2019 Fryer Library Fellow

We are pleased to announce the Fryer Library Fellow for 2019 is Lindy Allen.

Lindy Allen

Fellowship project

Lindy's fellowship project will investigate the photojournalistic component of the Ernestine Hill Papers held in the Fryer Library. The Papers include many hundreds of photographic prints and negatives of Indigenous Australians taken in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. The images are organised randomly and have limited associated documentation.

Lindy will reorder the images virtually in a way that makes the collection more meaningful to Indigenous Australians and researchers, and produce a digital platform that provides better access to, and searchability of, the collection. The digital platform will also provide contextual information relating to the history and content of the image archive and other layers revealed through the research project.

The overall objective is to establish the extent and significance of what is potentially a rare and unknown visual archive amassed and/or created within the context of Ernestine Hill’s work as a journalist and travel writer. The research will involve close interrogation of the images and the Ernestine Hill Papers to establish the broader context within which these images were created and are situated today. This includes consideration of Ernestine Hill herself, as a journalist and writer.

The project will seek also to consider the importance of the archive as an important part of the nation’s cultural record of Indigenous Australians.

During the Fellowship, Lindy will work closely with Library staff and Indigenous communities in accordance with The University of Queensland’s ethical requirements and protocols.

Ernestine Hill, Roleystone, Western Australia, 1949
Ernestine Hill Collection, UQFL18, Box 31, item 18/2893
Ernestine Hill with swag, leaning against large ant hill,
Kimberley, Western Australia, c1931
Ernestine Hill Collection, UQFL18, Box 30, item 18/2296

Biographical information

Lindy Allen is an experienced freelance consultant with a demonstrated history of working in the museum, arts and cultural heritage industry.  She is skilled in Curatorial Projects, Archival Research, Repatriation, Valuations, Collection Assessment and Due Diligence, Nonprofit Organizations, Anthropology, and Museum Education.

Lindy holds a Bachelor of Arts with a focus in Anthropology from The University of Queensland.

Last updated:
1 June 2021