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. 

For more information about the Victorian Community History Awards visit historyvictoria.org.au


2017 Victorian Community History Awards

The 2017 Victorian Community History Awards were announced at the Arts Centre on the 16th of October. Winners included:

Victorian Premier’s History Award
Returning the Kulkyne by John Burch

Judges Special Prize
Cruden Farm Garden Diaries by Michael Morrison and Lisa Clausen

Collaborative Community Award
Fletcher Jones: Stories from our Community, Julie Eagles, Project Coordinator

Local History Project Award
Notable People of Collingwood by the Collingwood Historical Society

History Publication Award
La Trobe. Traveller, Writer, Governor by John Barnes

Local History – Small Publication Award
Building Castlemaine: The Red Brick Legacy of H.D. McBean by Robyn Lewis

Cultural Diversity Award
Reading the Wind and Afterwards, two documentary films by Adam Ricco, Lella Cariddi and Multicultural Arts Victoria

Multimedia History Award
Joseph Reed and the Making of Marvellous Melbourne by Ros Stirling and Heritage Films

Historical Interpretation Award
Discover Historic Kyneton: A Guide to Discovering Kyneton’s Historic Places and People by Discover Historic Kyneton

Centenary of World War One Award
To Paint a War: The Lives of the Australian Artists Who Painted the Great War 1914-1918 by Richard Travers

History Article (Peer Reviewed) Award
One Woman’s Crèche is a Bureacrat’s Child-Minding Centre, “The Flat” at Footscray High School 1976-1986 by Miranda Francis, Provenance Journal.

Download the winner's booklet for more information on these projects.