Jane Hansen Prize for History Advocacy

The History Council of Victoria is very pleased to announce its establishment of the Jane Hansen Prize for History Advocacy.

This Prize recognises the efforts of a group or individual that has advocated for the value of history (of any society and/or period), the work of historians and/or the importance of a history education.

The Prize is named in honour of Ms Jane Hansen AO whose passion for history and its advocacy is widely acknowledged. Through the Hansen Little Foundation, which aims to create a legacy of significant and positive change that inspires and enables Australians, Ms Hansen has provided generous philanthropic support for history and historians in a number of organisations. Her unsolicited donation to the HCV in 2020 inspired the Board to create this Prize. 

A call for nominations for the Prize (with detailed guidelines) will be issued in early 2021. The inaugural winner will be announced in conjunction with the HCV's Annual Lecture in October 2021.

An annual prize of $500 is offered. Winners will also be recognised with a certificate, acknowledgement via the HCV’s publications and social media, and year-long membership to the HCV Friends.

Nominations (by others, or by self) will require the submission of examples of the person's advocacy of history (e.g. through radio, tv, newspaper, social media, letter-writing etc.) plus the results and responses.

This prize is administered by the Board of the HCV. 


The HCV welcomes enquiries from individuals and organisations that wish to sponsor awards and prizes in areas relating to history and the work of historians. 

The HCV also welcomes donations at any time. All contributions help to support our work towards achieving our cultural purposes. Donations over $2 are deductible for Australian tax-payers.