. 17-28
‘Let our histories be visible’: rising to the challenge of representing the histories of Forgotten Australians on the web
Green, S & O'Neill, C 2012, ‘‘Let our histories be visible’: rising to the challenge of representing the histories of Forgotten Australians on the web’, Contemporary History - The past that’s still with us. 29 - 30 November, 2012, Deakin University, Geelong Waterfront Campus
‘”She had always been a difficult case”: Jill’s short, tragic life in Victoria’s institutions, 1952–1955
O’Neill, C 2015 ‘”She had always been a difficult case”: Jill’s short, tragic life in Victoria’s institutions, 1952–1955’, Provenance: the journal of Public Record Office Victoria.