Department of History and Art History lecturer Dr Jane McCabe was named last month as the co-winner of the prestigious Ian Ward’s Prize for her book Race, Tea and Colonial Settlement, which was based on her Otago PhD thesis.
Her thesis discussed the experiences of 130 Anglo-Indian children, known as the Kalimpong kids, who left northeastern India for new lives in Otago between 1908 and 1938. The migration scheme they were part of was founded by Rev Dr John Anderson Graham, a Scottish Presbyterian missionary in Kalimpong, and on their arrival in New Zealand the boys worked on farms and the girls were placed as domestic help with Otago Presbyterian families.
Dr McCabe was presented with the Archives and Records Association of New Zealand (ARANZ) prize in Dunedin last week.
The Ian Wards Prize, initiated in 2001, honours the ”outstanding contributions” to New Zealand historical scholarship by Ian McLean Wards, the late former chief government historian (1968-1983).