Queensland Memory Awards 2015

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

"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.

2015 John Oxley Library Fellowship winner Madonna Grehan (left) with CEO and State Librarian Janette Wright (right). Photo by Josef Ruckli. — at State Library of Queensland.

2015 John Oxley Library Fellowship winner Madonna Grehan (left) with CEO and State Librarian Janette Wright (right). Photo by Josef Ruckli. — at State Library of Queensland.

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.

2015 Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellowship winner Julie Hornibrook (left) with CEO and State Librarian Janette Wright (right).Photo by Josef Ruckli at State Library of Queensland.

2015 Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellowship winner Julie Hornibrook (left) with CEO and State Librarian Janette Wright (right).
Photo by Josef Ruckli at State Library of Queensland.

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.

L-R: 2015 John Oxley Library Award winner Trisha Fielding, Director-General for the Department of Science and Innovation Sue Rickerby, and 2015 John Oxley Library Award winner Trevor Newman.Photo by Josef Ruckli. — at State Library of Queensland.

L-R: 2015 John Oxley Library Award winner Trisha Fielding, Director-General for the Department of Science and Innovation Sue Rickerby, and 2015 John Oxley Library Award winner Trevor Newman.
Photo by Josef Ruckli. — at State Library of Queensland.

The 2015 award was presented to Trisha Fielding from Townsville for her work as historian and blogger of North Queensland History blog; 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.

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

(L-R): Representatives from 2015 John Oxley Library Community History Award winner The Ration Shed Museum, Lesley Williams, Sandra Morgan and Jeanette Brown, with Library Board of Queensland Chair Professor Jan Thomas.Photo by Josef Ruckli. — at State Library of Queensland.

(L-R): Representatives from 2015 John Oxley Library Community History Award winner The Ration Shed Museum, Lesley Williams, Sandra Morgan and Jeanette Brown, with Library Board of Queensland Chair Professor Jan Thomas.
Photo by Josef Ruckli. — at State Library of Queensland.

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.

 

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Congratulations Madonna on your Queensland Memory Award. Much tireless work and well deserved recognition.

Great new, Madonna, and congratulations on winning the John Oxley Library Award. You have done so much work on the history of the nurses on the Centaur and now work begins on their Memorial. Well done.