The Australian Historical Association is delighted to announce the winners of its 2016 prizes and awards. Winners were announced tonight, Thursday 7 July 2016, at the AHA Annual Conference dinner in Ballarat, Victoria.
(Click links to read judges’ citations.)
The Allan Martin Award is a research fellowship to assist early career historians further their research in Australian history.
- The winner is Ruth Morgan, ‘Australindia: Australia, India and the Ecologies of Empire, 1788–1901’
- The judges commended Kirstie Close-Barry, ‘Intersecting Indigenous Histories: Aboriginal and Pacific Islander Connections in Australia’s Northern Territory’
The Jill Roe Prize is awarded annually for the best unpublished article-length work of historical research in any area of historical enquiry, produced by a postgraduate student enrolled for a History degree at an Australian university.
- The winner is James H. Dunk, ‘The Liability of Colonial Madness: Jonathan Burke Hugo in Port Dalrymple, Sydney and Calcutta, 1812’
The Kay Daniels Award recognises outstanding original research with a bearing on Australian convict history and heritage including in its international context, published in 2014 or 2015.
- The winner is Sue Castrique, Under the Colony’s Eye: Gentlemen and Convicts on Cockatoo Island 1839–1869 (Anchor Books Australia, 2014)
The Magarey Medal for Biography is awarded biennially to the female person who has published the work judged to be the best biographical writing on an Australian subject. It is jointly administered by the Australian Historical Association and the Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL).
- The winner is Libby Connors, Warrior: A Legendary Leaders Dramatic Life and Violent Death on the Colonial Frontier (Allen & Unwin, 2015)
The Serle Award is given biennially to the best postgraduate thesis in Australian History awarded during the previous two years.
- The winner is Laura Rademaker, ‘Language and the Mission: Talking and Translating on Groote Eylandt, 1943–1973’
The W.K. Hancock Prize recognises and encourages an Australian scholar who has published a first book in any field of history in 2014 or 2015.
- The winner is Adam Clulow, The Company and The Shogun: The Dutch Encounter with Tokugawa Japan (Columbia University Press, 2014)
- The judges highly commended Ruth Morgan, Running Out? Water in Western Australia (UWA Publishing, 2015)
The Mary Bennett Prize for Women’s History is awarded every two years by the Australian Women’s History Network to an early career historian for the best article or chapter in any field of women’s history, in any published journal (including e-journals) or edited collection. It is awarded by the Australian Women’s History Network and was also announced at the AHA conference dinner.
- The winner is Catherine Bishop, for her article ‘When Your Money Is Not Your Own: Coverture and Married Women In Business in Colonial New South Wales’, published in Law and History Review 33, 1 (2015).
- The judges highly commended Alana Piper’s article ‘“A menace and an evil” Fortune-telling in Australia, 1900–1918’ in History Australia 11, 3 (2014).