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September 24, 2019

20 September 2019

The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring Victoria’s proud history is not forgotten by acknowledging those who work to preserve it.

This year, 42 community history publications and projects from across the state have been shortlisted for the Victorian Community History Awards, which recognise the contributions of Victorians in the preservation of local history.

The 2019 nominees include 25 print publications and 17 history projects, from popular non-fiction books such as Chloe Hooper’s The Arsonist: A Mind on Fire and journalist George Megalogenis’ The Football Solution: How Richmond’s Premiership Can Save Australia to an audio tour of Ballarat and a property database of Phillip Island.

Prominent Victorians are the subject of some of the projects, such as public servant and civil engineer Carlo Catani, famed doctor Mary De Garis, artists Mirka and George Mora, as well as Leonard French, who designed and created the stain glass ceiling in the NGV’s Great Hall.

All the shortlisted nominees are up for cash prizes ranging from $500 to $2,000 – with one to be named the winner of the $5,000 Victorian Premier’s History Award.

Special Minister of State Gavin Jennings will announce the major award and category award winners at a ceremony at the Arts Centre on 14 October.

For more information on the shortlist, visit or

Quotes attributable to Special Minister of State Gavin Jennings

“Victoria has so many amazing stories to share and they deserve to be told.”

“These awards pay tribute to those historians, writers and creative individuals who’ve done their best to ensure our history is never forgotten.”

 Quote attributable to Public Record Office Victoria Director Justine Heazlewood

“I am delighted at the breadth of subjects and formats covered by works shortlisted for these prestigious awards.”

Quote attributable to Royal Historical Society Victoria President Richard Broome

“Numerous entries have displayed dazzling diversity and innovative and creative ways of telling the history of Victoria – the RHSV celebrates the wonderful array of entries in 2019.”

Download images of shortlisted works via Flickr below or here. 


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