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Presented by Public Record Office Victoria in partnership with the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, the Victorian Community History Awards are held annually to 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 categories include:

  • Victorian Premier's History Award ($5000 prize)
  • Collaborative Community History Award ($2000)
  • Local History Project Award ($2000)
  • History Publication Award ($2000)
  • Small History Publication Award ($1500)
  • Small Organisation History Project 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)
  • Judges' Special Prize ($500)

Congratulations to 2023's winners. Dates and details of the 2024 Victorian Community History Awards have not yet been finalised. Subscribe to our Despatch e-newsletter to be among the first to receive PROV's Grants and Awards news.  


Congratulations to our 2023 Victorian Community History Award winners

The 2023 Victorian Community History Awards were presented at the Arts Centre Melbourne on the 2nd of February 2024 by Public Record Office Victoria in partnership with the Royal Historical Society of Victoria. 

Victorian Premier’s History Award
St Kilda 1841-1900: Movers and Shakers and Money-Makers by Carmel McKenzie

Judges’ Special Prize
Frontier Magistrate: The Enigmatic Foster Fyans by John Cary

Collaborative Community History Award 
On Bunurong Country: Art and Design in Frankston by Lisa Byrne and Dr Jane Eckett

Local History Project Award 
Houses of North and West Melbourne by Elio Sarpi

Small Organisation History Project Award 
Precious Objects: Shared Memories of our Collective Past by Willaura Modern Inc. at Historic Railway Station Gallery in association with Willaura Historical Society

History Publication Award 
Staging a Revolution: When Betty Rocked the Pram by Kath Kenny

Small History Publication Award 
Flinders Cargo Shed: Heritage and Environs by Flinders District Historical Society

Digital Storytelling Award  
Unknown Melbourne by Julian O’Shea

Community Diversity Award 
Nyernila by Charlton Neighbourhood House

Oral History Award (presented in collaboration with Oral History Victoria)
Don’t Be Too Polite Girls by Richard Lowenstein and Martie Lowenstein

History Interpretation Award 
The Lost City of Melbourne by Gus Berger

History Article Award 
No Mention of the Great Famine: Interpreting a Gap in Dr John Singleton’s Autobiographical Narrative by Sylvia Morrissey, published in Victorian Historical Journal

group photo of winners
Victorian Community History Award winners with Richard Broome and Judy Maddigan


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The Victorian Community History Awards are supported by the Victorian Government through the Community Support Fund.


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