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History

'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.' (prov.vic.gov.au/community/grants-and-awards/community-history-awards

Winners (also see subcategories)8981116

2020 winner (Historical Interpretation Award) y separately published work icon Annie's War Annie's War : The Story of One Boroondara Family's Wartime Experience Lucy Bracey , Camberwell : City of Boroondara , 2019 20252510 2019 single work children's fiction children's historical fiction

'It is 1916 and Annie Slade is 7 years old when her dad joins the Australian Imperial Forces (AIF). He leaves to fight in World War I, on battlefields on the other side of the world. Annie stays at home in Kew with her mum and her two sisters, Nellie and Edie. They stay in touch with their dad by writing lots of letters, and he writes back to them. But the war doesn't just affect the soldiers overseas. It's war-time in Australia, too. This is Annie's story about growing up in Boroondara during and after the extraordinary events of World War I.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2018 winner (Victorian Premier's History Award) y separately published work icon The Maddest Place on Earth Jill Giese , Melbourne : Australian Scholarly Publishing , 2018 14933397 2018 single work non-fiction

'Gold-fuelled Melbourne was booming, but dwelling in the fault lines of the proud young colony was an alarming fact – Victoria had the highest rate of insanity in the world. Was it the antipodean sun, gold mania, excessive masturbation, the heady pace of modern life?

'The true story of colonial Victoria’s quest to cure insanity unfolds through the lives of three English newcomers – a gifted artist, exiled from his homeland for his madness; an ambitious doctor, bringing enlightened treatment ideals to his post in charge of the overflowing asylum; and a mysterious undercover journalist, who sensationally exposed the lunatics’ plight in Melbourne’s press.

'Amid the clamour of fraught endeavours and maddened minds, the story reveals unexpected hope, creativity and ennobling humanity – and surprising contemporary relevance as we continue to grapple with this ancient human malady.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2015 winner y separately published work icon Jean Galbraith : Writer in a Valley Meredith Fletcher , Clayton : Monash University Publishing , 2014 7864592 2014 single work biography

'This is the compelling story of Jean Galbraith (1906-1999), one of Australia's most influential botanists and writers on nature, plants, and gardens. As a garden writer, Galbraith was particularly notable for spreading knowledge of Australian flora and encouraging the cultivation of native plants in home gardens. As a botanist, she wrote accessible field guides on Australian wildflowers that made a vital contribution to the conservation of native plants. She conveyed the wonders of nature to generations of children through her child-centered stories of adventures in the natural world. Her nature writing evoked the spirit of places she knew well and introduced readers to the beauty of the Australian bush. During a writing career that began in the mid-1920s and spanned 70 years, Jean Galbraith developed new forms of garden writing in Australia and she turned botanical writing into a literary art. Her writing reached multiple audiences, both national and international: gardeners in Britain and America were intrigued by lyrical articles evoking the beauty of Australian flora, while field naturalists regarded her wildflower guides as 'glove box Bibles.' The book also explores the relationship between a writer and her place, the Australian valley of the Latrobe River in Gippsland, bordered by the foothills of the Great Dividing Range to the north and the Strzelecki Ranges to the south, where temperate rainforest can still be found in the folds of the hills. From her home in Gippsland, inspired by her surroundings, Jean Galbraith put her vision of nature into words and helped Australians of all ages to see their own landscapes in new ways. Along with looking at the life of a gifted writer who had a passion for nature, and an urge to share and conserve the beauty around her, important themes in Australia's 20th-century botanical, gardening, and conservation history are also explored. ' (Publication summary)

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