Australian Historical Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award 


Each year the Australian Historical Association will honour one or more eminent practitioners of history with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is in recognition of a career that has made a significant, positive contribution to the field of history in Australia. Recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award have demonstrated both excellence in history and generosity in service. 


Members of the AHA may suggest a person for the Lifetime Achievement Award by sending a short statement (around 300 words) explaining how the person has met the criteria of excellence in history and generosity in service. Evidence of excellent history can include significant scholarship, contributions to public history, archives, libraries and museums, and to education in any context. Evidence of generosity in service can include mentoring, public engagement, and volunteering. 

In consultation with the Executive Committee, the President, Vice-President, and Immediate Past President of the AHA will make the final decision on who is given a Lifetime Achievement Award and how many are awarded each year. 


The winner(s) of the Lifetime Achievement Award will be announced at the annual AHA conference.  The winner will also be acknowledged in History Australia.  

The AHA will, from time to time, continue to award the status of ‘Life Member’ to historians who have given exceptional service to the AHA and the historical profession in Australia.