Mining and dustbowls – their impact on Australia

Media release: Friday, 6 July 2012

Joint scholarships from the National Archives of Australia and the Australian Historical Association (AHA) have been awarded to two postgraduate students who will use records from the National Archives to throw new light on Australia's political history.

Sarah Burnside is currently undertaking a Masters degree at Oxford University, analysing the Fitzgerald Report of 1974 on the contribution of the mineral sector to Australian welfare. She will explore stakeholders' responses to the report and ask what impact the report had on political attitudes towards the taxation of resource extraction companies – a question that is also relevant in contemporary Australia.

Janette Bailey is currently a PhD student at the University of New South Wales, researching the transational environmental history of the United States and New South Wales during the 1930s and 1940s with a particular focus on the way in which the American idea of the 'dust bowl' also shaped understandings in Australia.

Both recipients will use their research to add to our knowledge of Australian history and to benefit other Archives researchers and the community. The scholarships provide postgraduate scholars with $500 worth of digital copies of records from the National Archives' collection.

'We're pleased to support talented postgraduate scholars by assisting with digital copying,' says Anne McLean, Director of Reference and Information Services at the National Archives. 'We're also delighted that this scholarship has attracted 10 high calibre applications on diverse topics.'

President of the Australian Historical Association, Professor Marilyn Lake said she was very pleased, once again, with the exceptional quality of the applications.

The range of topics for which National Archives collections are relevant is quite impressive she said.

Contact information

  • Elizabeth Masters (Media Officer)
    t (02) 6212 3957 m 0427 853 664 e elizabeth.masters@naa.gov.au
  • Melanie Harwood (Assistant Director, Communications)
    t (02) 6212 3755 m 0422 535 213 e melanie.harwood@naa.gov.au
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