2020 Victorian Community History Awards Shortlist

2020 Victorian Community
History Awards Shortlist


The contributions made by Victorians who are preserving the state’s rich and diverse history are being celebrated and recognised.

Minister for Government Services Danny Pearson today announced the 48 projects and publications that made the shortlist for this year’s Victorian Premier’s History Award and Victorian Community History Awards.

The shortlist includes books, articles, exhibitions, websites and a digital tour that tell the stories of WWII, histories of Melbourne suburbs, regional towns, Chinese and Jewish communities, the arts and the environment across Victoria.

Local historians have adapted their projects due to the coronavirus pandemic with heritage walks designed with social distancing in mind, virtual building tours and online works.

A total of 32 publications and 16 history projects have been shortlisted for prizes ranging from $500 to $2000, and all are in the running for the $5,000 Victorian Premier’s History Award major prize.

From the shortlist, the 2020 Victorian Premier’s History Award recipient and nine Victorian Community History category winners will be chosen.

Final award winners will be announced online in October as part of History Month. 


Minister for Government Services Danny Pearson                                                    

Congratulations to all the local historians who have worked so hard to bring Victoria’s diverse and fascinating history to lifeespecially in such challenging times.

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

“Well done to everyone involved in each of these works that tell aspects of Victoria’s rich history. I’d particularly like to acknowledge those historians striving to continue to run history projects and programs remotely. Your innovation this year has been inspiring and much appreciated by history lovers across Victoria. We look forward to announcing the final Victorian Community History Award winners during History Month in October.”

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

“It is astonishing that such a difficult time has produced the second largest number of entries to the Victorian Community History Awards in 22 years; 176 entries across all nine categories!  Many entries have multiple people involved so well over 200 creators of content from across Victoria, including authors, curators, film makers, designers, editors and publishers, have participated this year, meaning that these awards have again energised the creative sector of Victoria.”


Those books highlighted in blue below are hyper-linked to the History Victoria bookshop if you wish to purchase a copy. 

History Print Publications

Annie’s War: The Story of One Boroondara Family’s Wartime Experience
Lucy Bracey and Gregory Mackay

Blood, Toil, Tears & Sweat: Remembering the Pakenham District’s WW2 Service Personnel, 1939-1945
Patrick Ferry with Wally Nye

Clunes Cemetery, Victoria, Headstone Register 1861-2020 (Vol. 1 on Presbyterian Section)
Peter Spark

Cockatoo – Voices from the Past
Dot Griffin, Jan Shaw, Ruth South, Arthur Wintle

Cremorne Gardens, Gold-rush Melbourne, and the Victorian-era Pleasure Garden, 1853-63 in the Victorian Historical Journal
James Lesh

Gariwerd: An Environmental History of the Grampians
Benjamin Wilkie

Geelong’s Changing Landscape: Ecology, Development and Conservation
David S. Jones and Philip B Roös

“I am proud of them all & we all have suffered.” World War I, the Australian War Memorial and a Family in War and Peace in the Australian Journal of Biography and History
Alexandra McKinnon

Maurice Blackburn: Champion of the People
David Day

Mining Mud & Medals
Damien Finlayson, Clare Gervasoni, Simon Jacks, Dr Janice Newton and Dr Michael Taffe

Mogullumibidj: First People of Mount Buffalo in the Victorian Historical Journal
Jacqui Durrant

Solicitors and the Law Institute in Victoria 1835-2019: Pathway to a Respected Profession
Simon Smith

The Case of Eichengruen-Edwards and Continental Tyres
Andrew J. Kilsby

The Convent: A City Finds its Heart
Stuart Kells

The Invention of Melbourne: A Baroque Archbishop and a Gothic Architect
Jaynie Anderson, Max Vodola and Shane Carmody

When the Past Awakens: A Mother’s Pain
Maria Avraam and Helena Kidd

Woman’s Sphere Remodelled: A Spatial History of the Victorian Woman’s Christian Temperance Union 1887-1914 in the Victorian Historical Journal
Ruby Ekkel

History Projects

Ask a Survivor
Jewish Holocaust Centre

Cape Otway Lightstation
WWII Memories

Cape Otway Lightstation and RAAF FA Radar Veterans Association

Colour and Fantasy, Australia’s First Colonial Art Potters 1896-1910
Gregory Hill

Designing a Legacy
Tim Ross

Heritage Walks for the Time of COVID-19 Social Distancing
Springthorpe Heritage Group

Jewish Holocaust Centre Virtual Tour
Lisa Phillips, Jennifer Levitt Maxwell, Robbi Simons, Gozer Studio

La Mama: The Biggest Little Theatre in Australia
Rachel Fensham and Andrew Fuhrmann

Memories of the Women’s Royal Australian Air Force 1951-1977
Jessica Ferrari, Memento Media

Misadventure in Little Lon
Emma Ramsay and Andy Yong

Montague: A Community Lost and Found
City of Port Phillip

Munitions Industry Commemoration Heritage Panels
Melbourne’s Living Museum of the West

Reimagining the Women’s Mural – A Digital Tour
Her Place Women’s Museum Australia, and the Women’s Mural Documentation Project in collaboration with artists Megan Evans and Eve Glenn

Rock on Murchison
Murchison & District Historical Society

The Boite: History Through Music, Song and Story
Jen Rose, Well Chosen Words in partnership with The Boite

The POWER of Water
The History of the Kiewa Hydro Electric Scheme

Kiewa Valley Historical Society

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  2020 Victorian Premier’s History Award recipient and eight Victorian Community History category winners will be chosen, and announced during History Month, October 2020 (date to be confirmed).

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