Nancy Keesing Fellowship
For research into any aspect of Australian life and culture using the resources of the State Library.
The Nancy Keesing Fellowship, honouring key Australian literary figure, author and poet Nancy Keesing (1923-1993), was established by her husband, Dr Mark Hertzberg AO, past President of the Library Council of New South Wales.
Applying for a Fellowship
Completed applications should be sent to
The Mitchell Office
State Library of New South Wales
Macquarie Street, Sydney, 2000.
Closing date for 2013 Fellowship
The closing date for receipt of applications is 2 October 2012.
Hail Fellows, well met: A night with the Library Fellows
Three Library fellows presented a fascinating night of learning about a diverse range of research and ideas.
Wednesday 16 November2011
Watch the video of Valerie Lawson (Nancy Keesing Fellow 2010) as she traces the evolution of dance in Australia from the legendary Pavlova's visit in 1926 through to the establishment and development of the Australian Ballet (1962) and the Bangarra Dance Theatre (1989).
Wednesday 29 September 2010
Dr Nicola Teffer, for her project Big River: representations of Aborigines and Europeans on the Clarence River Frontier, 1864-1900.
Dr Roger Scott Osborne for his project: ‘Material and textual study of Joseph Furphy’s Such is Life. Towards an electronic edition of an Australian classic’.
Follow Roger's Fellowship on his Furphy Project Blog
Valerie Lawson for her project A history of dance in Australia from 1926 to the present day. Her project examines the development of theatrical dance and ballet from the first visit of Anna Pavlova in 1926 through to the establishment of the Bangarra Dance Company. The Library’s collections are surprisingly strong in this area.
Dr Melanie Swalwell for ‘The production and reception of computer games in 1980s Australia’. This intriguing project looks at the production and reception of digital games — now ubiquitous — intoAustralia during the 1980s.
Dr Roderick Fensham for research on the Leichhardt diaries: developing the geographical and historical context of the diaries 1842-44.
Dr Amanda Card for research entitled The Tempo of Criticism: An exploration of the writings of Jean Garling as dance critic in the post-war period.
Dr Brooke Collins-Gearing for research entitled Tiddas and daughters discourses in Australian literature.
Dr Jill Matthews for research on Hidden treasures of the Mitchell Library: Sydney periodicals 1900-1930.
Ms Jeannine Baker for research on Australian women war correspondents from World War I to Vietnam.
Dr Caroline Jones for research on George Robertson and his contribution to national cultural identity.
Dr Maria Nugent for work on Europeans and Aborigines and Botany Bay.
Dr Patty O'Brien to research post-WW II colonial attitudes in Papua-New Guinea.
Dr Sonia Mycak to study the role of Angus & Robertson in the formation of a national body of literature in Australia.
Dr Maxine Darnell for research into indentured Chinese labourers in NSW.
Ms Elaine Van Kempen to undertake research for a book on the new theatre as an important element in Australian cultural history.
Dr Ragbir Bhatal to research and write a book on the 19th century astronomer John Tebbutt.