The publication Boroondara Remembers: Stories of WWI was the winner of the Local History - Small Publication Award at the Royal Historical Society of Victoria’s 2015 Community History Awards.
The award was presented to City of Boroondara, along with authors Fiona Poulton and Katherine Sheedy on Monday 19 October 2015.
The book was commissioned as part of the Gallipoli and Beyond Program to commemorate the centenary of the Gallipoli landing during World War I. Council contributed $50K to the development of the publication and received a $10K grant from State Government.
To add to the excitement of the announcements, the Gallipoli and Beyond Program was also shortlisted in the Centenary of WWI Award category. This event program was the result of collaboration between the Gallipoli and Beyond Inc Committee and Council.
A total of 205 nominations were received across eight categories and for Boroondara to feature in two categories was a tremendous achievement, particularly for a first time entrant.
Not only was the program collaboration between Council and a community group, but it also involved collaboration between the Arts and Culture and Library Services departments. The publication and delivered program were well regarded by all participants and this award and nomination are a testament to the quality of the comprehensive Gallipoli and Beyond Program.