Research winners: from sterilisation to the New Settlers' League

Media release: Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Two research projects, one into contraceptive sterilisation in Australia and one on the New Settlers' League have received a boost, with the National Archives of Australia and the Australian Historical Association (AHA) jointly awarding post-graduate scholarships to support the projects.

The scholarships provide two PhD candidates with expanded digital access to their chosen records in the National Archives' collection. Tiarne Barratt from the University of Sydney is researching the legal, medical and social acceptance of sterilisation as birth control in Australia from the 1950s to the 1990s. Jacqueline Stockdale, from James Cook University in Townsville, is undertaking a PhD on the history and significance of the New Settlers' League of Australia. Neither subject has previously been examined in depth and the research work into primary sources will shine a light into little known aspects of Australian history.

Both recipients will use their research to create wider knowledge of Australian history and to benefit other Archives researchers and the community. The scholarships provide postgraduate scholars with $650 worth of digital copies of records from the National Archives' collection. This provides access to the records without the winners needing to travel throughout Australia to examine original documents and photographs.

'We're pleased to support talented postgraduate scholars by assisting with digital copying,' says Tonia Vincent, Director of Reference and Information Services at the National Archives. 'Both these subjects will add significantly to our nation's understanding of its history.'

President of the Australian Historical Association, Professor Marilyn Lake, said that it was wonderful that this innovative scheme enabled postgraduate students in history to make more use of the fabulously rich records held at the National Archives.

Contact information

  • Elizabeth Masters (Media Officer)
    t (02) 6212 3957 m 0417 247 157 e elizabeth.masters@naa.gov.au
  • Kate Matthew (AHA)
    m 0408 407 221
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