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Christina Boughen OAM Fellowship

About the Fellowship

The Christina Boughen OAM Fellowship is awarded to projects that explore Christina Boughen’s career and legacy using the Christina Boughen OAM and Robert Boughen OBE papers. 

The fellowship recipient receives a stipend of $10,000,

The fellowship commemorates the life and career of Queensland musician Christina Boughen OAM. 

Applications for the 2023 Christina Boughen OAM Fellowship open on Monday 3 July 2023.  

Interested in applying and have questions? Read our FAQ, or reach out to us at or on (07) 3840 7879 or (07) 3840 7887.

Generously supported by the Boughen Family through the Queensland Library Foundation.  

Christina Boughen OAM

About Christina Boughen OAM

The late Christina Boughen OAM (1920-2014), also known as Christine, was a highly acclaimed classical piano soloist, teacher and accompanist. Born Christine Whyte, she was known across Australia through the broadcast of her recitals on ABC radio, and she was the official accompanist for the Mobil Quest concerts which toured around the country in the early 1950s.   

Her professional performance career was well underway when she married Brisbane organist Dr Robert Boughen in 1951, and she continued to work while raising their family but chose to practice her art as a professional accompanist, nurturing others through the music she loved.   

As a performer she was noted for her musical sensitivity and artistic excellence, and as an accompanist she guided many of Queensland’s classical musicians through critical auditions and into professional futures.   

Christina produced several concert series for the Brisbane City Council, at City Hall or other venues. She curated performers and repertoire and collaborated with young musicians in rehearsals and performance.  For this significant contribution to Queensland cultural life, along with her performance, teaching and examining work, she was awarded an OAM in 2002.


The Christina Boughen OAM and Robert Boughen OBE papers

Christine and Robert Boughen are both highly significant figures in the development of music and music education in Queensland. This collection represents the evolution of key state-based performing arts and educational institutions and the personal collection of two professional musicians.  

The collection includes scrapbooks, photographs, correspondence, certificates, concert programs, teaching notes, research material, examination and adjudication documents, radio and television scripts and schedules, production notes, and countless compositions and arrangements, and the material spans decades of both Christine’s and Robert’s professional lives.   

For more information on the collection, 32654 Christina Boughen OAM and Robert Boughen OBE papers please see our OneSearch Catalogue. If you would like to arrange a time to view the collection, contact

Inaugural 2022 Christina Boughen OAM Fellow

The inaugural Christina Boughen OAM Fellowship was awarded to Juanita Simmonds for her project, Christina Boughen: A Queensland musical artist and woman.

Juanita's project aims to reveal Christina Boughen’s musicianship and artistry, as both concert curator and working pianist. The project will the explore the extent of repertoire required by her as an accompanist and soloist, and underline her importance as a professional Queensland musician, and role nurturing emerging musicians. Juanita hopes to show that despite the expectation that piano accompanists – and indeed, at that time, women and mothers in general – remain in the background, and so appear less important and noteworthy, Christina’s musicianship was valid artistic practice in its own right and confirms her deep commitment to musical excellence.

For more information about Juanita's project watch her video below or read her blogs: