Previous fellows: La Trobe Society Fellowship

Helen MacDonald, 2010 La Trobe Society Fellow


Madonna Grehan researched An émigré gentlewoman midwife in Port Phillip and Victoria 1848–80. The project explored the history of women, maternity care and family life in mid–19th-century Victoria, 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.

For her Honorary La Trobe Society Fellowship, Caroline Clemente researched Thomas Woolner: a Pre-Raphaelite artist in Melbourne, bringing together Woolner's works of art, of which the State Library Victoria has the largest holding, and placing them in their social, artistic and historical context.


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


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 Mount Macedon district as a case study of Superintendent La Trobe's management of the Port Phillip Aboriginal Protectorate.