News and work in progress

Winner! More Than Just Housing

We are delighted to announce that More Than Just Housing: The Southport Community Housing Group Story 1983–2018 has won the Local History — Small Publication Award at the 2019 Victorian Community History Awards. The authors, Beris Campbell, Janet Goodwin and Heather McKee, worked closely with editor Helen Penrose of HistorySmiths and Lynda Patullo of Green Poles Design to produce an engaging and visually appealing publication that records the work of this important community group. 

‘The handsome book itself is a source of pride for all the social workers and tenants involved.’ (VCHA judges)

From left: Helen Penrose with author Janet Goodwin, president of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria Richard Broome, and authors Beris Campbell and Heather McKee. (Image courtesy VCHA)

Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School centenary publication

Historians Claire Levi and Helen Penrose have researched and prepared the manuscript for a new and vibrant history of Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School. Their work will be published in 2020, Lowther Hall’s centenary year, as a book which has been written especially for use in the school’s Year 7 history curriculum and is designed to engage readers of any age. 

Memoirs of a headmaster — Paul McKeown AM

Historian Sophie Church is delighted to be editing the memoirs of the late Paul McKeown, longstanding headmaster of Canberra Grammar School. Sophie is interviewing a wide selection of Paul’s former colleagues, pupils, friends and family to enrich his own writing with further reminiscences from those who knew him best. His observations form an important social history and commentary on education during a period of evolution. To be published in 2020.

Carey Baptist Grammar School centenary publication

Opened in 1923, Carey Baptist Grammar School in Kew was the first Baptist independent school to be established in Australia. Since early 2019 historian Helen Penrose has been immersed in research for the school’s centenary history. The result will be a major publication for Carey’s centenary in 2023.