Victorian Community History Awards 2015

Writer in a ValleySeveral historians associated with the History Program at Monash won awards at this year’s Victorian Community History Awards.

One of the Program’s research adjuncts, Dr Meredith Fletcher, won the Victorian Community History Award, which recognises the most outstanding community history project submitted in any category in these awards, for her book Jean Galbraith: Writer in a Valley, which was published in 2014 by Monash University Publishing in association with State Library of Victoria.

The judges described Meredith’s book as a “sensitive and insightful biography of [a] remarkable woman”.

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Emeritus Professor Graeme Davison won the judges’ Special Prize for his book Lost Relations: Fortunes of My Family in Australia’s Golden Age, which was published in 2015 by Allen & Unwin.

The judges described Graeme’s book as “outstanding”.

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Former Monash Master of Public History students Fiona Poulton and Katherine Sheedy won the Local History Small Publication Award, which is awarded for the best small, limited run publication or e-book that features Victorian local, cultural or social history, for their book Boroondara Remembers: Stories of World War One, which was published in
2015 by the City of Boroondara.

The judges described this book as “[a] deceptively simple evocation of the war at community level, engaging to the reader, [and aptly and beautifully illustrated”.

A former MA in Public History and PhD graduate from Monash, Dr Helen Doyle, won the Centenary of World War One Award, which was a special prize for the best work or project submitted in any category on the impact of World War One on Victoria or Victorians, for her book Suburbs at War: The Cities of Malvern and Prahran during the Great War, which
was published by the City of Stonnington in 2015.

The judges remarked: “This is a perceptive, well-researched and well-written study that has made a considerable contribution to our understanding of Melbourne in WWI”.

Professor Alistair Thomson won the History Article Award, which recognises the best essay or article published in a recognised peer reviewed journal that illuminates the history of Victoria or Victorians’ for his article “Anzac Memories Revisited: Trauma, Memory and Oral
History”, which appears in Oral History Review, vol. 42, no. 1, Winter/Spring 2015, pp. 1-29.

The judges observed: “The article is both a subtle exploration of the interplay of memory and history and a fascinating contribution to our understanding of the effects of war on the psychology of those who fought”.