On Tuesday 24 October, the Lane Cove Historical Society held its award night for the LCHS Lane Cove History Prize. The new Mayor of Lane Cove, Clr. Pam Palmer, opened the evening with the Hon. Anthony Roberts MP, announcing the winner of this year's prize and presenting the $2,000 winner's cheque. The ceremony was well attended by LCHS members and residents and was supported by Clrs. Deborah Hutchens and Scott Bennison.
The 2017 prize-money has been generously donated by the Hyecorp Property Group who announced that they are pleased to continue their sponsorship of the LCHS Lane Cove History Prize for its third year in 2018.
This competition is unusual, in that it is one of only two local history prizes in the country (the other one is offered by the St. George Historical Society in Rockdale, NSW). Many towns and municipalities have art and literary prizes, but Lane Cove residents can be proud of the fact that we have instituted a special prize for local history. The principal criterion for awarding the prize is that the winning entry must 'contribute to an enriched understanding of Lane Cove, both past and present'.
The winner of this year's prize has been awarded to Simon Cole for his oral history celebrating the life of an important Lane Cove identity, Les Heap. At 96, Les, who wrote a thirty year history of the Lane Cove Bowling and Recreation Club, still plays bowls and was present on the night to see Simon receive his prize. Simon Cole presents a subtle vision of Australian life. He takes us through the years of want during the Depression, war work in Sydney in the early 40s and the hopes of postwar couples settling into Lane Cove.
Submission details for the 2018 LCHS Lane Cove History Prize may be downloaded on the Carisbrook website: www.carisbrookhouse.com and click on 'Society'.