Every two years, the museum, in association with the Australian Association for Maritime History (AAMH), jointly sponsors two maritime history prizes totalling $5,000.
Anyone – writers, publishers or readers – can nominate a work for these awards. Nominations close on 30 April 2015.
The 2015 Frank Broeze Memorial Maritime History Prize of $4,000 will be awarded for a book treating any aspect of maritime history relating to or affecting Australia, written or co-authored by an Australian citizen or permanent resident, and published between 1 January 2013 and 31 December 2014. The book should be published in Australia in print or as an e-book, although titles written by Australian authors but published overseas may be considered at the discretion of the judges. The prize is open to Australian authors or co-authors of a book-length monograph or compilation of their own works. Edited collections of essays by multiple contributors are not eligible.
The Australian Community Maritime History Prize of $1000 will be awarded to a regional or local museum or historical society for a publication (book, booklet, educational resource kit, CD, DVD or other media) relating to an aspect of maritime history of that region or community, and published between 1 January 2013 and 31 December 2014.
Both prizes reflect the wish of the two sponsoring organisations to promote a broad view of maritime history that demonstrates how the sea and maritime influences have been more central to the shaping of Australia, its people and its culture than has commonly been believed.
The major prize is named in honour of the late Professor Frank Broeze (1945–2001) of the University of Western Australia, who has been called the pre-eminent maritime historian of his generation. Professor Broeze was a founding member of the Australian Association for Maritime History, inaugural editor of its scholarly journal The Great Circle, and introduced Australia’s first university course on maritime history. He was the author of many works on Australian maritime history, including the landmark Island Nation (1997), helping to redefine the field in broader terms than ships, sailors and sea power. He reached into economic, business, social and urban histories to make maritime history truly multidisciplinary.
This will be the eighth joint prize for a maritime history book awarded by the two organisations. The first was won by Marsden Hordern for Mariners are Warned (Melbourne University Press, 1989), a study of the explorer of Australian coasts John Lort Stokes.
Winner of the 2013 Maritime History Book Prize was John Ogden for his two-volume work Saltwater People (Cyclops Press, Sydney, 2012).
The 2013 Australian Community Maritime History Prize was awarded to Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, for Sea of Dreams: The lure of Port Phillip Bay 1830–1914 (2011).
Other previous winners can be found here.
For details on how to nominate a work, head to the website.
Janine Flew, Publications officer