Prize-winning histories 2022

I notice that a few book bloggers have done us a great service by compiling a list of the books that won various literary awards during the year. Doing the same for histories is a little more complex because some awards are for historians rather than histories (e.g. the History Council of South Australia, History Council of Western Australia), while others include histories alongside biographies as part of non-fiction generally. Some awards are for essays, articles, chapters and historical interpretations, with less emphasis on published books. However, here is what I have found for published full-length history books during 2022 (and I know I have probably missed some) :

Ernest Scott Prize – the most distinguished contribution to the history of Australia or New Zealand or to the history of colonisation published in the previous year. Administered through University of Melbourne

Dr. Lucy Mackintosh Shifting Grounds: Deep Histories of Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland

Emeritus Professor Janet McCalman for Vandemonians: The Repressed History of Colonial Victorians

W.K.Hancock Prize -for first book, awarded biennially

Jason Gibson, Ceremony Men: Making Ethnography and the Return of the Strehlow Collection (exorbitantly expensive! Go for the e-book)

Chief Minister’s Northern Territory History Book Award – most significant historical book about the Northern Territory (NT) published in the last 12 months.

Mark McKenna Return to Uluru (my review here)

NSW Premiers History Awards

Australian History Prize: Alexis Bergantz French Connection: Australia’s Cosmopolitan Ambitions

General History Prize (International) Mina Roces The Filipino Migration Experience: Global Agents of Change

Young People’s History Award Aunty Shaa Smith, Neeyan Smith, Uncle Bud Marshall with Yandaarra including Sarah Wright, Lara Daley and Paul Hodge The Dunggiirr Brothers and the Caring Song of the Whale

Kay Daniels Award – biennial award recognising outstanding original research with a bearing on Australian convict history and heritage including in its international context.

Bill Bell, Crusoe’s Books: Readers in the Empire of Print 1800-1918

Prime Ministers Literary Awards

Australian History Christine Helliwell Semut: The Untold Story of a Secret Australian Operation in WWII Borneo

Non-Fiction Mark Willacy Rogue Forces: An Explosive Insiders’ Account of Australian SAS War Crimes in Afghanistan

Queensland Premiers Literary Awards

Queensland Premiers Award for a Work of State Significance Quentin Beresford Wounded Country: The Murray-Darling Basin a Contested History

University of Queensland Non Fiction Award Claire G. Coleman Lies, Damned Lies: A Personal Exploration of the Impact of Colonisation   

The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award Chelsea Watego Another Day in the Colony 

Victorian Community History Awards

Winner Janet McCalman Vandemonians: The Repressed History of Colonial Victoria

Judges’ Special Prize David Rowe About Corayo: A Thematic History of Greater Geelong

History Publication Award Barbara Minchinton The Women of Little Lon (my review here)

Community Diversity Award Alexandra Dellios Heritage Making and Migrant Subjects in the Deindustrialising Region of the Latrobe Valley

2 responses to “Prize-winning histories 2022

  1. I’ve read Vandemonians, and it really is very good, a fine accompaniment to James Boyce’s 1835. I think they’re both essential reading for Victorians wanting to know their own history.

  2. artandarchitecturemainly

    I would love to read French Connection because of the content, of course , but also because the cover is so clever.

    Have a great 2023!

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