QBLHOF Fellowship and Queensland Business History Award

About the Fellowship

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. The successful nominee for 2021 will be announced and awarded at the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Induction Dinner in July 2021.

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.

2019 QBLHOF fellow: Rutian Mi

The 2019 recipient of the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame is Rutian Mi for his project The history of Chinese business in Queensland. Rutian’s project will focus on a selection of case studies of long-lasting leading Chinese businesses in Queensland and the significant impact that these businesses had on both the Chinese and broader community. The project aims to both interrogate the collections of the John Oxley Library and help contribute new knowledge to the history of Chinese businesses in Queensland.


Rutian has created a online chronological overview of Chinese business in Queensland using the time graphics platform. This resource will help researchers understand the historical background and the social background of Chinese business in Queensland.


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