Australian War Memorial prize

Dr David Henderson from La Trobe University’s School of Social Work and Social Policy has received the inaugural Australian War Memorial Bryan Gandevia Prize for Australian Military-Medical History.

David HendersonLast Friday, Dr Henderson was awarded $5,000 for his PhD thesis—The Internment of Germans in Second World War Australia: An Exploration in History and Memory.

‘My thesis explores the Internment of Germans in Australia during the Second World War. It is a rich and riveting narrative that uncovers the remarkable personal stories of German-Australians interned during WWII.

‘Part history, part travelogue and part scholarly detective work, it offers a glimpse beneath the history of Australia's involvement in the Second World War. It is a story worth telling, but until now, it is a story that has not been properly told,’ says Dr Henderson.

The Bryan Gandevia Prize is awarded biennially for an outstanding honours, masters or doctoral thesis on a significant subject in Australian military history. The prize assists scholars in the early stages of their research careers and may be used to assist with publication of their work or to further their research interests.

‘It was certainly a great honour to find out that I am the inaugural winner of the Bryan Gandevia Prize. It is great to get some recognition for all the work that I put into the thesis. 

‘None of it would have been possible without the great support from my supervisors Richard Broome and Ilma O'Brien,’ says Dr Henderson.

‘I have been working for a while now on a book proposal and am hopeful that the momentum from this award will carry through to publication now.’ 


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