Archives and Special Collections, within Scholarly Services, in partnership with the State Library of Victoria, are proud partners of 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.
2023 Redmond Barry Fellow, Dr Julie Robarts
Dr Julie Robarts's project is a study of the significant collection of editions, translations and adaptations of Ariosto’s romance epic Orlando furioso printed during the long early modern period (the sixteenth to the late eighteenth century) held across the rare book collections of the two institutions. This project will conduct original literary-historical research on the complementary collections of editions, translations, and adaptations of Ludovico Ariosto’s (1475-1533) "Orlando furioso" (Ferrara 1516, 1532) held by University of Melbourne Special Collection and State Library Victoria. It will result in one long academic article (10-12,000 words) published in a Renaissance Studies academic journal. In 2023 Dr Robarts will bring the music and poetry of this exciting and innovative Renaissance work to a new public through a public engagement event, that will transform into an enduring online resource.
Dr Robarts is a historian of Renaissance and Baroque Italy, researching gender in the production and performance of poetry and music. She holds a Ph.D. and MA in Italian Studies from the University of Melbourne where she is and Honorary (Fellow). In January 2024 she takes up a six-month postdoctoral fellowship with Australian and EU funding in the History Department of the European University Institute, Fiesole, researching A history of women's cultural performance in the Italian baroque (1600-1690).
Redmond Barry Fellows 2019
Dr Nanette Carter and Robyn Oswald-Jacobs Book manuscript and exhibition: Frances Burke, designer and the fabric of modernist Melbourne
Redmond Barry Fellow 2018
Dr Jillian Graham Beyond the Stave: A Biography of Australian Composer and Arts Activist Margaret Sutherland (1897-1984)
Redmond Barry Fellow 2017
Dr Luke KeoghGarden state: The Wardian case, Victoria and the global nursery trade.
Redmond Barry Fellow 2016
Dr Ross JonesKill or Cure? Tuberculosis, tuberculin and the Melbourne medical scene in the 1890s sought to re-create the story of tuberculin in Melbourne.
Redmond Barry Fellow 2015
Professor Jennifer ClarkYours faithfully: Writing letters for the Council for Aboriginal Rights, 1952–1961
Redmond Barry Fellow 2014
Dr Michael Davis The Greg Dening papers: using ethnographic history in writing about Aboriginal/European environmental encounters
Redmond Barry Fellow 2013
Marguerita Stephens Assistant Protector William Thomas and the Kulin people, 1839–1867: the end of things?
Redmond Barry Fellow 2012
David Pear Percy Grainger's early years: the formation of an Australian
Redmond Barry Fellow 2011
Jim Davidson Bigger than little: literary magazine culture in Melbourne between 1940 and 1988
Redmond Barry Fellow 2010
Colin Holden Rome in Melbourne: the Piranesi collections in the Baillieu and State Libraries
Redmond Barry Fellow 2009
Andrew Dodd Unknown genius: the architecture of John James Clark
Redmond Barry Fellow 2008
Danielle Clode A future in flames: wildfire in a changing climate
Redmond Barry Fellow 2007
Kristin Otto Capital: Melbourne when it was the capital city of Australia 1901–1927
Redmond Barry Fellow 2006
Kathleen Fennessy Ploughing with one heifer: colonial Victorians learning the land
Redmond Barry Fellow 2005
Olivier Burckhardt Pencilled lines on poetry
Redmond Barry Fellow 2004
Leonarda Kovacic From "lubras" to "belles": representations of Aboriginal women, 1850–1950
Redmond Barry Fellow 2022