Gavan McCarthy


ASAP Melbourne - from 1999 the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
Old Arts Building
The University of Melbourne
VIC 3010

Tel: +61 3 8344 3304
Fax: +61 3 9349 4630


ASAP Responsibilities

Gavan is in charge of the day-to-day running of the Australian Science Archives Project (ASAP), and has particular responsibility for the design and implementation of ASAP's Archival Processing Services.


Gavan has been leading ASAP since its inception in 1985, a position that has consolidated an interest in the history and archives of science, medicine and technology in Australia, first stimulated through contact with records in the area at the University of Melbourne Archives in the late 1970s.

One of Gavan's major areas of interest has been the development of computer database tools for handling archival information and this this has led to the creation of ASAP ADS - ASAP's Archival Data-management System - which is a comprehensive set of data structures and functions that can be used to handle the wide variety of collections and projects that come under the work of the ASAP.


Gavan has a Bachelor of Arts from LaTrobe University and a Master of Arts from Monash University. He is a professional member of the Australian Society of Archivists Inc and a member of its federal council.

Research Interests

Gavan's research interests include the history and archives of science, technology and medicine in Australia and more particularly the development of resources and tools for continuing research in these areas.


Australian Science Archives Project and the National Centre for Australian Studies 1991, Guide to the Archives of Science in Australia. Volume 1: records of individuals, compiled and edited by Gavan McCarthy, Thorpe: Port Melbourne, ISBN 0909532974.

Articles and Reviews

Conference Papers, Presentations, Seminars and Talks

Other Interests

In his spare time Gavan is a keen player of the double-bass and can always be encouraged to pick out an Irish tune on his cittern. Check out Gavan and his band, on the: Jugularity Home Page.

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