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Queensland Minister for Arts Ros Bates

Awards Shine A Light On Queensland History

Victor P Taffa

Arts Minister Ros Bates has announced Brisbane-based historian Don Watson as the winner of the 2012 John Oxley Library Fellowship.

Ms. Bates said it’s one of three Queensland Memory Awards presented at the State Library as part of Queensland Week.

“Don Watson is an adjunct professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Queensland and an architect in the Queensland Government.” Ms. Bates said

“He is researching Queensland’s early architects and how they adapted their skills to an unfamiliar climate.”

“Professor Watson will receive $20,000 as part of the fellowship, along with his own work space within the State Library of Queensland’s John Oxley Library.”

“Through the fellowship, he can extend his previously published research Queensland Architects of the 19th Century: A Biographical Dictionary into the 20th century and explore the impact of new technologies on architecture.”

Filmmakers Sean Gilligan and Adrian Strong have won the John Oxley Library Award for their documentary Fantome Island.

“Their documentary has revealed an important part of our state’s history unknown to many Queenslanders.” Ms. Bates said.

“The film tells the tale of Joe Eggmolesse who in 1945, at the age of seven, was removed from his family and confined to an Indigenous leper colony off the coast of North Queensland.”

The final award, the John Oxley Library Community History Award, was presented to Cardwell & District Historical Society for recording the events of Cyclone Yasi, despite their own museum being destroyed by the cyclone.

“I congratulate the Cardwell & District Historical Society on the great community spirit they displayed as they worked together to salvage their valuable collections in addition to collecting oral histories from the town’s inhabitants in the wake of Yasi.” Ms. Bates said.

Ms. Bates said the Queensland Memory Awards recognise the work of historians in raising awareness and increasing our knowledge of Queensland history.

“These awards deliver on the Newman Government’s Arts for all Queenslanders election promise to ensure that all Queenslanders have access to the arts.” Ms. Bates said.

The Queensland Library Foundation provides support for the John Oxley Fellowship and for the Community History Award.


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