Shortlists for AHA 2016 prizes and awards announced

The Australian Historical Association is delighted to announce the shortlists for its 2016 prizes and awards. Winners will be announced on Thursday 7 July 2016.

The Allan Martin Award is a research fellowship to assist early career historians further their research in Australian history. The biennial award of up to $4,000 will assist with the expenses of a research trip undertaken in Australia or overseas in support of a project in Australian history.

  • Kirstie Close-Barry, ‘Intersecting Indigenous Histories: Aboriginal and Pacific Islander Connections in Australia’s Northern Territory’
  • Ruth Morgan, ‘Australindia: Australia, India and the Ecologies of Empire, 1788–1901’

The Jill Roe Prize is awarded annually for the best unpublished article-length work of historical research in any area of historical enquiry, produced by a postgraduate student enrolled for a History degree at an Australian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. It honours the career of Professor Emerita Jill Roe, an eminent Australian historian who has made a very significant contribution to the writing, teaching and public communication of history in Australia and abroad.

  • James H. Dunk, ‘The Liability of Colonial Madness: Jonathan Burke Hugo in Port Dalrymple, Sydney and Calcutta, 1812’
  • Cameron Nunn, ‘Making them Good and Useful: The Ideology of Juvenile Penal Reformation at Carters’ Barracks and Point Puer’
  • Benjamin Sacks, ‘”Running Away With Itself”: Missionaries, Islanders and the Contestation of Recreation in Samoa, 1830–1939’

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 $1,500 prize is sponsored by members and associates of the Australian Historical Association, the University of Tasmania, and the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority.

  • Sue Castrique, Under the Colony’s Eye: Gentlemen and Convicts on Cockatoo Island 1839–1869 (Anchor Books Australia, 2014)
  • Babette Smith, The Luck of the Irish: How a Shipload of Convicts Survived the Wreck of the Hive to make a New Life in Australia (Allen & Unwin, 2014)
  • Brian Walsh, Toil and Trouble from Maitland to Moreton Bay – John Eales’ Convicts (Paterson Historical Society, 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).

  • Libby Connors, Warrior: A Legendary Leaders Dramatic Life and Violent Death on the Colonial Frontier (Allen & Unwin, 2015)
  • Kate Grenville, One Life: My Mother’s Story (Text Publishing Company, 2015)
  • Karen Lamb, Thea Astley: Inventing Her Own Weather (University of Queensland Press, 2015)
  • Brenda Niall, Mannix (Text Publishing Company, 2015)

The Serle Award is given biennially to the best postgraduate thesis in Australian History awarded during the previous two years. The $2,500 prize was established through the generosity of Mrs Jessie Serle to honour the contribution to Australian history of her former husband, Dr Geoffrey Serle.

  • Romain Fathi, ‘“Do Not Forget Australia”. Australian War Memorialisation at Villers-Bretonneux’
  • Margaret Hutchison, ‘Painting War: Memory Making and Australia’s Official War Art Scheme, 1916–22’
  • Paul Irish, ‘Hidden in Plain View: Nineteenth-Century Aboriginal People and Places in Coastal Sydney’
  • 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 $2,000 prize was instituted in 1987 by the AHA to honour the contribution to the study and writing of history in Australia by Sir Keith Hancock.

  • Adam Clulow, The Company and The Shogun: The Dutch Encounter with Tokugawa Japan (Columbia University Press, 2014)
  • Reto Hofmann, The Fascist Effect: Japan and Italy, 1915–1952 (Cornell University Press, 2015)
  • Ruth Morgan, Running Out? Water in Western Australia (UWA Publishing, 2015)