Lord Mayor's Helen Taylor Research Award for Local History

The Lord Mayor’s Helen Taylor Research Award for Local History supports history students and independent researchers undertaking history or heritage projects which have a focus on informing or educating the public about local history or heritage.

About Helen Taylor

Helen Taylor was a historian who worked for Brisbane City Council from 1990 until 2004. She made significant contributions to the history and heritage initiatives in Brisbane. As Senior Historian in Council's Heritage Unit, she was responsible for developing studies and publications that identified and documented the city's heritage. She produced a number of social history exhibitions such as:

  • Brisbane Remembers: The Home Front 1939-1945 (1995)
  • Brisbane 100 Stories (1997)
  • Afraid of the Dark (1999)
  • The Million Pound Town Hall (2000).

As Senior Historian in Council's then Community and Lifestyle branch, Taylor initiated the Local History Grants Program and Brisbane's Living Heritage Network. Taylor was also a driving force behind the development of the Museum of Brisbane. From 2002 until her retirement in 2004, Taylor was Curator of Social History at the Museum where she was responsible for the exhibitions Bite the Blue Sky: Brisbane Beginnings (2003-04), and Brisbane At War (2004-05).

Helen Taylor passed away on 30 June 2006.

Award recipient 2019

For the 2018-19 round, Dr Anne Monsour was awarded $22,000.

Dr Anne Monsour

Anne Monsour has a PhD in history from the University of Queensland. Since leaving a teaching position at Central Queensland University in Bundaberg and returning to Brisbane, Anne has worked as a professional historian. She has conducted oral history interviews for organisations such as the National Library of Australia (Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants Oral History project) and the Medical Board of Queensland. For more than two decades, Anne has been researching, writing and speaking (in academic and community forums in Australia and overseas) about the history of Lebanese settlement in Australia. She is the author of Not Quite White: Lebanese and the White Australia Policy 1880 to 1947 (Post Pressed, 2010), several journal articles and book chapters, and has edited two books about Lebanese in Queensland. Anne is currently president of the Australian Lebanese Historical Society.

The 'A Continuous Thread: The Lebanese Presence in South Brisbane, Woolloongabba and West End' project will reveal the unacknowledged history of the Lebanese presence in the South Brisbane, West End and Woolloongabba areas of Brisbane by tracing the connecting thread from the early Syrian (Lebanese) hawkers and shopkeepers of the nineteenth century through to the present. Using material gathered from oral histories, photographs, personal documents and archival records, this project will produce a website, a mobile pop-up exhibition and a book.

Last updated:16 October 2019