The National Archives of Australia and the Australian Historical Association (AHA) have awarded two new research scholarships to support continued exploration of Australian archival records.
The latest winners of the twice-yearly joint scholarship are PhD candidates Miranda Francis from La Trobe University in Melbourne and Holly Taylor from the University of Washington in Seattle, USA.
The scholarships support researchers with the cost of digitising records held in the National Archives’ collection.
‘We are pleased to assist these talented scholars. These projects will also benefit other archival researchers,’ said Louise Doyle, acting Director-General, National Archives. ‘It is exciting to see aspects of Australian history being studied by students internationally.’
As part of a PhD thesis on parenting in post-1945 Australia, Miranda Francis’ project will focus on Justice Elizabeth Evatt’s personal papers held by the Archives relating to the Royal Commission into Human Relationships, 1974–80, instigated by the Whitlam government.
Holly Taylor will pursue research exploring social significance as a core value in Australia’s heritage conservation laws. Her project will investigate the historical origins of this concept, and how it was brought into the public policy arena.
Holly will analyse the Archives’ collection of more than 1000 items related to the Committee of Inquiry into the National Estate (1972–74).
‘We are thrilled to again have the opportunity to support innovative postgraduate research in Australian history and to work with the National Archives to make their valuable resources more accessible to all historians,’ said Professor Lynette Russell, President of the Australian Historical Association.
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