ANZEHN member Dr Karen Twigg has recently been awarded two significant prizes for her important work in Australian environmental and gender history.

First, she was awarded the 2019-20 Mike Smith Student Prize by the National Museum of Australia and the Australian Academy of Science for her essay “The Green Years: the role of abundant water in shaping rural women’s experience in the 1950s”. Named after eminent Australian archaeologist, and friend of the ANZEHN, Dr Mike Smith, the prize is awarded for an essay based on original unpublished research undertaken whilst enrolled as a student (postgraduate or undergraduate) at any tertiary educational institution in the world.

And secondly, Karen was awarded the 2020 Jill Roe Prize by the Australian Historical Association for her essay “Dust, dryness and departure: constructions of masculinity and femininity during the World War II drought”.

Karen completed her PhD at LaTrobe University in 2019 and is currently preparing a book for publication, titled Along Tyrrell Creek: An Environmental History of a Mallee Community.

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