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Berry Family Fellowship

The $15,000 Berry Family Fellowship supports a project exploring an aspect of the social history of Melbourne or Victoria, based on the State Collection.

The Berry Family Fellow receives a grant of $15,000, access to a desk space in a shared office at State Library Victoria for 12 months (January – December 2023), access to collections and staff expertise.

Offered biennially, the Berry Family Fellowship commemorates the contribution of the Berry Family to the cultural life of Melbourne and Victoria.

Read our frequently asked questions and guidelines for more information.

Previous recipients

Explore our fellows gallery to learn more about the inspiring projects undertaken by past and present fellows.

  • 2022: Ana Tiquia and Reanna Browne with the project After work, a five-part audio essay which explored the future of work through the voices of workers - past, present and future.
  • 2018: Dominic Gordon with the project Disengagement, a collection of creative non-fiction essays thematically linked by a strong sense of disengagement and disillusionment with current society, focusing on the people who fall through the cracks.
  • 2016: Guy Rundle and Jo Waite with the manuscript The Secret Life of Building X – The Lives, Works and Secrets of One Melbourne Commercial Building, which studied a Melbourne commercial building, using the Sands & McDougall directories, and revealed forgotten lives and vanished professions.
  • 2014: Minna Muhlen-Schulte with the article and radio program Crossing enemy lines: German–Australian identity in wartime Victoria, which explored the complex relationship German–Australians have with their wartime past.  
  • 2012: Stefan Schutt with the project Sign of the times, an online history project about signwriting firm Lewis & Skinner, which operated for 60 years in Footscray, along with the social history of the communities in which the signs were used.