La Trobe Society Fellowship

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The C J La Trobe Society Inc, in association with the State Library Victoria, awards a
La Trobe Society Fellowship for Australian historians, scholars and writers interested in researching the colonial period of Victoria’s history during Charles Joseph La Trobe’s administration as Superintendent and Lieutenant-Governor (1839-1854). The research may be extended to cover the period immediately before La Trobe’s arrival, or the effects of his tenure after his departure from Victoria.

Projects under the State Library's Creative Fellowships Program must make significant and creative use of the collections of State Library Victoria.


Current La Trobe Society Fellow


Megan Anderson, Costume Production Assistant, Sovereign Hill Museums Association
Costume: Extravagance, Tradition and Power. An exploration of Lieutenant-Governor Charles La Trobe's uniform. (3 months, $15,000).

Megan's project will explore the significance, history, tradition and symbolism encompassed in the uniform of Lieutenant–Governor Charles La Trobe. Within the garment industry, tailoring is extensively revered as the highest standard of garment construction, with the highest quality achieved. Ceremonial uniforms, including that of Lieutenant-Governor, are from an even higher echelon - every element of this uniform was designed to impress, emphasise and enhance the wearer in both status and stature. The outcome of Megan’s research will include an impeccably tailored suit with accents of gold and silver, and may also result in a collaborative exhibition.


Previous La Trobe Society Fellows


Dr Monique Webber

La Trobe's Garden City and the Lost Sculptures of Fitzroy Gardens. (3 months, $15,000).

‘La Trobe's Garden City and the Lost Sculptures of Fitzroy Gardens’, La Trobeana, Vol 18,
No 1, March 2019, 8-11.


Dr Madonna Grehan, An Émigré Gentlewoman Midwife in Port Phillip and Victoria, 1848-1880.
(3 months, $12,500):

‘Charles Joseph La Trobe and the Regulation of Everyday Life: implementing the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act in Victoria, 1852-1858’ – AGL Shaw lecture,
La Trobeana, Vol 14, No 2, July 2015, 6-15. Podcast.

‘Safely thro’ her Confinement: bearing and rearing babies in nineteenth century Victoria’,
La Trobeana, Vol 13, No 3, November 2014, 10-18.

Caroline Clemente, Thomas Woolner: a Pre-Raphaelite Artist in Melbourne. (Honorary fellowship):

‘La Trobe and the Pre-Raphaelites: launching a brilliant career in Melbourne, 1853’,
La Trobeana, V3, Nol 1o 3, November 2014, 27-34.


Dr Helen MacDonald, The Mysterious Life of Henry Condell, Melbourne’s First Mayor. Sponsored by the AGL Shaw Foundation, 6 months $25,000:

‘Henry Condell: Melbourne’s First Mayor’, La Trobeana, Vol 9, No 1, February 2010, 14-17.

‘Inhabiting Melbourne, 1835-45: Henry Condell and other Early Settlers’,
La Trobeana, Vol 12, No 1, March 2013, 10-14.


Dr Wayne Caldow, Perceptions of Place: the European Experience of Gippsland, 1839-1844. Sponsored by the Shoppee Family, 6 months $25,000:

‘The Early Livestock Trade Between Gippsland and Van Diemen's Land: insights from Patrick Coady Buckley's Journal of 1844’, The La Trobe Journal, No.86, December 2010, 23-36.


Dr Frances Thiele, Edward Stone Parker and the Aboriginal people of the Mount Macedon District. Sponsored by the Rodney Davidson Family, 6 months $25,000:

‘Superintendent La Trobe and the amenability of Aboriginal people to British law 1839-1846’, Provenance: the journal of Public Record Office Victoria, No.8, 2009.

‘La Trobe and the Aboriginal people: a challenging relationship’ - address given at the Australian Club, 7 December 2007, La Trobeana, Vol 7, No 1, February 2008, 7-14.


Philanthropic support for future Fellowships

Potential sponsors to facilitate the continuation of this Fellowship are invited to contact the Manager/Treasurer of the C J La Trobe Society, John Drury OAM, M 0412 584 060,


                     Peter Corlett, 1944- , sculptor
                     C.J. La Trobe statue, 2006 (detail)

                     State Library Victoria forecourt
                     Gift of C.J. La Trobe Society Inc