Winners of the Merewether & David Scott Mitchell Memorial Fellowships Announced

The Library is pleased to announce the winners for the Merewether and David Scott Mitchell Memorial Fellowships. Applications this year were very competitive with projects ranging from class, Human Rights, military history, food studies, gender and sexuality. 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 Rachel Franks, Coordinator, Education & Scholarships; Dr Nancy Cushing, Senior Lecturer School of Humanities & Social Science and Richard Neville, Mitchell Librarian and Director, Education & Scholarship.

The 2017 David Scott Mitchell Memorial Fellow is, Associate Professor Robert Crawford for his project, ‘Probing the Consumer’s Mind: The Ashby Research Service and the Post-war Australian Market’. Associate Professor Crawford is an established researcher from the University of Technology Sydney in the Public Communication Program, who has published extensively on the history of Australian advertising and marketing. He is proposing to use the Ashby Research service archive (1945-72), which is perhaps the richest independent market research service archive in Australia. Associate Professor Crawford is interested in what Ashby market research says about media consumption and food attitudes during this period.

The 2017 Merewether Fellow is, Dr Stephen Gapps for his project, ‘The Sydney Wars - A military history of the Sydney Region 1788 to 1816’. Dr Gapps is a Curator at the Australian Maritime Museum who in 2014 developed the War at Sea – The Navy in WWI exhibition. He has previously received an Endeavour Executive Fellowship and is an experienced researcher in this field. He has published widely in local and community history: his history of the Fairfield district won a Premiers History Award in 2011. Dr Gapps is proposing to examine the Frontier Wars from the military perspective, and trace how British Army traditions helped shape the direction and course of the conflict with Indigenous people. His project acknowledges that this conflict was a war.

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 Associate Professor Crawford and Dr Gapps 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.

The Australian Religious History Fellowship ($20,000), CH Currey Memorial Fellowship ($20,000) and the Nancy Keesing Fellowship will open on 22 August and will close, 19 September. Further information is available at on the Library's website