Stuart Traynor has won the 2017 Chief Minister’s Northern Territory History Book Award for his book Alice Springs: From Singing Wire to Iconic Outback Town (Wakefield Press). The award is administered by the NT Library, which said, ‘The result of eight years of meticulous research, [Alice Springs] is a tale of the country’s heart and some of its most remarkable but little-known characters – of children torn between two cultures living at the telegraph station after the morse keys stopped clicking and of a modern community still living along the line.’
The award’s shortlist of four also included:
- Remember Me Kindly: A History of the Holtze Family in the Northern Territory (self-published, Deborah Bisa)
- Masters and Servants: Cultures of Empire in the Tropics (Manchester University Press, Claire Lowrie)
- A Handful of Sand: The Gurindji Struggle, After the Walk-Off (Monash University Publishing, Charlie Ward).