Julia Martinez wins the Patricia Grimshaw Prize!

We are excited to report that CASS member As. Professor Julia Martinez has won the Patricia Grimshaw Prize for the best article published in Australian Historical Studies for 2016-17. Her prize-winning article is:

Julia Martı́nez, ‘Asian Servants for the Imperial Telegraph: Imagining North Australia as an Indian Ocean Colony before 1914’, Australian Historical Studies 48, no. 2, 2017.


The judges, Professor Alison Bashford (University of New South Wales) and Dr Kate Fullagar (Macquarie University), selected Julia’s article from a short-list of five outstanding examples of important and original work in Australian history. Their citation reads:

‘Julia’s article explored the operations of the north Australian telegraph during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Using press and company records, it showed how telegraphic connection between north Australia and London, via southeast Asia, defied white nationalist aims and consolidated instead a neglected Indian-Ocean colonial culture in pre-war Australia. The article not only makes a compelling case for the Indian-Oceanic turn in Australian history but also contributes significantly to the global history of immigration and recent ‘web’-focused analyses in imperial history.’

Congratulations to Julia!

Her article will soon be free-to-access for a limited time from the journal’s homepage.