Victorian Premier’s History Award Winner Announced

Victorian-Premier’s-History-Award-Winner-Amanda-ScardamagliaMelbourne’s rich history has been brought to life with a book about a famous lithographer winning the Premier’s History Award as part of the Victorian Community History Awards.

Amanda Scardamaglia’s book Printed on Stone: The Lithographs of Charles Troedel tells the history of a renowned lithographer who founded his business in Melbourne in 1853.

Described by the judges as ‘visually superb and endlessly fascinating’ – the book details Troedel’s work with local artists to design thousands of posters, labels and letterheads for some of the biggest brands of the time.

“Congratulations to Amanda Scardamaglia for winning the top prize for her incredible book, Printed on Stone, which brings Melbourne’s 19th Century society and culture to life,” said Minister for Government Services Danny Pearson.

“It’s so important to preserve and share the histories of Victorian people, towns and communities and I’d like to thank every historian, writer and creator who participated in this year’s Victorian Community History Awards.”

Nick Anchen was also recognised for his work on film photography, winning the Judges’ Special Prize for his book Visions of Victoria: The Magic of Kodachrome Film, 1950-1975.

Other winners of the Victorian Community History Awards included books written by Cheryl Threadgold, Brian Rhule and Benjamin Wilkie with digital storytelling websites and apps featuring more prominently this year.

“Well done to all the winners and those shortlisted for Victorian Community History Awards this year,” said Public Record Office Victoria’s Director and Keeper of Public Records Justine Heazlewood.We are pleased to be able to acknowledge and celebrate your work in telling the diverse stories of Victoria’s past.”

“With 176 entries in 2020, many of a very high standard, it is impossible to honour all deserving entries with an award or commendation,” said Royal Historical Society of Victoria President Emeritus Professor Richard Broome Congratulations to all who have inspired us with stories from Victoria’s past.”

The Victorian Community History Awards are presented by Public Record Office Victoria and the Royal Historical Society of Victoria to recognise the work of individuals and organisations that preserve and share Victoria’s history. For more information, visit: and for details.

Image: Amanda Scardamaglia (supplied)

Winners of the Victorian Premier’s History Award:

Victorian Premier’s History Award:
Printed on Stone: The Lithographs of Charles Troedel by Amanda Scardamaglia

Judges’ Special Prize:
Visions of Victoria: The Magic of Kodachrome Film, 1950-1975 by Nick Anchen

Collaborative Community History Award:
In the Name of Theatre: The History, Culture and Voices of Amateur Theatre in Victoria by Cheryl Threadgold

Community Diversity Award:
The Boîte: History Through Music, Song and Story by Jen Rose, Well Chosen Words in partnership with The Boîte

Digital Storytelling Award (two winners): 
La Mama: The Biggest Little Theatre in Australia by Rachel Fensham and Andrew Fuhrmann for the Digital Studio at University of Melbourne and Digital Heritage Australia / Misadventure in Little Lon by Emma Ramsay and Andy Yong