CH Currey Memorial Fellowship

Applications open

Applications close on Friday, 12 July 2024 at 5 pm AEST.

$20,000 - For the writing of Australian history from original sources, making use of the resources of the State Library of NSW.

About the Fellowship 

For the writing of Australian history from original sources, making use of the resources of the Library.

The CH Currey Memorial Fellowship was established in 1974 by the Library Council of New South Wales under the terms of the bequest of the late Dr Charles Herbert Currey, a well-known Australian historian who was conscious of the needs of research workers not supported by grants from institutions such as universities. 

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A selection of books in the Mitchell Library Reading Room

Guidelines and application

Please read the Guidelines carefully prior to applying.

Download the application form for the CH Currey Memorial Fellowship

For further information please refer to the Fellowship FAQs section or contact:


Phone: 02 9273 1765


Past Fellows


Dr Michael Bennett, for his project: Empowering Dharriwaa Elders: Towards an Aboriginal history of Walgett.


Deborah Lee-Talbot, for her project: The Archive of the Archivist: Phyllis Mander-Jones and Australian-Pacific history, 1901-57. 


Dr Alexandra Dellios, for her project: Greek-Australian Women and Building Alternative Multiculturalisms: Grassroots histories of migrant welfare in New South Wales, 1960s–80s.


Dr Alexandra Roginski, for her project: Between Pleasure and Productivity: A history of self-improvement from phrenology to physical culture.


Dr Rebecca Jones, for her project: Drought, Flood, Heat and Dust: Living with extreme weather in arid Australia


Dr Ian Hoskins, for his project:  Re-imagining the Pacific: Exploring white Australian identification with its near neighbours 1870-1970.

The project examined the under-appreciated relationship of European Australia with the Pacific, prior to the independence movements of the 1970s.


Dr Emma Christopher, for her project: Sugar and Slavery: an Australian legacy

This project explores how Australian sugar planters inherited Caribbean planter practices and ideologies. A number of Australian sugar planters were funded by Caribbean relatives, this project will utilise the Library’s records to illuminate these relationships. 


Dr Breda Carty, for her project: Changing Social Participation of People with Disabilities in Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Australia

This project contributed historical context to contemporary discussions about disability, social inclusion and special education, using the Library's collection to develop an overview of the lives of people with disabilities in nineteenth and twentieth-century Australia. 


Dr Mark Dunn, for his project: Civilised or Savage: The colonial legacy of Robert and Helenus Scott

This project concentrated on the Library's Scott family papers, with particular emphasis on relationships between the brothers and local Aboriginal people, which was not supportive and appallingly violent: a paradox at the heart of much frontier history. 


Dr Gianfranco Cresciani, for his project: Italian Communists in Sydney: Their activities, policies and liaison with the Italian and Communist Parties, 1970-90.

Cresciani’s project examined the Federation of Italian Migrants and Families (FIMF), the Italian Communist Party, and its intersection with agencies such as the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation. The Library holds key papers of the FIMF and this project looked at the history of this organisation, its interaction with local Cold War politics and impact on Sydney cultural life.


Dr Christine Jennett, for her project: “Saving the Gurindji”: The story of the Sydney-based support campaign for the Gurindji peoples struggle for equal pay and land rights 1966-75.

Jennett’s project used the papers of Dr Hannah Middleton and Roderick Williams, held by the Library, who were both, as an anthropologist and as a field worker respectively, involved in the Gurindji Campaign.


Dr Kyle Harvey, for his project: A History of the Australian Anti-Nuclear Movement, 1945-2000.

This project made extensive use of the Library’s substantial archives on this subject to produce a thorough examination of the diverse array of anti-nuclear activity which began to emerge in Australia shortly after the Second World War.


Dr Angela Dunstan, for her project: Celebrity Circuits: The impact and influence of celebrity visitors to nineteenth-century Australia.

This project examined key celebrity visits to Australia between 1852 and 1921. It discussed how the art, literature and celebrity ephemera resulting from such visits to Australia created complex and significant circuits of empire that were central to the development of the international conception of Australia, and colonial Australia’s national identity.


Dr Anne-Maree Whittaker, for her project: The Librarian as Historian: Hugh Wright, CH Bertie and their circle.


Dr Ruth Standfield, for her project: Protection, Politics and Persistence: The colonial career of William Thomas, 1839-1860.


Dr Virginia Ruth Pullin, for her project: Eugene von Guerard's Sketchbooks: An artist's diary.


Dr Nathan Garvey, for his project: Botany Bay and British Popular Literature, 1780-1840.

Robert Holden, for his project: ANZAC Diaries in the Mitchell Library.


Eileen Chanin, for her project: David Scott Mitchell's Bequest: His collection and the development of Australia's creative spirit.


Dr  Mark Hearn, for his project: The Fin de Siecle Imagination in Australia, 1890-1914.


Dr Lisa Featherstone, for her project: A History of Sexualities in Twentieth-Century Australia.


Jock Given, for his project: A Biography of Ernest Fisk and the AWA Papers.


Dr Sylvia Martin, for her project: A Biography of Ida Leeson, Mitchell Librarian 1932-46.


Dr Judith Godden, for her project: A Biography of Lucy Osburn: Pioneer of the nursing profession in Australia.


Dr Sue Robinson, for her project: A Biography of Australian Composer Peggy Glanville-Hicks.


Dr Suzanne Rickard, for her project: Connections between Colonial Australia and British India between 1788-1858.


Isadore Wyner, for his project: A History of the New South Wales Branch of the Ship Painters and Dockers Union, 1900-1930.


Dr Barry Hill, for his project: A Literary Biography of TGH Strenhlow.

Dr  Peter Cochrane, for his project: The Rise and Fall of British Australia as a History of British Identity in Australia from the Colonial Period to the Late Twentieth Century.


Jacqueline Kent, for her project: The Work of Beatrice Davis, Chief Editor for Angus & Robertson Publishers for almost Forty Years.


Dr Andrew Leonard Hassam, for his project: Australian Cultural Identity through Letters and Journals Written by Australians visiting Britain in the Nineteenth Century.


Brendan G. O'Keefe, for his project: An Account of the Voyage of an American Ship around Tasmania and up the East Coast of Australia, before the Arrival of the First Fleet.


Audrey Oldfield, for her project: An Examination of the Republican Movement in Australian History.

Ann Moyal, for her project: Scientific Letters of the Nineteenth-Century Geologist the Reverend William Branwhite Clarke.


Dr Jan Todd, for her project: Technology Transfers into Australia in the Late Nineteenth Century.


Margaret Lanagan, for her project: A History of Women Pilots in Australia, from 1912 to the Present Day.


Dr Edward Duyker, for his project: A Biography of the Pacific Explorer Marc-Joseph Marion Dufresne, 1724-1772.


Peter Moore, for his project: A Biography of Robert Torrens, 1780-1864.


Joanna Mendelssohn, for her project: The Relationship between Jack and Norman Lindsay.

Richard Phillip Oswald White, for his project: Home and Other Places: Europe in the Australian imagination.


Susan Hogan, for her project: A Biography of Adela Pankhurst Walsh and Tom Walsh.


Roslyn Maguire, for her project: Nineteenth Century Italian Immigration to New South Wales.

Regine Maja Sainisch, for her project: A Biography of Charles Rasp: The discoverer of silver-lead-zinc deposits at Broken Hill.

Peter Synan, for his project: An Economic and Social History of Nineteenth-Century Gippsland.


Helen Kenny, for the project: A Biography of Major Robert Ross of the Royal Marines, Lieutenant Governor of New South Wales.

Elizabeth M. Plimer with Ellen G.R. Errey, for the project: The Swann Sisters of Elizabeth Farm House.

Sasha Soldatow, for his project: A Biography of Harry Hooton 1908-1961.


John Michael Bennett, for his project: Biographical Lives of the Australian Chief Justices, 1824-1924.

Donald Fifer, for his project: The Political Career of William Charles Wentworth.

Margaret Janice Kociumbas, for her project: A History of Australia, 1788-1860.


Edgar Beale, for his project: Captain Charles Sturt's Exploration, 1844-1846.

Ian H Nicholson, for his project: Tasmanian Shipping 1842: Including a bibliography of ships logs relating to Australia.

Ettie E  Pullman, for her project: Early Settlement of the Port Albert Area of Gippsland.


Associate Prof. David Francis Branagan, for his project: A History of Australian Science: PP King and his influence on Australian science.

Marjorie Morgan with Andrew Lemon for the project: The Wreck of the Immigrant Ship  "Cataraqui" on King Island in 1845.

Beverley Anne Nance, for her project: A History of Aboriginal Australians in Early Melbourne.


C. A. Liston, for her project: A Study of Sir Thomas Brisbane, Governor of New South Wales, 1821-1825.


Frederick Robert Pascoe, for his project: The Structure of the Community in Western Australia's Goldfields, 1892-1934.

Kamoya Peterson, for her project: The History and Politics of the Control of Vermin and Noxious Weeds in Australia, from First Settlement to Present Time.

Marion Ruth Dormer, for her project: A Social and Pictorial History of the Settlement of the Early Squatting Runs.


Dr John Douglas Ritchie, for his project: Towards a Biography of Lachlan Macquarie, 1761-1824.

Dianne Elizabeth Kirkby, for her project: A Biography of Alice Henry: Australian feminist, journalist, social reformer and trade union leader.

John Alfred Maddock, for his project: A History of Road Train Operations in the Outback from the 1930s.


Reverend William Terrence Southerwood, for his project: The Work of RW Wilson, First Bishop of Hobart.

Stephen Glynn Foster, for his project: The Electoral Legislation in the Australian Colonies During the Nineteenth Century.

Eve Buscombe, for her project: Australian Colonial Portraiture.


Audrey Somerville, for her project: A History of the Education of Methodist Clergy in New South Wales.

Donald McDonald, for his project: Mental Health Services in New South Wales, 1788-1900.

Peter Gardner, for his project: A Local History of the Gippsland Region of Victoria.


Dr Neville Hicks, for his project: Timothy Augustine Coghlan.

Captain Brett Hilder, MBE, for his project: The 1606 Voyage of Torres.

Dr Hazel King, for her project: Elizabeth Macarthur and Her Husband and Sons.

1975 (Inaugural)

Keith Arthur Johnson, for his project: A book on the sesqui-centenary of the Wollombi district, 1825-1975.

Associate Prof. Winston Gregory McMinn, for his project: The Life and Political Career of George Houston Reid, 1845-1918.

John Michael Bennett, for his project: Australian Legal History and Biography.

Last updated:  13 May 2024

Fellowship Information


$20,000 - For the writing of Australian history from original sources, preferably making use of the resources of the State Library of NSW.

For further information please contact Scholarship:

Phone: 02 9273 1765