Applications for the Queensland Memory Awards now open

Man diving into the swimming pool at the Oasis in Sunnybank. Image number: 7032-0001-0084, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland.

When you think of fellowships, do images of foppish Oxford scholars gaffawing and padding about in their mortarboards come to mind? Funnily enough, the reality is much different.  Over the last decade, Queensland Memory fellows have included a screen writer, medical historian, scientist, curator, broadcaster, novelist, economist, entrepreneur, film producer, historian, actor/playwright and musician.

But the Queensland Memory Awards are really about you. No really. The documentary heritage of Queensland is collected and preserved in the John Oxley library at State Library of Queensland for you.  You can come and see it anytime. This material – letters, photographs, diaries, recordings, poetry, interviews, music, brochures, theatre programs, how to vote cards and much, much more – have the potential to explode into a plethora of stories, plays, biographies, histories, books and articles.  There is only one thing missing.  You.

Researchers and their projects bring the collection alive with their insights, interpretations and acumen.They dive deep into the collections of the John Oxley Library to join the dots that uncover untold stories, tell little known histories and expand our existing knowledge about any number of subjects. This work not only helps us to understand more about ourselves in the present – where we came from and how we got here – but it also brings together communities, as a shared understanding of the past, in all its complexities, develops.

If you think you have a project about Queensland history that needs to be told, needs to see the light of day or have its underbelly exposed – start your application today here.  If you’re still not sure, come along to the Fellowship Information night on Tuesday 23 February, where you can talk to past fellows, staff and one of our esteemed judges.  Non-Brisbane residents can view the video online after the event. Start your deep dive today.


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