A National Library Fellow seated in the Special Collections Reading Room looking at collection material
A National Library Fellow seated in the Special Collections Reading Room

Today, Director-General of the National Library of Australia, Dr Marie-Louise Ayres announced the 10 recipients of the highly regarded National Library Fellowships.

“Given the interesting times we live in, we were encouraged by a high number of applications from an impressive field. The 2021 National Library Fellows will have the opportunity to explore the breadth and depth of the National Library’s collections and to create new knowledge to share with all Australians,” Dr Ayres said.

“The National Library is very grateful for the continued financial assistance received from our generous donors to the Fellowships program, that support our next generation of thinkers, commentators and creators to be inspired and to flourish.”

“On behalf of our donors, the Fellowships Advisory Committee and myself, may I extend a warm congratulations to all the successful recipients of the 2021 Fellowships,” Dr Ayres said.

The Fellowships encourage new and innovative research, leveraging the National Library’s collections to reveal new information, insight, knowledge and creativity.

Each Fellow has the opportunity to undertake a 12-week residency at the Library.

The 2021 Fellows and their research focus are announced below:

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

Professor Anne Pender, 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, University of Hong Kong

  • Waves and currents: the movement of constitutional texts and ideas across Oceania

Dr André Brett, University of Wollongong

  • Scars in the country: railways in Australian and New Zealand environments, 1850s-1914

Professor Melanie Oppenheimer, 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, James Cook University

  • Bird-lovers: a history of birdwatching passions

NLA Fellowship in Japan Studies, supported by the Harold S. Williams Trust

Dr Andrew Levidis, University of Cambridge

  • The dreamworlds of empire: Manchukuo, militarism and transnational anti-communism in East Asia, 1945-1975

Dr Bill Mihalopoulos, 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

Honorary Fellowships

Dr Allison Cadzow, ANU

  • Aboriginal Missions and Reserves histories for the National Centre of Biography interactive mapping project

A/Prof Kate Fullagar, Macquarie University

  • The lives of Bennelong and other Indigenous negotiators in the Pacific world, 1750-1820

To find out more about the National Library of Australia’s Fellowship Program, visit www.nla.gov.au/awards-and-grants/fellowships-and-scholarships/national-library-of-australia-fellowships

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Jane Wilson, Media Liaison, National Library of Australia

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Media are welcome to use the enclosed images - a selection of the National Library collection material that will be used to support the different Fellowship projects - to support this story.