State Library Announces $20,000 Battye Fellowship Award for Research into WA History

jamesbattye.jpgState Library Announces $20,000 Battye Fellowship Award for Research into WA History

According to the press release 

 The aims of the James Sykes Battye Memorial Fellowship are to promote the Battye Library as a centre of original research and scholarship in Western Australia, to encourage use of the unique collections of the library, and to encourage publication, presentation and discussion based on them.

The picture above is of James Battye. The award is made possible through a bequest from Leah Jane Cohen. Our webpage provides these biographical notes for her:

Leah Jane Cohen was born in Leonora on 8 February 1913, the youngest of three children of Jewish immigrants from Poland and Russia.

As a school student, Leah attended Perth Modern School, before going on to study at the University of Western Australia, gaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1934, and a Law degree in 1937. She was one of the first ten women in Western Australia to study law.

Leah Jane Cohen died on 30 October 2005.

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