The Australian National Maritime Museum, with the Australian Association for Maritime History (AAMH), jointly sponsors two maritime history prizes every two years. Both prizes promote a broad view of maritime history that demonstrates how the sea and maritime influences have been central to shaping Australia, its people and its culture.

The major prize is named in honour of the late Professor Frank Broeze (1945–2001) of the University of Western Australia, who has been called the pre-eminent maritime historian of his generation. Professor Broeze was a founding member of the Australian Association for Maritime History, inaugural editor of its scholarly journal The Great Circle, and introduced Australia’s first university course on maritime history. He was the author of many works on Australian maritime history, including the landmark Island Nation (1997), helping to redefine the field in broader terms than ships, sailors and sea power. He reached into economic, business, social and urban histories to make maritime history truly multidisciplinary.

The 2017 Frank Broeze Memorial Maritime History Prize of $4,000

To be awarded for a book treating any aspect of maritime history relating to or affecting Australia, written or co-authored by an Australian citizen or permanent resident, and published between 1 January 2015 and 31 December 2016. The book should be published in Australia, although titles written by Australian authors but published overseas may be considered at the discretion of the judges. The prize is open to Australian authors or co-authors of a book-length monograph or compilation of their own works. Edited collections of essays by multiple contributors are not eligible.


2000

Mariners are Warned by Marsden Hordern, (Melbourne University Press, 1989)

2002

Sand in our Souls: the Beach in Australian History, by Dr Leone Huntsman (Melbourne University Press, 2001)

2004

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)

2007

François Péron – An Impetuous Life: Naturalist and Voyager, by Dr Edward Duyker OAM (Miegunyah Press, 2006)

2009

Captain Cook: Voyager Between Worlds, John Gascoigne (Hambledon Continuum, London, 2007)

2011

Darwin’s Armada – How Four voyagers to Australasia Won the Battle for Evolution and Changed the World by Iain McCalman (Penguin Australia, 2009)

2013

Saltwater People, by John Ogden (Cyclops Press, Avalon, NSW, 2011)

2015

In All Respects Ready: Australia’s Navy in World War One by David Stevens (Oxford University Press, 2014)

The Australian Community Maritime History Prize of $1,000

To be awarded to a regional or local museum or historical society for a public resource (book, booklet, educational resource kit, DVD or other digital medium such as a website or database) relating to an aspect of maritime history, and published between 1 January 2015 and 31 December 2016. The winner will also receive a year’s subscription to the Australian Association for Maritime History.


2011

The Lady Denman Heritage Complex, Huskisson, for Shipping and Shipwrecks – Stories from Jervis Bay and its Neighbouring Coasts by Peter Crabb (2010)

2013

Mornington Peninsula Art Gallery for Sea of Dreams: The lure of Port Phillip Bay 1830–1914 (2011)

2015

No prize awarded


How to nominate

Nominations must include a synopsis of the work (minimum 300 words) plus photocopies or scans of the following:
  • dust-jacket or end covers, or DVD cover (including publication details)
  • title page
  • imprint page 
  • contents pages (including an ISBN in the case of print publications)
  • one or two chapters (or a representative portion) of the publication, including examples of illustrative material
  • any published reviews 
The publication itself may also be submitted (highly recommended for the Australian Community Maritime History prize). Nominations close on 28 April 2017.
Written nominations should be submitted to:

Publications Officer
Australian National Maritime Museum
2 Murray Street Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: 02 9298 3779
Email: publications@anmm.gov.au

Judging process

Following an initial assessment of nominations, shortlisted authors or publishers will be invited to submit three copies of their publication. These will be judged by a committee of three prominent judges from the maritime history community, whose names are yet to be confirmed. The prize will be announced in early 2018 and awarded at a time and venue to be advised.

The major prize is named in honour of the late Professor Frank Broeze (1945–2001) of the University of Western Australia, who has been called the pre-eminent maritime historian of his generation. Professor Broeze was a founding member of the Australian Association for Maritime History, inaugural editor of its scholarly journal The Great Circle, and introduced Australia’s first university course on maritime history. He was the author of many works on Australian maritime history, including the landmark Island Nation (1997), helping to redefine the field in broader terms than ships, sailors and sea power. He reached into economic, business, social and urban histories to make maritime history truly multidisciplinary.