Winner of the 2015 John Oxley Library Award
In 2015, the John Oxley Library Award was presented to two individuals who have worked tirelessly to share their local history with the broader community through online engagement.  L-R: 2015 John Oxley Library Award winner Trisha Fielding, Director-General for the Department of Science and Innovation Sue Rickerby, and 2015 John Oxley Library Award winner Trevor Newman.
Photo by Josef Ruckli. — at State Library of Queensland. 

Trisha Fielding has a Master of History degree from the University of New England and her major research project looked at infant and maternal health in early Townsville. Trisha also holds a Bachelor of Arts with Distinction, from the University of Southern Queensland, with majors in History and Journalism.

Current Projects:

2016: Researching and writing a series of historical articles for James Cook University Library, as a component of their T150: Townsville's Past and Present project. Look out for these articles in the Townsville Bulletin throughout 2016!

On Wednesday, 30 March 2016, I'll be participating in Townsville City Council's T150 Yarns Series: Heroes, Villains and Saints. This event will be held at the Townsville Civic Theatre.

On 13 May 2016 I'll be presenting a workshop in Brisbane on history blogging at the State Library of Queensland's Heritage Leaders Workshop. More info at

2015 to present: Writing a book on the history of Townsville - Queen City of the North: A History of Townsville, due for publication in 2016.

2014 to present:
I have written over a hundred weekly history articles for the Townsville Bulletin for their Townsville Eye supplement, called "The Ville". Watch out for it on Saturdays!

More about my writing...

I've been writing since the early 1990s but my first history article, 'Charters Towers', was published in September 1998 by Australian Family Tree Connections, Vol. 6, Issue 9.  Another article: 'They died from what?' was published in AFTC in November 1999.

I scored my first magazine cover with my article, 'Great-great Gran was a Gold-Digger' in the same publication in July 2000. (AFTC, Vol. 8, Issue 7) and had a small piece, 'Forensic Anthropologists Search for Clues about Mysterious Sailors', published in Scientific American, Discovering Archaeology, in December 2000 (Vol. 2, No. 5). 

I've also been published in the Townsville Bulletin, the Townsville Eye, Sunday Mail (Queensland), John Oxley Library Blog, local family history magazine Relatively Speaking and on ABC Local Radio.

In 2013 I delivered a regular series of talks about Townsville's history on ABC Local Radio, and links to the audio of those talks can be found in my blog entries, or on ABC radio.

In 2010 my first book: Flinders Street Townsville: A Pictorial History, was awarded a High Commendation at the National Trust of Queensland Awards and in 2011, this publication netted me an award for writing at the Townsville Arts Awards.  You can purchase this book for $10 at any City Libraries branch in Townsville.

In November 2011 I published my research into bubonic plague in Townsville in the year 1900 in the Queensland History Journal (Vol. 21, No. 7). I've also lectured at the State Library of Queensland and the Museum of Tropical Queensland, and given talks on local history at Townsville's CityLibraries.

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