Historians awarded State Library fellowships

Monday, 30 October 2017

UON researchers Dr Julie McIntyre and Dr Tim Stanley have each been awarded a prestigious 2018 NSW State Library Fellowship.

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Dr Julie McIntyre is the 2018 Merewether Fellow ($12,000) for her project: Settlers in the Empire of Science: William Macarthur, James King and Australian agricultural modernity.

Dr McIntyre’s project will examine the work of William Macarthur and James King, well-connected mid-nineteenth century agriculturalists and experimenters. Both men were at the intersection of imperial science, international networks and local innovation, yet their importance in introducing new ideas and methodologies in addressing plants, soils and cultivation is no longer recognised,” she said.

The Merewether Fellowship encourages and supports the use of the State Library of NSW's collections for the study and research of nineteenth-century NSW history. The Merewether Fellowship was established in 2007 through the generous benefaction of Edward John Merewether, great-great-nephew of David Scott Mitchell. The Fellowship celebrates the centenary year of Mitchell’s bequest of his collection to the Library.

Dr Tim Stanley is the 2018 Australian Religious History Fellow ($20,000) for his project: Religious print after the Enlightenment.

Dr Stanley’s project will focus on the library’s Richardson Collection of bibles and examine how the printing of religious texts was modified for an Australian audience. This project will also look at how the distribution of religious texts in Australia informed the thinking around section 116 of the Australian constitution, which deals with the Commonwealth’s ability to control religious observance.

The Australian Religious History Fellowship was established in 2010 with a generous endowment from an anonymous benefactor. The specific focus of the Fellowship is for the study and research of any aspect of Australian religious history of any faith.

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