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The Litchfield Award for Literature is now a part of the Northern Territory Literary Awards administered by Northern Territory Library.

Latest Winners / Recipients

Year: 2000

winner y separately published work icon Lungfish Stephen Gray , Darwin : Northern Territory University Press , 1999 Z669161 1999 single work novel

Year: 1996

winner y separately published work icon Islands in Lakes, Lakes in Islands Sarah St Vincent Welch , 1996 (Manuscript version)x400929 Z527466 1996 single work novel

Year: 1993

winner y separately published work icon A Straight-Out Man : F. W. Albrecht and Central Australian Aborigines Barbara Henson , Carlton : Melbourne University Press , 1992 Z201627 1992 single work biography

'Central Australia and its oldest mission, Hermannsburg, have long been a potent arena for the encounter between Australia's indigenous people and the European newcomers. The life of Hermannsburg's longest serving superintendent, F. W. Albrecht, vividly details much of that encounter, beginning in the 1920s when Aborigines were thought to be a dying race, with governments and public largely indifferent to their fate.

'Described by some as Australia's greatest missionary, Albrecht battled to gain secure reserves on traditional lands, and to foster Aboriginal education, employment and leadership. Prominent figures crossed his path: Flynn of the Inland,T. G. H. Strehlow—and Albert Namatjira, in whose life and painting Albrecht played a key role.

'Aboriginal recollections punctuate the story, providing a rare glimpse into Aboriginal thoughts and feelings for Albrecht himself and the events surrounding them. And at the centre is a man of great personal commitment, struggling with the painful unlearning of his own cultural certainties. This is subtle and compelling storytelling.' (Publication summary)

Year: 1990

winner y separately published work icon Rain at Gunn Point : Poems of Tony Scanlon Tony Scanlon , Armidale : Kardoorair Press , 1990 Z466819 1990 selected work poetry

Year: 1989

joint winner y separately published work icon The Initiate Justin D'Ath , Sydney : Collins , 1989 Z346619 1989 single work novel
joint winner y separately published work icon No Man's Land : Women of the Northern Territory Barbara James , Sydney : Collins , 1989 Z1118784 1989 single work biography

Works About this Award

A Lifetime's Fight for Civil Rights Rosemary Desmond , 1993 single work obituary (for Oodgeroo Noonuccal )
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 17 September 1993; (p. 4) The West Australian , 17 September 1993; (p. 30)
For Oodgeroo, the Dawn is at Hand 1993 single work obituary (for Oodgeroo Noonuccal )
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 17 September 1993; (p. 19)
The 'Fringe Dweller' Who Won World Literary Acclaim 1993 single work obituary (for Oodgeroo Noonuccal )
— Appears in: The Age , 17 September 1993; (p. 11)
Non-Fiction Reviews Outnumber Fiction Robert Hefner , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 19 May 1991; (p. 23)
Territory Sees a Grand Old Lady's Literary Dream Come True Owen McKenna , 1990 single work biography
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 2-3 June 1990; (p. 5)