History Prizes

University History Prize

The annual  Launceston Historical Society History Prize of $500 is awarded to a first year History student from the University of Tasmania studying at Launceston. Details of the prize are on the University website: UTAS History Prize


Annual Primary School History Prize

To foster an interest in history, primary school students in the Launceston area are encouraged to enter a piece of historical research in the Society’s annual history prize.

Students from grades 3 to 6 are invited to create posters, projects, or 3-minute videos depending on their grade.

We encourage students to pose a question related to the history of Tasmania or Launceston. Some suggestions are a person, an object, an event, a place, a building, or family history. The judging criteria will concentrate on originality of topic, accuracy of research, acknowledgment of sources, and visual and language presentation.

Vouchers from Petrarch’s Bookshop will be awarded to the best entries.

The entry form will be sent to schools and can be found below.

Register your interest / Ask questions: Carol Fuller – phone 0419 116 636 or email carol.fuller@bigpond.com 

Entries for the 2024 History Prize are now open. Select the entry form below. Attach the bottom section of the entry form to each piece of work.

Deadline for submissions is Monday 21 October 2024. 

Entry form Primary History Prize 2024

Guidelines for Primary History Prize 2024

Checklist for Students


Marita Bardenhagen Memorial Award for Local History

The winner of the 2021 Award was Jill Cassidy for Deviot Talks.

The 2023 Award opened on 14 June and close on 30 September.

This Award has been sponsored by the Launceston Historical Society, the Tasmanian Historical Research Association, the State Government, and the Professional Historians’ Association of Tasmania.

It commemorates the contribution to the study and writing of local history in Tasmania by Dr Marita Bardenhagen (1961-2012).

The Marita Bardenhagen Memorial Award for Local History is a biennial prize acknowledging outstanding original research in the field of local history with significant Tasmanian content.

Award: $1,500 and citation.

Eligibility: Entries are to be in the form of a published work appearing in the three years preceding the year of the award.

Selection Criteria:  entries must

  • have significant Tasmanian local history content
  • be a published work of high standard
  • be fully referenced
  • include an index and bibliography

Authors may submit more than one entry.

How to apply:

Applications for the 2023 Award close on 30 September 2023.

‘The Marita Bardenhagen Memorial Award for Local History’

Box 4659 Bathurst Street PO

Hobart TAS 7000

Please note that publications will not be returned. The attached forms are dated 2021, but are applicable for 2023.

Enquiries: Email dsnowden@tassie.net.au or phone 0409 140 657.

Marita-Bardenhagen-Local History-Application-form.pdf