National Archives grants benefit research projects

Media release: Thursday, 10 March 2011

Five high-profile research projects will come to fruition due to the National Archives of Australia 2010 grants program.

Each year the National Archives awards grants in three categories:

  1. Ian Maclean Award for archivists and other professionals who are interested in archival issues – up to $15,000
  2. Frederick Watson Fellowship for established scholars – up to $15,000
  3. Margaret George Award for talented emerging scholars – up to $10,000.

Ross Gibbs, Director-General, National Archives of Australia said the grants aim to promote archival research in Australia, encourage scholarly use of the Archives' collection and make the results of the research available to the public through articles, publications and talks.

"This year we received many interesting and worthwhile grant applications. All the projects we funded will make a substantial contribution to research and will have an enduring public legacy," said Mr Gibbs.

An Ian Mclean Award was jointly awarded to Dr Shannon Faulkhead, Research Fellow, Centre for Australian Indigenous Studies, Monash University and Kirsten Thorpe, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Project Officer, University of Technology Sydney. Their project will establish a network and web portal to connect people working with Indigenous Knowledge resources in archives, libraries, museums, galleries, keeping places and communities.

Dr Peter Copeman, Assistant Professor, University of Canberra and Dr Susan Lever, Honorary Associate, Department of English, University of Sydney will benefit from a Frederick Watson Fellowship to complete their projects.

Dr Copeman will write a biographical play about Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony intended for full production in 2013, during Canberra's centenary celebrations.

Dr Susan Lever will examine the contribution of Australian writers to the creation of ABC television drama from the first productions in the early 1960s until 1981. Dr Lever will analyse scripts and productions and follow the careers of selected writers to develop an account of the changing aesthetics and social attitudes.

Dr Daniel Leach, Honorary Fellow, Department of History, University of Melbourne was awarded the Margaret George Award. Dr Leach's project The Other Allies will examine domestic security attitudes towards nationals of occupied countries resident in Australia during World War II.

Dr Lyndon Megarrity received assistance towards copying documents in the Margaret George Award category. Dr Megarrity's project will relate to Australian overseas student policy in the time of transition at the end of the Colombo student era (1972–80).

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