Dr Peter Gibson, whose PhD thesis was conferred in 2020, has been awarded the S.J. Butlin Prize. The prize is awarded triennially by the Economic History Society of Australia and New Zealand (EHSANZ) for the best Masters or PhD thesis in Australian or New Zealand economic history. Peter won the prize for his thesis titled “Made in Chinatown: Chinese Furniture Factories in Australia, 1880–1930”, supervised by Julia Martinez, Jane Carey and Claire Lowrie. Congratulations Peter!
The judging panel praised Gibson for: ‘the excellent use of archival sources, such as bankruptcy testimonies and Court records that allow the voices of these Chinese speak to us… In the thesis we see Chinese entrepreneurs and workers given agency, which is lacking in m any studies that cast the Chinese as victims of the White Australia racism of the times. Instead, we see them making a life for themselves in competition and cooperation with the dominant European communities in which they lived.’