About the award

Established in 1998, the Victorian Community History Awards (VCHA) 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. 

Categories include:

  • Victorian Premier's History Award
  • Collaborative Community History Project
  • Local History Project
  • History Publication
  • Local History - Small Publication
  • Cultural Diversity Project
  • Multimedia History Project
  • Historical Interpretation
  • Centenary of WW1
  • History Article (Peer-Reviewed)

 

2018 Winners and commendations have been announced:

Victorian Premier’s History Award 

  • WINNER The Maddest Place on Earth by Jill Giese, published by Australian Scholarly

Judges’ Special Prize 

  • WINNER Barro-abil Our Beautiful Barrabool Stone: History and Use of Barrabool Sandstone by Jennifer Bantow and Ros Lewis

History Article (Peer Reviewed) Award

  • WINNER ‘The Happiest Time of My Life’: Emotive Visitor Books and Early Mission Tourism to Victoria’s Aboriginal Reserves by Nikita Vanderbyl, published in Aboriginal History  

Collaborative Community Award winner and commendations

  • WINNER ‘A Secondary Education for All?’ A History of State Secondary Schooling in Victoria by John Andrews and Deborah Towns, published by Australian Scholarly 
  • Urban Choreography. Central Melbourne 1985- by Kim Dovey, Rob Adams and Ronald Jones
  • Heathmont Sketchbook by Heathmont History Group
  • Pentridge. Voices from the Other Side by Rupert Mann
  • Navigating 45 Years. A History of the Yarra Valley Orienteering Club 1972-2017 by Peter Black

Local History Project Award winner and commendations

  • WINNER Silent Lives: Women of Warrnambool and District 1840-1910 by Elizabeth O’Callaghan, published by Warrnambool and District Historical Society
  • The Welsh on Victoria's Central Goldfields. A Dictionary of Biography by Peter Griffiths
  • High Country History Hub by Mansfield Historical Society
  • Top Dog of the West. A Study of the Belfast and Western Civil Service 1841-1885 by Pamela M. Marriott
  • Vagrants and Murderesses by Amber Evangelista

History Publication Award winner and commendations

  • WINNER Granville Stapylton: Australia Felix 1836, Second in Command to Major Mitchell by Gregory C. Eccleston, published by Evandale Publishing
  • The Enigmatic Mr Deakin by Judith Brett
  • Hanging Rock - A History by Chris McConville 
  • The Buxtons. 150 Years of Developing Melbourne by Peter Yule
  • Made to Order. George Thwaites and Sons, Colonial Cabinet Makers by robert La Nauze
  • The Good Country. The Djadja Wurrung, the Settlers and the Protectors by Bain Attwood

Local History – Small Publication Award winner and commendations

  • WINNER Art Captured: Hans-Wolter von Gruenewaldt, Prisoner of War Camp 13 Murchison: His Story and His Art by Hans-Wolter von Gruenewaldt and Kay Ball, published by the Murchison and District Historical Society
  • And the Women Came Too. The Families of the Founders of the Melbourne Mechanics' Institution by Anne Marsden
  • Linton. A Photographic History by Jill Wheeler and Del Atkinson
  • A Pictorial Guide to the Long Lost Lancefield and Kilmore Railway by Kylie McKay and Bob Tomkins
  • Ballarat's Blooming Begonias by Friends of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens

Cultural Diversity Award winner and commendations

  • WINNER Migrant Stories by Stella Dimadis, Medea Films
  • The Melbourne Welsh Church. In the Beginning 1852-1914 by Bill Jones
  • Grandmothers MMV Group Project by Multicultural Museums Victoria
  • Passages by Port Melbourne Historical and Preservation Society

Multimedia Award winner and commendations

  • WINNER Secrets from the Mallacoota Bunker by the Mallacoota and District Historical Society
  • Demonwiki. The History of the Melbourne Football Club by Adam Woolcock and Travis Warren
  • ReCollection by Memento Media and Moreland City Council
  • Miss Showgirl by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria Heritage

Historical Interpretation Award winner and commendations

  • WINNER Wangaratta Stories, a collaborative exhibition by the Wangaratta Historical Society, Wangaratta Art Gallery and Museums Australia (Victoria) Roving Curator Program
  • Castlemaine Cemetery. A Walk with Glimpses of the Past by Ian Hockley
  • Stanley Women of the 19th Century. Hearts of Gold - Minds of Mettle by the Friends of Stanley Athenaeum
  • Torquay History App by Cheryl Baulch and Chris Barr, Torquay Museum Without Walls
  • Walks in Port Phillip by Meyer Eidelson and others 

Centenary of World War One Award winner and commendations

  • WINNER Lest We Forget: Southern Mitchell Shire Volunteers Who Served in World War One by Grahame Thom and the Kilmore Historical Society
  • Chinese ANZACs of the Loddon-Mallee Region by Golden Dragon Museum
  • The Bendigo Roll of Honour by Murray Poustie
  • Victorian War Heritage. The Rich War History of Springvale War Cemetery and Springvale Botanical Cemetery by Celestina Sagazio

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