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The New South Wales Premier's History Prize is administered by the State Library of NSW, in association with Create NSW. The awards were first presented in 1997 to honour distinguished achievement in history by Australian citizens and permanent residents. The awards assist in establishing values and standards in historical research and publication and encourage everyone to appreciate and learn from the work of our historians.


  • The name of this award changed to New South Wales History Prize as of 2006.

Latest Winners / Recipients (also see subcategories)v1155

Year: 2019

winner (Australian History Prize) y separately published work icon The Bible in Australia : A Cultural History Meredith Lake , Sydney : NewSouth Publishing , 2018 13958032 2018 multi chapter work criticism

'The revelatory story of the Bible in Australia, from the convict era to the Mabo land rights campaign, Nick Cave, the Bra Boys, and beyond. Thought to be everything from the word of God to a resented imposition, the Bible has been debated, painted, rejected, translated, read, gossiped about, preached, and tattooed.

'At a time when public discussion of religion is deeply polarised, Meredith Lake reveals the Bible’s dynamic influence in Australia and offers an innovative new perspective on Christianity and its changing role in our society. In the hands of writers, artists, wowsers, Bible-bashers, immigrants, suffragists, evangelists, unionists, Indigenous activists, and many more – the Bible has played a defining and contested role in Australia.

'A must-read for sceptics, the curious, the lapsed, the devout, the believer, and non-believer. ' (Publication summary)

Year: 2002

winner (Australian History) y separately published work icon The Life and Myth of Charmian Clift Nadia Wheatley , Pymble : HarperCollins Australia , 2001 Z821990 2001 single work biography A comprehensive biography of Charmian Clift's life and work. The biographer, Nadia Wheatley, spent over two decades in research for this Life, while continuing to write her own important body of work. Nadia Wheatley's examination of Clift's literary works in print and in manuscript is enlightening.
winner (Young People's History) y separately published work icon Papunya School Book of Country and History Papunya School Publishing Committee , Nadia Wheatley , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2001 Z918321 2001 single work information book children's 'Tells the story of how Anangu from five different language groups came to live together at Papunya. From the time of the first contacts with explorers, missionaries and pastoralists, through to the Papunya art movement and the Warumpi Band, this multi-layered text finally leads us to the development of the unique educational environment that is Papunya School.' Source: Libraries Australia (Sighted 14/09/2009).

Year: 2001

winner (Young People's History) y separately published work icon Sick As : Bloody Moments in the History of Medicine Gael Jennings , Port Melbourne : Roland Harvey Books , 2000 Z821201 2000 single work information book children's humour

Works About this Award

Undercover Susan Wyndham , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 3-4 March 2012; (p. 31)

A column canvassing current literary news including a report on the review, commissioned by Premier Barry O'Farrell, of the New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards and the New South Wales Premier's History Prize. Neither award will be presented in 2012 during the Sydney Writers' Week, as has been the practice in recent years. The review was completed in November 2011, but had not been released by March 2012.

Wyndham also notes Andrew Bifield's win the written-word category of the Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards.

Success Bittersweet for Student Authors James Hall , 2002 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 5-6 October 2002; (p. 8)