Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellowship

About the Fellowship and Award

The Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellowship is awarded annually to support a research project that uses the rich resources of the John Oxley Library and contributes to the creation of new knowledge about Queensland’s business and economic history. 

The fellowship recipient receives a stipend of $15,000, a personal work space within the Neil Roberts Research Lounge for 12 months and premium access to the extensive collections and expertise library staff. 

The Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame program also awards annually the Queensland Business History Award to a Queensland based business that promotes their heritage and corporate history. This award also encourages sound collecting practices and aims to raise awareness of the value of good record keeping and preservation. 

For more information about the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellowship please email fellowships@slq.qld.gov.au or call 07 3840 7879. 

The Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame is an initiative of QUT Business School, State Library of Queensland and the Queensland Library Foundation.

2021 Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellow: Dr Robin Trotter

The 2021 Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellowship was awarded to Dr Robin Trotter for her project - Sir Arthur Petfield: From tinplate to porcelain.

Queensland’s industrial history and heritage has often been overlooked or disparaged as secondary to that of the southern colonies and states.  Robin's project will help go some way, alongside the efforts of other historians, to address this shortfall and to highlight the contributions to Queensland made by the men and women who have nurtured and grown local businesses and industries.  

Robin's project will utilise and build on the collection, Arthur Henry Petfield Papers 1938-1978 held by the John Oxley Library. Sir Arthur Petfield (1912-1974) built up a small local can making operation into a national packaging company that was to establish the basis for UPL, a diversified conglomerate that manufactured and marketed a wide range of products that were, and still are, recognised nationally. The project will also honour the wider contributions of Sir Arthur to Queensland’s corporate and commercial interests. 

For more information on Robin's project watch her video below.

Dr Robin Trotter, recipient of the 2021 Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame fellowship.  

2021 Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellow, Dr Robin Trotter talks about her project.

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