AHA 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 will have demonstrated both excellence in history and generosity in service.


The winner(s) of the Lifetime Achievement Award will be announced at the annual AHA conference. The executive committee can choose to make multiple awards. The winner(s) will also receive a citation in History Australia.

Selection Process

Members of the AHA may suggest ONE person for the Lifetime Achievement Award by sending a short statement (around 300 words) explaining how their nominee has met the criteria of excellence in history and generosity in service. Evidence of excellence in 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.

The President, Vice-President, and a former President of the AHA will make the final decision on who is given a Lifetime Achievement Award and how many are awarded each year.

Nominations for the 2024 Lifetime Achievement Awards are due Friday 22 March 2024.

If you have any questions about the AHA Lifetime Achievement Award, please contact AHA Vice-President Michelle Arrow at michelle.arrow@mq.edu.au.

Previous Recipients