1854 Scholarships for 2016

Museum Victoria’s 150th Anniversary commemorations in 2004 saw the introduction of the 1854 Scholarship programme. The 1854 Scholarship programme celebrates the Museum’s long history of research across both the Sciences and the Humanities, and builds relationships between Museum Victoria and the university communities. Scholarships are awarded annually to students undertaking research on Museum Victoria’s extensive collections. Successful applicants are provided with funding which enables them to undertake field work or other research-related activities. Without this funding, these activities may not otherwise be possible.

Robin Hirst and the four recipients of the 1854 Scholarships for 2016 From left: Bronwyn Shepherd, Lisa Hilli, Robin Hirst, Owen Peter Missen and Brittany Carter.
Image: Benjamin Healley
Source: Museum Victoria

For the first time in 2016, the 1854 Scholarships were funded by gifts from Museum Members. Applications for the 2016 Scholarships round of the 1854 Scholarship programme resulted in the award of four scholarships. The successful applicants are undertaking Masters and PhD study across a number of disciplines. Recipients attended a morning tea at the Melbourne Museum on 28 April, and were presented with their scholarships by Dr Robin Hirst, Director of Collections, Research and Exhibitions.

The successful applicants and their projects for 2016 were:

  • Brittany Carter (MSc student, University of Melbourne): "A multi-gene phylogenetic and population genomics study of the Central Military Dragon (Ctenophorus isolepis)." Brittany will be using her scholarship to fund the use of a Micro CT scanner at the University of Melbourne.
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  • Owen Missen (MSc student, University of Melbourne): "An investigation of secondary tellurium minerals from Moctezuma, Mexico and related synthetic phases". Owen will be using the scholarship to partially fund travel to the National History Museum of Paris and the National History Museum of London to review mineral specimens housed in their collections.
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  • Lisa Hilli (Masters of Fine Art student, RMIT University): "Revealing Reverend Rickard". Lisa will be using the scholarship to fund travel to the NSW State Library, Australia Museum, Queensland Museum and University of Queensland Library to access collection items relevant to Reverend Rickard.
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  • Bronwyn Shepherd (PhD student, Deakin University): "Milingimbi Mission and early 20th century constructions of difference". Bronwyn’s scholarship will fund a trip to Milingimbi to undertake field work.


The 1854 Scholarships for 2017 will be announced in March next year.

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