New South Wales Premier's History Awards

New South Wales Premier's History Awards

The NSW Premier’s History Awards honour distinguished achievement in the interpretation of history, through both the written word and non-print media by Australian citizens and permanent residents.[1]


The State Government of New South Wales, Australia established the Premier's History Awards in 1997.[2] In 2005 the name of the awards was changed to NSW History Awards.[3] The awards are presented annually and are managed by the State Library of NSW, in association with Arts NSW.[4]


The following awards, each of $15,000 are offered:

  • Australian History Prize for a major published book or e-book on Australian history.
  • General History Prize for a major published book or e-book on international history.
  • Community and Regional History Prize for a published book or e-book that makes a significant contribution to the understanding of community. institutional, urban or regional history in New South Wales.
  • Young People's History Prize for a published book or e-book, film, television or radio program, CD-ROM, DVD, or website - fiction or non-fiction - that increases the understanding and appreciation of history by children and young adults.
  • Multimedia History Prize for an Australian historian's interpretation of an historical subject using non-print media.[5]
  • John and Patricia Ward History prize to encourage the use of archives in the writing of history.[6]

The Australian History Prize

In 2014, a Australian Military History Prize was announced. Mike Carlton was the winner of this sub-category for his book First Victory (published by Random House).[7]
Year Author Title Publisher
2014 Joan Beaumont Broken Nation: Australians in the Great War Allen & Unwin[7]
2013 Janet Butler Kitty’s War: The remarkable wartime experiences of Kit McNaughton University of Queensland Press[8]
2012 Russell McGregor Indifferent Inclusion: Aboriginal People and the Australian Nation Aboriginal Studies Press[9]
2011 Penny Russell Savage or Civilised?: Manners in Colonial Australia UNSW Press[10]
2010 Bain Attwood Possession: Batman's Treaty and the Matter of History Melbourne University Publishing[11]
2009 Robin Gerster Travels in Atomic Sunshine: Australia and the Occupation of Japan Scribe
2008 Paul Ham Vietnam: The Australian War HarperCollins
2007 Libby Robin How a Continent Created a Nation UNSW Press
2006 Richard Broome Aboriginal Victorians: a History Since 1800 Allen & Unwin
2005 Eileen Chanin and Steven Miller, with an introductory essay by Judith Pugh Degenerates and Perverts: The 1939 Herald Exhibition of French and British Contemporary Art Miegunyah Press at Melbourne University Publishing
2004 Stuart Macintyre and Anna Clark The History Wars Melbourne University Publishing
2003 James Bowen and Margarita Bowen The Great Barrier Reef: History, Science, Heritage Melbourne University Publishing
2002 Nadia Wheatley The Life and Myth of Charmian Clift HarperCollinsPublishers
2001 Tim Bonyhady The Colonial Earth Miegunyah Press at Melbourne University Publishing
2000 Peter Spearrit Sydney's Century: A History UNSW Press
1999 K. S. Inglis Sacred Places: War Memorials in the Australian Landscape Melbourne University Publishing
1998 Anne Whitehead Paradise Mislaid: In Search of the Australian Tribe of Paraguay University of Queensland Press
1997 Heather Goodall Invasion to Embassy: Land in Aboriginal Politics in NSW, 1770-1972 Allen & Unwin

The General History Prize

Year Author Title Publisher
2014 John Gascoigne Encountering the Pacific in the Age of Enlightenment Cambridge University Press[7]
2013 Saliha Belmessous Assimilation and Empire: Uniformity in the French and British Colonies, 1541-1954 Oxford University Press[8]
2012 Tim Bonyhady Good Living Street: The Fortunes of My Viennese Family Allen & Unwin[12]
2011 Shane White, Stephen Garton, Stephen Robertson and Graham White Playing the Numbers: Gambling in Harlem Between the Wars Harvard University Press[10]
2010 Lisa Ford Settler Sovereignty: Jurisdiction and Indigenous People in America and Australia, 1788-1836 Harvard University Press[11]
2009 Warwick Anderson The Collectors of Lost Souls: Turning Kuru Scientists into Whitemen Johns Hopkins University Press
2008 Michael A. McDonnell The Politics of War: Race, Class and Conflict in Revolutionary Virginia University of North Carolina Press
2007 Christopher Clark Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600-1947 Harvard University Press
2006 R J B Bosworth Mussolini’s Italy: Life Under the Dictatorship 1915-1945 Allen Lane/Penguin Books
2005 Sally Neighbour In the Shadow of Swords: on the trail of terrorism from Afghanistan to Australia Harper Collins Publishers
2004 Edward Duyker Citizen Labillardière: A Naturalist’s Life in Revolution and Exploration 1755–1834 The Miegunyah Press at Melbourne University Publishing
2003 David Garrioch The Making of Revolutionary Paris University of California Press
2002 Ruth Wajnryb The Silence: How Tragedy Shapes Talk Allen & Unwin
2001 Rowena Lennox Fighting Spirit of East Timor: The Life of Martinho da Costa Lopes Pluto Press Australia
2000 Anna Lanyon Malinche's Conquest Allen & Unwin
1999 Inga Clendinnen Reading the Holocaust The Text Publishing Company
1998 Marsden Hordern King of the Australian Coast: the Work of Phillip Parker King in the Mermaid and Bathurst 1817-1822 Melbourne University Press
1997 Patricia Jalland Death in the Victorian Family Oxford University Press

The Community and Regional History Prize

Year Author Title Publisher
2014 Ian Hoskins Coast: A History of the New South Wales Edge NewSouth[7]
2013 Patti Miller The Mind of a Thief Queensland University Press[8]
2012 Deborah Beck ''Set in Stone: A History of the Cell Block Theatre UNSW Press
2011 Stephen Gapps Cabrogal to Fairfield City: A History of a Multicultural Community Fairfield City Council[10]
2010 Pauline Curby Randwick Randwick Municipal Council[11]
2009 David Bollen Up on the Hill: A History of St Patrick's College UNSW Press
2008 Dianne Johnson Sacred Waters: the story of the Blue Mountains Gully Traditional Owners Halstead Press
2007 Regina Ganter Mixed Relations: Asian Aboriginal Contact in North Australia University of Western Australia Press
2006 Maria Nugent Botany Bay: Where Histories Meet Allen & Unwin
2005 Joe Hajdu Samurai in the Surf: the arrival of the Japanese on the Gold Coast in the 1980s Pandanus Books
2004 Patricia Crawford and Ian Crawford Contested Country: A History of the Northcliffe Area, Western Australia University of Western Australia Press
2003 Erik Eklund Steel Town: The Making and Breaking of Port Kembla Melbourne University Publishing
2002 John Bailey The White Divers of Broome: the true story of a fatal experiment Pan Macmillan Australia Pty Ltd, 2001
2001 Carolyn Wadley Dowley Through Silent Country Fremantle Arts Centre Press
2000 Sherry Morris Wagga Wagga: A History Bobby Graham Publishers for Wagga Wagga City Council
1999 Janet McCalman Sex and Suffering : Women's Health and a Women's Hospital : the Royal Women's Hospital, Melbourne, 1856 - 1996 Melbourne University Press, 1998)[13]
1998 Grace Karskens The Rocks: Life in Early Sydney Melbourne University Press
1997 Christopher Cunningham The Blue Mountains Rediscovered Kangaroo Press

The Young People's History Prize

(known as the Children's History Prize until 2002)
Year Author Title Publisher
2014 Nadia Wheatley, illustrated by Ken Searle Australians All Allen & Unwin[7]
2013 Jackie French Pennies for Hitler HarperCollins Publishers[8]
2012 Stephanie Owen Reeder Amazing Grace: An Adventure at Sea National Library of Australia
2011 Kirsty Murray India Dark Allen & Unwin
2010 Jackie French The Night They Stormed Eureka HarperCollins
2009 Anthony Hill Captain Cook's Apprentice Penguin
2008 Robert Lewis and Tim Gurry Australians in the Vietnam War Ryebuck Media
2007 John Nicholson Songlines and Stone Axes Allen & Unwin
2006 Pamela Freeman The Black Dress: Mary MacKillop’s Early Years Black Dog Books
2005 Allan Baillie My Story: Riding with Thunderbolt, the diary of Ben Cross, Northern NSW, 1865 Scholastic Press: an imprint of Scholastic Australia Pty Ltd
2004 David Hollinsworth They Took the Children Working Title Press in association with Scholastic Australia
2003 Alan Tucker My Story: The Bombing of Darwin, The Diary of Tom Taylor Scholastic Press, Scholastic Australia
2002 Papunya School Papunya School Book of Country and History Allen & Unwin
2001 No award
2000 Gael Jennings and Roland Harvey (illus.) Sick As: Bloody Moments in the History of Medicine Roland Harvey Books
1999 No award
1998 Bruce Scates and Raelene Frances Women and the Great War Cambridge University Press
1997 Jennifer Lawless, Kate Cameron and Carmel Young Unlocking the Past: Preliminary Studies in the Ancient World Nelson ITP

State Records - John and Patricia Ward History Prize

This prize was first awarded in 2002 to encourage the use of archives in the writing of history. The State Record established the prize in recognition of the contribution to history and archives of NSW by John and Patricia Ward.[14]

Year Author Title Publisher
2008 Christina Twomey Australia's Forgotten Prisoners: Civulians Interned by the Japanese in World War Two Cambridge University Press
2007 Klaus Neumann In the Interest of National Security: Civilian Internment in Australia National Archives of Australia
2006 Gwenda Tavan The Long, Slow Death of White Australia Scribe Publications Pty Ltd
2005 Tony Roberts Frontier Justice: a history of the Gulf Country to 1900 UQP
2004 Bain Attwood Rights for Aborigines Allen & Unwin
2003 David Kent and Norma Townsend The Convicts of the Eleanor: Protest in Rural England; New Lives in Australia The Merlin Press Ltd. [UK] and Pluto Press Australia
2002 Thom Blake A Dumping Ground: A History of the Cherbourg Settlement UQP

Multimedia History Prize

(known as The Audio/Visual History Prize until 2009)

Year Creator Title Publisher
2014 Michelle Arrow, Catherine Freyne and Timothy Nicastri Public Intimacies: The 1974 Royal Commission on Human Relationships ABC Radio National Hindsight[7]
2013 Scott Hill and Jacqui Newling The Cook and the Curator: Eat Your History Sydney Living Museums[8]
2012 Catherine Freyne and Phillip Ulman Tit for Tat: The Story of Sandra Wilson Hindsight, ABC Radio National
2011 Sonia Bible Recipe for Murder Stray Dog Pictures Pty Ltd for Jumping Dog Productions
2009 Rachel Landers and Dylan Bowen A Northern Town Pony Films
2008 Paul Rudd, Matthew Thomason, Wain Fimeri and Anthony Wright Captain Cook: Obsession and Discovery Film Australia, Cook Films, Ferns Productions, South Pacific Films, December Films, ABC
2007 John Hughes The Archive Project: The Realist Film Unit in Cold War Australia Early Works - ABC TV
2006 Rolf de Heer Ten Canoes Vertigo Productions/Adelaide Festival of Arts
2005 Trevor Graham Hula Girls (Electric Pictures Pty Ltd, 2005)
2004 Tom Murray in collaboration with the Dhuruputjpi and Yilpara communities Dhakiyarr vs the King Film Australia
2003 Marée Delofski The Trouble With Merle Film Australia in association with SeeView Pictures
2002 Anita Heiss and Terri McCormack Website: Barani (Yesterday) - Indigenous history of Sydney City of Sydney Web Team and History Program in conjunction with CyberDreaming, 2002
2001 Michael Cummins Thomson of Arnhem Land Film Australia in association with John Moore (director/producer), Martin Thiele (archival researcher) and Michael McMahon (producer)
2000 Martin Thomas This is Jimmy Barker ABC Radio Audio Arts
1999 Michelle Rayner Passes and Pathways ABC Radio National
1998 Trevor Graham (director & co-producer) Mabo: Life of an Island Man Film Australia
1997 Bill Bunbury Unfinished Business, episodes 1-6 Hindsight, ABC Radio

The Centenary of Federation Prize, 2001

The centenary award was created as a one-off presentation, the prize being sponsored by the NSW Centenary of Federation Committee. This award was for a "major work" relating to the Australian Federation period focussing on the political, social and cultural issues of Australia at that time.[15]


Author Title Publisher
Geoffrey Bolton Edmund Barton Allen & Unwin


Author Title Publisher
Peter Botsman The Great Constitutional Swindle: a citizen's view of the Australian Constitution Pluto Press, Australia
Helen Irving The Centenary Companion to Australian Federation Cambridge University Press

See also


  1. ^ "NSW Premier's History Awards". History Council NSW. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Awards". Arts NSW. Archived from the original on 2007-07-10. Retrieved 2007-07-17. 
  3. ^ "Past Winners of the NSW History Awards". NSW History Awards 2005. ISSN 1832-9896. 
  4. ^ "The NSW Premier’s Literary Awards & NSW Premier’s History Awards". Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  5. ^ New South Wales Premier's History Awards guidelines
  6. ^ State Records NSW
  7. ^ a b c d e f "Winners announced for 2014 NSW Premier's History Awards". State Library of NSW. Retrieved 8 September 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c d e "The NSW Premier’s History Awards". State Library of New South Wales. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "2012 NSW Premier's History Awards: Winners". State Library of New South Wales. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  10. ^ a b c Souris, George. "2011 Premier’s History Award Winners - Media Release". New South Wales Government. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  11. ^ a b c "The New South Wales Premier’s History Awards - 2010 Winners". Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  12. ^ "2012 NSW Premier's History Awards: Winners". State Library of NSW. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  13. ^ "NSW Premiers History Awards - Long message". ASA Council. Archived from the original on 2007-09-14. Retrieved 2007-07-18. 
  14. ^ "Media releases State Records John and Patricia Ward History Prize". NSW Government, Department of Commerce, State Records Authority for NSW. Archived from the original on 2007-08-29. Retrieved 2007-07-17. 
  15. ^ "NSW Premier’s History Awards 2001". NSW Ministry for the Arts. Archived from the original on 2007-08-30. Retrieved 2007-07-18. 

External links

  • Arts NSW
  • 2001 NSW Premier's History Awards Arts NSW, (Retrieved 18 July 2007)
  • 2003 Fellowships, Scholarships and Awards Arts NSW, (Retrieved 18 July 2007)
  • 2004 Fellowships, Scholarships and Awards Arts NSW, (Retrieved 18 July 2007)
  • 2006 NSW Premier’s History Awards & Fellowships Arts NSW, (Retrieved 17 July 2007)
  • "Past Winners of the NSW History Awards". NSW History Awards 2005. ISSN 1832-9896. 
  • 2012 NSW Premier's History Awards State Library of New South Wales, (Retrieved 5 December 2012)