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May 27, 2019

The 2018 Victorian Community History Awards were announced at the Arts Centre as part of History Week October 2018. See below for a full list of winners and commendations:

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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2018 Victorian Community History Awards