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Dr Penelope Allison,  Reader in Archeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester, UK
Material culture and social practices at the Old Kinchega Homestead

Professor John Williams, Dean and Professor, Adelaide Law School, The University of Adelaide
History of the High Court

Dr Peter Griggs, Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, James Cook University
Tea in Australia: an economic and social history

Associate Professor Catherine Kelly, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Western Australia
Medicine, law and the lash: the experience of military medical officers

Dr Deborah Jordan,  Adjunct Senior Research Fellow National Centre for Australian Studies, Monash University
Love Letters of Vance and Nettie Palmer
Fellowship funded from the Ray Matthew and Eva Kollsman Trust

Associate Professor Ann Elias, Associate Professor in Critical Studies at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney
Modernist imagery of the Great Barrier Reef 1880 -1950

Associate Professor Paul Sharrad, Associate Professor English Literatures, University of Wollongong
Thomas Keneally’s career


Dr Gwenda Tavan, Senior Lecturer Politics, La Trobe University
Arthur Calwell’s Immigration Program

Dr Christine Cheater, Honorary Research Associate, University of Tasmania
Stealing boyhood: the experiences of institutionalised Aboriginal boys pre 1940

Professor Neville Kirk, Emeritus Professor Manchester Metropolitan University
Transnational Connections: Tom Mann (1856-1941), Robert Samuel Ross (1873-1931) and Labour networks in Australia, New Zealand and Britain

Dr Jan Tent, Senior Lecturer Linguistics, Macquarie University
The Dutch Pacific

Ms Alana Valentine, Freelance playwright. Fellowship supported by the Ray Matthew and Eva Kollsman Trust
Letters to Lindy

Dr Kent Fedorowich, Reader in British Imperial and Commonwealth History, Philosophy and Politics, University of the West of England, Bristol
The wartime mission of a truant surgeon: Sir Earle Page’s diary 1941-42  

Professor James Cotton, Visiting Professor, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of New South Wales, Australian Defence Force Academy
‘H. Duncan Hall: the Australian who invented the Commonwealth’

Dr David Lee, Director, Historical publications and Information Section, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Fellowship supported by the Minerals Council of Australia
The minerals boom : 1960-2012


Professor Jim Davidson, Principal Fellow, Australian Centre, School of Historical & Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne
Bigger than Little: 'Meanjin' and 'Overland' and the Little Magazine Culture in Melbourne, 1940-1988 

Dr Chi Kong Lai, Reader in Modern Chinese History, University of Queensland
The Power of Hair in Chinese Society, 1500-2010

 Professor Satendra Nandan, Foundation Dean & Professor, School of Humanities & Arts, University of Fiji
An Autobiography -- A Fijian-Indian-Australian Experience

 Dr Tim Sherratt, Websites Research & Development Officer, National Museum of Australia; Freelance Historian, web developer and cultural data specialist, Adjunct Associate Professor University of Canberra.
The times of our lives: text-mining the meaning of progress 

Mr Anthony Lawrence, Poet, Lecturer, Creative Writing & Literature, University of Newcastle
Critical work on the poetry of Robert Adamson (funded from the Ray Matthew and Eva Kollsman Trust “to support Australian writing”) 

Dr Lyn Gallacher, ABC Radio National Feature Producer
The Nancy Keesing Correspondence (funded from the Ray Matthew and Eva Kollsman Trust “to support Australian writing”)

 Dr Mary Eagle, freelance scholar
Augustus Earle in Australia

 Professor Craig Reynolds, Adjunct Professor, School of Culture, History & Language, College of Asia & the Pacific, Australian National University
Policing and the Power of Thai Amulets

 Dr Andrew Selth, Adjunct Research Fellow, Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith University
Burma's Police Forces

Mr Luke Keogh, Research Assistant, Centre for the Government of Queensland, University of Queensland.
Coal Seam Gas: a local history



Dr Beatrice Bijon, Senior Lecturer, Department of English and American Studies, University of Saint-Etienne, France
The Fight for Women's Suffrage. Connecting links between the British and American Movements and the Australian Movement

Dr Martyn Jolly, Head, Photography and Media Arts, School of Art, Research School of Humanities and the Arts, College of Arts and Social Sciences, Australian National University
Australian photographs as they were originally published from 1950 to 1980

Mr Richard White, Senior Lecturer, Department of History, University of Sydney
Touring the Past in Australia

Professor Alistair Thomson, Professor of History, Monash University
Out of the Shadows: Rediscovering Family Men Through Australia 1938 Oral History Project

Professor Stephanie Lawson, Professory of Politics and International Relations, Macquarie University
The Pacific Way: A Critical Reassessment

Dr Amrita Malhi, Visiting fellow, Australian National University

Inaugral Minerals Council of Australia Fellow. 
Asian Environments, Australian mines: Regional Resources and Australian Environmental Thinking



Dr Bronwen Douglas, Senior Fellow, Division of Pacific and Asian History, RSPAS, Australian National University
Racial Geography, Local Knowledge, and the Naming of Oceania 1750-1850

Dr Lynne McCarthy, Research Fellow, Centre for Historical Research, National Museum of Australia
The Botany and Plant Ecology of Arnhem Land, Northern Australia: Cultural and Scientific Ways of Knowing

Dr Sheridan Palmer, Manning Clark / CAL Residential Fellow; Honorary Fellow, the Australian Centre, University of Melbourne; independent art curator, author and arts writer
The Antipodean: The Life and Work of Bernard Smith

Dr Priscilla Roberts, Associate Professor of History, University of Hong Kong
Anglo-American Think Tanks and China Policy


Mr John Arnold, Senior Lecturer, National Centre for Australian Studies, Monash University
The Time was Ripe: Sun Books as an agent of cultural change in Australia
Public Lecture

Dr David Carter, Professor of Australian Literature and Cultural History, University of Queensland
Making it in the American Market: Australian Books and American Publishers
Public Lecture

Dr Robert Cribb, Senior Fellow, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, The Australian National University
State finance in the Indonesian revolution in Java, 1945-1949
Public Lecture

Dr Tatiana Gabroussenko, Visiting Fellow, China and Korea Centre, Faculty of Asian Studies, The Australian National University
Shifting patterns of North Korean propoganda from 1994 to the present

Dr Philip Jones, Senior Curator, Department of Anthropology, South Australian Museum
George French Angas, artist and ethnographer
Public Lecture

Dr Kenneth Morgan, Professor of History, Brunel University, London
ABC Orchestras

Dr Fiona Wheeler, Professor of Constitutional Law, ANU College of Law Parachuting In: War and Extra-Judicial Activity by High Court Judges
Public Lecture


Dr Susan Cochrane, University of Queensland Postdoctoral Fellowship for Women
The lost art: William Dargie and a cultural history

Dr David Foster, Novelist,
A reading of Burton’s Arabian Nights for the novel Shahrazad Public Lecture

Dr Sarah Paine, Professor of Strategy and Policy, Naval War College, USA
Japanese-Chinese-Soviet Rivalry in East Asia (1931-1949) Public Lecture

Mr Peter Robertson, Research Coordinator, Science, Engineering & Technology Portfolio, RMIT University, Melbourne Australia
A biography of the Australian astronomer John Bolton

Dr Sue Taffe, Honorary Research Fellow, Centre for Australian Indigenous Studies, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Fighting Friendships: activists for Indigenous Rights, 1950s 1980s Public Lecture


Dr Catharine Coleborne, Senior Lecturer, Department of History, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand
Madness in the family Public Lecture

Mr Peter Hamburger, First Assistant Secretary, Cabinet Divsion, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Canberra
The Netherlands East Indies: a perfect bureaucrats' state Public Lecture

Dr Narangoa Li, Reader, Japan Centre, Faculty of Asian Studies, Australian National University, Sydney
Collaboration, nationalism and imperial strategy: Japanese-trained armies and police in northeast Asia Public Lecture

Dr Nathalie Nguyen, ARC Australian Research Fellow, The Australian Centre, The University of Melbourne
Vietnamese refugees: perspectives and perceptions Public Lecture

Mr Graeme Skinner, Freelance music consultant
Peter Sculthorpe biography, part 2 (1975-present)

Dr Julie Stephens, Senior Lecturer, School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Education and Human Development at Victoria University, Melbourne
The Uses and Abuses of Feminist Cultural Memory

Dr Rowena Ward, Lecturer in Japan Studies and teacher in the Japanese Language and Culture Program, Institute for International Studies, University of Technology, Sydney
The human legacy of Japanese colonialism


Pamela Gutman, Honorary Associate, Department of Art History and Theory, The University of Sydney Bloomsbury in Burma: a biography of George Hannington Luce

Bernadette Hince, researcher, Canberra
The Heard Island diaries of John Béchervaise

Jemma Purdey, Writer-in-residence, Centre of Southeast Asian Studies, Monash Asia Institute, Monash University, Melbourne
Herb Feith: a biography

Carolyn Strange, Senior Fellow, Centre for Cross-Cultural Research, Australian National University, Canberra Thomas Griffith Taylor (1880-1963): visions of 'Man and Nature' in the 20th Century


Aurelia George Mulgan, Associate Professor of Politics, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra
Role of the Liberal Democratic Party in agricultural policymaking in Japan

Paul Humphries, researcher, Murray Darling Freshwater Research Centre, Albury
Identification of species, abundance and distribution of fishes in the Murray River in earlier times

Simon Potter, Lecturer in History, National University of Ireland
The connections between the mass media in Britain and Australia and the other Dominions in the period 1920-1970

Bob Reece, Professor of History at Murdoch University
The papers of Daisy Bates

Thomas Shapcott, Professor of Creative Writing, University of Adelaide
The papers of Ray Mathew

Thien Do, independent researcher, Kempsey, NSW
Impact of modernity and colonialism on popular religion in Vietnam in the period 1900-1945


Albrecht Dümling, researcher at the Centre for Studies in Anti-Semitism, Technical University, Berlin
Refugee musicians from Germany and Austria in Australia

Margot Harker, independent researcher,
‘The Radiant Day’ – Australians and their weddings

Michael McClellan, Associate Professor, Department of Music, Chinese University of Hong Kong
The French Revolution on stage

Penny Olsen, Visiting Fellow, School of Botany and Zoology, Australian National University
Paradise lost: the quest for the paradise parrot

Rosemary Campbell was also awarded a 2004 Fellowship, but owing to illness was unable to take up the Fellowship


Carl Bridge, Director of the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, University of London
A scholarly edition of R.G. Casey's Washington diaries, 1940-42

Ryan Dunch, Associate Professor, Department of History and Classics, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
Reading missionary modernity in late Qing China

Keith McKenry, freelance researcher, Canberra
The life and work of John Meredith and his role in the Australian folk revival

Angus Trumble, Curator of Paintings and Sculpture, Yale Centre for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Rossetti's wombat; Anglo-Australian cultural relations in the second half of the nineteenth century

Gary Catalano was also awarded a 2003 Fellowship, but died before he was able to take up the Fellowship


Dr Penny Edwards, Postdoctoral Fellow
Centre for Cross-Cultural Research, Australian National University
The power of culture: temples of memory and the politics of nostalgia in British Burma and contemporary Myanmar

Dr Jennifer Hocking, Associate Professor
National Centre for Australian Studies, Monash University
Frank Hardy: a political life

Dr Christa Knellwolf, Honorary Research Fellow
Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University
The travelling imagination: a comparison of imaginary with real journeys of exploration

Dr Keiko Tamura, Freelance researcher
Engagement of East and West: a critical study of the Harold Williams Collection

Dr Martin Thomas, Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Technology, Sydney
Surveying cross-cultural encounter: the legacy of R.H. Mathews, anthropologist


Margaret Barbalet, Novelist
Sources on Buddhism for a novel Paradise Hotel

Rhian Davies, Freelance musicologist and broadcaster
Cardiff, Wales
F.S. Kelly (1881-1916), musician and oarsman

Dr Satyanshu Mukherjee, Retired criminologist
A history of criminal justice policy in Australia since 1788

Benjamin Penny, Honorary Research Fellow
Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University
Religion in contemporary China: the case of Falungong

Jane Roberts, Independent research scientist
Australian river navigation charts, their historical and scientific values

Susan Woodburn, Special Collections Librarian
Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide
Printing and publishing in Pacific Islands languages in Australia


Professor Carole Carpenter, Associate Professor
Division of Humanities, York University, Toronto, Canada
Constructing and reconstructing identity: folklore in Australian children's literature in English

Dr Bridget Griffen-Foley, Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Department of History, University of Sydney
A study of the relationship between Australian media companies, their proprietors and politicians and political parties, 1945-75

Mr David Hansen
John Glover and the colonial picturesque

Dr Doug Munro, Temporary Lecturer in History
University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji
A biography of J.W. Davidson (1915-1973)

Dr Michael Symons, Freelance writer
A history of Australian dining out


David Branagan, formerly Associate Professor of Geology and Geophysics at Sydney University.
Biography of geologist Sir Edgeworth David (1858-1934).

Paula Byrne, an independent Canberra scholar.
Research on law and manners in colonial New South Wales.

Peter Edwards of Sydney University.
Biography of Sir Arthur Tange.

Sarah Lloyd of the Australian National University.
Poverty, charity and gender in Britain in the period 1700-1820.

Joan Rydon Professor of Political Science
La Trobe University from 1975 to 1989.
Study of the political career of Sir Archdale Parkhill.


Geoffrey Bolton, Emeritus Professor of History
Edith Cowen University and Murdoch University, Perth, W.A.
Biography of Sir Edmund Barton
The Problem of History

Margaret Harris, Professor of English Literature
University of Sydney
Unpublished writings of Christina Stead

Mr John Shortis, Freelance composer and musician, Bungendore, NSW
Sheet Dip: the National Library's Australian Sheet Music Collection

Dr David Tothill, Freelance historian, Pretoria
South Africa, Australia and the United Nations, 1945-61

John Warhurst, Professor of Political Science
Australian National University, Canberra
The First Green Decade: the Australian Conservation Foundation and Environmental Politics, 1963-73


Graham Hair, Professor of Music
University of Glasgow
Don Banks, Australian composer

Dr Elizabeth Lawson, Senior Lecturer in English
University College of the University of New South Wales, Australian Defence Force Academy
Birds and the Australian imagination

Dr David Lowe, Lecturer in History
Deakin University
Percy Spender: a biography

Gananath Obeyesekere, Professor of Anthropology
Princeton University, Princeton, USA
Cannibal talk: the practice and discourse of anthropology and anthropophagy in Polynesia in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries

Dr Barry York, Independent historian, Canberra
Big Chief Little Wolf: folklore, folk heroes and professional wrestling in Australia


Prof. Patricia Veronica Brady, Honorary Senior Research Fellow
Department of English, University of Western Australia
A biography of Judith Wright

Dr Peter John Cochrane
Senior Lecturer, Department of History, University of Sydney
Anglo-Australia: A Study of Herbert and Ivy Brookes
Dr Cochrane presented a public lecture on 23 July 1996 on this topic and an essay 'Herbert Brookes, British-Australian : a biographical sketch' is also available.

Ann Jackson-Nakano, Independent historian, Canberra
A history of the Ngunnawal, 1788-1938

Dr Vera Christine Mackie, Director
Women's Studies Programme, University of Melbourne
Gender, ethnicity and citizenship in contemporary Japan

Dr Christopher Tiffin, Senior Lecturer
Department of English, University of Queensland.
An edition of My Australian Girlhood by Rosa Praed


Dr Maryanne Dever, Lecturer in Australian Studies
University of Hong Kong
'M. Barnard Eldershaw': the Literary Collaboration of Marjorie Barnard and Flora Eldershaw

Dr Peter Jackson, Executive Officer, National Thai Studies Centre
Australian National University
Karthoeys: a History of Thailand's Third Gender

Dr John Knott, Senior Lecturer in History
Australian National University
The Motor Car and Australian Society


Ian Hancock, Reader in History
Australian National University
History of the Federal Liberal Party of Australia, 1944-1965

Ros Poignant, Freelance Anthropologist
Axel Poignant's Diary and Photographic Record of his stay in Nagalarramba, Arnhem Land, in 1952

Dr Michael Rosenthal, Senior Lecturer in Art History
University of Warwick, UK
Home and Away: The British and Australia, 1770-1840


Professor Donald Harman Akenson, Professor of History
Queen's University, Kingston, Canada
The Irish Diaspora

Mary Patricia Clarke, Freelance Writer
A Biography of Rosa Praed (1851-1935)

Professor Hu Wenzhong, Director Australian Studies Centre
Beijing Foreign Studies University
Australia's Critical Reception of Patrick White: a Survey

Dr Charles Campbell MacKnight, Reader in History
Australian National University
Three Projects in Indonesian History: Purry's 'Memoirs', a History of Early Java and a La Galigo Translation

Ann Veronica Moyal, Freelance Historian
Science and Technology in Australia: a Cultural History

Dr Marc Serge Riviere, Senior Lecturer in Modern Languages
James Cook University of North Queensland
A Critical Edition of Voltaire's 'Age of Louis XIV'

Dr Nicholas Jeremy Thomas, Senior Research Fellow
Department of Archaeology & Anthropology, Australian National University
Australian Perceptions of South Pacific Islanders, 1860-1914

Dr Paul Turnbull, Senior Lecturer in History
James Cook University of North Queensland
The Procurement and Scientific Use of Aboriginal Remains, 1790-1990


Dr Ian Michael Britain, Formerly Lecturer in History
University of Melbourne
Re-domesticating the Gothic in Eighteenth-Century England: Thomas Gray and his Influence

Professor John Philips Hardy, Professor of Humanities
Bond University
The World of Wit and Poetry: a Reading of Alexander Pope

Dr Andrew Leonard Hassam, Lecturer in English, Trinity College
Camarthen, UK
Narrating the Passage: Immigrants' Journals and the Voyage Out

Professor William Frederick Mandle, Professor of History
University of Canberra
The Oxford Movement (1833-1845) Considered as an Exercise in Propaganda and Communication


Dr Stephen Gordon Alomes, Lecturer in Australian Studies
Deakin University
The Cultural Aspirations of Post-War Development in Australia, as Reflected in Planning for Community Development and a National Theatre

Dale Sara Dowse, Writer
Cross Currents: The Search for Lisa Fitch

Dr Eric Charles Fry, Formerly Reader in History
Australian National University
Australian Federal Politics, 1949-1972

Dr Paul Gillen, Senior Lecturer School of Humanities & Social Sciences
University of Technology, Sydney
The Cultural and Political Philosophy of Jack Lindsay

Dr Drid Williams, Lecturer, Department of Music
University of Sydney
Human Danced Experiences: a Pilot Project on Australian Resources


Dr Dennis James Haskell, Lecturer in English
University of Western Australia
A Critical Study of the Poetry of Kenneth Slessor

Roger William Milliss, Writer
Jane Franklin's Journey, 1839

Dr Anna Shnukal, Lecturer in Linguistics
University of Queensland
Pacific Islander Immigrants to Torres Strait: a Social History and Selected Bibliography

Julian David Keith Thomas, Postgraduate Scholar, Department of History
Australian National University
Frank Hurley: Colonial Photographer


Gwenda Dorothy Davey, Folklorist
The Folklore Collections of the National Library of Australia

Dr David Andrew McLean, Lecturer in History
Riverina-Murray Institute of Higher Education
The Origins of the ANZUS Alliance

Dr Wilfred Robertson Prest, Reader at Department of History
University of Adelaide
A Social History of Eighteenth Century English Barristers


Gerald Eades Bentley, Jr., Professor of English
University of Toronto, Canada
Book Illustration in England, 1660-1830

Heather Radi, Honorary Associate, History
University of Sydney
S.M. Bruce: a Biography

William Arthur Ridley Richardson, Visiting Scholar
Flinders University
A Detailed Study of Place-name Corruption on Maps and Charts


Professor Ann McCulloch
School of Communication and Creative Arts , Deakin University (was Victoria College, Melbourne )
Life and Work of A.D. Hope

Frank Moorhouse, Writer
The League [a novel about the League of Nations]

Dr Ruth Morse, Lethersellers' Fellow in English
Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, UK
The Australian School: Poetry since the War


Dr Carney T. Fisher, Director of Studies (Arts)
Ormond College, University of Melbourne
Historical Case Study of Political Action, Language, Argumentation and Symbolism in the Traditional Chinese State

Dr Ross McMullin, Freelance Historian
Pompey Elliott: A Biography

Henry Reynolds, Associate Professor
History Department
James Cook University of North Queensland
Racial Themes in Australian Fiction


Toshio Akima, Senior Lecturer and Acting Head of Department
Department of Asian Languages & Literature
University of Auckland, NZ
A Study of Ancient Japanese Myth, Ritual and Literature

Dr Sandra K. Dolby-Stahl, Associate Professor of Folklore & American Studies
Folklore Institute, Indiana University, USA
Australians and Americans: Folklore, Identity and Perceptions of National Character

Dr Mervyn McLean, Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology and Head, Archive of Maori & Pacific Music
University of Auckland, NZ
Music of Oceania


Dr Howard Tyrell Fry, Associate Professor
Department of History, James Cook University of North Queensland
The Philippine Struggle for Independence and
The Eastern Passage and Trade with China

Neville Kingsley Meaney, Associate Professor
Department of History, University of Sydney
History of Australian Defence and Foreign Policy 1914-1923

Helen Topliss was awarded a grant but did not complete her Fellowship