Australian History Awards

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The Allan Martin Award[edit]

This biennial award has been named for A. W. Martin[1] (1926–2002) and is administered jointly by the Australian National University and the Australian Historical Association. The award is to encourage "early career historians" for work relating to Australian History.[2] Submissions for this award are to be work that is being prepared for publication and can be in any form, e.g. a monograph, a series of academic articles, an exhibition or documentary film, or some mix of these.[2]

  • 2004: Maria Nugent for Botany Bay: Where Histories Meet (Allen & Unwin)[3]
  • 2006: No award made
  • 2008: Dr Fred Cahir for Black gold: aboriginal peoples and gold in Victoria 1850-1870
  • 2008: Highly Commended: Dr Keir Reeves for Wild onions: a history of Chinese gold-seekers in the Pearl River Delta region of China and the Central Victorian goldfields.
  • 2010: No award made [4]
  • 2012: Dr Melissa Bellanta, University of Queensland,.[5]
  • 2014: Amanda Kaladelfos for Immigration, Violence and Australia Postwar Politics.[6]

Blackwell AHA Prize[edit]

The publishers, Blackwell Publishing Asia, have sponsored a prize for the best postgraduate paper at a Regional Conference.

The AHA information states that the "prize will be judged on two criteria: 1) oral presentation of the paper 2) written version of the conference paper. The written version of the conference paper (not a longer version) is to be submitted at the start of the conference. The winner of the prize will be announced at the close of the conference."[7]

  • 2007 Winners
Melissa Bellanta (University of Sydney) for Raiders of the Lost Civilisation, or, Adventure-Romances of the Australian Desert, 1890-1907, and
Nell Musgrove (University of Melbourne) for Private Homes, Public Scrutiny: Surveillance of 'the family' in postwar Melbourne

WK Hancock Prize[edit]

The WK Hancock Prize is run by Australian Historical Association (AHA)[8] with the Department of Modern History, Macquarie University. It was instituted in 1987 in honour of Sir Keith Hancock and his life achievements.

The award is for the first book of history by an Australian scholar and for research using original sources. It is awarded biennially for a first book published in the preceding two years with the award presented at the AHA's National Biennial Conference.

  • 2004 Winners
Mary Anne Jebb for Blood, Sweat and Welfare: a History of White Bosses and Aboriginal Pastoral Workers (UWA Press, 2002)citation
Warwick Anderson for The Cultivation of Whiteness: Science, Health and Racial Destiny in Australia (Melbourne University Press, 2002)[1]
    • Highly Commended
John Connor for The Australian Frontier Wars: 1788-1838 (University of New South Wales Press)
Brigid Hains for The Ice and the Inland: Mawson, Flynn, and the Myth of the Frontier (Melbourne University Press)
  • 2006 Winner Tony Roberts for Frontier Justice: A History of the Gulf Country to 1900 (UQP, 2005)
    • Highly Commended
Maria Nugent for Botany Bay: Where Histories Meet (Allen & Unwin, 2005)
Sue Taffe for Black and White Together, FCAATSI 1958-1972 (UQP, 2005)
  • 2008 Winner:
Robert Kenny for The Lamb enters the Dreaming: Nathaniel Pepper and the Ruptured World (Scribe Publications, 2007)
    • 2008 Highly Commended
Tracey Banivanua-Mar for Violence and Colonial Dialogue: The Australian-Pacific Indentured Labor Trade (University of Hawaii Press, 2007)
  • 2010 Winner:
Dr Natasha Campo for From Superwomen to Domestic Goddesses: the rise and fall of Feminism Peter Lang, 2009
    • 2010 Commendation
Dr Clare Corbould for Becoming African Americans" Black Public Life in Harlem, 1919-1939 Harvard University Press, 2009[9]
  • 2012 Joint Winners
Frances M Clarke for War Stories: Suffering and Sacrifice in the Civil War North
Ian Coller for Arab France: Islam and the Making of Modern Europe, 1798-1831
    • 2012 Commendation
Michael L. Ondaatje for Black Conservative Intellectuals in Modern America[10]
  • 2014 Winner:
Janet Butler for Kitty’s War: The Remarkable Wartime Experiences of Kit McNaughton (University of Queensland Press, 2013)

The John Barrett Award for Australian Studies[edit]

The John Barrett Award for Australian Studies is for the best written article published in the Journal of Australian Studies, in the categories: the best article by a scholar (open) and the best article by a scholar (post-graduate).

John Barrett Award: Open Category

  • 2014: Nathan Garvey for ‘“Folkalising” Convicts: a “Botany Bay” Ballad and its Cultural Contexts’, JAS, Vol.38 No.1 (March) (2014): 32–51[11]
  • 2014 Highly Commended: Mark McKenna for Tokenism or belated recognition? Welcome to Country and the Emergence of Indigenous Protocol in Australia, 1991–2004 JAS, Vol.38 No.4 (December) (2014): 476–89 [12]
  • 2013: Lyndall Ryan. 'The Black Line in Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania), 1830', JAS, 37:1 (2013): 3-18.[13]
  • 2012: Zoe Anderson, 'Borders, babies and ‘good refugees’: Australian representations of ‘illegal’ immigration, 1979', JAS, 36:4 (2012): 499-514.[14]

John Barrett Award: Postgraduate Category

  • 2013: Not awarded.
  • 2012: Jessica Neath, 'Empty lands: contemporary art approaches to photographing historical trauma in Tasmania', JAS 36:3 (2012): 309-325.[14]

The Kay Daniels Award[edit]

Inaugurated in 2004, this award is named for Kay Daniels (1941–2001),[15] historian and public servant,[16] and recognises her interest in colonial and heritage history.

The biennial award will be administered by The Australian Historical Association.[16]

  • 2004: Lucy Frost and Hamish Maxwell-Stuart (eds) for Chain Letters: Narrating Convict Lives (Melbourne University Press)
  • 2006: Trudy Mae Cowley for A Drift of 'Derwent Ducks: Lives of the 200 Female Irish Convicts Transported on the Australasia from Dublin to Hobart in 1849 (Research Tasmania, Hobart, 2005)Review
  • 2008: Kirsty Reid for Gender, Crime and Empire: Convicts, Settlers and the State in Early Colonial Australia
  • 2010: Dr Hamish Maxwell-Stuart for Closing Hell's Gates: the Death of a Convict Station (Allen & Unwin 2008)
  • 2014: Kristyn Harman for Aboriginal Convicts: Australian, Khoisan and Maori Exiles,(UNSW Press 2012) [6]

The Serle Award[edit]

The Serle Award was first presented in 2002. The award was established through the generosity of Mrs Jessie Serle for the historian Geoffrey Serle (1922–1998).[17]

The Serle Award is for the best thesis by an "early career researcher" and will be payable on receipt of publisher’s proofs, which must be within twelve months of notification of the award.

The biennial award will be administered by The Australian Historical Association.[17]

  • 2005 Winner: Bartolo Ziino for A distant grief: Australians, War Graves and the Great War (University of Melbourne, PhD 2003)
Commendation: Catherine Mary Gilchrist for Male Convict Sexuality in the Penal Colonies of Australia 1820-1850 (University of Sydney, PhD 2004)
  • 2006 Winner: Jessie Mitchell for Flesh, Dreams and Spirit: Life on Aboriginal Mission Stations 1825-1850 A History of Cross-Cultural Connections (ANU PhD thesis, 2005)
  • 2008: Marina Larsson for The Burdens of Sacrifice: War Disability in Australian Families, 1914-1939 (Latrobe University PhD 2006)
Highly Commended
        • Olwen Valda Pryke for Australia House: Representing Australia in Great Britain 1901-1939 (University of Sydney PhD 2006)
          Robert Bollard for The Active Chorus: The Mass Strike of 1917 in Eastern Australia (Victoria University PhD 2007)
  • 2010: Dr Simon Sleight for The Territories of Youth: Young People and Public Space in Melbourne c1870-1901 (Monash University PhD 2008)
        • Dr Malcolm Allbrook for Imperial Family: the Prinseps, Empire and Colonial Government in India and Australia (Griffith University PhD 2008)
          Dr Clare McLisky for "Settlers on a Mission" Faith, Power and Subjectivity in the Lives of Danial and Janet Matthews (University of Melbourne PhD 2008)
  • 2014: Carolyn Holbrook for The Great War in the Australian Imagination Since 1915.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Bibliography of A. W. Martin's Writings" (PDF). University of Melbourne. Archived (PDF) from the original on 21 June 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-21. 
  2. ^ a b "The Allan Martin Award". AHA. Archived from the original on 4 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-21. 
  3. ^ Allen Martin 2004 Award citation Archived 4 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 February 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-19. 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 March 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  6. ^ a b c Retrieved 2014-8-8
  7. ^ "Blackwell AHA Prize for the Best Postgraduate Paper at the Regional Conference 2007". AHA. Archived from the original on 9 July 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-21. 
  8. ^ "The Australian Historical Association". AHA. Archived from the original on 17 July 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-17. 
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 February 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-19. 
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  12. ^ 2015-12-13
  13. ^ Retrieved 2014-8-8
  14. ^ a b Retrieved 2014-8-8
  15. ^ "Kay Daniels, 1941-2001". AHA. Archived from the original on 4 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-21. 
  16. ^ a b "The Kay Daniels Inaugural Award: 2004". AHA. Archived from the original on 4 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-21. 
  17. ^ a b "The Serle Award". AHA. Archived from the original on 4 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-21. 

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