Winners of the 2019 Hugh Martin Weir Prize
The Barr Smith Library and Weir family are pleased to announce that Rachel Caines and Jessie Lewcock are the successful applicants for the 2019 Hugh Martin Weir Prize.
The purpose of the Prize is to encourage study and research, including use of the Barr Smith Library collections, into any aspect of Australia's involvement in war, or the treatment of prisoners of war in any conflict, including the impact on those persons involved, their families, and/or their communities.
Rachel Caines is undertaking a Master of Philosophy in the School of Humanities, Faculty of Arts.
Her research is on Indigenous inclusion in the Anzac legend in Australia and New Zealand and looking at how Aboriginal Australian, Torres Strait Islander, and Māori soldiers have been incorporated or excluded from the dominant narratives of the First World War.
The prize will be put towards conference and research travel to Canberra and Melbourne.
Jessie Lewcock is undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy in the School of Humanities, Faculty of Arts.
Her research will be examining how self-harming and suicide by Australian soldiers, both on active service and returned veterans, of the First and Second World Wars was perceived by the Defence Department, the Repatriation Department, and potentially the public.
The prize will be put towards research travel.