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Longlist for prestigious Tasmanian book prize announced

The longlist has been announced for the inaugural Dick and Joan Green Family Award for Tasmanian History, one of the state’s richest book prizes.

The award recognises high quality published work that makes a significant contribution to an understanding of Tasmania’s past and seeks to celebrate and promote books on Tasmanian history and cultural heritage, including biographies.

Revealed today, the longlist is made up of:

  • A History of Port Davey, South West Tasmania, Volume 1: Fleeting Hopes, by Tony Fenton (Forty South Publishing).
  • Beneath the Mountain: A History of South Hobart, by Alison Alexander (South Hobart Progress Association).
  • Into the Heart of Tasmania, by Rebe Taylor (Melbourne University Press).
  • Losing Streak: How Tasmania was gamed by the gambling industry, James Boyce (Redback).
  • The Shape of Water, Imagined fragments from an elusive life: Sophia Degraves of Van Diemen's Land, by Anne Blythe-Cooper (Forty South Publishing).

The judging panel is chaired by recently retired Head of History and Classics at the University of Tasmania Professor Philippa Mein Smith, along with the University’s Head of School of Humanities Professor Tony Simoes da Silva, and Margaret Malpas, Manager Collection Development at LINC Tasmania.

The shortlist will be announced on 1 May 2018, with the winner to be announced in June.

The biennial prize is worth $25,000 and was set up to commemorate and celebrate the contribution Dick and Joan Green made to Tasmania.

Both from Launceston, Joan and the late Dick Green were key players in the establishment of the National Trust in Tasmania during the 1960s and remained involved for decades. As well as playing an integral role in the preservation and celebration of Tasmanian built heritage, the Greens were strong supporters of the arts.

A former Alderman and Mayor of Launceston, Dick Green was a co-founder of the National Trust in Tasmania and served on the boards of the State Library of Tasmania, the Tasmanian Theatre Company, and the Tasmanian Ballet Company, among others.

Joan Green was a champion golfer, a member and volunteer of the National Trust for 50 years and currently is a contributor to organisations such as The Australiana Fund, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the Order of Australia Association.

The Green family is partnering with the University of Tasmania to deliver the award. More information can be found here or at

Published on: 06 Mar 2018 11:21am