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The Premier of NSW, the Hon Mike Baird MP today announced the shortlist for the 2016 NSW Premier’s History Awards. The History Council of NSW would like to congratulate all those shortlisted including our President, Dr Tanya Evans, whose book Fractured Families: Life on the Margins in Colonial New South Wales has been shortlisted for the 2016 New South Wales Community and Regional History Prize.

Seven judges considered 172 entries across the five prize categories. The Premier commented that ‘these Awards celebrate the achievements of our historians and recognise and promote excellence in historical research, writing and presentation…The shortlisted works share insights into our past and contribute to a deeper understanding of the present.’

Senior judge Professor Chris Hilliard said ‘the wealth of entries for the NSW Premier’s History Awards this year testify to the vitality of history in Australia. The sheer range as well as the quality is impressive. The judges read books that brought NSW local history to life, and they read histories with a global canvas. Familiar stories were told from new perspectives, and imaginative researchers turned up fascinating new discoveries.’

Visit the State Library of NSW’s website for the full shortlist. 

The winners will be presented with their awards at the launch of History Week 2016. Make sure not to miss this wonderful cocktail reception and ceremony at the State Library’s historic Mitchell building.