Rebecca Conway

Curator, Ethnography, Macleay Museum

BA (Hons) Sydney

Biographical details

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 some 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. Rebecca’s principal interest is the cultural heritage of Australian Aboriginal and Pacific Islander communities. Interactions of source communities with cultural heritage collections held in museums are a key interest; this work has included repatriation projects, working with Aboriginal cultural centres and keeping places on the storage and exhibition of their collections, and documenting objects and historic photographs with Aboriginal and Pacific community members.

Research interests

  • Material culture of Aboriginal Australian and Pacific nations
  • History and context of museum ethnographic collections
  • Interactions of source communities with cultural heritage collections held in museums
  • Historic photographs relevant to Aboriginal and Pacific peoples and histories

Teaching and supervision

Rebecca has supervised student internships and done casual / guest lecturing for the University of Sydney, Museum and Heritage Studies Program and tutored classes in Indigenous Australian studies.

Grants and Awards

2013

University of Sydney, Professional Staff Travelling Scholarship.

Funded visits to a selection of key European universities and museums to examine the Macleay Museum historic ethnographic photographs in an international context.

2011

The Kaoka Speakers Revisited: the Ian Hogbin Collection.

Linkage-partnership between Canberra University, University of Sydney and the Australian Museum to research and document the cultural context of collections for museums and the Longgu community, Solomon Islands.


Exhibitions

2014

Curator, Points of Focus: historic photographs from the Pacific, Macleay Museum, 1 March – 7 November 2014

2010

Project co-ordinator, (Curator:  Dr J N Gumbula) Makarr-garma: Aboriginal collections from a Yolŋu perspective, Macleay Museum, 29 November 2009 – 15 May 2010

2008

Curator, People, Power, Politics: the first generation of anthropologists at the University of Sydney, Macleay Museum, 1 Feburary - 20th July 2008

 


Selected Publications

2014

Conway, Rebecca J. (2014) Points of focus: historic photographs from the Pacific. Sydney, Australia: The University of Sydney

2010

Conway, Rebecca J. (2010) object caption contributions in, Stephen, A., D. Malouf, J. Philp, & M. Turner, Into the Light: 150 Years of Cultural Treasures at the University of Sydney. Sydney, Australia: The University of Sydney

2009

Conway, R. (2009) oral history recording, transcription and editing, Gumbula, J. Neparrnga (2010) Makarr-Garma: Aboriginal collections from a Yolngu perspective. Sydney, Australia: The University of Sydney

2008

Conway, R. & J. Philp (2008) People, Power, Politics: the first generation of anthropologists at the University of Sydney. Sydney, Australia: The University of Sydney


Magazine and newspaper articles

2013

Conway, Rebecca J. (2013) Pacific Solutions MUSE 6

Conway, Rebecca J. (2013) Belated season’s greetings… MUSE 4

2012

Conway, Rebecca J. (2012) Revisiting the past to shape the future. MUSE 2

2009

Conway, Rebecca J. (2009) Karoro from Kiribati. SUM News 18

2007

Conway, Rebecca J. (2007) Acquiring Relationships. SUM News 11