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Published 4 September 2017

2017 John Dunmore Medal

The Federation of Alliances Françaises of New Zealand has announced the award of the John Dunmore Medal for 2017


Recipient of the 2017 John Dunmore Medal: Dr William Jennings, Senior Lecturer in French, University of Waikato, Hamilton.

Through his research and publications, Dr Jennings has made an important contribution to knowledge of nineteenth-century French expansion in the Pacific.  He has drawn particularly on the correspondence of the first French Marist missionaries in New Zealand and Oceania. He has contributed to the on-line Oceanian Archive, and assisted and encouraged students and other researchers to translate into English the writings of early Marist missionaries (1836-54). These translations, available on the Society of Mary website, provide new historical sources. Dr Jennings' own publications show the wealth of material to explore and the significant potential of this resource.

The John Dunmore Medal is awarded annually in recognition of major contributions to knowledge and better understanding of the part played by the French people and French culture in the scientific, economic, historical and cultural development of the Pacific.

Source: Federation of Alliances Françaises of New Zealand Inc.