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La Trobe Society Fellowship

Australian historians, scholars and writers wanting to research Victoria's colonial history during Lieutenant-Governor Charles La Trobe's administration can apply for a La Trobe Society Fellowship.

The fellowship runs for three months fulltime or six months part-time and is worth $12,500.

The fellowship is biennial and will be offered in 2015–16.

About Charles Joseph La Trobe

Charles Joseph La Trobe was Superintendent of the Port Phillip District of New South Wales from 1839 to 1851. He was Lieutenant-Governor of Victoria from 1851 until 1854, when he left Australia. La Trobe was instrumental in the Library's formation. As Lieutenant-Governor he set aside land and funds, and appointed Redmond Barry as chairman of the trustees of the then Melbourne Public Library.

About the La Trobe Society

The La Trobe Society was formed in 2001 to promote recognition and understanding of the achievements of Charles Joseph La Trobe. It celebrates La Trobe's birthday annually, hosts lectures, special functions and other events throughout the year and distributes the journal La Trobeana to its members three times per year. The society raised funds to erect a bronze statue of La Trobe on the forecourt of the State Library of Victoria in November 2006.