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Waterworth Optical Collection History Honours Scholarship

The Waterworth Optical Collection contains images and objects that illustrate how the Hobart Optical Annexe and Waterworth factory contributed to Australia’s war effort and after the war continued to operate as a successful business. Nearly 200 women of different ages worked together in teams to make, fix and design thousands of finely honed glass and metal objects. This honours scholarship will examine how women played a crucial role in the success of the business to about 1960 and illustrate the changing role of women in Tasmanian society.



Available to a student commencing an honours research program in History in 2022 which involves utilising the resources of the University of Tasmania Library’s digital Waterworth Optical Collection. Preference will be given to a student working on the history of the Waterworth Optical Collection and the crucial role played by women. Selection will be based on academic achievement.

On-going Eligibility

To retain this award, recipients are required to achieve a minimum Pass result in all units studied each semester.




One year

Closing Date

30 June 2022


Applicants should apply online and forward a copy of the referee's report to two referees. All potential honours students should make contact with the Honours Coordinator in their discipline to discuss interests and options.

Referee's Report for Honours and Postgraduate applicants (PDF, 151kb)
Provide an electronic copy of this report to each of your two referees (hons and postgrad applicants only).

Application status

Closed. Applications are being assessed.