Redmond Barry Fellowship 2016

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.

Apply for the Fellowship

Applications for 2016 are now closed. For further information on the Fellowship please contact Susie Shears

Current Redmond Barry Fellow

Dr Ross Jones

Dr Ross Jones has been awarded the Redmond Barry Fellowship for 2016. Dr Jones' research project is entitled Kill or Cure? Tuberculosis, tuberculin and the Melbourne medical scene in the 1890s. Dr Jones is the author of Humanity’s Mirror: 150 Years of Anatomy in Melbourne (Melbourne: Haddington Press, 2007), a history of the Melbourne Anatomy School, which has been recognised as ground-breaking in its innovative use of archival material. Through the Redmond Barry Fellowship, Dr Jones will contribute to an exhibition on infectious diseases at Museum Victoria, and on John W. Springthorpe (Melbourne’s tuberculin champion) at the Medical History Museum at the University of Melbourne. Dr Jones will present a public lecture at the end of the Fellowship period.

Previous Redmond Barry Fellowship Recipients


Professor Jennifer Clark
Yours faithfully: Writing letters for the Council for Aboriginal Rights, 1952–1961


Dr Michael Davis
The Greg Dening papers: using ethnographic history in writing about Aboriginal/European environmental encounters


Marguerita Stephens
Assistant Protector William Thomas and the Kulin people, 1839–1867: the end of things?


David Pear
Percy Grainger's early years: the formation of an Australian


Jim Davidson
Bigger than little: literary magazine culture in Melbourne between 1940 and 1988


Colin Holden
Rome in Melbourne: the Piranesi collections in the Baillieu and State Libraries


Andrew Dodd
Unknown genius: the architecture of John James Clark


Danielle Clode
A future in flames: wildfire in a changing climate


Kristin Otto
Capital: Melbourne when it was the capital city of Australia 1901–1927


Kathleen Fennessy
Ploughing with one heifer: colonial Victorians learning the land


Olivier Burckhardt
Pencilled lines on poetry


Leonarda Kovacic
From "lubras" to "belles": representations of Aboriginal women, 1850–1950