2017 Redmond Barry Fellow announced
At a ceremony at the State Library of Victoria on 28 July, it was announced that environmental historian Dr Luke Keogh has been awarded the commemorative Redmond Barry Fellowship for 2017. Dr Keogh's research project for the Fellowship is entitled 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 Dr Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward, the case revolutionised the movement of plants around the globe. Dr Keogh was the recipient of an International Curatorial Fellowship (Kulturstiftung des Bundes) at the Deustches Museum in Munich, the prestigious Gerda Henkel Stiftung Research Scholarship in Düsseldorf, and the Sargent Award at the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University. Through the Redmond Barry Fellowship, Dr Keogh will undertake research with the collections of the University of Melbourne and State Library of Victoria for his forthcoming book The plant box, which will include Victoria as an important case study in the global nursery trade. Dr Keogh will present a public lecture at the end of the Fellowship period.
Image: George Folingsby, The Hon. Sir Redmond Barry KCMG, 1881. University of Melbourne Art Collection