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Dick and Joan Green Family Award for Tasmanian History
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History

This award is bestowed by the Green Family with the University of Tasmania’s support. The prize recognises an author of a high- quality published work that significantly contributes to the knowledge and understanding of Tasmania’s history and cultural heritage, offered in honour of Dick and Joan Green – who were key drivers in the establishment of the National Trust in Tasmania and strong supporters of the arts and many community organisations. (Source : Melbourne University Press website)

Winners

2018 inaugural winner y separately published work icon Into the Heart of Tasmania : A Search for Human Antiquity Rebe Taylor , Melbourne : Melbourne University Press , 2017 10715274 2017 single work biography

'In 1908 English gentleman, Ernest Westlake, packed a tent, a bicycle and forty tins of food and sailed to Tasmania. On mountains, beaches and in sheep paddocks he collected over 13,000 Aboriginal stone tools. Westlake believed he had found the remnants of an extinct race whose culture was akin to the most ancient Stone Age Europeans. But in the remotest corners of the island Westlake encountered living Indigenous communities. Into the Heart of Tasmania tells a story of discovery and realisation. One man's ambition to rewrite the history of human culture inspires an exploration of the controversy stirred by Tasmanian Aboriginal history. It brings to life how Australian and British national identities have been fashioned by shame and triumph over the supposed destruction of an entire race. To reveal the beating heart of Aboriginal Tasmania is to be confronted with a history that has never ended.' (Publication summary)

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