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A. A. Phillips Prize for Australian Studies (1986-1995)
Subcategory of Victorian Premier's Literary Awards
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  • Award discontinued after 1995.

Latest Winners / Recipients

Year: 1994

winner y separately published work icon The Ern Malley Affair Michael Heyward , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1993 Z467308 1993 single work criticism

Year: 1993

winner y separately published work icon Robert Menzies' Forgotten People Judith Brett , Chippendale : Pan Macmillan Australia , 1992 Z1414032 1992 single work biography

'In 1941, RG Menzies delivered to war-time Australia what was to be his richest, most creative speech, and one of his most influential. 'The Forgotten People' was a direct address to the Australian middle class, the "people" who would return him to power in 1949 and keep him there until his retirement in 1966.

'Who were these "forgotten people"? The middle class pitting their values of hard work and independence against the collectivist ethos of labour? Women, shunning the class-based politics of men? The parents of Menzies' childhood in the small country town of Jeparit? Australians struggling to maintain a derivative culture at the edges of the British Empire? Or all of them, in a richly over-determined image that takes us to the heart of Menzies' mid-life political transformation?

'Judith Brett deftly traces the links between the private and public meanings of Menzies' political language to produce compelling insights into the man and the culture he represented.' (Publisher's blurb)

Year: 1992

Year: 1991

winner y separately published work icon Heralds and Angels : The House of Fairfax 1841-1990 Gavin Souter , Carlton : Melbourne University Press , 1991 Z1386182 1991 single work biography

Year: 1990

winner y separately published work icon Mariners are Warned! : John Lort Stokes and H.M.S. Beagle in Australia 1837-1843 Marsden C. Hordern , Carlton : Melbourne University Press Miegunyah Press , 1989 Z1065913 1989 single work biography