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.

The prize gives students a chance to be a ‘time detective’, researching and reporting on the history of their family, community, country or another part of the world. Entries can be presented in a variety of formats. A combined award ceremony, usually held at the Town Hall, Launceston in November, is a fun event at which each student is recognised.

Register your interest / Ask questions / Invite a LHS guest speaker for staff or students at lhprize@launcestonhistory.org.au 

Entries for the 2022 History Prize are now closed. Select the entry form below for the appropriate grade. Attach the bottom section of the entry form to each piece of work.

Deadline for submissions is 21 October 2022. 

Teachers flyer 2022

Entry form grade 3.pdf

Entry form grade 4.pdf

Entry form grade 5.pdf

Entry form grade 6.pdf

Entry form cut off 2022.pdf

Entry form cut off 2022.docx


Marita Bardenhagen Memorial Award for Local History

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

The 2023 Award will open 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 have now closed for the 2021 Award.

‘The Marita Bardenhagen Memorial Award for Local History’

Box 4659 Bathurst Street PO

Hobart TAS 7000

Please note that publications will not be returned.

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

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