Explore our past: Inform our future
The Library is delighted to welcome its 2016 Fellows!
Their rich, eclectic research projects range across notions of Australian identity from the ambiguity of the frontier colonial legacy of gentleman settlers Robert and Helenus Scott; the curious curiosities of James Bray’s non-professional but very commercial science in a shop in late nineteenth century Sydney; the gender concepts and national identities expressed in the work of late nineteenth century writer Catherine Helen Spence’s children’s literature; and notions of gender, religion and race traced in the life of early twentieth century missionary Anne Lock.
Other projects include the fascinating career of the mid-twentieth century journalist and influential naturalist Alec Chisholm; a study of Utzon’s acoustic solutions of the Sydney Opera House; and a study of the fluid historical consciousness of family historians from 1900 to the present.
Our innovative DX Lab Fellows will develop a real-time visualisation of content accessed from the Library as they explore the digital boundaries of our users.
The inaugural Coral Thomas Fellow, Dr Rebe Taylor will investigate the early anthropological interconnected histories of Tasmanian and Victorian settlement through the engaging surveyor journals and personal diaries of John Helder Wedge. This project also connects Library collections to others in the National Museum of Australia, the State Library of Victoria and the Saffron Walden Museum in North Essex.
The Library’s research Fellows play an integral part in our role as a proactive partner in knowledge creation and we gratefully acknowledge the generous philanthropic support of our benefactors which have established this prestigious program.