State Library of Queensland’s Queensland Memory Awards recognise the valuable contribution of individuals and organisations across Queensland in the investigation, preservation and celebration of Queensland’s memory - past and present.

The Queensland Memory Awards program is dedicated to supporting researchers of all kinds to interpret the collections of the John Oxley Library.  Through deep engagement and interaction with the collections, these interpretations provide new insights into the collection and contribute new knowledge about Queensland’s history.

For information about each of the fellowships, awards and residencies, including past recipients and their projects, please select from the list below.

The Queensland Memory Awards are made possible by the support of donors through the Queensland Library Foundation.

 Trams and other vehicles on East Street Rockhampton 1923

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.

Karobran the story of an Aboriginal girl by Monica Clare book cover

The Monica Clare Research Fellowship offers people who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, the opportunity to research, explore and create new knowledge about Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures using the significant collections of John Oxley Library. The recipient will receive a stipend of $15,000.

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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.

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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.

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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.  

Caylie Jeffrey winner of the 2019 John Oxley Library Community History Award for her project Under the Lino

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.

State Library of Queensland Medal

The State Library of Queensland Medal recognizes the valuable contribution and dedication of former staff and their work at the Library. 2020 is the first year the State Library Medal has been awarded. The inaugural recipient is Ms Dianne Byrne.

Dianne was a longstanding and highly respected staff member who made significant contributions to State Library. These contributions included the acquisition of major collection items including the portrait of Lord Lamington, eighth Governor of Queensland, curating six successful exhibitions, researching and coordinating publications such as Between the Covers and A travelling photographer in Colonial Queensland – the work of William Boag. 

In 2017 Dianne was the recipient of Gordon Darling Foundation grant that enabled travel to the UK to build the State Library’s collection, establishing a network of contacts for future collection opportunities. 

Dianne was an employee of State Library from 1984 until 2018.

Other opportunities

Honorary Fellowship

An Honorary Fellowship has been established to support research projects of high calibre. Honorary fellows will have access to facilities and receive support in accordance with State Library’s other fellowship programs.  This research would be conducted without a monetary stipend.  No applications are required for the Honorary Fellowship.  Only applicants to the John Oxley Library Fellowship are eligible. 

Queensland Business History Award

Presented by the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame, the Queensland Business History Award is a recognition award presented to a Queensland based business that has successfully protected and promoted their corporate history and archives.

Guidelines for Entry

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The Queensland Memory Awards are made possible by the support of donors through the Queensland Library Foundation.

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