The Redmond Barry Fellowship is named in honour of Sir Redmond Barry (1813-1880), a founder of the University of Melbourne and the State Library of Victoria. As a founding father and first Chancellor, Sir Redmond Barry looms large in the history of the University of Melbourne. Barry stamped his personality on all aspects of the early University from the curriculum to its infrastructure.
The first Fellowship was awarded in 2004 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Sir Redmond Barry's laying of the foundation stones for both institutions on 3 July 1854. The 2016 Fellowship shall be awarded to scholars and writers to facilitate research and the production of works of literature that utilise the superb collections of the State Library of Victoria and the University of Melbourne.
Up to $20,000 shall be awarded to assist with travel, living and research expenses. Fellows will be based at the State Library of Victoria for three to six months. During this period, Fellows will be expected to pursue their own project, present a lecture or short seminar series open to the public, Library and University communities, and submit a brief report at the conclusion of their Fellowship.
Fellowships are open to scholars and writers from Australia and overseas. The Fellow's project may be in any discipline or area in which the Library and the University have strong collections.
Current Redmond Barry Fellow
Dr Jillian Graham
Beyond the Stave: A Biography of Australian Composer and Arts Activist Margaret Sutherland (1897-1984)
The aim of this project is to research and write a scholarly biography of Australian composer Margaret Sutherland (1897-1984), who spent most of her life in Melbourne. Sutherland is an intriguing character from many perspectives. While it was acceptable for women to teach or perform music in the early years of the twentieth century, it was not thought that women were capable of writing good music. Cecil Gray epitomised this attitude in 1924 with his comment that ‘a woman’s composing is like a dog’s walking on his hind legs. It is not done well, but you are surprised to find it done at all’.
As early as the 1920s, Sutherland could be compared with contemporary composers in Europe and the USA who were reacting against aspects of the Romantic style of the nineteenth century. She produced around 200 works in her lifetime, mostly chamber and vocal/choral works, but also orchestral works, four for theatre and one opera. In addition to her contribution as a composer, Sutherland was a tireless advocate for Australian composers and for the arts in general in this country. One of her most notable contributions in this regard was the leading role she played in the Combined Arts Centre Movement (CACM), which lobbied strongly over a 13-year period to have the Melbourne Arts Centre built where it is today.
There is a consensus among scholars about the high calibre of Sutherland’s music and the influence she has had on Australian music. David Symons acknowledges that she is ‘recognised as one of Australia’s most important composers of the early and middle years of the twentieth century’. American scholar and musicologist Jane Weiner LePage refers to Sutherland as the ‘undisputed first lady of Australian music as well as one of the earliest and most respected composers in the country’. Earlier, in his watershed book, Australia’s Music: Themes of a New Society (1967), Roger Covell maintained that ‘it was a woman composer, Margaret Sutherland of Melbourne, who really naturalised the twentieth century in Australian music’.
Redmond Barry Fellow 2017
Dr Luke Keogh
Garden state: The Wardian case, Victoria and the global nursery trade.
Redmond Barry Fellow 2016
Dr Ross Jones
Kill or Cure? Tuberculosis, tuberculin and the Melbourne medical scene in the 1890s sought to re-create the story of tuberculin in Melbourne.
Redmond Barry Fellow 2015
Professor Jennifer Clark
Yours faithfully: Writing letters for the Council for Aboriginal Rights, 1952–1961
Redmond Barry Fellow 2014
Dr Michael Davis
The Greg Dening papers: using ethnographic history in writing about Aboriginal/European environmental encounters
Redmond Barry Fellow 2013
Assistant Protector William Thomas and the Kulin people, 1839–1867: the end of things?
Redmond Barry Fellow 2012
Percy Grainger's early years: the formation of an Australian
Redmond Barry Fellow 2011
Bigger than little: literary magazine culture in Melbourne between 1940 and 1988
Redmond Barry Fellow 2010
Rome in Melbourne: the Piranesi collections in the Baillieu and State Libraries
Redmond Barry Fellow 2009
Unknown genius: the architecture of John James Clark
Redmond Barry Fellow 2008
A future in flames: wildfire in a changing climate
Redmond Barry Fellow 2007
Capital: Melbourne when it was the capital city of Australia 1901–1927
Redmond Barry Fellow 2006
Ploughing with one heifer: colonial Victorians learning the land
Redmond Barry Fellow 2005
Pencilled lines on poetry
Redmond Barry Fellow 2004
From "lubras" to "belles": representations of Aboriginal women, 1850–1950