2020 Victorian Community History Award Winners

2020 Victorian Community
History Awards Winners

At 4:30pm on Wednesday 28 October, during History Month, Catherine Andrews archivist, Justine Heazlewood, Keeper of Public Records and Alistair Thompson, President Oral History Australia announced the winners of the 2020 Victorian Community History Awards. The video of the awards announcement can be viewed here.

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.”

To read full Judges’ citations for each winner, click on the yellow category boxes below. The booklet celebrating the winners, those short-listed and all entrants can be downloaded here.  All entrants will be sent a copy of the 2020 VCHA booklet and, if you’d like a copy mailed to you, please email office@historyvictoria.org.au with your details.

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



Printed on Stone: The Lithographs of Charles Troedel
Amanda Scardamaglia

Melbourne Books, Melbourne, 2020




Rock on Murchison

Murchison & District Historical Society

5 Word Documents detailing events and giving links.


Geelong’s Changing Landscape. Ecology, Development and Conservation

David S. Jones and Phillip B. Roös editors

CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne, 2019


Montague. A Community Lost and Found

City of Port Phillip



Cape Otway Lightstation. WW ll Memories

Cape Otway Lightstation and RAAF FA Radar Veterans Association

Word document, audio excerpts, JPG and TIF files




Maldon: A New History 1853-1928
Brian Rhule

Exploring History Australia, Bendigo, 2019


Solicitors and the Law Institute in Victoria 1835‒2019. Pathway to a Respected Profession

Simon Smith

Law Institute of Victoria, Melbourne, 2019


The Invention of Melbourne. A Baroque Archbishop and a Gothic Architect

Jaynie Anderson, Max Vodola, Shane Carmody, editors

The Miegunyah Press, Melbourne, 2019

And Catalogue of the Exhibition on this subject, Old Treasury Building July 2019‒March 2020


Maurice Blackburn. Champion of the People

David Day

Scribe, Melbourne, 2019


Democratic Adventurer. Graham Berry and the Making of Australian Politics

Sean Scalmer

Monash University Publishing, Melbourne, 2020


The Accidental Town. Castlemaine, 1851‒1861

Marjorie Theobald

Australian Scholarly Publishing, Melbourne, 2020


The Totem Poles of Ouyen United. Travels in Country Footy

Paul Daffey

Daffey Publications, Melbourne, 2019




La Mama: The Biggest Little Theatre in Australia
Rachel Fensham and Andrew Fuhrmann for the Digital Studio at University of Melbourne
and Digital Heritage Australia


Misadventure in Little Lon
Emma Ramsay and Andy Yong



Ask a Survivor

Jewish Holocaust Centre, Melbourne



Designing a Legacy

Tim Ross



Reimagining the Women’s Mural‒A Digital Tour

Her Place Women’s Museum Australia, the Women’s Mural Documentation Project in Collaboration with the artists of the original 1986 Women’s Mural: From Bomboniere to Barbed Wire. Megan Evans, Eve Glenn.


https://herplacemuseum.com/tour/ and http://www.the-womens-mural-doc-project.com.au/




Out of the Madhouse: From Asylums to Caring Community?
Sandy Jeffs and Margaret Leggatt

Arcadia, Melbourne, 2020


Memories of the Women’s Royal Australian Air Force 1951‒1977

Jessica Ferrari, Memento Media

PDF and https://mementomedia.com.au/project/womens-royal-australian-air-force-point-cook-airbase/


Cockatoo‒Voices from the Past

Dot Griffin, Jan Shaw, Ruth South, Arthur Wintle

Cockatoo History and Heritage Group, Cockatoo, 2019




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


Mogullumbidj. First People of Mount Buffalo

Jacqui Durrant

Victorian Historical Journal, vol. 91, no. 1, June 2020


Cremorne Gardens, Gold-rush Melbourne, and the Victorian-era Pleasure Garden, 1853‒63

James Lesh

Victorian Historical Journal, vol. 90, no.2, December 2019


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

Alexandra McKinnon

Australian Journal of Biography and History, no. 3, 2020




Visions of Victoria: The Magic of Kodachrome Film 1950-1975
Nick Anchen

Sierra Publishing, Melbourne, 2019




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

Berwick‒Pakenham Historical Society & Pakenham RSL, Pakenham, 2020


Bonleigh”. Grand Dame, Beloved Home

Abigail Belfrage

The History Depart., Melbourne, 2020


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

Kiewa Valley Historical Society

Powerpoint submission


Mining Mud & Medals

Damien Finlayson, Clare Gervasoni, Simon Jacks, Dr Janice Newton, Dr Michael Taffe

Victorian Interpretive projects Inc, Ballarat, 2019


Clunes Cemetery, Victoria. Headstone Register 1861‒2020 (vol.1 on Presbyterian section)

Peter Spark

PDF copy of book and JPG of cover




Gariwerd: An Environmental History of the Grampians
Benjamin Wilkie

CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne, 2020


The Convent. A City Finds its Heart

Stuart Kells

The Miegunyah Press, Melbourne, 2020


Gita. Melbourne’s First Yoga School ‒ 65 Years of History

Fay Woodhouse

Hindsight, Lancefield, Vic., 2019


The Case of Eichengruen-Edwards and Continental Tyres

Andrew J. Kilsby

The Author, Melbourne, 2019


Breaking New Ground. Biographies of Women Agricultural Science Students. University of Melbourne 1942‒1965

Helen Billman-Jacobe and Ann Westmore

Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Science, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, 2019


Fire on the Plateau. A History of Fire and its Management in Stanley

Jacqui Durrant

Stanley Athenaeum & Public Room, Stanley, Vic., 2019




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


Journeys into Chinese Australian Family History

Sophie Couchman, editor

Chinese Australian Family Historians of Victoria Inc, Melbourne, 2019


When the Past Awakens. A Mother’s Pain

Maria Avraam and Helena Kidd

Xlibris, Bloomington, Indiana, US, 2019


A Networked Community. Jewish Melbourne in the Nineteenth Century

Sue Silberberg

Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2020


No Regard for the Truth. Friendship and kindness. Tragedy and Injustice. Rowville’s Italian Prisoners of War

Darren Arnott

The Author, Melbourne, 2019




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

City of Boroondara, Melbourne, 2019


Jewish Holocaust Centre Virtual Tour

Lisa Phillips, Jennifer Levitt Maxwell, Robbi Simons, Gozer Studio 



Colour and Fantasy, Australia’s First Colonial Art Potters 1896‒1910

Gregory Hill, curator of exhibition

Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, Melbourne, 2019


A Guide to Historic St Kilda

David Willis, photography Dimitri Bonatakis

St Kilda Press, Melbourne, 2019


Munitions Industry Commemoration Heritage Panels

Melbourne’s Living Museum of the West



Heritage Walks for the Time of COVID-19 Social Distancing

Springthorpe Heritage Group



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.

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Image: Buffalo models at Porepunkah, 1946.
Public Record Office Victoria. VPRS 12800/P9, Item 006/120