Library early closure: The Library will close at 5pm on Thursday 23 October to prepare for the annual Keith Murdoch Oration. More information

Facade conservation & repair works: Over the next few weeks there will be intermittent noise in the La Trobe Reading Room while work is carried out on the external walls. More information

Library early closure & facade conservation works
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Recipients: La Trobe Society Fellowship

La Trobe Society fellows have researched Melbourne's first mayor, Europeans in Gippsland and the Aboriginal people of Mt Macedon.

Current recipients

La Trobe Society Fellowship

Madonna Grehan: An émigré gentlewoman midwife in Port Phillip and Victoria 1848–80. Biographical history.

This project will support research for a history of women, maternity care and family life in mid–19th-century Victoria. It will be seen through the lens of Sarah Barfoot, an émigré midwife who in 1848 joined the diaspora from Van Diemen’s Land to the District of Port Phillip.

Honorary La Trobe Society Fellowship

Caroline Clemente: Thomas Woolner: a Pre-Raphaelite artist in Melbourne. A series of scholarly articles.

This research will bring together Woolner's works of art, of which the State Library of Victoria has the largest holding, and place them in their social, artistic and historical context.

Past recipients


During 2010, Dr Helen MacDonald researched a book manuscript about Henry Condell, Melbourne's first mayor.

You can hear Helen talk about her research by listening to the audio file below.


Historical geographer Dr Wayne Caldow used a six-month funded La Trobe Society Fellowship in 2008 to research a book manuscript, Perceptions of place: the European experience of Gippsland 1839–1844.


Frances Thiele, a scholar, researched Edward Stone Parker and the Aboriginal people of the Mt Macedon district as a case study of Superintendent La Trobe's management of the Port Phillip Aboriginal Protectorate. Frances's funded fellowship was for six months in 2007.

Listen to audio