Please note: applications are currently open until Monday, 27 May 2019.

The Viva Cribb Bursary Program provides funding to an individual or non-profit group to assist with the costs related to a project that documents, records or publishes 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 issues of historical significance to Ipswich and make this information accessible to the community.

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

Funding Levels

One funding level is provided within the program:

  • Up to $5,000

Distribution of Funding

The 2019/20 funding round opens on Monday, 15 April 2019 and closes on Monday, 27 May 2019.

For more information contact the Picture Ipswich Digital Archivist on 3810 7272.

Eligibility Criteria

Funding applications are open to individuals aged 18 years or over participating in a not-for-profit capacity, as well as not-for-profit community groups.

Projects funded by the program may include:

  • Preparation and printing of a local history book
  • Recording of oral histories
  • Publication of web resources (e.g. e-book)
  • Image-based research for online digitisation
  • Short films (historical) on an aspect of Ipswich history

·        Projects must cover a topic of local/historical significance to Ipswich in one of the below areas:

  • People, family, local identities
  • Residential 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 and all successful bursary recipients will be required to complete an acquittal form and provide relevant receipts to clearly identify project expenditure.


Applications close at 4.30 pm on Monday, 27 May 2019

For further information contact the Library Communications Project Officer on (07) 3810 7272 or