jeudi 6 octobre 2011

ASAL news

1. PhD/MPhil Scholarship in the Field of Australian Literature
School of English, Media Studies and Art History
The University of Queensland
The Alfred Midgley Postgraduate Scholarship - Established in 2010

The purpose of this scholarship is to support a research higher degree student (MPhil or PhD) engaged in research in the field of Australian literature working in the School of English, Media Studies and Art History. It was established by a bequest from the estate of Zoe Ann Burnett, in memory of her grandfather the late Dr Alfred Midgley. Dr Midgley contributed to many aspects of early Queensland life. He was a member of the ninth Queensland parliament, an early published Queensland poet, and a minister in the Methodist Church. Zoe Ann Burnett graduated in Arts from The University of Queensland in 1948 and was awarded a Master of Literary Studies in 1989.The deadline for applications for 2012 is Friday 16 December 2011. Download the application form here (

The minimum amount of the scholarship will be $6000 and the maximum amount will not exceed the annual distributable income of the estate of Zoe Ann Burnett. One or more scholarships may be awarded each year, on the recommendation of the Head of School.

For further information contact Professor David Carter:

2. The Blue Mountains and Australian Writing, 11-13 October
Day registrations ($60 for Wednesday including lunch, $25 for Thursday) are welcome for this conference next week at the Carrington Hotel in Katoomba. The full program is on the ASAL website, and includes papers by John McLaren, Judith Brett, Ken Stewart and Michael Sharkey, as well as visits to Varuna and Mount Wilson. Please let Susan Lever know for catering:

3. Such is Life: In Search of Tom Collins
South-West NSW, 11 days from 25 March 2012

In late March 2012, the ASALvets group will be following the trail of Tom Collins through outback NSW looking at the works of Joseph Furphy. There is no better place to discuss Such is Life than in the midst of the landscapes portrayed in it; we will see the ‘Bend in the Lachlan’, stay at stations like ‘Runnymede’, and explore the Willandra Billabong.

Departing from Canberra, the tour will follow the route of the early white settlers as they made their way down the Murrumbidgee River to Narrandera and Hay before heading north to the Lachlan River, attempting to trace some of the routes Tom Collins would have taken driving his bullock wagon to Runnymede and beyond. We will then spend some time at Willandra Homestead, close to Furphy’s fictitious ‘Runnymede’. From Willandra we will return to the Murrumbidgee River at Balranald before heading north-west to the lake systems of Willandra Creek and the World Heritage listed site of Lake Mungo. Mildura is our next stop, to see the ‘Mighty Murray’ and discuss its importance in the history of settlement and rural economy. After catering for ourselves at Willandra and Mungo, we will spoil ourselves with dinner at Stefano’s Restaurant, located in the cellars of the Grand Hotel.

We will then move on to Broken Hill via Wentworth and then Menindee, where Burke and Wills rested on their ill-fated expedition. We will also visit Silverton and Mutawintji National Park while in the area. For a full brochure about the trip, please contact Susan Lever at

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