ASWA Prizes

Each year at its Annual Dinner, ASWA awards individuals, consultants and students with prizes to recognise achievements and excellence in anthropology. The principal prizes awarded are the Berndt Memorial Prizes.

Other prizes are awarded by Professional Members of ASWA as contributions from these professional consultancies to recognise outstanding work in the field of anthropology over the past year.

ASWA extends the opportunity for ASWA members to make financial contributions to the awarding of prizes, either as a contribution to the Berndt Memorial Prizes or for prizes of their own nomination.

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Berndt Memorial Prize in Anthropology

The Berndt Memorial Prize in Anthropology of $250, provided annually by the Anthropological Society of Western Australia (ASWA) in honour of Foundation Professor Ronald M. Berndt and Dr Catherine H. Berndt.

University of Western Australia

At the University of Western Australia the Berndt Memorial Prize is awarded by the appropriate Board of Examiners to the student in any faculty who, in the opinion of the Head of the School of Social and Cultural Studies following consultation with the academic staff in anthropology, has shown the greatest merit throughout the year's work in a Level 2 or 3 anthropology unit.

From 1991 to 1993 the prize was named The Anthropological Society of Western Australia Prize and then from 1994 is was renamed The Berndt Memorial Prize.

Murdoch University

At Murdoch University the Berndt Memorial Prize in Anthropology is awarded for the best academic performance in the unit (AST212/412) Anthropology and It's Others or (AST250/450) Society, Culture and Ecology in South-East Asia or (AST258/458) Women in Asian Societies.

Annual winners are published on the Murdoch University website.

Previous Winners


Academic YearArrowUpArrowDownWinnerArrowUpArrowDownPrize NameArrowUpArrowDownUniversityArrowUpArrowDown
1991 Adrian Tulloch Anthropological Society Prize of WA UWA
1992 Laura Gladstone Anthropological Society Prize of WA UWA
1993 Beverley McNamara Anthropological Society Prize of WA UWA
1994 Gregory Nairn Berndt Memorial Prize UWA
1995 Raelene Smith Berndt Memorial Prize UWA
1996 Margaret Robinson Berndt Memorial Prize UWA
1997 Charmaine Cameron Berndt Memorial Prize UWA
1998 Fiona Michel Berndt Memorial Prize UWA
1999 Michaela Evans Berndt Memorial Prize UWA
2000 Frances George Berndt Memorial Prize UWA
2001 Anula Lorek Berndt Memorial Prize UWA
2002 Raymond Chow Berndt Memorial Prize UWA
2003 Lydia Lange Berndt Memorial Prize UWA
2004 Chantelle Belladonna Berndt Memorial Prize UWA
2005 Carmen Cummings Berndt Memorial Prize UWA
2006 Natalie Garcia de Heer Berndt Memorial Prize UWA
2007 Ruth Crow Berndt Memorial Prize UWA
2008 Sarah Metcalf Berndt Memorial Prize UWA
2009 Mystyc Metrik Berndt Memorial Prize UWA
2010 Makoto Takao Berndt Memorial Prize UWA
2012 Tim Hilton Berndt Memorial Prize Murdoch
2011 Katherine Zscharnagk Berndt Memorial Prize Murdoch
2010 Sarah Watson Berndt Memorial Prize Murdoch
2009 Ross Tunney Berndt Memorial Prize Murdoch
2008 James Ritchie Berndt Memorial Prize Murdoch
2007 David Cook Berndt Memorial Prize Murdoch
2006 Claudine Lhost Berndt Memorial Prize Murdoch
2005 Catherine Campbell Berndt Memorial Prize Murdoch
2004 Mahdi Farah Berndt Memorial Prize Murdoch
2003 Emma Wilson Berndt Memorial Prize Murdoch
2002 Tim Davey Berndt Memorial Prize Murdoch
2001 Tani Garde Berndt Memorial Prize Murdoch
2000 Aroha Greenwood Berndt Memorial Prize Murdoch
1999 Jeanne Damasena-Adam Berndt Memorial Prize Murdoch
1998 Valencia Chew Berndt Memorial Prize Murdoch
1997 Kurt Stenross Berndt Memorial Prize Murdoch
1996 Francesca Knowles & Sally Lawry (joint winners) Berndt Memorial Prize Murdoch
1995 Penelope Claringbull Berndt Memorial Prize Murdoch
1994 Juanita Doorey Berndt Memorial Prize Murdoch
1993 Rachel Joan Drewry Berndt Memorial Prize Murdoch
1992 Rebecca Charlson Hicks Berndt Memorial Prize Murdoch
1991 Wendy Elizabeth Grace Berndt Memorial Prize Murdoch
1990 Stephen Mark Dobbs Berndt Memorial Prize Murdoch
1989 Linda Dorothy Delaney Berndt Memorial Prize Murdoch
1988 T Hutchins Berndt Memorial Prize Murdoch
1987 A Medcalf Berndt Memorial Prize Murdoch
1986 B C Campbell Berndt Memorial Prize Murdoch
1985 K J Hendy Berndt Memorial Prize Murdoch
1984 J Williams Berndt Memorial Prize Murdoch
1983 K Kato Berndt Memorial Prize Murdoch
1982 R M Howlett Berndt Memorial Prize Murdoch
1981 S T Ma & S S Holden (Joint winners) Berndt Memorial Prize Murdoch
1980 Ernest Lang Berndt Memorial Prize Murdoch
1979 David Roberts Berndt Memorial Prize Murdoch
1978 Patrick Sullivan & Peter Lander (Joint winners) Berndt Memorial Prize Murdoch
1977 Rosemary Brockman Berndt Memorial Prize Murdoch