Memory Awards winners help preserve Queensland’s history

State Library of Queensland (SLQ) last night announced the recipients of its 2017 fellowships and awards at the Queensland Memory Awards ceremony, an annual event that acknowledges excellence in research and the creation of new knowledge about the state’s history.

Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said State Library through the John Oxley Library offered fantastic opportunities for further research into our history and she applauded the winners for their contributions.

“These research initiatives reveal new things about our identity as people and communities living in Queensland and play an important part in shaping our future,” Ms Enoch said.

“Very often the work of historians and researchers goes unnoticed by the public, but through these awards we acknowledge their contributions and shine a light on wonderful stories and information that we hope will encourage more people to explore and share our rich and varied history.”

State Librarian and CEO Vicki McDonald said that the fellowship program helps to highlight and activate SLQ’s rich collections and range of resources, as well as contribute new knowledge about Queensland.

“By working closely with State Library, our fellows will bring our collections to life and will contribute new research about our state’s vast history across a range of mediums including blog posts, oral histories, digital stories, and more,” Ms McDonald said.

This year, nine awards and fellowships were presented, with a collective prize pool of more than $110,000.

The 2017 award winners are:

  • John Oxley Library Award — Dr Spencer Routh OAM

This award recognises excellence and innovation in the recording of Queensland history by an individual and was awarded to Dr Spencer Routh OAM for his distinguished career in the library and information sciences sector.

  • John Oxley Library Community History Award — Annerley Stephens History Group

Annerley Stephens History Group’s Frank Corley Project sees volunteers working with communities in Annerley and surrounding suburbs to collect local histories relating to the houses that were photographed in the area in the 1970s by Frank Corley.

  • John Oxley Library Fellowship ($20,000) — Dr Lauren Istvandity

Lauren’s project Reminiscing about jazz in Queensland: preserving pre-1965 oral histories for the Qld Jazz Archive collection in the John Oxley Library will see her record and collect new oral histories about the history of jazz in Queensland.

  • Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellowship ($15,000) — Toni Massey

As a commercial diver and marine archaeologist, Toni’s project will examine how Queensland pearl divers pioneered the pearl shelling industry and in doing so, contributed to Queensland’s economic development.

  • Mittelheuser Scholar-in-Residence ($15,000) — Tess Maunder

Tess’s project Curating ‘digital futures’ includes a selection of international case-studies examining the relationship between ‘digital futures’ and contemporary curatorial practice.

  • Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation Fellowships (4 x $15,000)

Dr Peter Crossman is the recipient of the 2017 Digital Fellowship for his project Cairns of words and umbers: Queensland’s memory rolls of the Great War. Peter will document the names, places and stories of soldiers from 100 of Queensland’s honour boards.

  • Lisa Jackson will examine the home front story of Stradbroke Island’s Inebriate Institution in her project The unfinished war: the post-war lives of returned soldiers who spent time in the Inebriate Institution in Dunwich.

  • During the Second World War General Douglas MacArthur called Brisbane the most corrupt place in the South Pacific. Dr Judith Powell’s project Crime, passion and opportunity – policing Brisbane during World War 2 investigates Brisbane during this volatile time.

  • Visual artist Greer Townshend’s project Treasure: a soldier’s story explores archetypal imagery found in letters diaries, photographs and possessions of Queensland soldiers during the First World War.

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