Recipients: Redmond Barry Fellowship

Recipients of the Redmond Barry Fellowship have researched a wide range of topics including the composer Percy Grainger, Melbourne's literary magazines, wildfire and the artist Giovanni Battista Piranesi.

Current recipient

Dr Michael Davis: The Greg Dening papers: using ethnographic history in writing about Aboriginal/European environmental encounters. Article for publication and reading guide.

The project will explore the feasibility of applying the theories and methods of Professor Greg Dening (1931–2008), a Melbourne-based academic historian, anthropologist and prominent Pacific Studies scholar, to the research and writing of 19th-century Australian Aboriginal/European environmental histories.

Dr Michael Davis has extensive experience as a consultant historian and policy specialist. He has previously taught Aboriginal Studies at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Past recipients


Marguerita Stephens' research topic was 'Assistant Protector William Thomas and the Kulin people, 1839–1867: the end of things?'.


David Pear researched the early years and musical influences of the Australian composer Percy Grainger.


Jim Davidson's research topic was 'Bigger than little: literary magazine culture in Melbourne between 1940 and 1988'.


Colin Holden's research topic was 'Rome in Melbourne: the Piranesi collections in the Baillieu and State Libraries'.


Andrew Dodd's research topic was 'Unknown genius: the architecture of John James Clark'.


Danielle Clode's research topic was 'A future in flames: wildfire in a changing climate'.


Kristin Otto's research topic was 'Capital: Melbourne when it was the capital city of Australia 1901–27'.


Kathleen Fennessy's research topic was 'Ploughing with one heifer: colonial Victorians learning the land'.


Olivier Burckhardt's research topic was 'Pencilled lines on poetry'.


Leonarda Kovacic's research topic was 'From "lubras" to "belles": representations of Aboriginal women, 1850–1950'.

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