David Scott Mitchell Memorial Fellowship

The principal purpose of the David Scott Mitchell Fellowship is to encourage and support the use of the Mitchell Library's collections for the study and research of Australian history in writing and publication amongst scholars, researches and the wider community, including internationally.

2015 applications now closed.

Hail Fellows, well met: A night with the Library Fellows

Library fellows present a fascinating night of learning about a diverse range of research and ideas.

D.S.Mitchell Fellow 2010

Dr Amanda Kaladelfos,Merewether Scholar 2010

Amanda Kaladelfos discusses the Citizens of Mercy: bushrangers, punishment and public opinion in colonial NSW. She examines popular perceptions of crime, punishment and justice in the later colonial period.

20 June 2012

David Scott Mitchell Fellow 2009

Craig Munro, David Scott Mitchell Fellow 2009

Craig Munro explores the life of editor, publisher and literary journalist A.G.Stephens (1865-1933). There has not previously been a biography of this influential literary figure who, between 1890 and 1930, was associated with every major writer in Australia. As an editor and critic he was fearless, magisterial and forthright.

16 November 2011


Michael Davis, David Scott Mitchell Memorial Fellow 2008

Michael Davis talks about the study of European representations of Aboriginal cultural heritage (including art), based on a reading of the papers of Sydney anthropologist and curator Fred McCarthy, 1940s to 1960s.

29 September 2010


Professor Russell McGregor, for his project: Bush Naturalist: a life of Alec Chisholm.
Dr Ruth Thurstan, for her project: Development, Industrialisation and Recreation: an environmental history of Australian east coast fisheries.

Dr Gabriela Zabala for her project: Left, radical and unacknowledged: the unpublished New Theatre plays of Jim Crawford.


Dr Toby Martin for his project:  'Performing Aboriginality: Tourism to Aboriginal missions, reserves and settlements from the 1880’s to the 1950’s.' The project hopes to uncover and illuminate the late nineteenth to mid-twentieth century visits by tourists to Aboriginal reserves to experience coroborees, hear gum leaf bands, buy boomerangs etc. Tourism to these settlements offered a rare possibility of black / white contact and exchange.


Dr Gareth Knapman for his project: Conciliating exchanges: Mapping the politics of trading between Aboriginal peoples and settlers in nineteenth-century South Eastern Australia. Gareth describes his project as about looking at the 'Aboriginal agency through the production of objects for sale within nineteenth century intellectual networks. Aboriginal agency argues that Aboriginal people had a voice and were trying to present that voice through material culture. This voice however was lost through the politics of colonial intellectual networks’. 


Amanda Kaladelfos for her project: Citizens of Mercy: Bushrangers, Punishment and Public Opinion in colonial NSW, which examines popular conceptions of crime, punishment and justice during the later colonial period. Her project will look at the way ordinary citizens conceived of justice and law, by examining the vigorous protests and organized opposition to the sentence of capital punishment – particularly as applied to bushrangers– during this period.


Dr Craig Munro for his project, a biography of editor, publisher and literary journalist A.G. Stephens. There has not been a biography of this highly influential late 19th-early 20th century literary figure, who is most famously associated with the ‘Red Page’ of The Bulletin. Dr Munro is an accomplished researcher in Australian literary history, most notably for his work on PR Stephensen, his biography of whom was first published in 1984. The Stephens material in the Mitchell Library is extensive and important.


Mr Michael Davis will focus on the history of European representations of Aboriginal art and heritage. This work centres on the papers of influential anthropologist and archaeologist Fred McCarthy. Davis's study is interested in the way mid-twentieth Europeans, particularly academics, curators and anthropologists, have depicted and written about Aboriginal culture.

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