Queensland Memory Awards

Congratulations to the 2019 fellows, residents and award winners.  To learn more about their projects for the year ahead, select one of the tiles below. Keep an eye on the John Oxley Library blog for updates on their research activities.

A range of research fellowships and awards are available annually as part of the Queensland Memory Awards. The Awards recognise the valuable contribution of individuals and organisations from across Queensland make to the investigation, preservation and celebration of Queensland’s rich history.

The fellowships and awards are an invitation for applicants to respond to our unique collections and resources including manuscripts, maps, music, newspapers, oral histories and rare printed material. Each year State Library encourages researchers and creatives from all backgrounds and disciplines to apply for Queensland Memory Awards.

State Library announced the seven recipients of the 2019 Queensland Memory Awards at an official award ceremony held at State Library on May 29 2019.

Applications for the 2020 Queensland Memory Awards will open in early 2020.

For information about each of the fellowships, awards and residencies, including past recipients or to apply for a fellowship, please select from the list below.


As one of Queensland’s most prestigious research awards for over 10 years, the John Oxley Library Fellowship offers researchers, writers, historians and content creators the opportunity to discover Queensland’s rich history utilising the resources of the John Oxley Library and State Library of Queensland. The fellowship recipient will receive a stipend of $20,000.

Peters - Arctic Delicacy Co Ltd building

The Place Making Fellowship is an opportunity to discover the legends, stories and histories behind beloved Queensland sites.

Premises of Canada Cycle and Motor Agency Ltd Brisbane Queensland

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 or economic history.

Image courtesy of Sam Cranstoun

The Mittelheuser Scholar in Residence is generously supported by Dr Cathryn Mittelheuser AM through the Queensland Library Foundation. Valued at $15,000, the residency is awarded annually to a leading thinker in the cultural sector, whose work gives rise to innovative new services or strategies.

2017 Queensland Memory Award Community History Award Recipient

The John Oxley Library Award and the John Oxley Library Community History Award are gifted by the Library Board of Queensland and the Queensland Library Foundation and given annually to individuals and local community organisations for distinction and innovation in the documenting and sharing of Queensland’s history.

Lee Remick Mark Ross  Geoffrey Titley  Brisbane  Abel records 1979

The Letty Katts Award supports the research and documenting of Queensland’s music history. It gives a musician, composer, scholar or researcher the opportunity to study, experiment and explore new thinking in their art/study, leading to the creation of new knowledge or work/s inspired by Queensland’s music history. The recipient receives a stipend of $5,000. This award is biennial and will be awarded again in 2020.  

QANZAC 100 Fellowships

Four (4) Fellowships were awarded annually during the Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation project between 2015-2018. Valued at $15,000 each, these fellowships supported research projects that uncovered and explored untold stories about Queensland’s experience during the First World or other significant military campaign from the last 100 years. Q Anzac 100 fellowships are no longer offered.