Redmond Barry Fellowship

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Sir Redmond Barry in his Chancellor's robes, 1878, Thomas Foster Chuck. Image courtesy State Library Victoria.

Archives and Special Collections, within Scholarly Services, in partnership with the State Library of Victoria, are proud to present 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.

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.

2022 Fellow

Our 2022 Redmond Barry Fellow is Dr Lorinda Cramer.

Searching for insights into men’s and women’s engagement with fashion in times of uncertainty and moments of social change, Dr Cramer will consider how dress and fashion intersect with gender, class and race.

Her project Wearing wool: Foy & Gibson, Fletcher Jones and a new dress historyexamines the importance of wool in the social, cultural and dress history of twentieth-century Australia. In an academic journal article, she hopes to advance knowledge on historical, everyday dress practices and the dynamics behind how and why Victorians choose to wear wool.

Dr Lorinda Cramer is a postdoctoral researcher in the National School of Arts at the Australian Catholic University. Her research seeks out new perspectives on what worn, everyday clothing might reveal about daily experiences.

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2022 Redmond Barry Fellow, Dr Lorinda Cramer with the Hon. Minister for the Creative Industries Danny Pearson MP (l) and Acting Chief Executive Officer for the State Library of Victoria Sarah Slade (r)