Australian Research Council Linkage Grant Success

Dr Tiffany ShellamTwo members of CHRG feature have been awarded Australian Research Linkage grants. Many congratulations to Helen Gardner who leads a project on the records of nineteenth century anthropologists Lorimer Fison and A. W. Howitt; and to Tiffany Shellam who is a member of a large project looking at cultural heritage collection and display practices and identity-shaping in Western Australia.

This is wonderful news, and many congratulations go to Helen and Tiffany, and their respective teams and partners. 

Associate Professor Helen Gardner; Dr Rachel Hendery; Dr Stephen Morey; Dr Patrick McConvell; Dr Timothy Pilbrow; Mr Paul Paton; Dr Christina Eira; Dr Philip Batty; Ms Mary Morris:

This project will systematically analyse nineteenth century anthropologists Lorimer Fison and A.W. Howitt’s accounts of Indigenous kinship, social organisation, and local languages, and historical encounters between settlers and Indigenous people. This project will assemble Fison and Howitt’s meticulous records into best-practice digital formats, with widely accessible interactive data presentation, and bring these extraordinary records to the broadest possible community. This research, which integrates anthropology, history and linguistics, is expected to open up new dimensions in Australian history, anthropological theory, and Australian linguistics.

Deakin University; Museum Victoria; State Library of Victoria; Native Title Services Victoria Ltd; Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages.


Professor Alistair Paterson; Professor Andrea Whitcomb; Adjunct Professor Alec Coles; Professor Jane Lydon; Professor Stephen Hopper; Professor Jenny Gregory; Dr Shino Konishi; Dr Jacqueline Van Gent; Dr Toby Burrows; Dr Tiffany Shellam; Dr Jeremy Hill; Dr Sarah Longair; Dr Gaye Sculthorpe; Dr Katherine (Kate) Gregory; Mr Damien Webb; Ms Corioli Souter; Ms Amy Wegerhoff; Ms Patricia McDonald; Dr Moya Smith; Ms Diana Jones; Ms Melissa Harpley:

This project aims to understand how collecting and displaying practices created knowledge about Western Australia that shaped its social relations, mediated its relationship to the environment and produced its identity in Australia and overseas from pre-colonial times to the present. This research will contribute to the largest museum development in the country. This research is expected to lead to collecting and display practices that enable a new vision of Western Australia’s place in the world to emerge, one better suited to the demands of the future.

The University of Western Australia; Western Australian Museum; State Library of Western Australia; Art Gallery of Western Australia; British Museum

$750, 192.00


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