‘French Connection’ wins 2022 NSW Premier’s History Prize

Congratulations to Alexis Bergantz whose book French Connection won the Australian History Prize for the 2022 NSW Premier’s History Awards.

In French Connection, Bergantz draws on a variety of sources to discuss the place of France and French culture in Australia from 1850 to the First World War. In particular, Bergantz uses individual case studies to show how Australians imagined and were influenced by French culture, how a French penal colony in the Pacific dredged up memories of Australia’s convict past, and how Frenchness could be used to denote social distinction.

The judges noted that the book ‘provides fascinating insights into the development and evolution of Australianness, and breathes new life into our understanding of the multicultural nature of settler Australia.’

French Connection is published by NewSouth and can be purchased from the publisher’s website or one of your favourite bookstores.

The full list of 2022 winners can be viewed below:

Australian History Prize ($15,000)

French Connection: Australia’s Cosmopolitan Ambitions by Alexis Bergantz (NewSouth)

General History Prize ($15,000)

The Filipino Migration Experience: Global Agents of Change by Mina Roces (Cornell University Press)

NSW Community and Regional History Prize ($15,000)

The Winter Road: A Story of Legacy, Land, and a Killing at Croppa Creek by Kate Holden (Black Inc. Books)

Young People’s History Prize ($15,000)

The Dunggiirr Brothers and the Caring Song of the Whale by Aunty Shaa Smith, Neeyan Smith, Uncle Bud Marshall, with Yandaarra including Sarah Wright, Lara Delay and Paul Hodge (Allen & Unwin)

Digital History Prize ($15,000)

The Last Outlaws by chief investigator Professor Katherine Biber and First Nations family and cultural advisor Aunty Loretta Parsley (Impact Studios, the University of Technology Sydney)