ACU academic wins prestigious Australian Religious History Fellowship for 2016

Published: Monday 23rd November 2015

Dr Catherine Bishop, Historical Studies Research Concentration Coordinator in the School of Arts has been awarded the prestigious Australian Religious History Fellowship for 2016.

Valued at $20,000 the focus of the research fellowship is for the study and research of any aspect of Australian religious history of any faith. It was established in 2010 with a generous endowment from an anonymous benefactor.

Dr Bishop was awarded this State Library of New South Wales fellowship for her project, "She has the Native Interests Too Much at Heart": ‘Gender, religion and race in the life of Anne Lock, Missionary to Aborigines 1903- 1907’.

Her research will include writing a biography of United Aborigines Mission missionary, Annie Lock (1876-1943), the unlikely ‘whistle-blower’ who brought about an official enquiry into the Coniston Massacre in Central Australia in 1927. Dr Bishop wrote on this same topic as part of her MA thesis 20 years ago and is excited to unearthing more information.

“I’m looking forward to revisiting this subject as it explores race and gender relations in Australia in the 20th Century,” Dr Bishop commented.

The fellowship is recognition of the high quality of Dr Bishop’s scholarship as a member of the Historical Studies Research Concentration at ACU. It follows just after the publication of her first book, Minding Her Own Business: Colonial Businesswomen in Sydney, (NewSouth Publishing, 2015).