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 Luke Keogh
Garden state: The Wardian case, Victoria and the global nursery trade.
The Wardian case was a simple portable greenhouse used for moving live plants. Invented in 1829 by the London doctor Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward, the case revolutionised the movement of plants around the globe. Following its invention, many important economic and ornamental plants could be moved to locations well beyond their home range. With its long history of gardening and horticulture, Victoria offers a fascinating case study in understanding how the dynamics of the global nursery trade operated at the colonial periphery in the 19th century. Among the many people who benefitted from the transport of exotic plants was Redmond Barry, who was an avid promoter of horticulture and served as the vice-president of the Victorian Horticultural Society. By focusing on the Wardian case, Luke's project will contextualise the Victorian exotic nursery trade within the global network of moving live plants, and will result in a scholarly article and a chapter in his forthcoming book The plant box, to be published by the University of Chicago Press.
Dr Luke Keogh holds a PhD in History, BSc Resource and Environmental Management (with first-class honours), Griffith University, and a Bachelor of Science (Resource and Environmental Management), ANU. The recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, he is a prolific author and most recently was a visiting scholar at the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University.
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