Mr Jesse O'Neill, Merewether Scholar 2010, for his project Print culture in New South Wales: 1795-1835, an early history. This project will explore the development of a print culture and printing industry in NSW prior to 1835. Mr O'Neill is interested in physical nature of printed artefacts: typefaces, papers, bindings etc, and how they communicate meaning. The Mitchell Library's collections are obviously prime source material for such a project.
The principal purpose of the Merewether Scholarship is to encourage and support the use of the Mitchell Library's collections for the study and research of Australian history in writing and publication amongst scholars, researchers and the wider community, including internationally. The specific focus of the Merewether Scholarship will be for research associated with the nineteenth century history of New South Wales.