Last updated:

June 5, 2019

About the Awards

Established in 1998, the Victorian Community History Awards (VCHA) are held annually to recognise the contributions made by Victorians in the preservation of the state’s fascinating history, published during the previous year.

Presented by Public Record Office Victoria in partnership with the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, the awards celebrate the people involved in community history projects who are dedicated to telling local stories which help all Victorians to better understand their past. 


Entries are now open for the 2019 Awards

The 2019 categories include:

  • Victorian Premier's History Award
  • Collaborative Community History Project
  • Local History Project
  • History Publication
  • Local History - Small Publication
  • Cultural Diversity Project
  • Multimedia History Project
  • Historical Interpretation
  • History Article (Peer-Reviewed)
  • And a new category for Oral History

You can enter your project either online via the Royal Historical Society of Victoria's website (this is best suited to online projects, articles, etc) or via post by downloading and filling in the entry form below and mailing it to the Royal Historical Society address enclosed (best suited for entries where a hard copy book needs to be submitted). 

Please ensure you read the enclosed conditions of entry before submitting your entry. 

All entries must be received by 2pm Friday 19 July 2019. 

Contact the Royal Historical Society of Victoria with any queries:
ph: 03 9326 9288 e:



The 2019 Awards ceremony will be held at the Arts Centre coinciding with History Week in October. This year, for the first time, a shortlist will be announced approximately one month before the ceremony. 

Hear from past winners...

We have published articles about some of our previous winners, their projects, and what winning a Victorian Community History Award means to them. 

In 2018, Jill Giese won the Victorian Premier's History Award for her book The Maddest Place on Earth. You can read about her research journey here.

photo of jill giese with don garden
Jill Giese winner of the 2018 Victorian Premier's History Award, with President of Royal Historical Society Victoria Don Garden. Photo by Claryssa Humennyj-Jameson of Iska Photography.


2017's Collaborative Community History Award winner Julie Eagles told us about how her award-winning project came about, it's impact on the community, and what the award meant to her and the team here.  And the 2017 Victorian Premier's History Award winner, John Burch, said:

"Community History is a precious commodity. Across Victoria community organisations are rediscovering and preserving our history, often without any outside assistance. The Awards offer these organisations two things – recognition of the importance of what they do and inspiring models of what can be done."

Read his Q&A here.