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Memento : Issue 28
Summer--Autumn 2005 MEMENTO 7 The National Archives is pleased to announce this year's winners of the Frederick Watson Fellowship and the Margaret George Award. The 2005 Frederick Watson Fellowship was awarded to Frank Moorhouse, an internationally renowned novelist and essayist, whose most recent novel, Dark Palace, won the 2001 Miles Franklin Prize for Australian literature. Moorhouse will use the fellowship to develop a book about writers and their interaction with the state. Many famous Australian authors, including Peter Carey, David Williamson and Barry Humphries, applied to the Commonwealth Literary Fund as young emerging writers. Records relating to their interaction with the government are held in the Archives' collection. This year we awarded two Margaret George Awards. Dr Christina Twomey, a lecturer in the school of Historical Studies at Monash University, will use the award to complete research for her book on Australian civilians interned by the Japanese in World War II. The Japanese arrested and detained an estimated 1,500 Australian civilians, one quarter of whom died in captivity. We hold extensive records about civilian internees in the Asia-Pacific region and the Australian Government response to their plight. Dr Nicole Moore, a lecturer in English at Macquarie University, will use her award to further her research on censorship in 20th century Australian literature. She will examine the records of federal agencies responsible for censorship and expects to complete a monograph about material banned in the 20th century and the reasons it was banned. Grants and Dr Nicole Moore, winner of the 2005 Margaret George Award Frank Moorhouse, winner of the 2005 Frederick Watson Fellowship Dr Christina Twomey, winner of the 2005 Margaret George Award award winners