Eric Fry Research Grant

The Canberra Region Branch of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History and the Australian Studies Institute at the Australian National University are co-sponsors of the Eric Fry Research Grant.  Every year the Grant offers a $1,000 payment to 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 in Canberra. The Grant was established in 2004 to honour the memory of Dr Eric Fry (1921-2007), an ANU historian and founding member of the ASSLH in 1961.

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2019 Eric Fry Research Grant is Mr Rhys Williams. Rhys is a PhD student at the ANU and his thesis is a study of British Socialism and Australia 1880-1914.

A record number of applications was received this year and the standard of applications was exceptional. Our sincere thanks to all those who applied and their referees.

Eric Fry Research Grant 2019 criteria

Previous scholarship holders

2018  Jack Crawford, Adelaide University,  the 1894 shearers strike in NSW.

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’