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The Hugh Martin Weir Prize


The Prize is to honour the memory of Lieutenant Hugh Martin Weir (1915 - 2004) and his fellow prisoners of war. Hugh was a prisoner of war of the Japanese in Java for three and a half years between 1942 and 1945. The Barr Smith Library holds a copy of a book about Hugh Martin Weir titled Well, what do you know about that? It is available for loan and can be found in the Library's Main Collection.

This page is designed to answer your questions and is based on the Rules which govern the Prize.

The Purpose of the Prize

The purpose of the Prize is encouraging study and research, including use of the Barr Smith Library collections, into any aspect of Australia's involvement in any war, or the treatment of prisoners of war in any conflict, including the impact on those persons involved, their families, and/or their communities.


The Prize is open to University of Adelaide students who are enrolled in an Honours thesis program or a postgraduate program by coursework or by research, either commencing or already in progress. Postdoctoral researchers are eligible to apply within three years of a doctoral award.

Selection of Winner

Selection of the winner will be by an Award Committee comprising:

  • The University Librarian or his/her nominee (Convenor)
  • Glen Cameron Weir or his nominee
  • The Head of Department of History or his/her nominee

Selection will be based on a written application, a referee report and possibly an interview.

Prize Winners

Benefits of the Prize

The maximum value of the Prize will be $2,000 annually, as funds permit, which may be put towards the costs of travel and accommodation, books, printing, inter-library loans, copying and publication or other agreed purposes identified in the candidate’s application to support the research.

Winner's Obligations

The Prize winner is required to:

The winner is also expected to use the Barr Smith Library collections for at least some of the research.

How to Apply

Applications must be received on the Prize Application Form which also requires the applicant to arrange a confidential academic reference.

Applications open on 11 October of the current year and close on the 27th February of the following year.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications by post by the 27th of March.


If you have questions or require more information please contact:

University Librarian
Barr Smith Library
University of Adelaide
Phone: (08) 8313 4064
Fax: (08) 8313 4369


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