It is almost two years since Tom Stannage unexpectedly passed away, a loss keenly felt throughout Western Australia. The University of Western Australia plans to commemorate Tom’s exceptional contribution to the Western Australian community with the establishment of the Tom Stannage Award in Australian History.
Tom is remembered as an inspiring teacher, a fine scholar and a passionate advocate for the study of history. Perceiving a systemic neglect of Western Australian history, Tom worked hard to foster a wider understanding of the State’s history and heritage. His writings were evocative and unflinching, and gave a voice to the ‘ordinary people’ of the State’s past.
In particular, Tom highlighted the devastation of Indigenous cultures during colonisation, and was central to the inclusion of Aboriginal history into UWA’s curriculum. His exemplary work was recognised through a Fellowship of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia, Membership of the Order of Australia and a Centenary Medal. In 1997, Tom won the inaugural Prime Minister’s Awards for both Humanities Teacher and University Teacher of the Year.
During his teaching career, Tom was tremendously supportive of honours research, supervising many students who went on to build careers throughout Australia. The Tom Stannage Awards in Australian History will continue Tom’s efforts to support honours students, will enrich the student experience, and will help build connections with emerging historians in other parts of Australia and beyond. Each year, it will bring the very best honours students in Australian History to UWA to participate with local UWA honours students, in a week-long symposium centering on key issues in Australian history that will be led by a leading historian.
We invite you, as one of the many people touched by Tom’s remarkable life, to contribute to the Tom Stannage Awards in Australian History. Our aim is to raise $100,000 to fund the Awards in perpetuity. All contributions will be greatly valued and are tax-deductible.
Donations can be made online. Simply select the Your Choice option in the Make a gift section, and type Tom Stannage Appeal. Alternatively, you can make a gift by returning this gift form in the post.
If you have any queries, please contact Claire Lenyk via email or +61 8 6488 8906.
Thank you for helping us to commemorate Tom’s life and work.
Winthrop Professor Krishna Sen
Dean, Faculty of Arts
Winthrop Professor Jenny Gregory
Head of School, School of Humanities