THE 2019 JOHN DOUGLAS KERR MEDAL OF DISTINCTION

On 6 June 2019 at the Brisbane Club, The Royal Historical Society of Queensland and the Professional Historians Association (Qld) Inc, in the presence of His Excellency Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland, were pleased to award the 2019 John Douglas Kerr Medal of Distinction to Dr Margaret Kowald. Dr Kowald has demonstrated an enthusiastic and rigorous approach to…

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NOMINATIONS OPEN: 2019 JOHN DOUGLAS KERR MEDAL

PHA Qld and the Royal Historical Society of Queensland are pleased to announce that nominations for the 2019 John Douglas Kerr Medal of Distinction are now being received.The John Douglas Kerr Medal of Distinction in historiography, historical research and writing was established in 2005 and is awarded annually to a practicing historian of note, as a tribute and witness of esteem to acknowledge…

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2018 JOHN DOUGLAS KERR MEDAL OF DISTINCTION: DR BILL METCALF

The Royal Historical Society of Queensland and the Professional Historians Association (Qld) Inc are pleased to award the 2018 John Douglas Kerr Medal of Distinction to Dr William Metcalf. Dr Metcalf has produced a prodigious body of work across a research career spanning over four decades. He has advanced the study of Queensland and Australian history most notably through his…

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2017 John Douglas Kerr Medal of Distinction: Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Blainey AC

At the Queensland Day Dinner on 6 June 2017, The Professional Historians Association of Queensland and the Royal Historical Society of Queensland presented the 2017 John Douglas Kerr Medal of Distinction to  Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Blainey AC, to acknowledge his excellence in historiography, historical research and writing. Through his research, publications and involvement with the historical community, Emeritus Professor Blainey has provided new insights into Australian history.…

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The John Douglas Kerr Medal of Distinction for 2016

This year, Professor Ann McGrath has been awarded the John Douglas Kerr Medal of Distinction for her contribution to Queensland history, and for the depth and breadth of her research and scholarship. Professor McGrath has, through her teaching, research, publications and involvement with the historical community and profession, advanced the study of Queensland and Australian history. She has successfully incorporated…

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The John Douglas Kerr Medal of Distinction for 2014: Dr Kay Cohen

At the Queensland Day Dinner hosted by the Royal Historical Society of Queensland, Dr Kay Cohen was presented with the 2014 John Douglas Kerr Medal of Distinction. In a career spanning over thirty years, Dr Kay Cohen has and continues to demonstrate a quiet, generous and prodigious professionalism and dedication to the field of Queensland history. Kay’s principal area of…

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2013 John Douglas Kerr Medal of Distinction – Dr Ruth Kerr, OAM

Few people have made a greater contribution to excellence in Queensland history as Dr Ruth Kerr has, and continues to, over a career spanning forty-five years. In her teaching, research, publications and involvement with Queensland State Archives, Queensland Parliamentary Library, a range of Queensland Government Departments, the University of Queensland, the Royal Historical Society of Queensland, the Australian Mining History Association, the Professional Historians Association of Queensland and most of Queensland’s local historical associations Dr Kerr has contributed diligently and generously to advancing our knowledge of Queensland’s history.

Queensland Day Dinner 2013

Queensland Day Dinner
From L to R – Her Excellency Ms Penelope Wensley, Mary Elliott, Ruth Kerr’s sister-in-law, and Ruth Kerr (more…)

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Citation for the 2012 Winner of the John Douglas Kerr Medal of Distinction: Ross Johnston

Composed by Jeff Hopkins-Weise

Associate Professor Dr William Ross Johnston brought rigour to academic Queensland history and through his teaching, research, publications and involvement with The University of Queensland, Queensland State Library, Queensland Museum, the Queensland Historians Institute (now the Professional Historians Association of Queensland), the Brisbane History Group, and the Australian Dictionary of Biography’s Queensland Working Party – have all helped advance Queensland’s history and its place at the forefront of Australian history. Likewise, his Pacific and British Empire writings have provided a separate, yet strongly connected context to his writings on Queensland and Australia.

Ross Johnson, recipient of the 2012 John Douglas Kerr Medal of Distinction
Ross Johnston, recipient of the 2012 John Douglas Kerr Medal of Distinction

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The John Douglas Kerr Medal of Distinction for 2011: Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Bolton

At the 2011 Queensland Day dinner hosted by the Royal Historical Society of Queensland, Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Bolton was awarded the John Douglas Kerr Medal of Distinction. Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Bolton is one of Australia’s most eminent historians and can be viewed as the “father” of historical writing on north Queensland. He is author of thirty books and more than…

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THE JOHN DOUGLAS KERR MEDAL OF DISTINCTION FOR 2010: DR JAN WEGNER

At the 2010 Queensland Day dinner hosted by the Royal Historical Society of Queensland, Dr Jan Wegner was awarded the John Douglas Kerr Medal of Distinction. Dr Janice Helen Wegner is currently a Senior Lecturer in History at James Cook University, Cairns, and a professional historian of the highest standing. Jan holds membership of the Royal Historical Society of Queensland,…

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