Winners at the 2015 NSW Premier's History Awards

Winners of the 2015 NSW Premier's History Awards have been announced as part of the official launch of NSW History Week. We were delighted to learn that The Lost Legions of Fromelles by Peter Barton has been named joint winner of the Australian First World War History Prize, while The Luck of the Irish by Babette Smith won the NSW Community and Regional History Prize.

Eight judges considered 180 entries across the six prize categories. NSW Premier Mike Baird, said: “These awards celebrate the great achievements of our historians who provide compelling insights into our past and keep our nation’s historical legacy alive,”

“I’d like to congratulate all of this year’s winners who have spent time researching and analysing past events to allow the stories of our nation to be retold for generations to come.”

Read judges' comments and find out more here.

The Lost Legions of Fromelles

by Peter Barton

Controversial and groundbreaking, this is the most authoritative book ever written on the battle of Fromelles - the worst day in Australia's entire military history.

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The Luck of the Irish

by Babette Smith

The author of the bestselling Cargo of Women and Australia's Birthstain tracks the lives of Irish convicts who arrived in Australia the mid-1800s, uncovering a long-lasting influence of the Irish convicts on our national character.

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