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Recipients: Redmond Barry Fellowship

Recipients of the Redmond Barry Fellowship have researched a wide range of topics including the composer Percy Grainger, Melbourne's literary magazines, wildfire and the artist Giovanni Battista Piranesi.

Current recipient

Marguerita Stephens: Assistant Protector William Thomas and the Kulin people, 1839–1867: ‘the end of things’? Book manuscript.

The project will comprise the composition and publication of a publicly accessible, single-volume narrative of the life and work of Assistant Aboriginal Protector and later Guardian of Aborigines William Thomas, and his wife Susannah, with the Kulin people from 1839 to 1867.

Past recipients


David Pear researched the early years and musical influences of the Australian composer Percy Grainger.


Jim Davidson's research topic was 'Bigger than little: literary magazine culture in Melbourne between 1940 and 1988'.


Colin Holden's research topic was 'Rome in Melbourne: the Piranesi collections in the Baillieu and State Libraries'.


Andrew Dodd's research topic was 'Unknown genius: the architecture of John James Clark'.


Danielle Clode's research topic was 'A future in flames: wildfire in a changing climate'.


Kristin Otto's research topic was 'Capital: Melbourne when it was the capital city of Australia 1901–27'.


Kathleen Fennessy's research topic was 'Ploughing with one heifer: colonial Victorians learning the land'.


Olivier Burckhardt's research topic was 'Pencilled lines on poetry'.


Leonarda Kovacic's research topic was 'From "lubras" to "belles": representations of Aboriginal women, 1850–1950'.

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