State Library of NSW announces $75,000 Coral Thomas Fellowship winner

Friday 20 October 2017

A leading historian of colonial NSW, Professor Grace Karskens was last night awarded the prestigious $75,000 Coral Thomas Fellowship at the State Library of NSW. As the 2018 Fellow, Professor Karskens will use the State Library’s vast collections to support her research project The Real Secret River, Dyarubbin.

“This is a fascinating project about the history of the Hawkesbury River, developed in partnership with Aboriginal people from the Hawkesbury-Nepean region in Western Sydney,” said State Librarian John Vallance.

“Thanks to the support of Rob Thomas AM and his family, who created this important Fellowship, Professor Karskens’ research promises to reveal new and important cross-cultural stories about one of Australia’s most beautiful and historically significant rivers, the Hawkesbury River or ‘Dyarubbin’,” said Dr Vallance.

Professor Karskens is a respected authority on early colonial Sydney and Australia, author of the acclaimed book The Colony, a history of early Sydney, and a professor of history in the School of Humanities and Languages at the University of NSW.

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