A book about the history of Mechanics’ Institutes of Victoria has been awarded top prize at this years’ Victorian Community History Awards at a ceremony held at the Arts Centre on the 17th of October.
Mechanics’ Institutes in Victoria have historically been meeting places for adult education, entertainment and the arts. The book These Walls Speak Volumes: A History of Mechanics’ Institutes in Victoria by Pam Baragwanath and Ken James, provides an insight into the role of this local, independent, self-funded and self-help voluntary system.
Congratulations to all the winners:
Victorian Community History Award
These Walls Speak Volumes: A History of Mechanics’ Institutes in Victoria by Pam Baragwanath and Ken James
Published by the authors
Judges’ Special Prize
Reckoning: A Memoir by Magda Szubanski
Collaborative Community Award
Breaking Out: Memories of Melbourne in the 1970s edited by Susan Blackburn
Hale & Iremonger
Local History Project Award
‘We Are All of One Blood’. A History of the Djabwurrung Aboriginal People of Western Victoria, 1836-1901 by Ian D. Clark
History Publication Award
Hector: The Story of Hector Crawford and Crawford Productions by Rozzi Bazzani
Local History Small Publication Award
The Village of Ripponlea by Judith Buckrich
Cultural Diversity Award
Wadaddi Nabadda. Paths to Peace. Voices of the Somali Speaking Community by Anne Doyle
Olympic Adult Education
We Remember: Honouring the Service & Sacrifice of Local Veterans and the Wangaratta Community During WW1, DVD and Website
Rural City of Wangaratta
Historical Interpretation Award
Duldig Studio Documentaries by Eva de Jong-Duldig and Dr David Smith
Centenary of WW1 Award
Home Front Ballarat WW1 Website: www.ballaratww1.org.au
Ballarat & District Genealogical Society
History Article (Peer Reviewed) Award
Beyond Failure and Success: The Soldier Settlement on Ercildoune Road by James Kirby
Download the winners-booklet to learn more about each winner and view the list of commendations.
For more information about the Victorian Community History Awards visit historyvictoria.org.au
Entries for the 2017 Victorian Community History Awards will open mid-2017. Keep an eye on our website for further details as they come to hand.