Thomas Ramsay Science and Humanities Fellowship

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The Thomas Ramsay Science and Humanities Fellowship was created in 1978, under a bequest from the prominent local philanthropist who was interested in Australian history. [1] Its purpose is to foster research and writing across both the sciences and the humanities, with the intent that the work focus on some aspect of the Museum of Victoria's collections, research and activities.

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Among the recipients have been Gary Presland (2001) [2] Gareth Knapman (2008) [3] and Danielle Clode (1998).

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