Connors awarded Magarey Medal 2016
Libby Connors was awarded the biennial Magarey Medal for Biography for Warrior: A Legendary Leader’s Dramatic Life and Violent Death on the Colonial Frontier (A&U) at the 2016 Australian Historical Association (AHA) awards.
The Magarey Medal is open to women who have published a biography on an Australian subject within the past two years. Connors was chosen from a shortlist of four that also included One Life: My Mother’s Story (Kate Grenville, Text), Thea Astley: Inventing Her Own Weather (Karen Lamb, UQP) and Mannix (Brenda Niall, Text).
The medal was first awarded in 2004, with the $10,000 prize since indexed to inflation each year it’s presented.
The $2,000 Kay Daniels Award, which recognises ‘outstanding original research that focuses on Australian convict history and heritage’, was awarded to Sue Castrique for Under the Colony’s Eye: Gentlemen and Convicts on Cockatoo Island 1839-1869 (Anchor Books); and the $1,500 W K Hancock prize, which recognises an Australian scholar who has published a first book in any field of history, was awarded to The Company and The Shogun: The Dutch Encounter with Tokugawa Japan (Adam Clulow, Columbia University Press).
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