Rebecca Conway

Curator, ethnography (Wed – Fri)
University of Sydney, Macleay Museum
BA (Hons) Syd
Macleay Museum
Building A12
Corner of Science Road & Gosper Lane
University of Sydney
9036 7249

Rebecca studied Australian Aboriginal and Pacific archaeology at the University of Sydney. Her BA (Hons) thesis involved analysis of Aboriginal grindstones from New South Wales in the collections of the Australian Museum. Rebecca has twenty years experience working with archaeological and ethnographic collections in museums. She has worked with a diversity of cultural materials in a variety of capacities: from Asia, Africa and the Americas, to Australia and the Pacific, from collection management to curatorial, including working with Aboriginal cultural centres and keeping places on the storage and exhibition of their collections. Rebecca’s principal interest is the cultural heritage of Australian Aboriginal and Pacific Islander communities. She is currently researching historic photographs from the Pacific held by the Macleay Museum for a major exhibition to open in February 2014.

Research Interests

  • History and context of museum ethnographic collections
  • Interactions of source communities with cultural heritage collections held in museums
  • Ethnographic historic photographs


Conway, R, Exhibition project co-ordinator, Curator, Gumbula, Dr J N, Makarr-garma: Aboriginal collections from a Yolŋu perspective, Macleay Museum, 2010.

Conway, R, Exhibition curator, People, Power, Politics: the first generation of anthropologists at the University of Sydney, Macleay Museum, 2008.