Ms Alice Beale

Senior Collection Manager Anthropology

+61 8 8226 4871


Alice started at the South Australian Museum in June 2013. She joined the Museum from Perth where she had been working as an Assistant Curator and project manager in the Anthropology and Archaeology Department of the Western Australian Museum.

As Senior Collection Manager, Alice’s role is to oversee the on-going care of the Anthropology collections which includes objects from Australia and around the world. With the assistance of a team of Collection Managers, Alice ensures objects are available to source communities, researchers and the South Australian public through a variety of mediums, including exhibitions and publications.


Research Interests                         

Research interests have included: using multi-technique geophysical prospection to locate unmarked historic graves; investigating archaeological presence of US Navy servicemen in Fremantle, Western Australia during World War 2; and most recently, surveying how volunteers are utilised on archaeological projects.


Current Research Projects

Ethics of using volunteer labour in Archaeology.  S. Winter (University of Western Australia) and A. Beale.  August 2012–December 2013, unfunded.


Professional Associations

  • Member, Australian Archaeology Association

  • Member, Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology

  • Member, Museums Australia

  • Member, Society for Historical Archaeology

  • Member, World Archaeological Congress



  • Bachelor of Archaeology (Hons), Flinders University (2006)

  • Certificate of Museum Studies, Edith Cowan University (2008)


Media Expertise

Management of heritage collections.



  1. Winter, S. and Beale, A. (In press). ‘Volunteering in Archaeology’ in Smith, C. (ed.) Encyclopaedia of Global Archaeology. New York: Springer.

  2. Marshallsay, J., Moffat, I., and Beale, A. (2012). Geophysical investigations of the Tabernacle (Yilke) Cemetery, South Australia. Journal of the Anthropological Society of South Australia 35: 91–103.

  3. Bladon, P., Moffat, I., Guilfoyle, D., Beale, A., and Milani, J. (2011). Mapping anthropogenic fill with GPR for unmarked grave detection: a case study from a possible location of Mokare’s grave Albany, Western Australia. Exploration Geophysics 42(4): 249–257.

  4. Moffat, I., Wallis, L.A., Beale, A., and Kynuna, D. (2008). Trialing geophysical techniques in the identification of open Indigenous sites in Australia: A case study from inland northwest Queensland. Australian Archaeology 66: 60–63.