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 2017

For the 2016-17 round, Dr Lee McGowan was awarded $21,582.

Lee McGowan

Lee McGowan is an award winning researcher, writer and teacher. He holds a PHD in Creative Writing and is currently a senior lecturer in the Creative Industries Program at QUT. His primary research interests include football writing and its history. Lee is the 2017 recipient of the Lord Mayor's Helen Taylor Award for his project 'With the Ball at Her Feet: A Living History of Women's Football in Brisbane'.

The project aims to research women's football (soccer) in Brisbane, to capture its history and stories and to exhibit its heritage. The project will be a digitally delivered, interactive archive. This community story-telling project aims to bring together old, established and new sources and stories written by like-minded community members, who are united by their love of football and local history. The interactive digital archive, enhanced by social media, a small book and further publications, will be available online and through Brisbane City Council libraries.




08 November 2017