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NSW Premier’s History Awards 2016 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2016 New South Wales Premier’s History Awards have been announced.

The shortlisted titles in each category are:

Australian History Prize ($15,000)

  • The Eighties: The Decade that Transformed Australia (Frank Bongiorno, Black Inc.)
  • Just Relations: The Story of Mary Bennett’s Crusade for Aboriginal Rights (Alison Holland, UWA Publishing)
  • Australia’s Boldest Experiment: War and Reconstruction in the 1940s (Stuart Macintyre, NewSouth Publishing)

General History Prize ($15,000)

  • Holy Legionary Youth: Fascist Activism in Interwar Romania (Roland Clark, Cornell University Press)
  • Illicit Love: Interracial Sex and Marriage in the United States and Australia (Ann McGrath, University of Nebraska Press)
  • Prince of Darkness: The Untold Story of Jeremiah G Hamilton, Wall Street’s First Black Millionaire (Shane White, St Martin’s Press)

NSW Community and Regional History Prize ($15,000)

  • Fractured Families: Life on the Margins in Colonial New South Wales (Tanya Evans, NewSouth Publishing)
  • Lord Wolseley Hotel A Social History of a Very Small Pub (Shirley Fitzgerald, Lord Wolseley Hotel)
  • Unnamed Desires: A Sydney Lesbian History (Rebecca Jennings, Monash University Publishing)

Young People’s History Prize ($15,000)

  • Cyclone (Jackie French, illus. by Bruce Whatley, Scholastic)
  • Freedom Ride (Sue Lawson, Black Dog Books)
  • One Thousand Hills (James Roy & Noël Zihabamwe, Omnibus)

Multimedia History Prize ($15,000)

  • The Waler: Australia’s Great War Horse (Marian Bartsch, Mago Films)
  • The Crater (David Bradbury, Spirited Films)
  • Afghanistan: Inside Australia’s War (Victoria Midwinter Pitt & Alan Erson, Essential Media & Entertainment)

Judges considered 172 entries across the five categories. To be eligible for the awards, books must have been first published between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2016.

The winners will be announced at the State Library of NSW on 2 September to mark the beginning of NSW History Week.

For more information about the awards, visit the State Library of NSW website here.


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