The Crawford Medal

The Max Crawford Medal recognises outstanding achievement in the humanities by young Australian scholars currently engaged in research, and whose publications contribute towards an understanding of their discipline by the general public. The Crawford Medal is presented biennially.

2014 Crawford Medallist

The Academy is delighted to announce that Dr Tom Murray, Department of Media, Music, Communications and Cultural Studies, Macquarie University, has been awarded the 2014 Max Crawford Medal.

Dr Tom Murray’s research utilises visual anthropology-based research techniques to investigate historical and contemporary representations of ‘otherness’, particularly with respect to indigenous communities and individuals. His work has been authored in feature-length audio-visual forms, such as ‘Love in Our Own Time’ (2013), ‘In My Father’s Country’ (2008), ‘Dhakiyarr vs the King’ (2004), and in short screen forms in collaboration with indigenous communities.

Dr Murray’s work has successfully communicated complex ideas in public broadcast, gallery, festival, DVD and web-based formats that have reached over a million people, had popular and academic impact, and enriched the cultural life of Australia. His work has been screened in all of Australia’s major international film festivals (Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane International Film Festivals) and many of the most prestigious festivals in the world including the ‘World Documentaries’ section of the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and the ‘Best New Director’ section of the 2008 International Documentary Festival Amsterdam.

Previous Recipients

  • 2012: Joint winners – Dr Michael Ondaatje (The University of Newcastle) and Dr Lisa Ford (The University of New South Wales)
  • 2010: Dr Roland Burke (La Trobe University)
  • 2008: Associate Professor Kate Crawford (University of New South Wales)
  • 2006: Dr Christopher Hilliard (University of Sydney)
  • 2004: Dr Kirsten McKenzie (University of Sydney)
  • 2002: Dr Glenda Sluga (University of Sydney)
  • 2000: Dr John Hajek (University of Melbourne)
  • 1997: Dr Tom Griffiths (Australian National University)
  • 1996: Dr Lesley Stirling (University of Melbourne)
  • 1995: Dr Nicholas Thomas (Australian National University)
  • 1994: Dr Geremie Barmé (Australian National University)
  • 1993: Dr Hilary Fraser (University of Western Australia)
  • 1992: Dr Janet McCalman (University of Melbourne)

Nomination Procedure

Nominations for the Max Crawford Medal are currently closed. The Rules of the Award (available for download [.pdf, 143kb]) should be consulted before nominations are prepared.




The award is funded from a major bequest to the Academy by Emeritus Professor R.M. Crawford.

Further Information

For further information on the nomination process please contact the Programme Manager or call the Academy on (02) 6125 9860.
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