Central Victoria shines at 2017 Victorian Community History Awards

A GUIDED walk through the historical streets of Kyneton and an insight into the “red brick legacy” of Castlemaine are among projects celebrated at a state award ceremony.

Both the Discover Historic Kyneton and Building Castlemaine projects were recipients of Victorian Community History Awards.

East Loddon Remembers, a project by East Loddon P-12 College and the East Loddon and District Historical Society, was highly commended. 

Awardees were announced in 11 categories, including the inaugural Victorian Premier’s History Award. 

“I want to congratulate every winner on telling such important and engaging local stories that help Victorians better understand the past,” Special Minister of State, Gavin Jennings, said. 

Public Record Office Director and Keeper of Public Records, Justine Heazlewood, said the projects recognised were rich and diverse resources for learning more about Victorian history.

“Many of these projects were created by volunteers, all of them by people who love and live for history,” she said.

Fran Wigley accepts the award for Discover Historic Kyneton. Picture: SUPPLIED

Fran Wigley accepts the award for Discover Historic Kyneton. Picture: SUPPLIED

As the recipient of the Historical Interpretation Award, the team behind Discover Historic Kyneton was recognised for the project’s innovative format. 

A fold-out map guides users on a walking tour, consisting of 54 stops. 

Judges described the project as “an exemplar of a guided township walk.”

Building Castlemaine – the book awarded the Local History – Small Publication Award - also included a town walk, with 22 points of interest.

But it was the “deft” skill with which author Robyn Lewis conveyed the significance of Harry McBean’s contribution to “the distinctive character of Castlemaine” that the judges particularly noted.

They also admired the aesthetics of the project, which they described as “artistically designed and lavishly illustrated.”

Sarah Clare with Jasmine Condliffe, Rylee Gallagher and Jack Sinclair of the East Loddon Remembers team. The students are holding research they compiled for the online project. Picture: EMMA D'AGOSTINO

Sarah Clare with Jasmine Condliffe, Rylee Gallagher and Jack Sinclair of the East Loddon Remembers team. The students are holding research they compiled for the online project. Picture: EMMA D'AGOSTINO

East Loddon Remembers came highly commended in the Multimedia Award category.

The website helps to preserve the stories of Anzacs who called the region home.

East Loddon P-12 College students have compiled profiles of the men and women featured on the website, in partnership with members of the East Loddon and District Historical Society.

“We are so thrilled to have the hard work of students, community members and staff recognised at a state level,” school curriculum leader, Sarah Clare, said. 

John Burch took out the Victorian Premier’s History Award for Returning the Kulkyne, a book about the history of an area of north-west Victoria. 

The Victorian Community History Awards were presented during a ceremony at the Arts Centre Melbourne last week.