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October 30, 2020

Congratulations to the 2020 Victorian Community History Award winners!

Amanda Scardamaglia has taken out top honours at the Victorian Community History Awards, winning the Victorian Premier’s History Award for her book Printed on Stone: The Lithographs of Charles Troedel. The winners of the 2020 Victorian Community History Awards were announced online on the 28th of October 2020. You can watch the video here:
 



The Victorian Community History Awards are presented by Public Record Office Victoria and the Royal Historical Society of Victoria to recognise the work of individuals and organisations that preserve and share Victoria’s history. 


The full list of winners is below:

Victorian Premier’s History Award 
Printed on Stone: The Lithographs of Charles Troedel by Amanda Scardamaglia

Judges’ Special Prize 
Visions of Victoria: The Magic of Kodachrome Film, 1950-1975 by Nick Anchen

Collaborative Community History Award 
In the Name of Theatre: The History, Culture and Voices of Amateur Theatre in Victoria by Cheryl Threadgold

Local History Project Award 
Blood, Toil, Tears & Sweat: Remembering the Pakenham District’s WW2 Service Personnel, 1939‒1945 by Patrick Ferry with Wally Nye, Berwick‒Pakenham Historical Society & Pakenham RSL

History Publication Award 
Maldon: A New History 1853‒1928 by Brian Rhule

Local History Small Publication Award 
Gariwerd: An Environmental History of the Grampians by Benjamin Wilkie

Community Diversity Award 
The Boîte: History Through Music, Song and Story by Jen Rose, Well Chosen Words in partnership with The Boîte

Digital Storytelling Award (two winners) 
La Mama: The Biggest Little Theatre in Australia by Rachel Fensham and Andrew Fuhrmann for the Digital Studio at University of Melbourne and Digital Heritage Australia AND Misadventure in Little Lon by Emma Ramsay and Andy Yong

Historical Interpretation Award 
Annie’s War: The Story of One Boroondara Family’s Wartime Experience by Lucy Bracey, illustrated by Gregory Mackay

Oral History Award 
Presented in collaboration with Oral History Victoria 
Out of the Madhouse: From Asylums to Caring Community? by Sandy Jeffs and Margaret Leggatt

History Article Award 
Woman’s Sphere Remodelled: A Spatial History of the Victorian Woman’s Christian Temperance Union 1887‒1914 by Ruby Ekkel
 
Resources
•    View all the shortlisted projects here 
•    Download the 2020 Victorian Community History Awards booklet
•    Read the media release 
 

About the Victorian Community History 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 2020 award categories include:

  • Victorian Premier's History Award ($5000 prize)
  • Collaborative Community History Award ($2000)
  • Local History Project Award ($2000)
  • History Publication Award ($2000)
  • Local History - Small Publication Award (1500)
  • Community Diversity Award ($1500)
  • Digital Storytelling Award ($1500)
  • Historical Interpretation Award ($1500)
  • Oral History Award presented in collaboration with Oral History Victoria ($1500)
  • History Article Award ($500)

For more information, call the Royal Historical Society of Victoria on 03 9326 9288 or email vcha@historyvictoria.org.au