State Library Fellowships

The CH Currey Memorial Fellowship supports the writing of Australian history from original sources, particulary from the collections of the State Library of NSW. The Nancy Keesing Fellowship supports research into Australian life and culture using resources of the State Library of NSW. The Australian Religious History Fellowship supports the study and research of any aspect of Australian religious history or faith.
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The 2014 NSW Writer’s Fellowship (Established and Mid-Career) ($30,000) will enable a NSW Writer to undertake a self-directed program of professional development.  The fellowship winner will also have the opportunity to participate in one  of two residencies on offer from the State Library of NSW and the City of Sydney.

The 2014 NSW Writer’s Fellowship (Established and Mid-Career) ($30,000) will enable a NSW Writer to undertake a self-directed program of professional development. The fellowship winner will also have the opportunity to participate in one of two residencies on offer from the State Library of NSW and the City of Sydney.

The State Library of NSW is currently seeking applicants for the CH Currey Memorial Fellowship, Nancy Keesing Fellowship and the Australian Religious History Fellowship. Applications close 21 October 2013.

The State Library of NSW is currently seeking applicants for the CH Currey Memorial Fellowship, Nancy Keesing Fellowship and the Australian Religious History Fellowship. Applications close 21 October 2013.

The Australian Religious History Fellowship  The specific focus of the Australian History Religious Fellowship is for the study and research of any aspect of Australian religious history of any faith. The successful Fellow will be based at the State Library of NSW, and is expected to be based there, although it is understood that it may be necessary to also work within other institutions and archives, and use resources outside the Library. Applications close 21 October 2013.

The Australian Religious History Fellowship The specific focus of the Australian History Religious Fellowship is for the study and research of any aspect of Australian religious history of any faith. The successful Fellow will be based at the State Library of NSW, and is expected to be based there, although it is understood that it may be necessary to also work within other institutions and archives, and use resources outside the Library. Applications close 21 October 2013.

Nancy Keesing Fellowship  For research into any aspect of Australian life and culture using the resources of the State Library. Applications close 21 October 2013.

Nancy Keesing Fellowship For research into any aspect of Australian life and culture using the resources of the State Library. Applications close 21 October 2013.

C.H Currey Memorial Fellowships. For the writing of Australian history from original sources, preferably making use of the State Library's resources.  Applications close 21 October 2013.

C.H Currey Memorial Fellowships. For the writing of Australian history from original sources, preferably making use of the State Library's resources. Applications close 21 October 2013.

Dr Roger Scott Osborne, Nancy Keesing Fellow 2011 Roger Scott Osborne presents his project: 'Material and textual study of Joseph Furphy's Such is Life. Towards an electronic edition of an Australian classic. 15 February 2012

Dr Roger Scott Osborne, Nancy Keesing Fellow 2011 Roger Scott Osborne presents his project: 'Material and textual study of Joseph Furphy's Such is Life. Towards an electronic edition of an Australian classic. 15 February 2012

Dr Melanie Swalwell, Nancy Keesing Fellow 2009 Melanie Swalwell looks at the 1980s beginnings of the now ubiquitous computer games, when they were made by individuals rather than corporations. 29 September 2010

Dr Melanie Swalwell, Nancy Keesing Fellow 2009 Melanie Swalwell looks at the 1980s beginnings of the now ubiquitous computer games, when they were made by individuals rather than corporations. 29 September 2010

Valerie Lawson, Nancy Keesing Fellow 2010 Valerie Lawson traces the evolution of dance in Australia from the legendary Pavlova's visit in 1926 through to the establishment and development of the Australian Ballet (1962) and the Bangarra Dance Theatre (1989). This is set in the context of Australia's social, cultural and political climate. 16 November 2011

Valerie Lawson, Nancy Keesing Fellow 2010 Valerie Lawson traces the evolution of dance in Australia from the legendary Pavlova's visit in 1926 through to the establishment and development of the Australian Ballet (1962) and the Bangarra Dance Theatre (1989). This is set in the context of Australia's social, cultural and political climate. 16 November 2011

The 2011 winner of the Nancy Keesing Fellowship was Dr Roger Scott Osborne for his project: ‘Material and textual study of Joseph Furphy’s Such is Life. Towards an electronic edition of an Australian classic’. Follow Roger's Fellowship on his Furphy Project Blog.

The 2011 winner of the Nancy Keesing Fellowship was Dr Roger Scott Osborne for his project: ‘Material and textual study of Joseph Furphy’s Such is Life. Towards an electronic edition of an Australian classic’. Follow Roger's Fellowship on his Furphy Project Blog.

The 2001 C.H. Currey Memorial Fellowship winner was Dr Judith Godden for biography of Lucy Osburn, pioneer of the nursing profession in Australia.   Judith has since published Lucy Osburn, a lady displaced : Florence Nightingale's envoy to Australia / by Judith Godden.

The 2001 C.H. Currey Memorial Fellowship winner was Dr Judith Godden for biography of Lucy Osburn, pioneer of the nursing profession in Australia. Judith has since published Lucy Osburn, a lady displaced : Florence Nightingale's envoy to Australia / by Judith Godden.


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The 2002 C. H. Currey Memorial Fellow winner was Dr Sylvia Martin for research on a biography on Ida Leeson, Mitchell Librarian, 1932-1946.  Sylvia has since published Ida Leeson:a Life: Not a Blue-stocking Lady/ by Sylvia Martin.  Copies are held in Mitchell Library and State Reference Library. Registered NSW residents can also view it from home as an ebook. Find the book in the State Library catalogue: http://library.sl.nsw.gov.au/record=b2407144~S2

The 2002 C. H. Currey Memorial Fellow winner was Dr Sylvia Martin for research on a biography on Ida Leeson, Mitchell Librarian, 1932-1946. Sylvia has since published Ida Leeson:a Life: Not a Blue-stocking Lady/ by Sylvia Martin. Copies are held in Mitchell Library and State Reference Library. Registered NSW residents can also view it from home as an ebook. Find the book in the State Library catalogue: http://library.sl.nsw.gov.au/record=b2407144~S2

Dr Ruth Pullin, C.H. Currey Memorial Fellow 2009 discusses Eugène von Guérard's beautiful sketchbooks, which can be read as diaries as much as visual records. 29 September 2010

Dr Ruth Pullin, C.H. Currey Memorial Fellow 2009 discusses Eugène von Guérard's beautiful sketchbooks, which can be read as diaries as much as visual records. 29 September 2010

Rachel Standfield, C.H. Currey Fellow 2010 examines the career of William Thomas, Assistant Protector and Guardian of Aborigines in Victoria from 1839 to 1860. Thomas's role was crucial in the development and implementation of policies to manage relations with Indigenous people in colonial Victoria.

Rachel Standfield, C.H. Currey Fellow 2010 examines the career of William Thomas, Assistant Protector and Guardian of Aborigines in Victoria from 1839 to 1860. Thomas's role was crucial in the development and implementation of policies to manage relations with Indigenous people in colonial Victoria.

The 2006/07 C.H. Currey Memorial Fellowship winner was Ms Eileen Chanin for research on David Scott Mitchell's bequest collection and the development of Australia's creative spirit.  In 2011 Eileen published Book life : the life and times of David Scott Mitchell / Eileen Chanin.

The 2006/07 C.H. Currey Memorial Fellowship winner was Ms Eileen Chanin for research on David Scott Mitchell's bequest collection and the development of Australia's creative spirit. In 2011 Eileen published Book life : the life and times of David Scott Mitchell / Eileen Chanin.

Despite several landmarks across the state bearing his name, John Hunter, the second governor of New South Wales, remains somewhat of an enigma. http://purl.library.usyd.edu.au/sup/9781920899196

Despite several landmarks across the state bearing his name, John Hunter, the second governor of New South Wales, remains somewhat of an enigma. http://purl.library.usyd.edu.au/sup/9781920899196

kayakers at sunset on Sydney Harbour. Picture: Tourism Australia

kayakers at sunset on Sydney Harbour. Picture: Tourism Australia

A biography of a prominent Australian sexologist and a campaigner for birth control. http://purl.library.usyd.edu.au/sup/9781743320068

A biography of a prominent Australian sexologist and a campaigner for birth control. http://purl.library.usyd.edu.au/sup/9781743320068

I got to see this pirate ship in sydney

I got to see this pirate ship in sydney

In 1997 Nancy de Vries accepted the Apology from the Parliament of New South Wales on behalf of all the Indigenous children who had been taken from their families and communities throughout the state's history. This is her story. http://purl.library.usyd.edu.au/sup/9781921364259

In 1997 Nancy de Vries accepted the Apology from the Parliament of New South Wales on behalf of all the Indigenous children who had been taken from their families and communities throughout the state's history. This is her story. http://purl.library.usyd.edu.au/sup/9781921364259

We love this full scale model of Sydney at Town Hall House...you can come visit anytime!

We love this full scale model of Sydney at Town Hall House...you can come visit anytime!

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