Your chance to discover a unique Queensland story

You have two weeks to apply for State Library of Queensland’s annual history research fellowships and be awarded up to $20,000 to explore Queensland’s history.

State Library of Queensland (SLQ) is offering two fellowships in 2014, with the $20,000 John Oxley Library Fellowship awarded for a project to explore the state’s history, and the inaugural $15,000 Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellowship awarded for a project to explore the state’s business history.

For the last ten years, Fellows at State Library have delved into the original materials in the John Oxley Library (JOL) to create new knowledge about all aspects of Queensland’s history, from architecture and natural disasters to food, music and migration.

In 2014 SLQ hopes to further expand this body of research into the field of economic and business history, with the introduction of the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellowship.

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.

The Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellowship aims to draw out some of the remarkable stories of our state’s entrepreneurs and business leaders from the rich materials in the John Oxley Library.

At a public talk at SLQ last month the current John Oxley Library Fellows, Kathleen Mary Fallon and Matthew Nagas, shared their discoveries from the JOL collection as part of their ongoing research for their project A Commemorative Pilgrimage of Significant Sites: The Australian South Sea Islanders from Tweed Heads to Torres Strait.

In researching sites meaningful to Australian South Sea Islanders, the pair has split their research geographically, with Mr Nagas focusing on his hometown of Bundaberg and surrounding Wide Bay region and Ms Fallon concentrating on Brisbane, South East Queensland and surrounds.

In her talk, Ms Fallon remarked on the importance of the John Oxley Library for recording and interpreting Queensland history.
“The John Oxley Library, alongside Queensland State Archives and Queensland Museum among others, is itself a significant site for Australian South Sea Islanders due to the wealth of information about their history in the area.”

“The breadth and richness of the content available means that the John Oxley Library is contributing to and creating a continuous presence and memory of Australian South Sea Islanders in Queensland,” Ms Fallon said.

With more than 10,000 original materials in the collection, the John Oxley Library presents innumerable opportunities for researchers, writers, filmmakers, academics, artists and storytellers — or anyone seeking to contribute to our state’s history.

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 to apply.

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

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