Following are the details of the nominated entries and authors/creators for the 2017 Margaret Medcalf Award:
A culture for all: servant class behaviour at the Swan River in the context of the British Empire, by Shane Burke. Journal article in ‘Studies in Western Australian History’, volume 31, published by the Centre for Western Australian History at UWA.
The road to Toodyay: a history of the early settlement of Toodyay and the Avon Valley of Western Australia. Book by Alison Cromb and published by the author.
From Wales to Gwalia: a Swansea editor and his Australian goldmine. Book by Alwyn Evans, published by Hesperian Press.
Turning men into stone: a social and medical history of silicosis in Western Australia 1890-1970. Book by Criena Fitzgerald, published by Hesperian Press.
The spaces between us: interdisciplinary research into colonial Western Australian infanticide. Research project, visual/sound art exhibition and catalogue, produced by Amanda Gardiner, Edith Cowan University.
Harsh oil: finding petroleum in early twentieth century Western Australia. Article by Francesco Gerali and Jenny Gregory in ‘History of Geoscience’ and published by the Geological Society London, U.K.
A digitalised collection of Western Australia indigenous men and women from records 1826 onwards: an estimated 11,580 names. Database compiled by Neville Green and Susan Aguiar.
The search for Kenneth Brown Esq (1837-76). Journal article by Aidan Kelly in 'Early Days', volume 14, number 4. Published by the Royal Western Australian Historical Society.
The most fearless and gallant soldier I have ever seen: the story of Martin O’Meara, Australia’s only Irish-born Victoria Cross recipient of the First World War. Book by Ian Loftus, published by the author.
Cash, Convicts and Catholicism: Catholic Ministry to Convicts & Church-State Relations in Colonial Western Australia. Article by Odhran O’Brien, published in New Norcia Studies, No. 23, by the Archives, Research and Publications Committee, Benedictine Community of New Norcia.
The 2017 Margaret Medcalf Award will be presented by the Hon. David Templeman MLA, Minister for Local Government; Heritage; Culture and the Arts at 10am on 28 June 2017