Friday, 9 June 2017

Blacktown City Council Media Release: Prize Shines Light On History

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Prize shines light on history

Calling all history buffs: entries for the Blacktown City Mayoral History Prize are now open with $1,500 in prize money up for grabs.

The competition, which has been running since 2008, aims to encourage an interest in the rich and diverse history of Blacktown City.

“The History Prize is not only a great way to learn about the city we live in, but it’s also a fantastic opportunity to share that knowledge with others,” said Mayor of Blacktown City, Stephen Bali.

“I really enjoy being involved with the prize because each year I always learn something new about our city and those who live in it.”

Entrants must live, attend school or belong to a community group in the Blacktown City area.

The winners receive a cash prize and all entrants receive a certificate of achievement. 

Topics covered in last year’s winning entries included the history of Rooty Hill School of Arts, the Grantham Heritage Parklands and the changing landscape of Blacktown City.

Mayor Bali said he was looking forward to reading this year’s entries.

“Any topic can be chosen, as long it’s about the history and heritage of the Council area,” he said.

“We also welcome entries with an indigenous focus or theme, given Blacktown’s rich indigenous history.”

All entries have a permanent place in the history of the city: they are added to the local history collection at Blacktown City Libraries.

The winning entry in each section is added to Blacktown Memories on the library’s website.

Entries are open until Monday ,31 July 2017. Email entries to

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