Loris Williams Scholarship

Scholarships are offered to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who wish to train for careers in archives and records management at a University or TAFE. The scholarship was first offered in 2008.

Loris Elaine Williams (1949 - 2005) was an Aboriginal woman of Mulinjali (Beaudesert, South East Queensland) descent through her father, and Birri Gubba (Ayr, North Queensland) descent through her mother. She became the first Aboriginal person from Queensland to gain professional archival qualifications and only the second Aboriginal person to do so.

Apart from a short secondment to the State Library of Queensland in 2002, she remained with the Community and Personal Histories Section, Department of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Policy (now Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Services, Department of Communities), Queensland 1998 – 2005 when she passed away aged 55.

Loris is remembered as a passionate advocate for the right of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to use archives as a means of reconnecting with their family, country and Indigenous identity. Similarly, Loris spoke of the need to have qualified Indigenous staff in the archives and keeping records sector. In a paper at the Australian Society of Archivists (ASA) 1999 Conference, she commented “The ASA is to be commended for their commitment to encouraging Indigenous employment by aligning with the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) in the Indigenous Recruitment & Career Development Strategy”.

As testament to her own personal commitment and lasting legacy, it was Loris’s leadership as Convenor of the Indigenous Issues Special Interest Group (IISIG) of the ASA from September 2003 to 2005, that the group produced the brochure ‘Pathways to your future and our past: careers for Indigenous peoples in archives and records’ to encourage Indigenous people to train as archivists and records managers. This directly paved the way for this ASA scholarship being offered that now deservedly bears Loris’s name.

To apply, please contact the ASA Office.

PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS

  • 2013 - (no scholarship presented)
  • 2012 - (no scholarship presented)
  • 2011 - Dee McArthur
  • 2010 - (no scholarship presented)
  • 2009 - Tania Schafer
  • 2009 - Sue Newman
  • 2008 - Monica Hardie
  • 2008 - Lee Lazarevic