All eligible articles published in the relevant timeframe are automatically considered for prizes within The Journal of Pacific History. The biannual Gunson Essay Prize in Pacific History is open to senior students anywhere, and jointly sponsored by The Journal of Pacific History and the Pacific History Association. Winners of any prize may be asked to participate in the promotion of their work.

Prize for Best Article


JPH awards a prize of AUD 1,000 for the article from the most recent volume of the journal judged to have made the most significant contribution to histories of Oceania.

Gunson Essay Prize in Pacific History


In conjunction with the Pacific History Association at the Biennial Pacific History Association Conference, JPH awards the Gunson Prize for the best essay by a postgraduate or senior student.

I was both surprised and delighted

It seems to validate my current book project, Hymnody in the ‘Dark’ Islands: Protestant Missions, Musical Encounter and Racial-Cultural Uplift in Melanesia, 1835–1975’, he added. ‘Besides involving an extensive survey of historical source material, the book draws on my field research in Rabaul, PNG, in the early 1990s, and in the central islands of Vanuatu, 2009–12’ “

Michael Webb, Winner of the 2015 JPH Prize of Best Article

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