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Current fellows: Robert Hudson and Dr Shannon Woodcock, Dr Christine Vickers

Robert Hudson and Dr Shannon Woodcock

Exhibition: Shared stories of Gunai/Kurnai country: Finding 'Gippsland' in the State Library Victoria collections

Robert and Shannon's project will identify and access primary sources held in State Library Victoria's collection concerning the European colonisation of Gunai/Kurnai country. A community-curated selection of these sources will be exhibited at the Krowathunkooloong Keeping Place in Bairnsdale to creatively engage Aboriginal communities in Gippsland with the Library's collections.

The exhibition will include maps, manuscripts and sound recordings, and will look at themes including invasion, environment, education, Lake Tyers Mission and self-determination. It will frame the Library's collection in relation to existing Gunai/Kurnai community knowledge, creatively engaging the community about the collection's value for Gunai/Kurnai cultural, family and history research. The research will also engage and inform settler communities through panel talks, workshops, activities and resulting publication of narratives and histories.

Robert Hudson is a Gunai/Kurnai Ngarigo Monero man who manages the Krowathunkooloong Keeping Place in Bairnsdale. With a Certificate of Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management, he brings strong community knowledge and knowledge of Gippsland's Aboriginal communities to the project. His mother and Aunts founded Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Cooperative (GEGAC) and the Keeping Place within GEGAC as a culturally safe place for the community to keep culture strong, meet together, and invite others to meet.

Rob curates the exhibitions at the Keeping Place, and will bring Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities together to engage with the Library's collections.

Dr Shannon Woodcock is a settler historian specialising in racism and genocide. She has worked in Australian, Romanian and Albanian archives, conducted extensive oral histories, and published one book and many peer-reviewed academic articles. She followed her post-doctorate work at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (2006–07) with a tenured lecturing position at La Trobe University (2007–12). Since 2015, she has focused her research on Australian colonial history.

Shannon lives on Gunai Kurnai Country in Bairnsdale, and practises First Nations community directed anti-racist historical work.

Dr Christine Vickers

Book manuscript: Clara Lazar Geroe, Australia's first training psychoanalyst: translating the Hungarian, French and German papers in her correspondence.

During her fellowship, Christine will translate documents in Clara Geroe's collection from Hungarian into English. She has been contracted by Routledge's History of Psychoanalysis series to write a book based upon these papers, and she will expand this material for regional and city audiences as an exhibition and lecture.

Clara Geroe was a Hungarian refugee who was appointed as Australia's first training analyst by the British Psychoanalytical Society in 1941. Her arrival in Australia set in motion the development of formal psychoanalytic training in this country.

Christine's translation of Geroe's papers, which include family letters and published papers, and which have recently been accepted for the Library's collection, will facilitate assessment of the Hungarian influence upon psychoanalysis and associated disciplines in Australia.

Dr Christine Vickers is an Honorary Research Associate (History) at La Trobe University and a psychoanalytical practitioner in Central Victoria. Since 2011, she has been researching the history of psychoanalysis in Australia.

She writes the blog, Freud in Oceania.