Current and past 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.
The 2012 recipient of the Redmond Barry Fellowship is David Pear. David will research the early years and musical influences on the Australian composer Percy Grainger.
David will investigate the character traits which Grainger believed marked him as Australian, despite his British passport and later adoption of an American one, within the context of Melbourne in the 1890s.
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'.