Dr Gemmia Burden has been awarded the inaugural John Oxley Library Honorary Fellow for her project Private lives, public knowledge: Gendered collecting and intimacies of place in Queensland c. 1842-1900.
Gemmia will utilise the diaries, station records, personal papers, albums and images found in the John Oxley Library collection to investigate how settler and pioneer women on Queensland’s frontier collected, categorised, and understood the world around them, including through their relationships with local Indigenous people.
By focussing on Queensland as a case study, it has the potential to uncover exciting and intimate threads of knowledge production and histories of place that are largely hidden from Queensland’s history, while also highlighting how the Colony was connected across Empire.
Established in 2019, the State Library of Queensland offers the John Oxley Library Honorary Fellowship as part of the John Oxley Library Fellowship program. The honorary fellow is provided with a personal work space within the Neil Roberts Research Lounge for 12 months and premium access to the extensive collections and expertise library staff.
Gemmia is the reviews editor for the Oral History Australia Journal.
Furhter information is available at: https://www.slq.qld.gov.au/get-involved/fellowships-awards-residencies/queensland-memory-awards/john-oxley-library-fellowship