Lieutenant Colonel Harry Murray VC Honours Scholarship
The Lieutenant Colonel Harry Murray VC Honours Scholarships (2 awards) are provided by the Tasmanian Government – Veterans’ Affairs portfolio for honours study in 2014. To allow Tasmania’s military legacy to be better recognised, the Minister for Veterans Affairs has agreed to fund two annual honours scholarships which would examine aspects of Tasmanians’ involvement in war. These scholarships will be named after the late Lieutenant Colonel Harry Murray, VC. Many Tasmanians are unaware that Harry Murray, who was born in Evandale in 1880, became the most highly decorated ordinary allied soldier in the Great War. He enlisted as a private in 1914 and served in Gallipoli and on the Western Front in France. His bravery and actions in some key battles in the campaign earned him a number of awards including the highest, the Victoria Cross. By war’s end he had reached the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. In 1920 he returned to Australia and settled in Queensland on a grazing property. He re-enlisted in World War II and served until discharged in 1944. He continued farming until his death in 1966 aged 85. Harry Murray’s medals were on loan to the Tasmanian Museum in 2011.
The scholarships are available to students with good results in their final year of their undergraduate degree and who intend to undertake an honours year of study in a discipline where the focus of study for their thesis examines an issue related to Tasmanians at war. While at first glance these could be considered mainly scholarships in Australian History, proposals from students across the spectrum whose thesis topics for honours include any aspect of Tasmanians at war are encouraged. Students from various disciplines such as sociology, psychology, political science, philosophy, etc are welcome to apply provided their thesis topic is believed relevant.
To retain this award, recipients are required to achieve a minimum Pass result in all units studied each semester.
31 October 2013
Applicants should apply online and forward a copy of the referee's report to two referees. All potential honours students should make contact with the Honours Coordinator in their discipline to discuss interests and options.
Closed. Successful applicant/s advised.