Christine Cheater

Christine Cheater

PHA NSW Accreditation

Professional Member



BA (1st class honours) University of Adelaide 1987

PhD (University of NSW 1994)

Contact Details

Mobile: 0404 368 664


Area of Expertise

Aboriginal and local histories; maritime history; institutional histories (NGOs - social, cultural and welfare); thematic histories and heritage studies; significance assessments; oral histories; children's history and material culture

Publications/Past Work

Past Work

Research and write a thematic history of the Aboriginal people of Cessnock Local Government Area

Research and write a history of the Australia Day Regatta (1837-2011): Australia Day Regatta Committee

Research and write an oral history of Redfern and Inner City Home Support Services

Historical Signage: Water Police and Pyrmont Park, City of Sydney


The Australia Day Regatta, Sydney, UNSW Press, 2014

Neighbours Helping Neighbours: Redfern & Inner City Home Support Services (1989-2009), City of Sydney, 2011

A Grand Sport: Gosford Sailing Club 1932-2002, Book Bound, Ourimbah, 2003

Historians and Native Title, professional development monograph 3, Sydney, Professional Historians Association (NSW), 2000

From the Mountains to the Sea: A History of the Catholic Church on the Central Coast, St Patrick’s Parish and Gosford City Council, Gosford, 1999

‘The Day We Celebrate’, 176th Australia Day Regatta, Australia Day Regatta Committee, 2012, p 20

‘A Band of Gentlemen’, 175th Australia Day Regatta, Australia Day Committee, 2011, p 12-15

‘Louisa Lawson on Women’s Suffrage’ in Feminist Writings from ancient times to the Modern World; a Global Sourcebook and History, edited by Tiffany K. Wayne, Santa Barbara, California, ABC Clio, 2011

‘Collectors, Illustrators and Eccentrics; the trade in New Holland Natural History Specimens’ in Islands of History, edited by Professional Historians Association (NSW), Sydney, Anchor Books, 2011, pp 113-120

‘Stolen Girlhood; Australia’s Assimilation Policies and Aboriginal Girls’ in Girlhood: a Global History, edited by Jennifer Helgren & Colleen Vasconcellos, New Jersey, Rutgers University Press, 2010, pp 250-267

‘My brown skin baby hey take him away’: a reassessment of the role of adoption in the forced removal of Aboriginal children from their families’ in Other People’s Children: Adoption in Australia edited by Ceridwen Spark & Denise Cuthbert, Melbourne, Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2009, pp 176-194

‘Collecting Nature’s Curiosities: science, popular culture and the rise of natural history museums’ in Frankenstein’s Science edited by Jane Goodall & Christa Knellwolf, Aldershot, Ashgate, 2008, pp 167-181

‘Peace is the right of every child: the Machel Report’, Australasian Review of African Studies, xxviii, 2006/7

'The Aborigine as Detective: Arthur Upfield’s Chief Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte', Proceedings: Hawaii International Conference of Arts & Humanities, Waikiki, 2006

‘She was the first one: Phyllis Mary Kaberry, a founding mother of feminist anthropology’, Lilith, 10, 2005