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Ron Rathbone Local History Prize

2016 Ron Rathbone Local History Prize

A prize of $5,000 will be awarded to the author of the best piece of original research on any aspect of the City of Rockdale.

Inaugurated in 2006 to honour the former Mayor, Councillor and historian Ron Rathbone OAM, the aim of the prize is to foster the research and writing of local history. Entrants in the prize were asked to submit a piece of research on any aspect of the Rockdale Local Government Area - its history, buildings, organisations, people, parks, natural features or events.

Entry submission has now closed. Please stay tuned for the results which will be announced on Saturday 10 September. The entries will be available to view online from Monday 12 September.

2016 Junior Ron Rathbone Local History Prize

The aim of the Junior Ron Rathbone Local History Prize is to encourage an interest in the research and writing of local history among our school students.

Students were invited to submit an essay on any topic related to the history of the City of Rockdale. Both the winning primary school student and the winning high school student will receive $500.

In their essay, students may choose:

  • To write a brief history of any local school, church, building, business or park
  • To write a brief biography of a current or former resident, politician, sports person, business person or entertainer from or associated with the Rockdale area
  • To write a family history describing how their family came to live in the Rockdale area and/or any connections that their family has with the Rockdale area
  • Alternatively, students may write an essay on any topic they choose as long as it is related to the City of Rockdale

Congratulations to the winners and competition entrants.

For more information, please contact Council's Local History Services Specialist Kirsten Broderick, on 9562 1818 or email kbroderick@rockdale.nsw.gov.au. The 2015, 2014 and 2013 competition entries are also available for viewing online.


 

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2016 Ron Rathbone Local History Prize

Rockdale City Council would like to thank and congratulate all the entrants in the 2016 Ron Rathbone Local History Prize

Unless indicated, PDF file sizes are less than 4Mb in size

Leonie Bell, Against the odds: the history of the Rockdale Opera Company (26.4Mb)

Dr Garry Darby, Primrose House, Dolls Point: a history (47.7Mb)

Charles Davis, Rockdale Remembers: A First World War Centenary Commemoration

Liljana Mitreska, Jone Belcheff and Mick Veloskey: Brilliant lives

Karen Pentland, The black & white of the thin blue line: Rockdale Police Station in the press 1890s - 1960s (6.3Mb)

Winner: Leonie Bell
Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Ron Rathbone Local History Prize: Karen Pentland

2016 Ron Rathbone Junior Local History Prize

Rockdale City Council would like to thank and congratulate all the entrants in the 2016 Ron Rathbone Junior Local History Prize

Unless indicated, PDF file sizes are less than 4Mb in size

Odette Hadges, The history of St David's Anglican Church

Ada Kwok, Church of Life

Silvia Kwok, Ramsgate Beach

Adrian Leong, History of Sydney Airport (8.2Mb)

Cindy Purvis, The Life and Legacy of Pemulwuy

Jessica Vrckovski, The History of Rockdale Womens Netball Courts at 310 West Botany Street (6.1Mb)

Winner (Primary School Category): Jessica Vrckovski
Winner (High School Category): Cindy Purvis


2015 Ron Rathbone Local History Prize

Rockdale City Council would like to thank and congratulate all the entrants in the 2015 Ron Rathbone Local History Prize

Unless indicated, PDF file sizes are less than 4Mb in size

Pauline Amy, Dolan, Clune and Stone family history

Lewin Bond, Memories of Aqua Flora Park (44Mb)

Dr Garry Darby, Rocky Point Road: the first 50 years (17Mb)

Charles Davis, A City of Rockdale First World War Centenary Commemoration Website

Dr Panayiotis Diamadis, Personal experience, public memory: Rockdale's monuments to military service (NB. This entry is only available in hard copy - please contact Council's Local History Services Coordinator on 9599 8452 to view this work)

Jean Jehan, The life and service of Jack Banks (13Mb)

Karen Pentland, Post World War One Nurses of the St George Area

Alan Powditch, The early history of Brighton-Le-Sands Public School (24Mb)

Olga Sedneva, Hidden treasures (NB. This entry is only available in hard copy - please contact Council's Local History Services Coordinator on 9599 8452 to view this work)

Bruce Sharp, Rockdale history: A Sharp reminder

Paul Street, Sidney Owen: hero of the North Brighton shark attack in 1940

William Taylor, A History (14.4Mb)

Winner: Dr Garry Darby
Runner Up: Dr Panayiotis Diamadis
Highly Commended: Olga Sedneva

2015 Ron Rathbone Junior Local History Prize

Rockdale City Council would like to thank and congratulate all the entrants in the 2015 Ron Rathbone Junior Local History Prize

Unless indicated, PDF file sizes are less than 4Mb in size

Adrian Leong, St George Girls High School

Eric Rong, Windows into Bexley (part 1: to 1899) (4.6Mb)

Jasmine Scorse-Chen, Kingsgrove Farm and its past owners

Winner: Eric Rong
Runner Up: Jasmine Scorse-Chen


2014 Ron Rathbone Local History Prize

Rockdale City Council would like to thank and congratulate all the entrants in the 2014 Ron Rathbone Local History Prize

Unless indicated, PDF file sizes are less than 4Mb in size

Charles Davis, Preparing Private Blanton: the Rockdale/Kogarah 38th Battalion 1911 (7.9Mb)

Valmai Farrow, A history of the Guild Theatre, Rockdale

The late Dr Philip and Mrs Jan Gregory, Railway suburbs

Gerald Lefurgy, Plenty in the midst of their poverty: Rockdale's experience of the early Great Depression, 1929-34 (8.6Mb)

Therese Murray, 1956: the year that rocked Kingsgrove

Karen Pentland, They rallied to the flag: the people behind Bexley's patriotic flag

Winner: Karen Pentland

2014 Ron Rathbone Junior Local History Prize

Rockdale City Council would like to thank and congratulate all the entrants in the 2014 Ron Rathbone Junior Local History Prize

Unless indicated, PDF file sizes are less than 4Mb in size

Christian Hill, All Aboard! From Rockdale to Brighton-Le-Sands by tram

Earl Kwok, St George Hospital

Ronald Kwok, Bexley Pool

Tandee Wang, The Political Trials and Tribulations of Rockdale City: a history

Aislinn Wood, The History of Athelstane Public School

Primary School Category
Winner: Christian Hill

High School Category
Winner: Tandee Wang


2013 Ron Rathbone Local History Prize

Rockdale City Council would like to thank and congratulate all the entrants in the 2013 Ron Rathbone Local History Prize

Unless indicated, PDF file sizes are less than 4Mb in size

Joan Adams, Thomas Mascord: a pioneer of the Parish of St George (9.2Mb)

Lois Burns, Rockdale Babies Home

Charles Davis, General Holmes and a man called Leitch (14.7Mb)

Beverley Earnshaw, Olympian Kennels: 8 Cairo Street, Rockdale, 1927-1937 (8.6Mb)

David Martin, The Rockdale Municipal Honour Roll of volunteers who served in the 1st AIF during the Great War of 1914-1918 (23.4Mb)

Karen Pentland, The pub on the Point: A history of a hotel at Sandringham

Dr Arthur White, Rockdale's Aboriginal past

Winner: David Martin
Runner Up: Charles Davis

2013 Ron Rathbone Junior Local History Prize

Rockdale City Council would like to thank and congratulate all the entrants in the 2013 Ron Rathbone Junior Local History Prize

Unless indicated, PDF file sizes are less than 4Mb in size

Destiny Ayoub, A brief history of Rockdale City

Mila Bockaroska, 2013 Junior Ron Rathbone Local History Prize

Teodora Bojanic, Ken Rosewall: Rockdale's sporting hero

Theo Churchill, The history of Rockdale

Julian Dal Bianco, St Thomas More Church history

Vasili Filippatos, The History of St Thomas More's (5.9Mb)

Piper Finnegan, History of St Thomas More's School

Camila Galbarini, St Thomas More's School

Daniel Goni, Cannons in Brighton

Diego Goni, Who was here before Captain Cook?

Antonia Janji, St Thomas More's School

Antony Kaldas, St Thomas More's

Earl Kwok, Lady Robinsons Beach

Ronald Kwok, Sydney Technical High School

Keith McPartlan, My favourite parish: St Mary Mackillop's Parish, Rockdale City (7Mb)

Hoyori Maruo, Brighton-Le-Sands Primary Public School's history

John Paul Micalizzi, Dolls Point (4.3Mb)

Kayla Morton, Living in Rockdale (7.9Mb)

Fiona Pelosi, The Rockdale Odeon Theatre

Julian Perin, Peoples and population over the years

Bodhi Richardson, St Thomas More

Eric Rong, An insight into the history of Sydney Technical High School

Sophia Rosenthal, Les Christian

Thomas Ryan, Cuisine of Brighton Le Sands

Amelia Stirton, Brighton Baths

Max Titley, A history of Botany Bay

Sienna Williams, St Thomas More's Brighton Le Sands

Primary School Category
Winner: Sophia Rosenthal
Runner Up: Daniel Goni
Most Creative Piece of Writing: Kayla Morton
Most Outstanding Effort: Keith McPartlan

High School Category
Winner: Eric Rong
Runner Up: Fiona Pelosi
Most Outstanding Effort: Earl Kwok

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