Dr Adele Chynoweth FHEA OAM
Senior Research Officer

Adele began her career as a teacher in secondary schools and vocational education. She furthered her studies and completed her PhD in performance studies. Her theatre work led to her work as part of a creative team commissioned to create the Memory Museum for the Centenary of Federation of Australia and later as a curator for the National Museum of Australia’s touring exhibition Inside: Life in Children’s Homes and Institutions. She has also worked as an advisor on museum and community memory projects in Australia and Denmark. Adele has also undertaken research and policy development for the Department of Education (Australian Government).

Adele was a Lecturer in the Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies at ANU and received the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Public Policy and Outreach in 2018. Adele is the author of Goodna Girls: A History of Children in a Queensland Mental Asylum (ANU Press, 2020) as well as publications concerning museums and social justice. In 2020, Adele was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for service to public history. She is also the writer, director and producer of the documentary feature film Eighty Twenty: Mark Opitz Remembers (2023).