2024 Fellows announced


The State Library welcomed its newest research fellow, Nancy Cushing, at the 4th Biennial Coral Thomas Lecture last night.  

Nancy was awarded the prestigious $110,000 Coral Thomas Fellowship for her fascinating project ‘Beauty and the Beasts’, which will examine a history of animals in Sydney.  

This year the Library has awarded a total of $236,000 in fellowships, helping to support some outstanding research through the collection.  

The 2024 Fellows are: 

Coral Thomas Fellow — Associate Professor Nancy Cushing for ‘Beauty and the Beasts: A History of Animals in Sydney’. 

CH Currey Fellowship — Dr Michael Bennett for ‘Empowering Dharriwaa Elders: Towards an Aboriginal History of Walgett’ 

Australian Religious History Fellowship — Dr Matthew Grubits for ‘Two Young Clergymen: Francis Russell and Peter Beamish in NSW’ 

Ross Steele AM Fellowship — Deborah Beck for ‘Exposed and Composed: Artists’ Models in Australia’ 

Merewether Fellowship — Associate Professor Adele Wessell for ‘A Natural-Cultural History of the Richmond River: 1828-1958’ 

David Scott Mitchell Fellowship — Dr Nicholas Hoare for ‘Australia’s Voice of the Pacific: A History of the Pacific Islands Monthly, 1930–2000’ 

Dr AM Hertzberg AO Fellowship — Dr Caitlin D’Gluyas for ‘Archival Archaeology: A Spatial Reading of People and Things in Early Convict Parramatta’ 

Nancy Keesing Fellowship — Dr Chi Chi Huang for ‘Integrating Chinese Medicine into Australian Public Health’ 

Applications for all Fellowships for 2025 will open on Monday 13 May 2024. 

The State Library’s Fellowship program is generously supported by significant private benefactors, and we gratefully acknowledge their support. 

Read about the Library's Fellows and Residents program.