The Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellowship is awarded annually to support a research project that uses the rich resources of SLQ’s John Oxley Library and contributes to the creation of new knowledge about Queensland’s business and economic history.
The recipient will receive a stipend of $15,000 along with a personal workspace within the Neil Roberts Research Lounge for six months, granting them unparalleled access to collection items, as well as expert advice from State Library staff for the duration of their project.
This fellowship aims to advance the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame as a centre for business research and excellence. It offers the opportunity for deeper engagement with Queensland’s business records and the development of new interpretations and knowledge about Queensland’s business history.
2017 Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellowship Recipient
Toni Massey is the recipient of the 2017 Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellowship for her project Diving into the history of Queensland’s pearl-shelling industry. As a commercial diver and marine archaeologist herself, Toni’s project will examine how Queensland pearl divers pioneered the pearl shelling industry and in doing so, contributed to Queensland’s economic development. The project will also investigate the history of the major companies that enabled the industry to thrive.