International Maritime Economic History Association Frank Broeze Prize for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis in Maritime History

The Frank Broeze Prize carries with it a cash award of 500 Euros and free registration at the Seventh International Congress of Maritime History in Perth (Murdoch), Australia, 27 June-1 July 2015.  For details see

To be considered for this prestigious award, those who have completed a doctoral thesis between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2015 are invited to submit a copy of their thesis for consideration. If the thesis is written in a language other than English, the entrant should provide a summary of their work (minimum 10,000 words) in English.

The judges will apply the following criteria in deciding the winner of the prize:

  • contribution to knowledge and understanding of the maritime past;
  • originality of approach, source material and/or findings;
  • depth and coherence of argument;
  • choice and application of methodology;
  • and presentational and stylistic quality.

Eligible candidates should submit their entries, including a letter of support from their supervisor, via e-mail attachment to each of the panel members no later than 1st December 2015. The winner will be notified during the winter of 2015, and the prize will be awarded at the Congress in Perth (Murdoch).

For this competition, there will be a panel of six judges:

Lewis R. Fischer (Memorial University of Newfoundland), [email protected]

Maria Fusaro (University of Exeter); [email protected]

Gelina Harlaftis (Ionian University), [email protected]

Ingo Heidbrink (Old Dominion University); [email protected]

David J. Starkey (University of Hull), [email protected]

Jesús M. Valdaliso (Univ. of the Basque Country), [email protected]
Travel Awards for Postgraduate Students
The Organising Committee for ICMH7 will offer a number of awards to assist postgraduate students with the costs of travel and accommodation in connection with the conference.

Up to 5 awards of up to US$1,000 (for overseas citizens) and $AUD500 (for Australian residents) will be offered to postgraduate students. In addition, registration fees will also be waived for recipients of the awards.

Awards will be paid following attendance at the conference. Successful applicants will be required to provide receipts for their expenses to the conference organizers for the payment to be processed.

Applicants for a travel award need to supply:
• A paper abstract
• A brief CV
• A short statement (one page max) that indicates how the award will be used to facilitate attendance at the conference and includes the name and contact details for one referee

Submit to [email protected] by no later than 31 November 2015. Recipients will be notified no later than 30 January 2016.

For more information, please contact the conference organisers at [email protected]


AAMH ANMM Book Prize: Writers, publishers and readers of maritime history are invited biennially to nominate works for maritime history prizes totalling $4,000, sponsored jointly by the Australian Association for Maritime History (AAMH) and the Aust National Maritime Museum. NOMINATIONS FOR 2015 CLOSED: For details visit Frank Broeze

The Frank Broeze Memorial Maritime History book prize is named in honour of Frank Broeze who died in April of 2001. Professor Frank Broeze was one of the founders of AAMH. He served as President of the Association in the 1980s and was the first editor of the Association's journal The Great Circle. He was widely respected as a maritime historian and university teacher.

The Australian Community Maritime History Prize was introduced in 2011 and is awarded to a regional or local museum or historical society for a publication (book, booklet, educational resource kit or other media) relating to an aspect of maritime history of that region or community.

Both prizes reflect the wish of the two sponsoring organisations to promote a broad view of maritime history that demonstrates how the sea and maritime influences have been more central to the shaping of Australia, its people and its culture than has commonly been believed.

The 2013 competition will be the seventh joint prize for a maritime history book awarded by the two organisations. The first was won by Marsden Hordern for Mariners are Warned (Melbourne University Press, 1989), a study of the explorer of Australian coasts John Lort Stokes.

A reinvigorated prize was inaugurated in 2002 and awarded to Dr Leone Huntsman for her social history Sand in our Souls: the beach in Australian history (Melbourne University Press, 2001). In 2004 the award went to Encountering Terra Australis: the Australian voyages of Nicolas Baudin and Matthew Flinders, by Jean Fornasiero, Peter Monteath and John West-Sooby (Wakefield Press, Kent Town SA, 2004). In 2007, Dr Edward Duyker OAM won the prize for François Péron – An Impetuous Life: naturalist and voyager (Miegunyah Press, 2006). In 2009 Professor John Gascoigne won the prize for Captain Cook: Voyager Between Worlds (Hambledon Continuum, London 2007).

Winner of the 2011 Maritime History Book Prize was Iain McCalman for Darwin's Armada – How four voyagers to Australasia won the battle for evolution and changed the world (Penguin Australia, 2009).

Equal runners-up were Ian Hoskins Sydney Harbour – A History (UNSW Press, 2009) and Professor Alan Powell Northern Voyagers: Australia’s monsoon coast in maritime history (Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2010).

The inaugural 2011 Australian Community Maritime History Prize was awarded to the Lady Denman Heritage Complex, Huskisson, for Peter Crabb’s Shipping and Shipwrecks – Stories from Jervis Bay and its Neighbouring Coasts (2010).

Runners up included Wauchope District Historical Society for Ray Cooper & Lynda Turner’s The Sinking of Wollongbar II (2010) and Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool for Dr Ron Sproston’s The Peacock that became a Legend – The Story of the Loch