Through the 2017 Public Record Office Local History Grants Program, Stanley Athenaeum Friends group is investigating commissioning the research and writing of a history of Stanley with an environmental landscape approach and new insights. If the project is funded, it will provide an opportunity for an environmental historian or an historian who is interested in writing with ‘an environmental lens’.

Stanley village is located on the Stanley Plateau in the foothills of the alps in north east Victoria. It is at the heart of a high country landscape with a history of 1850’s gold mining followed by forestry, orchards and intensive agriculture. It is, and has been, important as the source of water for two major catchments of the Murray-Darling system, namely the Kiewa and Ovens.

The Friends plan to commission the writing of a Stanley local history which will explore broad themes, perspectives and story-telling including:-

  • settlement history – indigenous, European & Chinese
  • changing responses to the landscape and environment
  • resource management including mining, water, forestry and agriculture
  • political and social influences – such as those from the multicultural goldfields and orchards, women and village institutions – and the impact of these on shaping the present and future of a small rural community.

The Friends’ interest in exploring these is heightened by the recurring theme of ‘water mining’. This was an issue in the 19th century and is again currently being encountered by the Stanley community. Water-mining has been a legal issue since 2014 and the Stanley community currently has a case before the Supreme Court in Melbourne.

The Friends’ seeking of submissions is an initial exploration for potential writers. This person may be an established writer, a post-graduate or graduate student who has a background, or continued interest, in the areas the Friends wish to explore in commissioning a new publication.

  • The successful applicant selected to write the history of Stanley will be commissioned if the Friends of Stanley Athenaeum are successful in receiving a grant from the 2017 Public Record Office Local History Grants Program.
  • Applicants must submit a 300-400 word proposal outlining what they would focus on if successful. The proposal must be original, and entirely the work of the author.
  • Applicants must submit ONE example of previously written work, maximum 3000 words, as support material.
  • Applicants must include a separate coversheet document with their Name / Address / Email Address / Phone Number clearly stated.
  • Submission documents should be in Word format, size 12 font.
  • The Selection Panel will assess all applications by blind submission, so applicants must remove details of authorship from the proposal and support material documents submitted.
  • Assessed by a selection panel, one writer will be invited to produce a 300 word response along with a CV.

Deadline For Submissions: 11 September 2017

All submissions to Chris Dormer at [email protected]

Contact Details

Coordinator – Chris Dormer
Stanley Athenaeum & Public Room

Image: Stanley, Ovens [picture] / E. Hulme del. & lith.; Ladd & Carr imp., National Library of Australia PIC Drawer 6178 #U2641 NK246.