Congratulations to ANU Australian Centre for Indigenous History's Director and esteemed Gender Institute member, Professor Ann McGrath, recipient of the 2016 NSW Premier’s History Award in the General History Prize category for her book Illicit Love: Interracial sex and marriage in the United States and Australia.
The prize is awarded annually to celebrate major work of non-fiction published on international history that is of national or international significance.
Moving narratives of forbidden romance and personal tragedy emerging from the North Queensland and Cherokee history, Illicit Love was described by the judges as showcasing 'the best of innovative trends in transnational history writing'.
"In a voice at once intimate and authoritative, McGrath shows how ideas of gender and race were fundamental to the formation of the new societies of the USA and Australia. The work demonstrates both narrative flair and critical reflection, brilliantly revealing how interracial relationships acted as a microcosm of broader tensions at the same time as they held out the promise of reconciliation between indigenous and settler peoples in both societies."
The Gender Institute also wished to congratulate one of its core members, Associate Professor Frank Bongiono, who was one of the three historians shortlisted in the 2016 Australian History Prize category for his book The Eighties: The Decade That Transformed Australia.
Ann and Frank are also shortlisted for the prestigious Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) Australia Prize as well as for the ACT Book of the Year. We wish them both the best of luck.