Yesterday was 31 May 2008 and the Awards Ceremony for the 2008 Victorian Community History Awards. This was also a celebration for the 10th anniversary of the Victorian Community History Awards, so we celebrated with a large birthday cake, though not the balloons and bread with 100s and 1000s that prize-giver, Judy Maddigan, would have liked.

As mentioned in a previous post, Collingwood Historical Society entered the Plaques project in the Collaborative/Community category. There were three short-listed projects and Collingwood Historical Society was winner in our category! Frances Ilyine and Virginia Dods accepted the certificate and prize of $1,000 from Judy Maddigan, Member for Essendon, and Frances gave a thank-you speech on the Society’s behalf! Pictured below after the ceremony are from left to right: Judy Maddigan, Anne Holmes, Virginia Dods and Frances Ilyine.

Congratulations to Janet Taylor who steered this project from beginning to end, and to other members of the society who were involved in the two stages of the project: Virgina Dods, Peter Hogan, Anne Holmes, Frances Ilyine, Emma Russell and Barbara Selvay. We are grateful to the City of Yarra for providing a grant to assist in this work and also to the members of the community and businesses that have allowed us to place plaques on their buildings.

A link to details of the plaques can be found on the news section on the side bar of the web-site.

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