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. 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 Fellowship shall be awarded to scholars to facilitate and disseminate research that utilise the superb cultural 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 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.
Applications are now open for the 2019 Redmond Barry Fellowship - a partnership between the University of Melbourne and the State Library of Victoria. Named in honour of the founder of both institutions, the first Fellowship was awarded to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stones for both institutions on 3 July 1854. The Fellowship facilitates scholarly research and the production of works of literature utilising the superb collections of the two institutions. Up to $20,000 shall be awarded to assist with travel, living and research expenses.News
Current Redmond Barry Fellow
Dr Nanette Carter and Robyn Oswald-Jacobs
Book manuscript and exhibition: Frances Burke, designer and the fabric of modernist Melbourne
Nanette and Robyn's project examines Frances Burke's importance in Australia's design and cultural history, highlighting her textile design and role as a champion of modernist design from the late 1930s.
While Burke's work has been included in exhibitions on modern design, there has been no significant survey exhibition of her work. The project will bring Burke's work to a new generation, and will result in a monograph commissioned by Thames & Hudson and an exhibition at Heide Museum of Art on Burke's work as a leading Australian textile designer.
Dr Nanette Carter is enthusiastic about sharing the history of design with popular audiences through publications and curatorial projects. She has diverse research interests in the field of design, including design history, with particular focus on Australian design and modernism. She is an expert on Australian pioneer modernist design of the inter-war period and post-war DIY culture.
In addition to research publications and curating exhibitions on design, Nanette has acted as a consultant to the Powerhouse Museum Sydney, the Australian National Gallery, the National Gallery of Victoria, independent filmmakers and curators, and the Office of the Surveyor-General and Land information of the ACT Government.
Robyn Oswald-Jacobs has substantial experience curating exhibitions at significant public museums (Heide) and galleries (RMIT and regional galleries). She is enthusiastic about introducing the public to aspects of design history and material culture that have previously not been presented.
Redmond Barry Fellow 2018
Dr Jillian Graham
Beyond the Stave: A Biography of Australian Composer and Arts Activist Margaret Sutherland (1897-1984)
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