2019 winners announced during History Week
Eleven award-winning publications and projects have been honoured at the Victorian Community History Awards, presented by Public Record Office Victoria and the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, at the Arts Centre on the 14th of October 2019.
Congratulations to the following prize winners:
Victorian Premier’s History Award
Phil Roberts and the Ballarat’s Arch of Victory and Avenue of Honour Committee for the book Avenue of Memories
Judges Special Prize
Chloe Hooper for her book The Arsonist: A Mind on Fire, published by Hamish Hamilton Penguin
Judges Special Prize
David Sornig for his book Blue Lake: Finding Dudley Flats and the West Melbourne Swamp, published by Scribe
Collaborative Community Award
The Springthorpe Heritage Group for the Mont Park to Springthorpe Heritage Project
Local History Project Award
Jill A’Vard and Armin Richter for When Roads Were Tracks: A History of the Roads of Monbulk, Kallista, The Patch and Sherbrooke, published by Monbulk Historical Society
History Publication Award
Carolyn Rasmussen for The Blackburns: Private Lives, Public Ambition, published by Melbourne University Press
Local History Small Publication Award
Beris Campbell, Janet Goodwin, Heather McKee and Helen Penrose for More Than Just Housing: The South Port Community Housing Group Story 1983-2018, published by the South Port Community Housing Group
Cultural Diversity Award
Jan McGuinness for La Nostra Storia: The Stories of Italians in Ballarat, published by the Ballarat Italian Association
City of Ballarat, Way Back When, Russell Goldsmith and Dimity Mapstone for If These Walls Could Talk: Ballarat Town Hall Audio Tour
Historical Interpretation Award
CO. AS. IT Italian Historical Society for their Carlo Catani: Visionary, Creator, Genius exhibition
Oral History Award
Peg Fraser for Black Saturday: Not the End of the Story, published by Monash University Publishing
- Read the media announcement here.
- Download the winners booklet here.
- View photos from the ceremony via our Flickr gallery below or here.
About the Awards
Established in 1998, the Victorian Community History Awards are held annually to recognise the contributions made by Victorians in the preservation of the state’s fascinating history, published during the previous year.
Presented by Public Record Office Victoria in partnership with the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, the awards celebrate the people involved in community history projects who are dedicated to telling local stories which help all Victorians to better understand their past.
The 2019 award categories include:
- Victorian Premier's History Award
- Judge’s Special Prizes
- Collaborative Community History Project
- Local History Project
- History Publication
- Local History - Small Publication
- Cultural Diversity Project
- Multimedia History Project
- Historical Interpretation
- And a new category for Oral History
Note: This year no History Article Prize was awarded.