Monday, 16 October 2017 00:00

Victorian History Awards announced

A book about the history of the Kulkyne area of north-west Victoria by John Burch has been awarded the inaugural Victorian Premier’s History Award.

The book, Returning the Kulkyne, provides an insight into the human stories of the Kulkyne ranging from the Indigenous Latji Latji and Nyeri Nyeri clans to squatters and pastoralists, hunters, rangers and even railwaymen, as well as the restitution of the environment after decades of misuse and degradation.

Dame Elisabeth Murdoch’s gardener Michael Morrison and author Lisa Clausen were awarded the Judges’ Special Prize for the book they co-wrote, Cruden Farm Garden Diaries – a compilation of more than 46 years of recorded history of Murdoch’s garden.

The Victorian Community History Awards are presented by Public Record Office Victoria in partnership with the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, and are funded by the Victorian Government.

This is the first year the Awards have included the Victorian Premier’s History Award. To view commendations and for more information go to

Award winners in other categories are:

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 Bureaucrat’s Child-Minding Centre, “The Flat” at Footscray High School 1976-1986 by Miranda Francis, Provenance Journal

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