James Simonds Prize

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Initially awarded in 1930, the James Simonds Prize was for the best essay on a specific historical subject, to be announced at Encaenia. After 1975, the criteria changed to allow the prize to be awarded for an outstanding essay on any historical subject.

Year Name Title of essay Held at UNB Archives
1930 James Albert Trites No
1931 J. W. Bernard "The Development of the Lumber Industry on the Saint John Rover to 1850" No
1932 Gerald A. Sansom "A History of Railways in New Brunswick" No
1933 W. Raymond Foster

Donald Ross

"A History of the Shipbuilding Industry in New Brunswick" No


1934 David Ross "The Miramichi Fire of 1825 and its Results" No
1935 Jack H. Thurrott "A History of the Settlement at St. Anne's Point until 1785" Yes
1936 Jack H. Thurrott "Pioneer Agriculture in New Brunswick" Yes
1937 Jack H. Thurrott & Gerald H. Waring "The Seigniorial System in New Brunswick Before 1713" Yes
1938 Jack H. Thurrott "The Influence of the United Empire Loyalists on Government in New Brunswick, 1784-1790" Yes
1939 Not awarded No
1940 George A. McAllister "Public Opinion in New Brunswick Concerning Constitutional Reform, 1837-1849" Yes
1941 James E. Morrow "Intellectual Leaders of New Brunswick in the 19th Century"
1942 Constance E. Murray & Harris E. D. Videto "Sir Howard Douglas as Governor of New Brunswick" Yes
1943 Frances (Firth) Gammon "The Purpose and Place of History in the School Curriculum" Yes
1944 Robert S. McGowan "The Geographical Influence Upon the Development of the Maritimes Provinces" Yes
1945 George E. Boyd "James Simonds and the World he lived in" No
1946 James M. Wheatley "A History of the Project for a Chignecto Ship Railway" Yes
1947 Jeon J. Loggie "A History of Scientific Enterprise and Discovery in New Brunswick" Yes
1948 Arthur J. Blakeney "Political Issues in New Brunswick in the Laurier Era, 1896-1911" Yes
1949 Not awarded Assigned topic: N.B.'s part in the Reciprocity Movement of 1911 No
1950 Frederick C. Allen "The Compact Theory of Confederation" Yes
1951 Not awarded Assigned topic: The Governship of the Honorable Arthur Hamilton Gordon` No
1952 Bernard J. Scott "The Influence of Imperialism on English Historical Writing in the 19th Century" No
1953 Joan Goodfellow "The Emergence of a Distinctly Canadian Foreign Policy in the 20th Century" Yes
1954 Gertrude E. Gunn "Canada and the Boer War" Yes
1955 J. Ian Watson "Conscription as an Issue in Federal politics in 1917-1919" Yes
1956 Noval E. Balch "The Canadian Election of 1891" No
1957 Neil Mulvaney "The Alaskan Boundary Dispute" Yes
1958 Luigi G. Blink "Britain's Relations with Palestine, 1917-1948" Yes
1959 Timothy W. Arnold "British Parliamentary Opinion of the Russian Revolution" No
1960 Not awarded No
1961 Glenna Ruth Geldart "The French-Canadian Contributions to the Achievement of Responsible Government" Yes
1962 Dominik Stuart Graham, Lewis Henry Morgan, & Tom Ewart Monteith "Plans for British Imperial Reorganization 1754-1778" No
1963 Ellen Joanne Rowley "Maximillian in Mexico" Yes
1964 Peter Job Roberts "The Charlottetown Conference" Yes
1965 Ivan James Saunders "Sir Robert Borden as a War Time Prime Minister" Yes
1966 Elaine Mitchell "The Background and Development of Movements of Social Protests in Canada, 1918-1939" Yes
1967 George William Kitchen "The Impeachment of President Andrew Johnson" No
1968 Brian Charles Thomas Cook "The Boxer Rebellion in the Light of the Influence of the Imperialist Powers on China" Yes
1969 Not awarded No
1970 Not awarded No
1971 Not awarded No
1972 Douglas A. Sare "American Foreign Policy: The Marshall Mission" Yes
1973 Not awarded No
1974 Mary E. Atcheson "Marxism in the Twentieth Century" Yes
1975 Donald C. VanWart "Lenin and the Theories of Bolshevism: An Analysis of the Relationship Between Ideas and Personality" Yes
1976 Donald F. Smith "Le Chef and Uncle Louis" Yes
1977 Joan M. Grant "Burke and the American and French Revolutions" Yes
1978 Paul R. Cassidy "Islam, Christianity and the Nigerian Civil War" Yes
1979 Pamela B. Saunders "The Reaction of Saint John to the National Policy during the Election of 1878" Yes
1980 Alexander Perry Biddiscombe No
1981 John Patrick Bingham "Ireland as Fiction: An Emergence of Proportion" Yes
1982 Judith A. Webb "Stanley Baldwin and the General Strike of 1926" Yes
1983 Carolyn Ann Young "The Gentry Controversy: Theories and Counter-theories" Yes
1984 John Patrick Bingham "Hitler, Poland and Danzig: German Foreign Policy" Yes
1985 Wanda Ruth McNally No
1986 Charles T. French & William John Foley "Perceptions of New Brunswick's Economic Prospects in the 1950s" Yes
1987 Diane Joyce Lawrence "The Elizabethan Church Settlement" Yes
1988 Russell J. Prime "Digby's Exodus: A Black and White Experience, 1783-1791" Yes
1989 Charlotte J. Glencross "Rosa Luxemburg" Yes
1990 Christopher C. Brittain "Building the Trojan Horse: The CEDA and the Moderate Right during the Second Spanish Republic" Yes
1991 Michele Elaine Stairs "An Examination of the Influence of Economics on the Electorate of St. David's Parish, Charlotte County, New Brunswick 1846-1854" Yes
1992 Robert MacLeod "Working Women in Early Industrial Britain: And Examination of Attitudes in Transition" Yes
1993 Robert MacLeod "Women and Paid-Labour: The Nineteenth Century Industrial Experience in a Small New Brunswick Parish" Yes
1994 Elliot Sullivan "For King and Country: Wales and English Civil War" Yes
1995 Brian Travis "The Gentlemen and the Undeserving People of the Saint John River" Yes
1996 Ellen Thorne "Women at the New Brunswick Provincial Normal School, 1882-1883" Yes
1997 Kurt William Peacock No
1998 Vicki Lyn Hackett No
1999 Ronna Leah Ella No
2000 Matthew Marc Chapman Milner “Wilful Apathy or Astute Descretion? Pius XII and the Holocaust” No
2001 Terence James Chandra No
2002 Elliot P. Buckland No
2003 Kevin Charles Plummer No
2004 Shawna Marie Stairs No
2005 Caroline Caverhill Mann No
2006 Julia Catherine Roy No
2007 Christiane Gisele Aiton No
2008 Lyle Matthew Skinner No
2009 Steven Hansen "National Abuse of the Innocent: Studying the Fate of Lebenborn Children in Post-War Norway" No
2010 Cheryl Petreman "Thomas Muntzer in Thuringia: Leader of the Commoners' Revolution or Ignored Visionary?" No
2011 Andrew Barrett No
2012 Cody Alan Hamilton “A Narrow Path to Health: Disciplinary Control in Preventative Medical Theory, 1750-1800” No


  • UA Case 149.

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