2017 Fellowships announced

The State Library is pleased to announce the winners for the Nancy Keesing, CH Currey Memorial and Australian Religious History Fellowships.


Applications this year were very competitive with projects ranging from class, Human Rights, counter-culture, Indigenous Australian history, gender and social justice. The high standard of applications made the decision making a difficult process for the Judging Panel, which comprised of Dr Lisa Murray, City of Sydney Historian; Dr Peter Cochrane, University of Sydney/former State Library Fellow; Dr Rachel Franks, Coordinator, Education & Scholarship; and Richard Neville, Mitchell Librarian and Director, Education & Scholarship.

2017 Nancy Keesing Fellow is Associate Professor Lee Stickells for his project, Aquarian Green: Building new ways of living in the 1970s counterculture. This project will explore the Rainbow Archive collection, with an emphasis on the oral history collections, which coincidentally are now available via the Amplify project. The project examines the way counter-culture design has influenced later architecture. 

2017 Australian Religious History Fellow is Dr Charmaine Robson for her project, The Little Flower Black Mission: Catholic Redress and Masculine Piety. Dr Robson’s project is based on the extensive archive of Francis McGarry, a lay Catholic missionary in an Aboriginal settlement near Alice Springs. The richness of this archive encourages a nuanced account of both Catholic missionary endeavour (unusual in Australia) and the response of the Indigenous communities to his work.

2017 CH Currey Fellow is, Dr Breda Carty for her project, Changing social participation of people with disabilities in 19th and 20th Century Australia. This project looks at the way people with disabilities have themselves conceived of and described their experiences. It draws on many later 20th century collections complied by various disability advocates and societies. These collections have had little scholarly attention. Dr Carty, who is herself deaf, is a leading scholar in the emerging field of disability history.

NSLA Honorary Fellow is Associate Professor Isabella Alexander for her project, Commercial map-making and copyright law in Australia from 1788 to 1917. This project will examine 19th and early 20th-century map publishing archives in the Library, with an emphasis on copyright. Maps prove to be popular with readers – Associate Professor Alexander’s project has an interesting take on maps and uses collections which have not been explored previously. The Library Council Honorary Fellow is Ms Jane Singleton, for the project, What Katie Did!  How a white woman recorded and preserved the legends and lives of indigenous people in outback Australia, a century ago - Katherine (‘Katie’) Langloh Parker. This project looks at the work of Langloh Parker, a European woman who was an early documenter of Aboriginal stories.

The Judging Panel would like to thank all applicants for the time and effort which was evident in every application. The Library looks forward to welcoming the Fellows who will formally take up their Fellowship in early 2017.

The Library’s prestigious and competitive fellowships are designed to support the research, writing and teaching of Australian history and culture.

This program would not be made possible without the generosity of significant private benefactors, Fellowships will re-open next year

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