Ben is honoured to have been awarded the 2017 Allan Martin Award for his research on the Australian gold rushes.
The Allan Martin Award is a research fellowship intended to assist early-career historians further their research in Australian history.
The Award commemorates the contribution to Australian History of A. W. Martin (1926-2002), in particular his interest in and encouragement of students and younger colleagues over a lifetime of teaching and research. Allan Martin was a graduate of the University of Sydney and the Australian National University (ANU). He was a member of history departments at the Universities of Melbourne, Adelaide and the ANU, and at La Trobe University he was Foundation Professor of History (1966–73) and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities (1970 and 1971). In addition to many articles, chapters, and conference papers he wrote biographies of Henry Parkes and Robert Menzies.