John Oxley Library Fellowship
Applications have now closed for the John Oxley Library Fellowship.
The Fellowship is awarded annually to support a research project that uses the rich resources of SLQ’s John Oxley Library and contributes to the creation of new knowledge of Queensland.
The successful applicant will receive a stipend of $20,000 along with a personal work space within the John Oxley Library’s Neil Roberts Research Lounge for 12 months giving premium access the extensive collections and expert library staff and advice.
The John Oxley Library Fellowship is proudly supported by the Queensland Library Foundation.
2015 John Oxley Library Fellow
The 2015 John Oxley Library Fellowship for 2015 has been awarded to Madonna Grehan for her project, ‘Something tangible to show our gratitude’: a History of Queensland’s Centaur Memorial. In 1943 during World War II, the Australian hospital ship the Centaur was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine 48km off Moreton Island. The sinking was Queensland’s worst maritime disaster, 268 lives were lost, 11 being Australian Army Nursing Service nurses.
From this disaster, five years later at a time of relative austerity, the people of Queensland rallied to create a tribute to the nurses lost, the creation of the Centaur Memorial Fund for Nurses in 1948. Ms Grehan’s project focuses on this fundraising campaign, the largest coordinated in Queensland during the 20th Century, researching the stories around how communities and high profile public figures got involved right around the state.
Madonna Grehan has an impressive history as an independent historian and has completed a number of other fellowships and academic projects around Australia focusing on nursing and medical history. She has just finished a fellowship with the State Library of Victoria’s La Trobe Library and will produce a manuscript on Mrs Sarah Barfoot: An émigré gentlewoman midwife in Port Phillip and Victoria 1848-1880.