The Redmond Barry Fellowship 2022 is open for applications
Archives and Special Collections, within Scholarly Services, in partnership with the State Library of Victoria, is accepting applications for the Redmond Barry Fellowship.
The Redmond Barry Fellowship is named in honour of Sir Redmond Barry, founder of the University of Melbourne and its longest serving Chancellor, and founder of the State Library of Victoria. He was an influential advocate for the creation of public works throughout Melbourne and held a lifelong interest in philanthropy and contributing to Melbourne’s social and cultural activities. 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.
Redmond Barry Fellowship
Writers and scholars wanting to use our collection to research a project in any discipline can apply for the Redmond Barry Fellowship. This includes early career researchers and graduates. Successful applicants receive $15,000, access to a desk space in a shared office for 12 months (January – December 2022), access to collections and staff expertise. Australian resident scholars and writers can apply. Since the Fellowship is jointly sponsored by the State Library and the University of Melbourne, research should make use of collections at both the State Library and the University of Melbourne. Projects which highlight linkages between the collections and promote new insights on the subject, material or collections are encouraged. Also welcomed is the production of a digital, creative or literary work which can be openly shared and published in the University’s Repository.
Previous Redmond Barry Fellows
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