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Viva Cribb Bursary

What is the Viva Cribb Bursary Program?

The Viva Cribb Bursary Program provides funding to an individual in Ipswich to assist with costs of a project to document, record or publish a significant aspect of the local history of Ipswich.  The bursary is named in honour of Viva Cribb, who demonstrated a dedication to the preservation of the history of Ipswich.  The bursary aims to foster an appreciation of the city's local history and heritage, by encouraging individuals to document areas of historical significance to Ipswich and to make this information accessible to the community.

Previous Winners:

2008: Edwin Habben, 'Ipswich & District Roll of Honour, World War 1', publication.

2009: Rosewood Scrub Historical Society, 'Winning the coal: coal miners' stories from the Rosewood Scrub', tracing the history of coal mining in the Marburg/Rosewood district from 1916 onwards.

2010: Ipswich Bowls Club: 'Ipswich Bowls Club; chronicle of a century 1910 -2010', and John Kane who has written 'St Mary's Ipswich, the Luckie Parish: Fr Luckie to Dr Oxenham 1849-1983'.

2011: Maurine Lyon who is writing 'The Regals: the history of the Ipswich City Vice-Regal Band' and Tracey Olivieri writing 'In heavenly garb: the headstones of the Ipswich General Cemetery'.

2012: Ipswich Girls' Grammar School: Old Girls' Association: '120 years; our stories, our memories'. Ipswich Kindergarten: 'Learning by doing. 1937 - 2012', and Marburg Show Society history.

2013: Rev Trevor Foote: 'The History of Arthur Foote Joinery Ltd., Ipswich, Queensland'.  Bremer Forum: Publication of a series of DVDs with the proposed title: 'Talking about Ipswich'. (Presentations from the Ipswich community of aspects of Ipswich life over the past 150 years).

2015: Rosewood Scrub Historical Society: 'Rosewood: then and now' and Brian Kickbusch: 'The Kickbusch family: their place in Prussian and Queensland history, 1810-2016'

Funding Levels

One funding level is provided within the program:

  • Up to $5,000

Distribution of Funding

The 2016/2017 funding round opened on 11 January 2016 and closes on 22 February 2016. Contact the Digital Archivist on 3810 7272 for more information.

Are you Eligible?

Funding applications are open to individuals, participating in a not-for-profit capacity, aged 18 years or older. Not-for-profit Community Groups are also eligible to apply.

Eligible projects funded by the Viva Cribb Bursary Program include projects such as the:

  • Preparation and printing of a local history book
  • Recording of oral histories
  • Web resource such as an e-book publication
  • Image based research for digitisation on the internet
  • Short film (historical) on an aspect of Ipswich history

Projects are required to cover a local history topic of significance to Ipswich in one of the following subject areas:

  • People, family, local identities
  • Domestic or public architecture
  • Natural environment
  • Floods and disasters
  • Businesses and industry
  • Sport and leisure activities
  • Military history
  • Community organisations or events
  • Indigenous history
  • Immigrant history/stories

Bursary Acquittal

All bursary funds must be fully acquitted within 12 months. All successful bursary recipients will be required to complete an Acquittal Form and provide relevant receipts to clearly identify project expenditure.


The 2016 Guidelines and Application Forms are now available for you to download.
2016 Guidelines and Application Form (PDF, 225.2 KB)

A copy of the Viva Cribb Bursary Agreement is provided below for your reference.
Viva Cribb Bursary Agreement (PDF, 56.8 KB)