The Gender Institute congratulates one of our members, Professor Ann McGrath, who has been awarded one of Queensland's most prestigious awards for her book on the hidden history of interracial relationships between Indigenous people and settlers. The John Douglas Kerr medal for Distinction in Research and Writing Australia History is awarded each year by the Royal Historical Society of Queensland and recognises a recipient's demonstrated excellence in historical research in Queensland or Australian history in general. The award was presented to Professor McGrath by His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland and Patron, RHSQ at the RHSQ’s annual Queensland Day Dinner on Monday 6 June 2016.
Professor McGrath, who is the Director of the Australian Centre for Indigenous History, received the medal for her career achievement, and her book titled Illicit Love: Interracial Marriage in the USA and Australia, which is a history of love, sex and marriage between Indigenous peoples and settlers from the two nations during the 19th and 20th centuries. It draws on many letters couples sent each other, which contain vivid descriptions of courtships and child-raising.