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Tuesday 18 October 2016

Announcement: 2016 Short History Prize WinnerShort History Prize quill image

The Prahran Mechanics’ Institute would like to congratulate Neville Lee from the Camberwell Historical Society for his entry The Story of Ashburton Through the Ages.

This year’s winner is a well-researched and detailed description of the development of this little known area of greater Melbourne. Interestingly told with detail of the wider history as well as what happened locally, it is also well illustrated with maps and photographs.

The author receives $500, a certificate and a PMI voucher and the nominated historical society also receives $500.

Honourable Mention

Baxter Hall 1923 – Through the eyes of a child, Joan Grace Roycroft Boyle, PMI. A charmingly presented story of a family and life in early Baxter.

The Committee, staff and members of the PMI are very grateful to the Professional Historians Association for its provision of the panel of judges and for the kind consideration of the judges:

  • Dr Judith Buckrich was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1950 and emigrated to Melbourne in 1958. She has edited and published extensively and her works include: Melbourne’s Grand Boulevard: The Story of St Kilda Road (1996); The Long and Perilous Journey: A History of the Port of Melbourne (2002); Collins: Australia’s Premier Street (2005); and The Village of Ripponlea (2015). Judith is an Honorary Research Fellow of Historical Studies at Melbourne University, and is Vice-President of the Melbourne Centre of PEN.
  • Jill Barnard, a consultant historian with Living Histories, has 25 years’ experience as a professional historian. A founding member of the Professional Historians Association of Victoria, she is a past-president of that association. She is currently serving as President of Professional Historians Australia.
  • Emma Russell established History@Work nearly 20 years ago and has since been very active in local and community history producing publications, articles, digital history and websites. She has worked with many local historical societies and collections across Victoria and was Alternate Historian on the Heritage Council of Victoria for 6 years.

Thank you to all entrants for your support and valued contributions.

Details of the 2017 Short History Prize can be found on our Short History Prize page.

The Prahran Mechanics’ Institute (est. 1854) is a non-profit community organisation which operates a lending library specialising in the history of Victoria.

The annual PMI Short History Prize is a part of the PMI objective to encourage and facilitate historical research. Entrants were invited to submit works relating to ‘a history of a place or an aspect of a place in Victoria’.