Margaret Sutherland research to be funded by Redmond Barry Fellowship

Australian composer Margaret Sutherland AO OBE (1897-1984) was one of the most innovative and influential composers of the first half of the twentieth 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. Margaret Sutherland was also a tireless advocate for composers and for the arts in general in Australia. In her desire to be both serious composer and mother, Sutherland was atypical of her era, and faced particular challenges, public and private, in blending these roles.

Beyond the Stave: A Biography of Australian Composer and Arts Activist Margaret Sutherland (1897-1984) is the title of a scholarly biography of this unconventional and iconic Australian figure, to be written by the 2018 Redmond Barry Fellow, Dr Jillian Graham.

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 Victoria. The Fellowship is awarded to scholars and writers to facilitate research and the production of works of literature that utilise the superb collections of the State Library and the University of Melbourne.

Image: Dickinson Monteath Studio, Margaret Sutherland, c.1934. Rare Music Collection, Special Collections, University of Melbourne Library