Shortlist for the 2023 Margaret Medcalf Award

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Shortlist is announced for the 2023 Margaret Medcalf Award which recognises excellence in research and the use of State Archives
Last updated: 10 August 2023
Geraldton Public Buildings (proposed) 1897

The Award honours Miss Margaret Medcalf OAM, Western Australia’s second State Archivist, for her important contribution to the development of archives in Western Australia.

The State Records Office is pleased to announce that the following publications have been shortlisted for the 2023 Award:

  • The Politics of Eternity: Public History and Monuments to Memory in Kings Park, 1902-1934 by Anthony Critchley. Thesis submitted for the Master of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame, Western Australia
  • The Lives and Legacies of a Carceral Island: a Biographical History of Wadjemup/Rottnest Island by Ann Curthoys, Shino Konishi and Alexandra Ludewig - published by Routledge (Taylor & Francis)
  • Finding Marjorie King: a daughter’s journey to discover her Mother’s identity by Jennifer Durrant and Cheryl Rogers - published through Big Sky Publishing.
  • The Round House 1831 to 1856: The early years of Western Australia’s oldest building – and how it survived by Steve Errington. Published by Hesperian Press.
  • A woman of 'violent and excitable temperament': Joint trials, gender and three cases of murder. Article by Caroline Ingram in ‘Law & History’: Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Law and History Society
  • Petticoat Pioneers: 19th Century Women of Irwin - authored and published by Anne Jefferys.
  • Purpose Built: the Making of Caves Road - authored and published by Gillian Lilleyman
  • This Fearful Plague: Bubonic Plague in Western Australia 1900 to 1906 by Michelle McKeough. Published by Hesperian Press.
  • Missionary Women, Leprosy and Indigenous Australians, 1936–1986 by Charmaine Robson - published by Palgrave Macmillan 

The winner will be announced at an Awards ceremony in November 2023.

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