State Library fellowships explore Queensland history

State Library of Queensland's annual history research fellowships open today for applications from across Australia, announced State Librarian Janette Wright.

Generously supported by the Queensland Library Foundation, State Library's $20,000 John Oxley Library Fellowship has been awarded annually for the past ten years to celebrate excellence in research and recognise new contributions to Queensland’s documentary heritage.

"Over the past decade, the fellowship has allowed those with a keen interest in Queensland history to use the materials in the John Oxley Library to uncover our state’s untold stories," Ms Wright said.

"Alongside the monetary award, the fellow is allocated a personal workspace in the John Oxley Library for 12 months, granting them unparalleled access to collection items, as well as expert advice from State Library staff for the duration of their project."

New in 2014, the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellowship provides a researcher with $15,000 and a personal workspace within the John Oxley Library for six months.

Announced at last year's Queensland Memory Awards Ceremony, this fellowship is an initiative of the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame, a partnership between State Library of Queensland, the Queensland Library Foundation, and QUT Business School.

Ms Wright said, "The Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for a researcher to build on our knowledge of Queensland's business history."

Established in 2009, the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame celebrates stories of Queensland’s outstanding business leaders, and recognises their contributions to the state’s economic and social development.

"We consider both fellowships a perfect opportunity to create and record these rich stories for future Queenslanders, covering all aspects of our state's history including commerce and trade, mining, agriculture, military history, architecture and design — and much more," Ms Wright said.

The current John Oxley Library fellows, Kathleen Fallon and Matthew Nagas, are using State Library's collections for their project A Commemorative Pilgrimage of Significant Sites: The Australian South Sea Islanders from Tweed Heads to Torres Strait, which documents historic sites significant to Australian South Sea Islanders.

Kathleen and Matthew will give a public lecture at State Library on 20 February about their research findings and the significance of the project in light of last year's commemoration of 150 years of South Sea Islander contributions to Australia.

Applications for both fellowships close at 5pm on Monday 17 March, and the winners will be announced at the Queensland Memory Awards Ceremony on 29 May.

Visit www.slq.qld.gov.au for more information on the fellowships and the Queensland Memory Awards.

Media enquiries: Shahedah Sabdia, SLQ Communications 07 3842 9847 | shahedah.sabdia@slq.qld.gov.au

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