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Winners announced for 2014 NSW Premier’s History Awards

The winners of the NSW Premier’s History Awards have been announced as part of the official launch of NSW History Week.

The awards, which total $75,000 in prize money, incorporated an Australian Military History Prize in 2014 to commemorate the centenary of World War I, in addition to the existing five categories.

The special military history prize acknowledged ‘the work of historians in interpreting and understanding our nation’s involvement in the First World War’. A commemorative medal was awarded to First Victory (Mike Carlton, William Heinemann) by the NSW Minister for Citizenship and Communities, Aboriginal Affairs and Veterans Affairs Victor Dominello.

Winners in the other categories (each worth $15,000) were:

Australian History Prize

Broken Nation: Australians in the Great War (Joan Beaumont, A&U)

General History Prize

Encountering the Pacific in the Age of Enlightenment (John Gascoigne, CUP)

NSW Community and Regional History Prize

Coast: A History of the New South Wales Edge (Ian Hoskins, NewSouth)

Young People’s History Prize

Australians All (Nadia Wheatley, A&U)

Multimedia History Prize

Public Intimacies: The 1974 Royal Commission on Human Relationships (Michelle Arrow, Catherine Freyne and Timothy Nicastri, ABC Radio National Hindsight).

NSW Minister for the Arts Troy Grant MP said he was ‘delighted to see the State Library of NSW and the History Council of NSW working together to promote history; it is relationships such as these that contribute to a strong and resilient arts and cultural sector’.



Category: Local news