The Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office
The Hamilton Literary Society:
Founded in 1889 by Lady Hamilton, wife of the Governor of Tasmania, the Hamilton Literary Society is the oldest continuing society of its kind in Australia. Its purpose is to foster an interest in the reading and writing of literature, and its membership—strictly limited to 30—has included literary luminaries such as the poet Gwen Harwood, and prolific novelist Hilda Bridges. Many of the original papers given by its members over the decades are housed in the Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office. The successful applicant/s for this project will use the archive to explore facets of the society's long and intriguing history.
Discipline/s: Creative writing, English, gender studies
Morris Miller Library
The Life and Work of Joan Wise:
Between the 1950s and 1970s, Tasmanian writer Joan Wise published poems, short stories and children's novels. But both the writer and her works, including the books Trapped on Tasman, The Silver Fish and The Blue Star, are largely unknown by today's reading public. Working from Wise's publications, as well as a selection of family papers, the successful applicant will piece together an understanding of this little known author's life and works.
Port Arthur Historic Site
Port Arthur Medical Records:
The Port Arthur Historic Site has recently acquired copies of detailed medical records relating to convict health in the penal settlement in the 1860s. The records incorporate patient lists, doctors' reports, prescription information and details of hospital admissions. An analysis of these records, together with an examination of information relating to the design and construction of the "new" Port Arthur hospital (completed in 1842), would yield fascinating insights into medical treatment in the convict system of the time.