Prime Minister's Prize for Australian History

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The Prime Minister's Prize for Australian History was created by the Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard following the Australian History Summit held in Canberra on 17 August 2006. The Summit looked at how the Australian government could strengthen Australian history in the school curriculum.[1] The winner (or winners) receive a gold medallion and a grant worth A$100,000.[2]

The prize is awarded to an individual or a group, for an outstanding publication or body of work that contributes significantly to an understanding of Australian history. The subject of works submitted can include, but are not limited to:

  • historical events;
  • historical figures (including biographies) and
  • work covering a relevant subject.[2]

In 2012, the prize was incorporated into the Prime Minister's Literary Awards.[3]

2007 inaugural prize[edit]


2008 prize[edit]

  • Tom Griffiths for Slicing the Silence: Voyaging to Antarctica
  • Robert Kenny for The Lamb Enters the Dreaming: Nathanael Pepper and the Ruptured World
  • John Fitzgerald for Big White Lie: Chinese Australians in White Australia
  • Philip Jones for Ochre and Rust: Artefacts and Encounters on Australian Frontiers
  • Paul Rudd, Stephen Amezdroz, Tony Wright, Wain Fimeri and Matthew Thomason for Captain Cook: Obsession and Discovery

2009 prize[edit]

  • Martin Butler and Bentley Dean for the documentary film Contact

2010/2011 prize[edit]

  • James Curran and Stuart Ward for The Unknown Nation; Australia After Empire
  • Paul Daley for Beersheba: A Journey through Australia’s Forgotten War
  • Kirsten McKenzie for A Swindler's Progress: Nobles and Convicts in the Age of Liberty
  • Penny Russell for Savage or Civilised? Manners in Colonial Australia

2012 prize[edit]

Winners [7]
  • Bill Gammage for The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aboriginies Made Australia

2013 prize[edit]

Winners [7]

2014 prize[edit]

Winners [8]
  • Joan Beaumont for Broken Nation: Australians in the Great War
  • Hal G.P. Colebatch for Australia's Secret War: How unionists sabotaged our troops in World War II

2015 prize[edit]

Winners [9]
  • Ross Coulthart for Charles Bean (HarperCollins Publishers)
  • David Horner for The Spy Catchers—The Official History of ASIO Vol 1 (Allen & Unwin)