State Library honours Queensland history with awards

State Library of Queensland announced the recipients of four history awards at its annual Queensland Memory Awards Ceremony last night.

State Librarian Janette Wright said the Queensland Memory Awards were celebrated each year to acknowledge excellence in research and the creation of new knowledge about Queensland's history.

"Queensland's past is rich with untold stories waiting to be explored and shared with our community," Ms Wright said.

"The extensive documentary heritage house in State Library's collections provides many exciting opportunities for researchers to delve into Queensland history and share their discoveries in new, unique and innovative ways," she said.

The 2015 award recipients are:

  • John Oxley Library Fellowship: Madonna Grehan (12 months residency in the John Oxley Library)
  • Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellowship: Julie Hornibrook (6 months residency in the John Oxley Library)
  • John Oxley Library Award (joint winner): Trisha Fielding
  • John Oxley Library Award (joint winner): Trevor Newman
  • John Oxley Library Community History Award: Ration Shed Museum, Cherbourg

Minister for Science and Innovation Leeanne Enoch said State Library of Queensland, through the John Oxley Library, had a key responsibility as the custodian of Queensland's memory.

"These awards honour the many individuals across our commitments who go to extraordinary lengths to research and record our state's rich, fascinating and diverse history," she said.

"These individuals often receive little recognition for their effort – effort which can make an invaluable contribution to our understanding and appreciation of ourselves and each other, and the world in which we live."

Supported by the Queensland Library Foundation, the $20,000 John Oxley Library Fellowship will enable Madonna Grehan to embark on her research project, Something tangible to show our gratitude: a history of Queensland's Centaur Memorial Fund for Nurses, using the John Oxley Library collections.

A certified nurse herself, Madonna's project explores Queensland's largest fundraising campaign of the 20th century, which was dedicated to honouring the nurses from Australian Army Nursing Services who lost their lives in the 1943 Centaur maritime disaster.

Granddaughter of Queensland building industry pioneer, Sir Manuel Hornibrook, Julie Hornibrook is the recipient of the $15,000 Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellowship.

Julie's project brings together original materials from the John Oxley Library and her personal family collection of photographs, mementos and letters to explore the legacy of her grandfather in Sir Manuel Hornibrook: Father of the Australian Building Industry.

The Fellowship is an initiative of the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame, a partnership between State Library of Queensland, Queensland Library Foundation and QUT Business School.

This year, the John Oxley Library Award was presented to two individuals who have worked tirelessly to share their local history with the broader community through online engagement.

The 2015 award was presented to Trisha Fielding from Townsville for her work as historian and blogger of North Queensland History (northqueenslandhistory.blogspot.com.au); and to Trevor Newman from Brisbane for his work on recording the history, stories and many faces of Brisbane in his blog Your Brisbane Past and Present (yourbrisbanepastandpresent.com).

The John Oxley Library Community History Award, also supported by the Queensland Library Foundation, this year went to the Ration Shed Museum in Cherbourg.

The Ration Shed Museum was acknowledged for their significant work in connecting the community to their local history, as well as sharing stories with the broader Queensland community online.

The Museum's exhibitions and programs celebrate many unknown aspects of contemporary, local Aboriginal culture and ensure important stories are recorded for posterity. In particular the unique exhibition Boys from Barambah which pays tribute to 47 Barambah men who proudly served in the First World War.

All Queensland Memory Awards recipients were celebrated with a formal awards ceremony at State Library of Queensland last night.

The 2015 Fellows will soon begin work on their projects and will share outcomes with State Library's online community throughout their time as Fellows.

For more information on the Awards see Queensland Memory Awards.

Interview opportunities:

2015 John Oxley Library Fellowship
Madonna GrehanSomething tangible to show our gratitude: a history of Queensland's Centaur Memorial Fund for Nurses

2015 Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellowship
Julie HornibrookSir Manuel Hornibrook: Father of the Australian Building Industry

2015 John Oxley Library Award
Trisha FieldingNorth Queensland History
Trevor NewmanYour Brisbane Past and Present

2015 John Oxley Library Community History Award
Sandra Morgan, Chairperson, Ration Shed Museum

High resolution images available upon request

Media enquiries:
Shahedah Sabdia, SLQ Communications
07 3842 9084 | shahedah.sabdia@slq.qld.gov.au

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