Organised by the Lane Cove Historical Society Inc. (LCHS)
The aim of the Lane Cove History Prize is to encourage original research into the history of Lane Cove and its environs, extending knowledge of the area and its people. It is intended that the research will contribute to an enriched understanding of Lane Cove, both past and present.
The results of the research will be published in the LCHS Journal and lodged with the Lane Cove Library Local Studies Unit for the wider information of the public, and preserved for the use of future researchers.
In 2017, entrants may submit:
An essay (illustrated where appropriate) of 5,000 to 7,000 words,
An Oral History produced digitally as a video or audio recording on USB stick or disc of 30-45 minutes duration. This must be accompanied by a written transcription.
Deadline: Thursday 31st August 2017
The winner of the Lane Cove Local History Prize will receive $2,000.
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The 2016 Inaugural LANE COVE HISTORICAL SOCIETY History Prize.
In calling for entries for the Award, the LCHS declared that the successful entrant should produce either an essay or an oral history produced digitally into some aspect of Lane Cove’s history. The aim of the Lane Cove History Prize, it was noted, was “to encourage original research into the history of Lane Cove and its environs, extending knowledge of the area and its people.”
The winner of the Award was Margaret Clark, whose essay was called Arthur, Luce and the Fleur-de-Lis 1916-2016: A History of the Fence at 44 College Road South, Riverview NSW.
The essay traces the lives of a young Englishman and his French bride who settled in a house at 44 College Road South Riverview at the end of the First World War. Arthur King had migrated from England shortly before the war broke out, and he thus enlisted in the Australian forces. He was badly wounded at Pozieres and sent to a hospital on the north west coast of France. There he met Luce Marie Victoire Antoine, who eventually became his wife.
Margaret Clark recounts their story with sensitivity and skill, tracing developments on the Western Front as they impacted on Arthur, and later, tracing the impact of events on Luce. Though Luce clearly loved Arthur, she found the adjustment to life in Australia quite difficult, even returning at one stage to her family home, before she finally determined to settle in the home Arthur had built for her and their children. Among the many things he did to make her feel part of what was for Luce a sometimes disturbing new setting, Arthur designed a front fence with a fleur-de -lis design in he ironwork. The fleur –de-lis – sometimes spelt fleur-de-luce – is associated with France, and it clearly had a particular significance for Luce. The fence, in a reduced form, remains to this day, long after Arthur and Luce died.
Caroline Jones AO, the Walkley Award winning ABC identity and National Living Treasure, awarded the prize to Margaret on behalf of the Lane Cove Historical Society. Caroline, herself an authority on the importance of local social history, spoke of the importance of telling the many stories of people’s lives, and of the value that attaches to preserving them as part of the tapestry of the ever emergent Australian story. About the winning essay she said:
It tells a love story from the ashes of the terrible battle of the Somme which we commemorate this year. Yes, 100 years since 1916. But how can we absorb the dreadful statistics of war? They are too much for us. But tell us a person’s individual story, and we begin to understand.
The complete essay by Margaret Clark is to appear in the LCHS Journal early in 2017, along with several other entries to the 2016 Inaugural LCHS History Prize competition.
Caroline Jones awards the prize to Margaret Clark
Frances Christie and Margaret Clark at the award night