25 November 2015

The State Library of NSW 2016 Fellows

The State Library of NSW offers a prestigious and competitive Fellowship program which provides support for early career researchers and established scholars, and access privileged to the Library’s world-leading collections.

Mitchell Librarian and Director, Education & Scholarship, Mr Richard Neville is pleased to announce and welcome the following 2016 Fellows:

  • Dr Rebe Taylor, awarded the inaugural Coral Thomas Fellowship for her project The Wedge Collection: moments of encounter on the Tasmanian and Victorian frontiers.
  • Professor Russell McGregor, awarded The David Scott Mitchell for his project: Bush Naturalist. A life of Alec Chisholm.
  • Dr Peter Hobbins, awarded the Merewether Scholarship for his project: Curios and Curiosity: James Bray and the sunset of amateur science in colonial society.
  • Dr Mark Dunn, awarded the C. H. Currey Memorial Fellowship for his project: Civilised or Savage: the colonial legacy of Robert and Helenus Scott.
  • Dr Anne Jamison, awarded the Nancy Keesing Fellowship for her project: "The enjoyment of a good story": Gender and Australian national identity in Catherine Helen Spence's literature for Children.
  • Dr Catherine Bishop, awarded the Australian Religious History Fellowship for her project, "She has the Native Interests Too Much at Heart": Gender, religion and race in the life of Anne Lock, Missionary to Aborigines 1903-1937.
  • Ms Pamela Clements, awarded the NSLA Honorary Fellow for her project “Utzon’s acoustics.” An archival research study and evaluation of the potential acoustic quality of Jorn Utzon’s designs for the Major and Minor Halls at the Sydney Opera House.
  • Dr Tanya Evans, awarded the Library Council of NSW Honorary Fellowship for her project, “Keeping it in the family” The Construction of Historical Consciousness among family historians in Australia, England and Canada from 1900 to the present.

The diversity of topics awarded this year reflects the range of projects the State Library’s Fellowship Program sponsors.

Fellowships are designed to support researchers, drawing from our rich collections and enhancing scholarly theories on these collections. The standard of applications and range of innovative projects are a reflection of the growing importance of our role in supporting these scholarly endeavours.

The prestigious Fellowship program, which this year, provided $151,000 to support scholarship and research, is largely funded through the generosity of the Library’s philanthropic supporters and benefactors.

The launch of the biennial Coral Thomas Fellowship inaugurated through the generosity of Rob & Kyrenia Thomas and family was a contributing factor in raising the profile of our Fellowships which have significantly expanded since being establishment in 1975.

The Library welcomes the 2016 Fellows and looks forward the research that will emerge from their respective projects. For further information regarding our Fellowships contact Division of Mitchell Librarian and Education & Scholarship at, or 9273 1910. Or visit,

17 November 2015

Google Street View imagery of the State Library now live!

You can now 'step' inside the State Library of NSW from anywhere in the world! A stunning 360 degree view inside the Library is now available on Google Cultural Institute.

Earlier this year Google Street View camera operators came to the State Library and spent two days capturing in detail the magnificent heritage and contemporary spaces within our two buildings — the Mitchell and the Macquarie Building.

Virtually explore the iconic Mitchell Library Reading Room from the upper gallery. Browse over 1,000 editions of Don Quixote in the Friends Room. Study the stunning ‘Seven Ages of Man’ stained glass window in the Shakespeare Room. And visit spaces only seen by the public during special events and tours, including the Sir William Dixson Research Library.

Visit the State Library on Google Cultural Institute or via Google maps