Scholarship Recipients

The Betty Fletcher Memorial Travelling Scholarship enables a student who is studying Classics and Ancient History to travel for a minimum of 4 weeks to Greece and Rome, or to locations that supported or encountered Greco-Roman culture. Since 1992, the scholarship has been awarded to 24 meritorious students, enabling them to travel and to undertake a wide variety of projects. The Friends of Antiquity proudly reports on their website that “All of the recipients have made excellent use of the award and have benefited greatly from the experience.”

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Alumni Friends, and the 25th year of the Betty Fletcher Memorial Traveling Scholarship (administered by the Friends of Antiquity), the RD Milns Antiquities Museum project team contacted all past scholarship recipients. Recipients were asked to describe the project funded by the Scholarship, their time with the University, and how their trip enriched their academic experience. They were also given the opportunity to comment on how the Betty Fletcher Memorial Traveling Scholarship had contributed to their career development, and to tell us what they were doing in 2017.

YearRecipient YearRecipient
2016 Vivien Muller   2003 Llynneth Crawford
2015 Oscar Goldman   2002 Dr Paula Johnson
2014 Johanna Qualmann   2001 Josephine Brice
2013 Eleanor Isdale   2000 Pamela How
2012 Dr Timothy Hamlyn   1999 Janet Mack
2011 Susan Edmondson   1998 Dr Paul Roche
2010 James Donaldson   1997 Dr Sandra Christou
2009 Not awarded in this year   1996 Dr Shamus Sillar
2008 Nicole Schermann   1995 Cathryn Cogill
2007 Dr Jennifer Manley   1994 Devon Nugent
2006 Dr Michael Welch   1993 Dr Geoff Tully
2005 Melissa Cadden   1992 Allison Bartlett
2004 Sally McHugh      
Cathryn Cogill

Cathryn Cogill

Year of Award: 1995
Project: The Role of Patronage in the Hellenistic Mosaics on Delos
Location(s): UK, Cyprus, Greece, Italy
Degree(s): BA (Hons)

Q: How did this trip enrich your academic experience at The University of Queensland?
A: The benefit of seeing the mosaics in situ was invaluable. It was a revelation to see how each individual tessera was sourced and cut; to see the complexity of each mosaic’s design and detail; and to see the mosaics located in the context of both public and domestic architecture. It gave me a greater appreciation for the craft of the mosaicists, and the role of patronage.

Q: Were you involved with the RD Milns Antiquities Museum or Classics and Ancient History Student Society?
A: I was involved in the Classics and Ancient History Student Society from 1992-1995, and held the positions of Secretary and President during this time.

Cathryn is now a practicing artist and her studio, Xaliki Art, is located on the Sunshine Coast.

Dr Shamus Sillar

Dr Shamus Sillar

Year of Award: 1996
Project: Examining the Provincial Administration of Caracalla
Location(s): UK, Germany, Italy, Greece, Turkey
Degree(s): BA (Hons); PhD (Ancient History)

Q: How did this trip enrich your academic experience at the University of Queensland?
A: As a Brisbane-based university student in the pre-internet age, I had found it difficult to put the world of the ancient Romans into perspective. After my trip, though, I could truly comprehend – and marvel at – the scale of building feats and military campaigns; I could empathise with the writers of antiquity; and I experienced some of those visceral moments of travel that allowed me to get a handle on how the average Joe might have fared in Roman society.

Q: What are you doing now?
A: I’m involved in the editorial side of the publishing industry in Asia. My opportunity to become a publisher arose after teaching Roman History and Latin for one year at a University in China.   

Janet-Lynne Mack

Janet-Lynne Mack

Year of Award: 1999
Project: Germanicus and the Julio-Claudians in Roman Art
Location(s): Italy, Germany, Denmark, UK
Degree(s): BA (Hons); MPhil (Ancient History)

Q: How did this trip enrich your academic experience at The University of Queensland?
A: The trip was a revelation. I got to visit museums which held objects that I had only ever seen in books. As clichéd as it sounds, visiting them in real life changed my perspective completely, and I started to think about my thesis topic in a very different way.

Q: What are you doing now?
A: The opportunity the scholarship trip gave me to visit so many amazing museums helped shape my thesis, and it also sowed the seeds of my current career path. As an Exhibitions and Loans Registrar at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra, I am privileged to work with fantastic objects in a museum every day!

Llynneth Crawford

Llynneth Crawford

Year of Award: 2003
Project: Trade Between the Roman empire and China during the Han Dynasty
Location(s): UK
Degree(s): BA (Hons); MPhil (Ancient History)

Q: How did this trip enrich your academic experience at The University of Queensland?
A: The research I undertook led to the completion of my degree, and in 2005, I was fortunate enough to be asked to give a paper on the links between Rome and China at a conference on Ancient History at Fudan University in Shanghai, China.

Q: Would you like to mention any memorable experiences while travelling overseas on the Betty Fletcher Memorial Travelling Scholarship?
A: I was fortunate that my son, Angus Crawford, was working as an archaeologist based in Worcester, UK, at that time, so I was able to stay with him on weekends and discuss my research.  I also had the opportunity to take part as a volunteer for one day on the Roman dig he was involved in at the time.

Dr Michael Welch

Year of Award: 2006
Project: The Treatment of Ancient Greek War-dead
Location(s): Greece and other parts of Europe
Degree(s): BA (Hons); MPhil; PhD (Ancient History)

Q: How did this trip enrich your academic experience at The University of Queensland?
A: This trip was a fantastic opportunity to broaden my academic horizons. It provided me with access to sites and physical material not available in Australia, all of which greatly enriched my research as a result. This research abroad also gave me further stimulus to continue my academic pursuits at UQ in the field of ancient history.

Q: What are you doing now?
A: I am now a Learning Advisor at UQ Student Services and was previously a Thesis Examinations Officer in the UQ Graduate School.

Nicole Schermann

Year of Award: 2008
Project: Museum Internships and Archaeological Excavation
Location(s): UK, Jordan
Degree(s): BA (Hons); Grad Cert (Museum Studies)

Q: How did this trip enrich your academic experience at The University of Queensland in general?
A: After this experience, I went on to study in UQ’s Museum Studies program. This trip really solidified my enthusiasm for work in the classical fields. Having this experience gave me the confidence to seek additional qualifications and work towards this goal. Getting hands-on experience as an intern/volunteer is imperative to finding work with collections, and this experience really helped. Also it was a lot of fun, and allowed me to see some pretty wonderful parts of the world!

Q: What are you doing now?
A: I am now living in New York City as a qualified librarian. Working with museum collections was an excellent foundation for my current work in libraries.

Susan Edmondson

Year of Award: 2011
Project: Identity and Self-representation in Hispania during the Early Roman Empire
Location(s): Spain & Portugal
Degree(s): BA (Hons); PhD Candidate

Q: How did this trip enrich your academic experience at The University of Queensland?
A: The scholarship allowed me to visit many areas that I had not previously seen, greatly enriching my knowledge of the early empire in the region through visits to archaeological sites and museums. Without the scholarship I may never have discovered epigraphy, the area my research career has since focused on – thank you Betty Fletcher and The Friends of Antiquity!

Q: Were you involved with the RD Milns Antiquities Museum or Classics and Ancient History Student Society?
A: A highlight of my years at UQ has been volunteering at the RD Milns Antiquities Museum, including being part of the Museum internship program in 2010. The sense of community and mentoring throughout our small discipline is a wonderful asset for students, as well as for many others who visit out of interest.

Dr Timothy Hamlyn

Year of Award: 2012
Project: Studies in Roman Religion
Location(s): France, Spain, Italy, Turkey, UK
Degree(s): BSc; BA (Hons); MPhil; PhD (Ancient History)

Q: How did this trip enrich your academic experience at The University of Queensland?
A: The greatest benefit of my project was being able to examine important ancient artefacts, buildings and monuments in person and to properly appreciate their scale, characteristics and context.  This in turn has given me a deeper understanding of and insight into the ancient world.  

Q: Did you have any memorable experiences on your trip?
A: In Rome, my personal highlights were the Pantheon and the Ara Pacis (Altar of Augustan Peace), since Roman religion has been a focus of my postgraduate studies. When I travelled to England, most of the Michaelmas term was spent at Cambridge working in the Classics library there and having discussions with Prof. Mary Beard and some of the students.

Johanna Qualmann

Johanna Qualmann

Year of Award: 2014
Project: Archaeological Fieldwork and Conference Attendance
Location(s): Boncuklu Höyük (Turkey), Pollena Trocchia (Italy), Germany, UK, Finland.
Degree(s): BA (Hons); DipLang

Q: How did this trip enrich your academic experience at The University of Queensland?
A: It allowed me to put the skills and knowledge I’d gained in both archaeology and ancient history into practice. My focus on epigraphy also gave me the opportunity to test my Latin reading and translation skills. The scholarship gave me access to the world of Graeco-Roman history and archaeology – something I know not every student will have the chance to do.

Q: What are you doing now?
A: During my Honours year, I applied and was accepted into a Queensland Government Graduate Program in Public Policy. Through the program I worked as a graduate policy officer for the Departments of Education and Training, and Energy and Water Supply, and for the Public Service Commission. I’m about to start a new role in domestic violence reform with the Office for Women.

Oscar Goldman

Year of Award: 2015
Project: RD Milns Antiquities Museum International Internship Program
Location(s): Italy
Degree(s): BA (Hons)

Q: How did the International Internship enrich your academic experience at The University of Queensland?
A: Given that most of my studies had been based in literary analysis, this program was academically and professionally enriching. It generated not only familiarity with the physical remains of the classical past, but also practical skills and knowledge in their identification, preservation, and analysis. I am now confident in my ability to work as part of a team in an archaeological setting, and also in my knowledge of Tuscan history.

Q: What other activities were you involved in at UQ during your degree?
A: During my time at UQ, I participated in the RD Milns Antiquities Museum Internship program, as well as helping with the Classics and Ancient History Society’s events and mentoring program.

Vivien Muller

Vivien Muller

Year of Award: 2016
Project: RD Milns Antiquities Museum International Internship Program
Location(s): Italy
Degree(s): BA

Q: How did the International Internship enrich your academic experience at The University of Queensland?
A: As my final undergraduate course the internship supplemented my studies and brought ancient civilisations to life in a way not possible through coursework. I found the in-depth analysis of museology undertaken both before and during the trip was enlightening. There is a great variety in how museums conserve and display artefacts that affects the visitor experience. My firm preference is for the smaller museums visited in Tuscany that stimulate the viewer’s imaginative process to help learning.

Q: What are you doing now?
A: I graduated in July 2017, but am no longer living in Brisbane, otherwise, I would be continuing my studies by undertaking Honours in Ancient History. For now, my studies are on hold but I do hope to pursue them further when circumstances permit.