Winners of the 2021 NSW Premier’s History Awards gather to reveal how they make history, their inspirations, and the impact they hope their work will have. Despite distinct subjects, mediums and methods, this year’s winners are united in their forceful concern for the way Australia has been shaped by its ongoing history of colonisation. Following their presentations, there will be an opportunity for the audience to pose questions. Chaired by Matthew Allen, HCNSW Councillor. Presented with the History Council of NSW.

Laurence Billiet (Australian)

Laurence Billiet

Laurence Billiet is film director, screenwriter and producer. She was made a Webby Award Honoree in 2011 with the web series Freewheelers and her short viral animation Oil Story won Best Commissioned Film at Animafest Zagreb 2012. Going Bush, a series she made with Cathy Freeman and Luke Carroll travelling across Aboriginal Australia, also won a Deadly Award. In 2020 Laurence wrote, produced and directed FREEMAN for ABC TV which was the most-watched documentary of the year on Australian TV. She received the Betty Roland Award for Scriptwriting at the 2021 NSW Premier Literary Awards and the award for Best Direction in a TV documentary one-hour from the Australian Directors Guild.

Mathew Colloff (Australian)

Mathew Colloff

Matthew Colloff is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University. Before that, he was a research scientist at CSIRO for 23 years. Matt received the CSIRO Publications Award in 2011, the CSIRO Medal for Research Achievement in 2007 and a Whitley Book Award in 2006. Matt's first book Flooded Forest and Desert Creek has since been followed by Landscapes of Our Hearts, his second book of environmental history.

Luke Keogh (Australian)

Luke Keogh

Luke Keogh has worked with collecting institutions around the world, including the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, Deutsches Museum Munich, Queensland Museum and Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology. He has curated 25 exhibitions and recently, 'On the Land' won both the Museums and Galleries National Awards (MAGNA) and the Australian Museums and Galleries Awards Victoria (AMAGA).

Matthew Allen (Australian)

Matthew Allen

Dr Matthew Allen is a Senior Lecturer in Historical Criminology at the University of New England. His work on the history of alcohol, policing, summary justice and surveillance have been published in Australian Historical Studies, History Australia, the Journal of Religious History, and the ANZ Journal of Criminology. He is the Book Review Editor for the Journal of Australian Colonial History, a Councillor for History Council of New South Wales and has served as a judge of the New South Wales Premiers History Awards from 2019-2021. He is currently writing a monograph entitled Drink and Democracy: Alcohol, Politics and Government in Colonial Australia, 1788-1856.