Victoria is home to a number of historic shipwrecks.  Maddy McAllister has the cool job of managing these underwater relics as a Maritime Archaeologist at Heritage Victoria. 

Growing up I had brilliant parents who never limited me and continually educated my sister and I on powerful, successful women in history and role models”

Tell us a little bit about your role at DELWP

I’m a maritime archaeologist for Heritage Victoria. We manage the state’s historic shipwrecks and underwater cultural heritage. 

What does International Women's Day mean to you?

It’s a chance to celebrate our achievements and to reflect on how far we have come towards equality, yet also remember that we aren’t quite there yet. 

Have you experienced any roadblocks in your career path due to your gender?

I’m lucky to have had brilliant mentors and colleagues throughout my career - and being a woman has never been an issue. However, as a commercial diver, truck driver and boat skipper, I’ve certainly had my fair share of questions about my capabilities simply because I’m female.  

As a woman, how do you see your role in helping to address imbalances that still exist today?

I’m very passionate about outreach. Growing up I had brilliant parents who never limited me and continually educated my sister and I on powerful, successful women in history and role models. So, I hope to also be a role model and mentor to the next generation of women in science.

Maddy McAllister

Page last updated: 08/03/19

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