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Historical and Critical Studies (1987-1999)
Subcategory of Western Australian Premier's Book Awards
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Later incorporated into the Non-fiction award, and partially revived with the WA history award.

Latest Winners / Recipients

Year: 1996

winner y separately published work icon Jandamarra and the Bunuba Resistance Banjo Worrumarra , Howard Pedersen , Broome : Magabala Books , 1995 Z1367773 1995 single work biography 'The thrilling story of the great warrior, Jandamarra, who turned from police assistant to resistance fighter, leading his people against the white forces invading their land.' Source: (Sighted 13/05/2011).

Year: 1994

winner y separately published work icon The Encyclopaedia of Aboriginal Australia : Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History, Society and Culture The Encyclopaedia of Aboriginal Australia David Horton (editor), Canberra : Aboriginal Studies Press , 1994 Z96898 1994 anthology prose criticism

The Encyclopaedia of Aboriginal Australia contains 2000 entries and 1000 photographs, it covers all aspects of Indigenous Australians' lives including history, art, language, sport, education, archaeology, literature, land ownership, social organisation, health, music, law, technology, media, economy, politics, food and religion. (Source: AIATSIS website)

Year: 1993

winner y separately published work icon Central Mischief : Elizabeth Jolley on Writing, Her Past and Herself Elizabeth Jolley , Caroline Lurie (editor), Ringwood : Viking , 1992 Z314003 1992 selected work prose

Year: 1992

winner y separately published work icon Spirit in Exile : Peter Porter and His Poetry Bruce Bennett , Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1991 Z152404 1991 selected work criticism biography

Year: 1991

joint winner y separately published work icon Wild Card : An Autobiography, 1923-1958 Dorothy Hewett , Ringwood : McPhee Gribble , 1990 Z453485 1990 single work autobiography 'In this acclaimed autobiography, Dorothy Hewett, renowned playwright and novelist, traces the personal and political metamorphoses of her first thirty-five years. A woman who challenged sexual and political conventions, she combines in Wild Card the passions of her life with her power as a writer, creating a classic of people, place and history.After university, several failed love affairs, an attempted suicide and a major poetry prize, Dorothy Hewett joined the Australian Communist Party in 1945. Four years later she left her first husband and moved to Sydney's Redfern with her lover, a boilermaker. Hers has been a life of extremes: the pleasures and purgatories of a woman who tackled everything placed in her path with a searing honesty, energy and intellect.' (Publication summary)
joint winner y separately published work icon Writing from the Fringe : A Study of Modern Aboriginal Literature Mudrooroo , Melbourne : Hyland House , 1990 Z818610 1990 single work criticism (taught in 2 units)