Lord Mayor's Helen Taylor Research Award for Local History
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.
For the 2016-17 round, Dr Lee McGowan was awarded $21,582.