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Phil Roberts wins Victorian Premier’s History Award for ‘Avenue of Memories’

Phil Roberts has won the third Victorian Premier’s History Award, worth $5000, for Avenue of Memories, published by Ballarat Arch of Victory & Avenue of Honour Committee. The award was announced in Melbourne on 14 October as part of the Victorian Community History Awards.

Roberts’ hardcover coffee table book documents Ballarat’s Avenue of Honour and Arch of Victory from 1917 to 2018, commemorating World War One soldiers, airmen, seamen and nurses.

The other award-winners include:

Judges Special Prize

  • The Arsonist: A Mind on Fire (Chloe Hooper, Hamish Hamilton)
  • Blue Lake: Finding Dudley Flats and the West Melbourne swamp (David Sornig, Scribe)

Collaborative Community Award

  • ‘Mont Park to Springthorpe heritage project’ (The Springthorpe Heritage Group)

Local History Project Award

  • When Roads Were Tracks: A history of the roads of Monbulk, Kallista, the Patch and Sherbrooke (Jill A’Vard & Armin Richter, Monbulk Historical Society)

History Publication Award

  • The Blackburns: Private lives, public ambition (Carolyn Rasmussen, MUP)

Local History—Small Publication Award

  • More Than Just Housing: The South Port Community Housing Group Story 1983–2018 (Beris Campbell et al, South Port Community Housing Group)

Cultural Diversity Award

  • La Nostra Storia: The story of Italians in Ballarat (Jan McGuiness, Ballarat Italian Association)

Oral History

  • Black Saturday: Not the end of the story (Peg Fraser, Monash University Press).


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