Original sketches drawn from nature, by James S. Bray. Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales

Peter Hobbins awarded the 2016 Merewether Scholarship

Peter HobbinsUniversity of Sydney historian Dr Peter Hobbins has been awarded the 2016 Merewether Scholarship by the State Library of New South Wales for his project ‘Curios and curiosity: James Bray and the sunset of amateur science in colonial Sydney’. Garnering a $12,000 stipend, the scholarship was inaugurated in 2008 to facilitate research and public engagement projects based upon the library’s collections. In extending the themes detailed in his 2013 University of Sydney doctoral thesis, Peter will use the Merewether Scholarship to explore the place of snakes, venoms and vivisection in popularising natural history in late-Victorian Sydney.

The award follows Peter‘s recent contract with Manchester University Press to publish his first monograph, Venomous Encounters: Snakes, Vivisection and Scientific Medicine in Colonial Australia.

Feature image: Original sketches drawn from nature, by James S. Bray. Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales.