Recipients of the National Library of Australia Fellowships, funded by generous philanthropic support. These distinguished Fellowships support researchers to make intensive use of our rich and varied collections through residencies of three months.

Professor Gillian Russell (2018 Kollsman Fellow for Research in Australian Literature) in the Special Collections Reading Room  Photograph: Craig Mackenzie

2022 Fellows

Supported by the Ray Mathew and Eva Kollsman Trust for Research in Australian Literature

Professor Julian Meyrick, Professor of Creative Arts, Griffith University  
Australian theatre artists of the 1930s & 1940s: Investigating the “Ribush Circle”

Supported by the Stokes family

Professor Paul Turnbull, Emeritus Professor, University of Tasmania  
Living with the Dead: Cross-Cultural Encounters with Death and Burial in Colonial Australia, 1820-1920

and

Ms Madelyn Shaw, independent scholar based in the USA
Fabric of War: A Hidden History of the Global Wool Trade

and

Dr Susan Hemer, Senior Lecturer, University of Adelaide  
“Women and Children Last”: the establishment of maternal child health services in Papua New Guinea

Supported by the Harold S. Williams Trust for Japan Studies

Dr Gwyn McClelland, Lecturer in Japanese, University of New England  
Trauma and World Heritage on the Gotō Islands: 1856-1899 

and

Dr Ryan Johnson, Tutor, University of Sydney  
Triangulating French, Japanese, and Russian Literatures in Twentieth-Century Japan 

Supported by past and present members of the National Library Council and Patrons

Associate Prof Alison Holland, Academic, Macquarie University 
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission: Toward a History 

Offered by the Library

Dr Kate Warren, Lecturer, Art History and Curatorship, Australian National University  
The role of popular magazines in Australian art history and arts communications 

and

Professor Sue Green, Professor Indigenous Australian Studies, Charles Sturt University  
Reverting the Gaze 

and

Dr Annie McCarthy, Assistant Professor Global Studies, University of Canberra  
Writers, Poets, Artists and Performers: A New History of Children’s Participation in International Development 

2021 Fellows

Supported by the Ray Mathew and Eva Kollsman Trust for Research in Australian Literature

Professor Anne Pender, Professor and Kidman Chair in Australian Studies, University of Adelaide
The colour of fire: Australian theatre in China and Chinese theatre in Australia 1980-2020

Supported by the Stokes family

Dr Anna Dziedzic, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Hong Kong
Waves and currents: the movement of constitutional texts and ideas across Oceania

and

Dr André Brett, Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow in History, University of Wollongong
Scars in the country: railways in Australian and New Zealand environments, 1850s-1914

and

Professor Melanie Oppenheimer, Professor and Chair of History, Flinders University 
Imperial power couple: the political and personal lives of Helen and Ronald Munro Ferguson

Supported in memory of Averill Edwards 

Adjunct Professor Russell McGregor, Adjunct Professor, James Cook University
Bird-lovers: a history of birdwatching passions

Supported by the Harold S. Williams Trust for Japan Studies

Dr Andrew Levidis, Research Associate Fellow, University of Cambridge
The dreamworlds of empire: Manchukuo, militarism and transnational anti-communism in East Asia, 1945-1975

and

Dr Bill Mihalopoulos, Lecturer in Asian Pacific Studies, University of Central Lancashire
Liberty's shackles: freedom, consent and sexual servitude in modern Japan

Supported by past and present members of the National Library Council and Patrons

Dr Angelique Stastny, independent researcher based in France
Indigenous activist periodicals shifting politics in the Pacific: anti-colonialism, black power and whiteness

Offered by the Library

Professor Kate Fullagar, Professor of History, Australian Catholic University
The lives of Bennelong and other Indigenous negotiators in the Pacific world, 1750-1820

and

Dr Allison Cadzow, Visiting Fellow, Australian National University
Aboriginal Missions and Reserves histories for the National Centre of Biography interactive mapping project

2020 Fellows

Supported by the Ray Mathew and Eva Kollsman Trust for Research in Australian Literature

Professor Vivien Johnson, Adjunct Professor, Art and Design, University of New South Wales
Writing Papunya: The Making of an Illustrated Vernacular Literature 1974-1991

Supported by the Stokes family

Dr Sharon Crozier-De Rosa, Associate Professor in History, University of Wollongong
Memory-Keepers: Women activists’ strategies to document their history and preserve their own memory

and

Professor Judith Bennett, Professor of History, University of Otago (NZ)
Constant coconuts, a history of a Pacific commodity

and

Dr Sugata Nandi, Assistant Professor, West Bengal State University (India) 
Superior and Subversive? Theosophy, Esotericism and Indian Magic, 1875-1950

Supported in memory of Averill Edwards 

Dr Georgia Pike, Visiting Fellow, Centre for Mental Health Research, Australian National University
'Since Ma’s Gone Mad on Community Singing’: community singing in interwar Australia.

Supported by the Minerals Council of Australia

Professor Jérémie Gilbert, Professor of Human Rights, University of Roehampton (UK) 
Indigenous Peoples Cosmovisions, Ecological Stewardship and the Law: Lessons from Australia

Supported by the Harold S. Williams Trust

Dr Shine Choi, Lecturer, Massey University (NZ)
Understanding North Korea’s Third World Diplomacy through Culture and Art

Supported by the Patrons and Supporters of the Library’s Treasures Gallery Access Program for Curatorial Research

Ms Alisa Bunbury, Grimwade Collection Curator, Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne
The eastern isle: Norfolk Island in colonial art and writings

Offered by the Library

Dr Louise Hamby, Visiting Research Fellow, Australian National University
Experiences at Milingimbi through Axel Poignant’s Photographs

and

Dr Susan Martin, Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor Research/Professor of English, La Trobe University
I loved a sunburnt country 

2019 Fellows

Supported by the Ray Mathew and Eva Kollsman Trust for Research in Australian Literature

Dr Ellen Smith, Gender Studies and Australian Literature, Deakin University
Queers in Exile: Sexuality and Ex-Patriotism in Mid-Century Australian Literature
Queers in Exile Fellowship presentation

Supported by the Stokes family

Dr Ashley Barnwell, Lecturer in Sociology, University of Melbourne
Family Secrets, National Silences: Intergenerational Memory in Settler Colonial Australia
Intergenerational Memory in Australian Families 
Fellowship presentation

and

Ms Kaz Cooke, author, cartoonist and broadcaster. 
The History of Advice to Women (‘If You’re a Woman, You’re Doing it Wrong’)

and

Dr Daniel Midena, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Queensland. 
A History of Medicine, Christianity and Sorcery: Edwin G. Tscharke (1918-2000) and the Lutheran Medical Mission to New Guinea
A History of Medicine, Christianity and Sorcery
 Fellowship presentation

Supported in memory of Averill Edwards

Associate Professor Andrea Gaynor, Head of History, University of Western Australia. 
The Wild Next Door: Children’s Engagement with Urban Nature in Australia, 1965-2000
The wild next door Fellowship presentation

Supported by the Minerals Council of Australia

Dr Sam Lebovic, Assistant Professor of History, George Mason University. 
The End of Mass Media: A History of Broadcast Deregulation in Australia, the US and the UK
The End of Mass Media (starring Rupert Murdoch
Fellowship presentation

Supported by the Harold S. Williams Trust

Dr Yasuko Claremont, Senior Lecturer, School of Languages and Cultures, University of Sydney
A Critical Analysis of Atomic Bomb Literature
Nuclear legacies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Fellowship presentation 

and

Associate Professor Kama MacLean, South Asian and World History, University of New South Wales
An Australian Governor in British India: R.G. Casey and the Endgame of Empire
R.G Casey and the Bengal Famine 
Fellowship presentation

Supported by the Patrons and Supporters of the Library’s Treasures Gallery Access Program for Curatorial Research

Dr Elizabeth Moylan, Honorary Associate, School of Geosciences, University of Sydney
Improving Access to Historical Maps to Support Aboriginal Cultural Landscape Research
Decolonising Historical Maps Fellowship presentation and blog

Offered by the Library

Dr Alexandra Dellios, Cultural Historian, Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies, Australian National University
Migrant/Ethnic Protest and Activism in Early Multicultural Australia
Post-war Migrant Protest and Ethnic Activism Fellowship presentation

and

Professor Elaine Hobby, Researcher and Professor of 17th-Century Studies, Loughborough University
Editing the First Professional Woman Writer in English: Aphra Behn in Australia.
Australian Evidence of Aphra Behn Fellowship Fellowship presentation

2018 Fellows

Supported by Deidre McCann and Kevin McCann AM and the Macquarie Group Foundation

Dr Rebecca Jones, Senior Research Fellow, School of Rural Health, Monash University
Crazy Weather: the physical and emotional effects of climate extremes 

Supported by Ryan Stokes

Dr Maggie Tonkin, Senior Lecturer, Department of English and Creative Writing, University of Adelaide
The Creative Process of Meryl Tankard
Meet 2018 NLA Fellow blog post: Dr Maggie Tonkin

Supported by Library Patrons and Supporters

Professor Lisa Adkins, Professor of Sociology, University of Newcastle and Academy of Finland Distinguished Professor 
Wageless Life in the Great Depression Fellowship presentation

Supported by past and present members of the National Library Council

Dr Rachel Stevens, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne
Refugees, Relief and revolution: Australians in the Bangladesh Liberation War
Dr Rachel Stevens uncovers the experience of Australians in the Bangladesh Liberation War

Supported by the Minerals Council of Australia

Professor David Vines, Emeritus Fellow of Economics, Balliol College, Oxford University
Macroeconomic Policymaking in Australia: the Crucial Years

Supported by the Ray Mathew and Eva Kollsman Trust for Research in Australian Literature

Professor Gillian Russell, Honorary Professorial Fellow, University of Melbourne
Charles Lamb, Romantic literary cultures, and the Australian Common Reader 1822-1960
Australia’s Love Affair with Charles Lamb.
Gillian Russell rediscovers writer Charles Lamb
Tyranny of Distance: Charles Lamb and the Australian Common Reader Fellowship presentation

Supported by the Harold S. Williams Trust for Research in Japan Studies

Dr Linda Zampol D’Ortia, Religious Studies, University of Otago, New Zealand
Perceptions of missionary failure in the early modern Jesuit enterprise in Japan (1549-1639)

Supported by the Patrons and Supporters of the Library’s Treasures Gallery Access Program for Curatorial Research

Associate Professor Lisa Chandler, Associate Professor of Art and Design, School of Communications and Creative Industries, University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland
Interrupted Voyage: Visual and Narrative Constructions of Interactions between Colonial Castaways and Indigenous Australians
Colonial Castaways and Indigenous Hosts
 Fellowship presentation

Offered by the Library

Dr Ruth Barraclough, Senior Lecturer, School of Culture, History and Language, Australian National University
Red Glamour: Korea’s Early Communist Women Fellowship presentation

and

Dr Elizabeth Burrows, Program Director, Communications, Griffith University, Queensland
Mediating the Movement: Aboriginal Rights Movement media from origin to online. 

2017 Fellows

Supported by Deidre McCann and Kevin McCann AM and the Macquarie Group Foundation

Dr Frances Steel, Senior Lecturer in History, School of Humanities and Social Inquiry, University of Wollongong
Cool Cargoes: Australia-Pacific food trades and transformations in the age of refrigeration

Supported by Ryan Stokes

Dr Shih-Wen Chen, Lecturer in Literary Studies, Deakin University
Children’s Literature and Print Culture in Late Qing and Early Republican China, c.1875-1915

Supported by past and present members of the National Library Council

Professor Ayhan Turhan Aktar, Institute of Social Sciences, Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey
In the Eyes of their Foes: Study of Anzac Travellers’ Narratives at Gallipoli in the Australian Press, 1990-2015

Supported by Library Patrons and Supporters

Dr Gillian Arrighi, Senior Lecturer, Creative and Performing Arts, University of Newcastle
Pinafores, Prodigies and Precocities: The Entertaining Child in the Age of Empire

Supported by the Eva Kollsman and Ray Mathew Trust for Research in Australian Literature

Dr Gabrielle Carey, Senior Lecturer, Creative Writing Program, University of Technology Sydney
Ivan Southall and his readers: a study of the reader-writer relationship
Like A Love Affair: Ivan Southall
Fellowship presentation

Supported by the Harold S. Williams Trust for Research in Japan Studies

Dr Michele Monserrati, Visiting Professor in Italian and Comparative Literature, Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania, USA
Searching for Japan in Contemporary Italy
The Odd Couple Fellowship presentation  

Supported by the Harold S. Williams Trust for Research in Japan Studies

Dr Masafumi Monden, Research Associate, University of Technology Sydney
The Changing Scape of Shōjo: Examining Girlhood, Aesthetics and Self-hood in Japanese Popular Culture
A Portrait of Shojo
 Fellowship presentation

Supported by the Library

Mr Paul Diamond, Curator, Mäori, Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand
Enhancing Description of Mäori Collections of the National Library of Australia

Dr Anna-Sophie Jürgens, Visiting researcher, College of Arts and Social Sciences, Australian National University
On the origin and evolution of a species: Australian scientists in fiction

2016 Fellows

Supported by Deidre McCann and Kevin McCann AM and the Macquarie Group Foundation

Professor Klaus Neumann, Professor, Swinburne Institute for Social Research, Swinburne University of Technology
Becoming Australian: The published autobiographical texts of first-generation immigrants from non-English speaking backgrounds

Supported by Ryan Stokes

Dr Agnieszka Sobocinska, Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director, National Centre for Australian Studies, Monash University
The Volunteer Graduate Scheme and the cultural history of foreign aid

Supported by past and present members of the National Library Council

Professor Lesley Johnson, Emeritus Professor, Griffith University and University of Technology Sydney
Institutions of the Humanities

Supported by Library Patrons and Supporters

Associate Professor Michelle Arrow, Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations, Macquarie University
Private Lives, Public Politics: A new history of the 1970s in Australia

Japan Studies, supported by the Harold S. Williams Trust

Dr Luke Gartlan, School of Art History, University of St Andrews, St Andrews Fife, United Kingdom
Of Other Networks: Photograph Albums and Early Japanese-Australian Cultural Exchanges

Research in Australian Literature, supported by the Eva Kollsman and Ray Mathew Trust 

Dr Bridget Vincent, McKenzie Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, University of Melbourne
Poetry and Public Apology in the Twentieth Century (Judith Wright)

Offered by the Library

Dr Amanda Harris, Research Associate and Operations Manager, PARADISEC, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney
'Corroboree’ and Australian Cultural Identity: Public Performance, Reception and Transformation of Australian Aboriginal Music and Dance 1945-70

and

Mr Michael Piggott, Consultant archivist and researcher; Adjunct Lecturer, Charles Sturt University
Sir John Ferguson’s Manuscripts – A study of their provenance

and

Associate Professor Clinton Fernandes, ADFA, University of NSW Canberra
The bi-partisan consensus in Australian foreign policy, 1983