About the Judith Binney Trust

The Judith Binney Trust was established by the late Sebastian Black in 2013 to offer Fellowships and Awards for research and writing on the history of Aotearoa New Zealand. The Fellowships and Awards are supported by funds from the estates of Sebastian Black and Judith Binney, and of Judith Binney’s parents, Professor Sydney and Marjorie Musgrove.

The foundation Trustees were Sebastian Black (Chair), with Sir John Hood, Elizabeth Ellis, Adam Ross and Bridget Williams. On the death of Sebastian Black, Adam Ross took on the role of Chair and Emeritus Professor Atholl Anderson joined as Trustee.

The current Trustees are Adam Ross (Chair), Cristina Billett, Bettina Bradbury, Elizabeth Ellis, Ned Fletcher, Sir John Hood, Te Rau Kupenga, and Bridget Williams.

Fellowships and Awards

The Judith Binney Fellowships and Writing Awards are intended to be awarded to scholars working on any aspect of Aotearoa/New Zealand history that supports the vision, purpose or kaupapa of the Judith Binney Trust. The underlying requirements are that:

  • the research to be undertaken will be of the highest quality;
  • writers will have a proven record in research and writing that reflects the scholarly commitments evident in Judith Binney’s own words; and
  • it is expected that the research undertaken pursuant to a Fellowship will be published or otherwise made publicly available in order to advance education within Aotearoa/New Zealand in the field of Aotearoa/New Zealand history.
Judith Binney Trust trustees at the launch of the Fellowships in 2018.
The Trustees in 2018 (left to right): Emeritus Professor Atholl Anderson, Sir John Hood, Bridget Williams, Adam Ross and Elizabeth Ellis celebrating the launch of the Judith Binney Trust at the National Library.