2019 Victorian Community History Awards Shortlist

2019 Victorian Community
History Awards Shortlist

Victorian Premier’s History Award shortlist announced

This year, 42 community history publications and projects from across the state have been shortlisted for the Victorian Community History Awards, which recognise the contributions of Victorians in the preservation of local history.

The Victorian Community History Awards are presented annually by Public Record Office Victoria and the Royal Historical Society of Victoria.

The 2019 nominees include 25 print publications and 17 history projects, from popular novels such as Chloe Hooper’s The Arsonist: A Mind on Fire and journalist George Megalogenis’ The Football Solution: How Richmond’s Premiership Can Save Australia to an audio tour of Ballarat and a property database of Phillip Island.

Prominent Victorians are the subject of some of the projects, such as public servant and civil engineer Carlo Catani, famed doctor Mary De Garis, artists Mirka and George Mora, as well as Leonard French, who designed and created the stain glass ceiling in the NGV’s Great Hall.

Twenty-five print publications and seventeen history projects have been shortlisted for prizes ranging from $500 to $2000, with one to be named the winner of the $5,000 Victorian Premier’s History Award.

All the shortlisted nominees are up for cash prizes ranging from $500 to $2,000 – Special Minister of State Gavin Jennings will announce the major award and category award winners at a ceremony at the Victorian Arts Centre on 14 October.

“Victoria has so many amazing stories to share and they deserve to be told.”

“These awards pay tribute to those historians, writers and creative individuals who’ve done their best to ensure our history is never forgotten.”

Special Minister of State Gavin Jennings                                                    

“I am delighted at the breadth of subjects and formats covered by works shortlisted for these prestigious awards.”

Public Record Office Victoria Director and Keeper of Public Records, Justine Heazelwood

“Numerous entries have displayed dazzling diversity and innovative and creative ways of telling the history of Victoria – the RHSV celebrates the wonderful array of entries in 2019.”

President of the Royal Historical Society Victoria, Emeritus Professor Richard Broome

History Print Publications

A Golden Age in Flemington: 10 Years of Ageing
Moonee Valley Golden Age Women

Along the Line: Caulfield to Oakleigh Rail Stories
Glen Eira Historical Society Inc.

A Second Chance
The Making of Yiddish Melbourne

Margaret Taft and Andrew Markus

At Home on the Hill: Stories of Pioneers in the First 30 Years of the Phillip Island Cemetery
Pamela Rothfield

A Tribute to Those Who Served: Remembering WWI Service Personnel Who Are Buried or Memorialised in the Warragul Cemetery West Gippsland
West Gippsland Genealogical Society

Avenue of Memories
Phil Roberts

Black Saturday
Not the End of the Story

Peg Fraser

Blue Lake: Finding Dudley Flats and the West Melbourne Swamp
David Sornig

Bungalows of St Albans
Jospeph Ribarow

Gardens of the National Trust of Australia (Victoria)
Anne Vale

Gravel and Bitumen: The History of the Street Names of Bairnsdale
Anthony A. Meade

Her Majesty’s Theatre Melbourne
The Shows, The Stars, The Stories

Frank van Straten

La Nostra Storia
The Story of Italians in Ballarat

Jan McGuiness

Mirka & Georges: A Culinary Affair
Lesley Harding and Kendrah Morgan

More Than Just Housing: The South Port Community Housing Group Story 1983-2018
Beris Campbell, Janet Goodwin, Heather McKee and Helen Penrose

Not for Self But for All: A History of the Art Gallery of Ballarat Association
Anne Beggs-Sunter

Shedding Light
The Murtoa Stick Shed Saga

Murtoa Stick Shed Enterprises

Suburbia: The Familiar and Forgotten
Warren Kirk

The Arsonist: A Mind on Fire
Chloe Hooper

The Blackburns: Private Lives, Public Ambition
Carolyn Rasmussen

The Boy From Brunswick Leonard French
A Biography

Reg MacDonald

The Football Solution
How Richmond’s Premiership Can Save Australia

George Megalogenis

Victoria’s Earliest Potteries
Our Convict Era Potters

Gregory Hill

War Worn & Weary: The Convalescent Nurses of Osborne House Geelong 1917-1919
Cheryl Scott and Margaret Phelan

When Roads Were Tracks: A History of the Roads of Monbulk, Kallista, The Patch and Sherbrooke
Jill A’Vard and Armin Richter

History Projects

A History of the Broadford Paper Mill
Broadford and District Historical Society Inc.

Building Bridges: From Latin American Stories to Victorian History
Latin Stories Australia with curators Yunuen Pérez and Antonio Gonzále

Carlo Catani Blog
Heather Arnold

Carlo Catani: Visionary, Creator, Genius
CO. AS. IT Italian Historical Society

Castlemaine Gold Diggings
Historical and Modern Place Names

Clive E. Willman

East Loddon Remembers Memorial
East Loddon P-12 College, East Loddon Historical Society and Loddon Shire

Heidelberg’s Busy Bee Signature Quilt 1895-96
Heidelberg Historical Society Inc.

If These Walls Could Talk
Ballarat Town Hall Audio Tour

City of Ballarat and Way Back When

Mont Park to Springthorpe Heritage Project
The Springthorpe Heritage Group

Parkville Heritage Walks
Oral History Digitisation and App

The Parkville Association

Sale Water Tower Museum
Peter and Ann Synan

Searchable Database of Properties within the Old Shire of Phillip Island circa 1872 to 1900
Phillip Island and District Genealogical Society Inc.

Sharing our Stories
RASV Oral History Collection

Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria and Way Back When

The Stories of Drouin
Committee for Drouin Inc.

Untitled (Seven Monuments)
TarraWarra Museum of Art

Vale: Mourning, Remembrance and Spiritualism in Bendigo 1851-1901
Emma Busowsky Cox

What Courage Such a Thing Takes
The Life of Mary De Garis

Her Place Women’s Museum Australia

The Victorian Community History Awards are proudly presented by Public Record Office Victoria and the Royal Historical Society of Victoria.

The Awards recognise excellence and originality in historical storytelling. The range of award categories reflects the variety of formats that can be used to enrich the lives of Victorians through history.

The  2019 Victorian Premier’s History Award recipient and eight Victorian Community History category winners will be chosen, and announced during History Week on the 14th of October at a ceremony at the Arts Centre in Melbourne.

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