Ipswich City Council

Viva Cribb Bursary

What is the Viva Cribb Bursary Program?

The Viva Cribb Bursary Program provides funding to an individual in Ipswich to assist in 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).

Seminars available: To help those who apply for this Bursary or other Grants of this nature, either now or in the future, four seminars will be held with local historians as facilitators.

The Seminars will include:

Seminar 1: Planning and Research  4 February 2014

Seminar 2: Writing and research  4 March 2014

Seminar 3: Formatting  1 April 2014.

Seminar 4: Publishing and Applying for Grants  6 May 2014.

For more information on these Seminars please contact strategic@ipswich.qld.gov.au or phone 3810 6256

Funding Levels

One funding level is provided within the program:

  • Up to $5,000

Distribution of Funding

The 2014/2015 funding round will open on 13 January 2014 and close 24 February 2014.
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, who are full time residents of the City of Ipswich.  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 an oral history
  • Web resource such as an e-book publication
  • Image based research for digitisation on the Internet

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

  • People, family, political figures
  • Domestic or public architecture
  • Natural environment
  • Floods and disasters
  • Business and Industry
  • Sport and culture
  • Military history
  • Community organisations or events

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.


You can download the 2014 Guidelines and Application Form here:

Viva Cribb Bursary Guidelines And Application Form 2014 Viva Cribb Bursary Guidelines And Application Form 2014 (Word Document, 160 kb)

You can download a copy of the Funding Agreement here:

 Viva Cribb Bursary Funding Agreement 2014 Viva Cribb Bursary Funding Agreement 2014 (Word Document, 58 kb)

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