Christine Oates was born in Bradford, Yorkshire. From 1930 to 1935 she attended her local college of art, then the RCA in London (1935-1939). She began a career in teaching at Ely High School, followed by a school in Lancaster and at Truro High School (1945-1970). Examples of her work are in the collection of the V & A.
She died in Truro.
The Truro City Trail by Christine Tate Oates (pub. by Dyllansow, Truro, 1984);
From Moresk Road to Malpas by June Palme, illustrated by C T Oates (pub. by Truro Buildings Research Group, Truro, 1988);