The Viva Cribb Bursary Program provides funding to individuals or non-profit groups to assist with the costs related to a project that documents or records 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 fosters an appreciation of the city's local history and heritage, encouraging individuals to document issues of historical significance to Ipswich, and making it accessible to the community.

Funding of up to $5,000 is available for eligible projects

Eligible projects must have a substantive connection to an identified area of Ipswich history and can be in the form of a printed book, web resource (e-book or mobile app), edited oral histories, short film or digital stories, or other suitable format.

Possible topics may include:

  • architects, builders, tradespeople
  • businesses, industry, agriculture (shops and department stores, tradespeople, mining, farming)
  • cemeteries
  • community organisations or events
  • cultural activities (music and theatre groups, eisteddfods)
  • domestic or public architecture
  • early Ipswich history (convicts, early settlers, Aboriginal and European interactions)
  • individuals, families, local identities
  • Indigenous history
  • Immigrant history and ethnic influences
  • military history, defence force
  • natural environment, floods, disasters
  • professionals (architects, health workers, politicians, sports people)
  • sport and recreational activities
  • transport and infrastructure
  • townships, suburbs, street

Application information

Please read the Viva Cribb Bursary Guidelines (PDF, 164.7 KB) for further details.

Funding applications must be submitted via the online application form.

For more information contact the Picture Ipswich Digital Archivist on (07) 3810 7272 or

Applications have now closed.

Previous Winners

  • 2008 Edwin Habben for Ipswich and District Roll of Honour, WW1 (publication documenting the family and military history of the names recorded on public WW1 memorials in Ipswich)
  • 2009 Rosewood Scrub Historical Society for Winning the Coal: Coal Miners’ Stories from the Rosewood Scrub (publication tracing the history of coal mining in the Marburg/Rosewood district from 1916 onwards)
  • 2010 Ipswich Bowls Club for Ipswich Bowls Club: Chronicle of a Century 1910 -2010; John Kane for St Mary’s Ipswich, the Luckie Parish: Fr Luckie to Dr Oxenham 1849-1983
  • 2011 Maurine Lyon for The Regals: the History of the Ipswich City Vice-Regal Band; Tracey Olivieri for In Heavenly Garb: the Headstones of the Ipswich General Cemetery
  • 2012 Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School Old Girls’ Association for 120 Years: Our Stories Our Memories; Ipswich Kindergarten Association, 2012 for Learning by Doing: A History of Ipswich Kindergarten 1937-2012; Marburg Show Society for Not Just a Show: Marburg Show Society 1887-2012
  • 2013 Rev Trevor Foote for The History of Arthur Foote Joinery Ltd., Ipswich, Queensland; Bremer Forum for Talking About Ipswich (proposed title of DVD series of presentations by members of the Ipswich community documenting life in Ipswich over the past 150 years)
  • 2015 Rosewood Scrub Historical Society for Rosewood: Then and Now; Brian Kickbusch for The Kickbush Family: Their place in Prussian and Queensland History, 1810-2016
  • 2016 Rick Thorn for George Thorn - The Father of Ipswich, a Life
  • 2017 Kate Pitty for The Immeasurable Cost: Stories of Ipswich Grammar Old Boys who served in the Great War and Ipswich Hospital Museum for Ipswich Hospital & Benevolent Asylum Board Minutes 1863-1875
  • 2018 David Berlin for Scot's Sabbath School and Zonta Club of Ipswich for 40 Years of Zonta in Ipswich and West Moreton
  • 2019 Greg Cook & Sandra Parrish, One Could Always Find A Cook
  • 2019 Shirley Byrne, Top of Town

* Viva Cribb Bursary publications available to download and read on Picture Ipswich. All Viva Cribb Bursary Projects are available to view at the Ipswich Libraries’ Local History Room.