Eric Fry Research Grant


The Eric Fry Research Grant is an annual scholarship of $1000 sponsored jointly by the Canberra Region Branch of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History and the Australian Studies Institute at the Australian National University (ANU).

The Grant offers an incentive for an honours or post graduate student to complete a thesis on a labour or social history related theme, making use of the Noel Butlin Archives Centre at the ANU. The archives holds an unrivalled collection of trade union and business records, as well as the personal papers of labour movement activists. The ASSLH administers the scholarship and makes the payment to the successful applicant.  It was established in 2004 to honour the memory of the late Dr Eric Fry (1921-2007), an ANU academic and founding member of the ASSLH.

2018 grant 

The winner of the 2018 Eric Fry Research Grant was Jack Crawford from Adelaide University who is researching the 1894 shearers strike in NSW.

 Previous scholarship holders

2017 Geraldine Fela,  Australian National University, the response of the Australian Nurses Federation to the AIDS crisis of the 1980s

2015 Andrew DeMayo, University of Notre Dame Australia, use of visual propaganda by the US and Australian IWW from 1905-18.

2014 Liam Byrne, University of Melbourne, Labor at war; the political culture of the Victorian Branch of the Australian Labor Party, 1914-1921.

2013 Brendan McGloin, Victoria University, ‘The factory occupation’

2012 Alexis Vassiley, University of Western Australia, ‘Trade union support for Aboriginal rights during the Noonkanbah dispute, 1979-80’

2011 Scott Stephenson, Australian National University, ‘The relationship between the Australian Workers’ Union and Lang Labor between the two world wars’

2010 Lian Jenvey, University of Sydney, ‘Nationalism and the Australian labour movement during World War II’

2007 Graham Burke, Australian National University, ‘Australian trade union policy on Aboriginal issues, post-World War II’

2005 William Newland, University of Melbourne, ‘Archbishop Mannix and the Great Depression’