The Victorian Community History Awards
On October 23rd at the Victorian Community History Awards “From Inkwell to Internet: a century of
State Secondary Education in Leongatha” won the collaborative community history section. These
awards are organised by the Royal Historical Society of Victoria and The Public Records Office of
Victoria. They celebrate and reward the people involved in community history projects that are dedicated
to telling important local stories.
Lyn Skillern with Professor Weston Bate after receiving the award
The book was written by Lyn Skillern with Clive Lynn and Ian Snell writing the Leongatha Technical
School section and Gaye Hutchinson writing the Leongatha Secondary College section.
From the citation:“
Leongatha’s story is one that tells us about change in school education, community involvement, interaction between students and teachers and much else. It is clearly written, based on solid research, well illustrated and comprehensive of the whole period. Its several authors and use of student memories makes it a community collaborative project. This is a welcome addition to Victorian educational history, where so much of the publication has been about non government schools” One of the judges commented that this book showed the writers and the community have a real passion
for the school and its history. The book is available from the Society for $40 plus postage.