Fellowships and Scholarship

Kay Poustie Scholarship

A scholarship grant of $5,000 is available for a library professional in WA to travel overseas to either explore ideas and initiatives that could potentially be applied to the WA public library network or to attend a professional international conference.

The annual scholarship is a partnership between the State Library of WA and Public Libraries WA.

Past scholarship recipients and their scholarship outcomes: Kirstie Nicholson 2012 (PDF 766KB), Ruth Campbell-Hicks 2013 (PDF 2.3MB), Jane Jones 2014 (PDF 2.3MB), Megan Sullivan 2015 (PDF 1.8MB), Jessica Madureira 2016 (PDF 9.8MB) There was no award in 2017.

Applications for the 2018 scholarship will be announced in early 2018. 

James Sykes Battye Memorial Fellowship

The Fellowship honours the legacy of librarian and historian James Sykes Battye, Chief Librarian of the State Library of Western Australia from 1894-1954.  Established through the Leah Jane Cohen Bequest, the Fellowship aims to enhance understanding of Western Australia through research based on the State Library’s heritage collections, particularly the Battye Library.

The Fellowship was established in 2006 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the J S Battye Library of Western Australian History.

Applications for the 2018 James Sykes Battye Memorial Fellowship are now closed.

James Sykes Battye Creative Fellowship

In 2016 the State Library offered its first Creative Fellowship to support creative engagement with the State Library’s heritage collections.

The aim of the Creative Fellowship is to enhance engagement with the Library’s heritage collections and provide new experiences for the public through creative works. It is anticipated that the Creative Fellowship will inspire, delight and also inform the public about aspects of Western Australian history.

Calls for Battye Creative Fellowship applications will be made by formal and social networks, or register for the State Library's electronic newsletter Connect to receive notification.

Past J S Battye Memorial Fellows

Dr Anne Scrimgeour - Striking for Rights, writing the Strike: the Pilbara Aboriginal and Cooperative Movement 1945-1960.  

Anne’s research used the State Library’s Western Australian collections to investigate the 1945-1960 Pilbara Aboriginal Strike and Cooperative movement. She explored the Battye Library collections to reveal how people like Katharine Susannah Prichard, J. K. Ewers, Joan Williams and Bert Vickers wrote about these events. Anne also investigated the activism of significant figures such as Nyangumarta woman, Daisy Bindi. This research informed State Library exhibitions associated with the 1967 Referendum 50th anniversary.


Ian Reid - History’s Grist and Fiction’s Mill.  

Ian’s project explored the challenges and opportunities for creative writers of historical fiction. He argued that well researched historical fiction, written with respect for historical evidence can be an effective means of introducing larger audiences to Western Australian history and stories.


Clint Bracknell - Wirlomin Noongar Language and Stories.  

Clint’s research was focused on the reconstruction and translation of Noongar songs from the unpublished notes of Daisy Bates. He has been able to identify and profile a number of Noongar singers and composers from the early 1900s. His work offers insight into the resilience of Noongar singing traditions and contributes to the ongoing language maintenance and intergenerational transmission of language. This work was part of a larger Noongar language project which aims to create new Noongar language resources.  While Battye Fellow Clint gave a number of public talks, including Koora koorliny, maya dalanginy and Nadj Nidj Maaya.


Jane Davis - Longing or Belong? Finding Home in Colonial Western Australia.  

Jane set out to challenge widely held assumptions about settlers and the Australian environment. She researched twenty one colonists, who settled in the South West between 1829 and 1907; she looked at the extent to which they developed a sense of home and belonging through their relationships and perceptions of the new landscapes encountered.  Some of her findings highlighted State Library resources and gave insight into the response of colonists to their new home.  Jane presented a number of public talks, sharing her research, methodology and findings. She also curated the Finding Home exhibition at the State Library in 2012.


Sue Graham-Taylor - Swan River Stories.  

Sue studied the history and environment of the Swan River, focusing on Perth Water – the area of the river approximately from Kings Park to the Causeway.  At the completion of her fellowship, Sue provided an overview of the environment, and social and political history of Perth Water. She profiled State Library resources and made it a useful tool for those interested in the general history of Perth Water.  In addition to this Sue also presented public talks and hosted a public forum, where members of the Perth community were invited to share their memories and stories of the Swan River.

Past J S Battye Creative Fellows

Dr Nicola Kaye and Stephen Terry - Tableau Vivant and the Unobserved. 

Nicola and Stephen were interested in exposing Western Australia’s layered social history within the State Library’s Western Australian photographic collection through an interactive digital media art installation. They juxtaposed historical photographs with contemporary images of Perth, revealing the interconnectedness of Western Australia’s past and present stories. Their collaborative work Tableau Vivant and the Unobserved was exhibited at the State Library in 2017.

Last updated on: 19 Feb 2018