The NSW Premier’s History Awards

On Monday 11 August, The Premier of NSW, the Honourable Mike Baird MP announced the shortlist for the 2014 NSW Premier’s History Awards.

Eight judges considered almost 150 entries across the five prize categories.

The Premier commented: “This year’s World War One commemorations are a time to reflect upon our nation’s involvement in the war and a reminder of the importance of the work of historians in marking and understanding our nation’s past.”

This year, the Australian Military History Prize has been introduced to commemorate the centenary of World War One. The winner will be chosen from a major published work submitted for the Australian History Prize.

Senior judge and President of the NSW History Council, Professor Richard Waterhouse, said: “The quality of the books submitted was extremely high and the judges faced a formidable task in determining the shortlist. The shortlisted books will all, in their own different ways, make significant and long lasting contributions to our understandings about the past. These books provide clear evidence that Australian historians are producing history that matches the very best international standards.”

The winners of the 2014 Awards will be announced as part of the launch of NSW History Week at a presentation and cocktail reception held at the State Library of NSW on Friday 5 September 2014.
For more details and to book tickets, click here.  
View the media release here.

2014 Shortlist

Click on the category title for more information and judges' reports.

Australian History Prize

• Broken Nation: Australians in the Great War, Joan Beaumont (Allen & Unwin)
• The Aboriginal Story of Burke and Wills: Forgotten Narratives, edited by Ian Clark and Fred Cahir (CSIRO Publishing)
• The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, Clare Wright (Text Publishing)

General History Prize

• Encountering the Pacific in the Age of Enlightenment, John Gascoigne (Cambridge University Press)
• Antipodean America: Australasia and the Constitution of U.S. Literature, Paul Giles (Oxford University Press)
• Lamaze: An International History, Paula Michaels (Oxford University Press)

NSW Community and Regional History Prize

• The Wallpapered Manse: The Rescue of an Endangered House, Peter Freeman (The Watermark Press)
• Coast: A History of the New South Wales Edge, Ian Hoskins (NewSouth)
• Sydney Mechanic School of Arts: A History, Garry Wotherspoon (Sydney Mechanic School of Arts)

Young People’s History Prize:

• The Road to Gundagai, Jackie French (HarperCollins Publishers)
• Yoko’s Diary, Edited by Paul Ham, Translated by Debbie Edwards (HarperCollins Publishers)
• Australians All, Nadia Wheatley, illustrated by Ken Searle (Allen & Unwin)

Multimedia History Prize:

• Public Intimacies: The 1974 Royal Commission on Human Relationships, Michelle Arrow, Catherine Freyne and Timothy Nicastri (ABC Radio National Hindsight)
• Persons of Interest – Gary Foley (Ep 3), Haydn Keenan (Smart Street Films)
• The Reef (www.the-reef.com.au), Iain McCalman (Penguin Group Australia/Spring in Alaska)


2014 NSW Premier's History Awards

Nominations closed on Friday 2 May 2014.

A total of $75,000 in prize money will be presented to the winners at an awards ceremony on Friday 5 September 2014.

This year, in addition to existing 5 categories, the Australian Military History Prize has been introduced to commemorate the centenary of World War One. The winner will be chosen from a major published work submitted for the Australian History Prize. No additional entry fee is required for this award.
This special prize acknowledges the work of historians in interpreting and understanding our nation’s involvement in the First World War.

Nominations are being sought for the following prizes:

All works nominated for the 2014 NSW Premier’s History Awards must be first published, produced or made publicly available between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2014.

Nominations may be made by authors or by their authorised representative: agent, publisher, film distributor, production or broadcasting company or corporation.

There will be an extended nomination period to allow for the Easter holidays and ANZAC day with the deadline for entries on Friday 2 May 2014.

NOMINATION CHECKLIST

1. Guidelines – Click here to read the 2014 NSW Premier’s History Awards guidelines, including the Privacy Notice

2. Form – Click here to complete the online application form by 5pm, Friday 2 May 2014

3. Entry fees - Entry fees may be paid via credit card (Visa, Mastercard or Amex) as part of the online nomination process. Alternatively, payment may be made cheque or money order, made payable to the State Library of NSW (ABN: 19 665 924 697), and included with your nomination to the address below. Please do not send cheques or Money Orders to the State Library’s Finance Department.

4. Deliery – Send nominations, by Friday 2 May 2014, to the address below.
Each nomination must include:

Postal address 
2014 NSW Premier’s History Awards
State Library of NSW
Loading dock, Hospital Road
Sydney NSW 2000

Courier address/ Hand delivery
2014 NSW Premier’s History Awards
State Library of NSW
Macquarie Street 
Sydney NSW 2000  

 

About the NSW Premier's History Awards

The NSW Premier's History Awards were first presented in 1997 to honour distinguished achievement in history by Australian citizens and permanent residents. The awards assist in establishing values and standards in historical research and publication and encourage everyone to appreciate and learn from the work of our historians.

Past winners have included KS Inglis, Patricia Jalland, Inga Clendinnen, Bruce Scates and Raelene Frances, Trevor Graham, Christopher Clark, Nadia Wheatley and Grace Karskens.

These Awards are presented by the NSW Government and managed by the State Library of NSW in association with Arts NSW. We are pleased to acknowledge the support of the History Council of NSW


2013 NSW Premier's History Awards

The winners of the 2013 NSW Premier's HistoryAwards were announced  at the State Library of NSW on the evening of Thursday 12 September 2013.

View the winners and shortlists


2012 nsw premier's history awards

The winners of the 2012 NSW Premier's History Awards were announced on 30 November 2012 at the State Library, with $75,000 in prize money offered across 5 different categories.

View the full list of winners

View the shortlists

2012 Judges 

 

Enquiries

Enquiries about submitting a nomination can made via email: awards.library@sl.nsw.gov.au

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