This prize is generously supported by Professor Richard Davis. Richard was born at Nasik, India on 22 February 1935, the son of a forest officer from Ireland, and was educated mainly in Ireland (Belfast and Dublin). From the University of Dublin (Trinity College) he received an honours degree in History (1956), an Mlitt for research on Irish History (1958) and the Higher Diploma in Education (1960). While lecturing in History at Otago University, Dunedin, 1964-66, he worked for a PhD at that institution (awarded in 1968). In 1967 he transferred to the University of Tasmania, from which he retired in 1996 as an Emeritus Professor. He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities in 1997.
Awarded for the best overall performance in HTA101 European History: Renaissance to Revolutions and HTA102 World History: The First Globalisation (taking into account that one of the units may have been studied in a previous year).