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Are you in year 4,5 or 6? Do you want to learn more about your local area and contribute your ideas for the community’s future? Are you a teacher and want to help your students develop their research skills and learn how to use the Library’s resources? For the first time The Friends of Wollongong City Library Local History prize has been extended to primary school students.
Find an image of a place that is special to you from the Library’s online Illawarra Images collection, accessible through the Library catalogue. Photograph or draw what it looks like now, research the history of the place and write about what you think it will be like in the future. You could win $200 and another $200 for your school library!
Please refer to the Teacher’s Notes and Terms and Conditions before submitting an entry.
Entries must be submitted using the Official Entry Form by 20 September 2019. Download our printable entry form to write your entry or our editable version to type your entry.

2018 Winning Entries  

Congratulations to our joint winners of the 2018 Local History Prize; Janet Lee, Joshua Howes and Lorraine Neate!

JGD Howes and Lorraine Neate presented a research paper on the early settlement of West Dapto, following the then Government decision to provide land for retired military settlers in 1829. The paper includes an in depth study of the lives of the veterans before and after their arrival in Australia.

 George Rickett : Of Helensburgh, master builder / Janet Lee

Janet Lee shared in the first prize with her paper on George Rickett, a former Helensburgh identity who contributed much to his community. Ms Lee’s work pulls together information on Rickett’s life, the buildings he erected and his contributions to Helensburgh and Stanwell Park communities during the late 1800s and early 1900s.


 2018 Entries

Click on the titles to find a copy in the library catalogue


​2017 Youth Prize Winning Entry 


Congratulations to our 2017 Local History Youth Prize winner, Lachlan Booth! 
His work looked at the Reid family, whose name is behind the suburb Reidtown. Reidtown does not exist anymore - it was absorbed by Towradgi, Fairy Meadow and Fernhill in the early 21st Century.
You can find a copy of the winning research paper in the Library catalogue. 


2016 Winning EntryJulianne Morris

Congratulations to the winner of the 2016  Local History Prize, Julianne Morris! 
Her work 'Wollongong Gaol 1859-1915' looks at six female prisoners in detail and the circumstances that contributed to their incarceration.


You can find a copy of the winning research paper here


2016 Entries

Click on the titles to find a copy in the library catalogue



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