Lynette Russell Prize for First Peoples' History in Schools

Entries for the inaugural Lynette Russell Prize for First Peoples' History in Schools will open in early 2022.

The History Council of Victoria is very pleased to announce its establishment of the Lynette Russell Prize for First Peoples' History in Schools.

The Lynette Russell Prize for First Peoples’ History in Schools was established in 2021 to recognise the efforts of Victorian school students in years 7-10 in their study of First Peoples’ history. The prize was established by Professor Lynette Russell AM to encourage the creative engagement and deeper knowledge of a wider number of secondary school students in this area of fundamental importance to historical literacy and an educated citizenry. 

Terms and conditions. The prize will be awarded for the first time in 2022 and thereafter will be awarded at the discretion of the judging panel (as outlined under ‘Selection process’ below). The prize will be awarded to a group of students or a class in years 7-10 for a project on the history of Australian First Peoples and may take any form: written, visual, digital or performative. The prize will be awarded on the basis of substance, engagement and creativity.

Award. The prize will consist of a cash payment of $500 and a certificate presented to the school. The use of the prize will be determined by the teacher or Koori Education Support Officer, as appropriate, in consultation with students. Winners will also be recognised with acknowledgement via the HCV’s publications and social media, and year-long membership to the HCV Friends.

Eligibility. Applicants must be from a Victorian school. 

Nominations. Student groups or classes will be nominated by their teachers or Koori Education Support Officer as appropriate. Applications are required to provide:

  • a copy of the project in hard or digital copy.
  • a completed entry form listing name, contact details, signature and date. The closing date for applications is 30 June each year.

Selection process. The Schools Prize for First Peoples History will be administered by a judging panel appointed by the Board of the HCV, consisting of at least three members of the Board. The decision of the panel will be final.

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.



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  • Margaret Birtley
    published this page in Prizes 2021-10-21 19:01:16 +1100