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La Trobe Society Fellowship

The $15,000 La Trobe Society Fellowship gives an Australian historian, scholar or writer an opportunity to research Victoria’s colonial history during Lieutenant-Governor Charles La Trobe’s administration.

The research may be extended to cover the period immediately before La Trobe’s arrival in the colony, or the effects of his tenure as Superintendent and Lieutenant-Governor (1839–54) after his departure from Victoria.

The La Trobe Society Fellow receives a grant of $15,000, access to a desk space in a shared office for 12 months (January – December 2022), access to collections and staff expertise.

The recipient will be required to make a presentation to members of the La Trobe Society and others during or on completion of their fellowship, and to produce a work suitable for publication in the Society’s journal, La Trobeana.

About Charles Joseph La Trobe

Charles Joseph La Trobe was Superintendent of the Port Phillip District of New South Wales from 1839 to 1851. He was Lieutenant-Governor of Victoria from 1851 until 1854, when he left Australia. La Trobe was instrumental in the Library’s formation. As Lieutenant-Governor he set aside the site and funds for the building, and appointed Redmond Barry as chairman of the trustees of the then Melbourne Public Library.

About the La Trobe Society

The La Trobe Society was formed in 2001 to promote recognition and understanding of the achievements of Charles Joseph La Trobe and the period of his administration. The society publishes the journal La Trobeana three times a year. The Society raised funds to erect a bronze statue of La Trobe on the forecourt of the State Library Victoria in November 2006.

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