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Benalla women prove that women’s history is alive and well!

Date: 23 October 2013

Congratulations to  members of the Benalla and District Historical Society and the Benalla Family Research Group for winning the Collaborative Community History Award at the Public Record Office Victoria Victorian Community History Awards announced this week.

Editors Maree Hanlon and Pam Herbert coordinated a team of passionate volunteers who wrote biographical entries on over eighty women from the district. According to the winner’s citation:

This joint venture by the Benalla and District Historical Society and the Benalla Family Research Group has over 80 biographical entries grouped underthemes such as On the Land and Serving the Community. This book is attractively presented and gives insight into the social history of Benalla. Although numerous contributors were involved, the writing is uniformly disciplined and informative. The extraordinary hardships endured by some of the women are counterbalanced by their remarkable achievements in family and public life.

The inspiration for this book first came from Alana Johnson (2010 Victorian Rural Woman of the Year) who spoke at an International Women’s day function in Benalla in 2011. Alana posed the question that sparked the project:  “Do you know your mother’s and mother’s mothers family history?”

We are delighted that the women of Benalla have collaborated so effectively to ensure that their history and legacy is publicly acknowledged! Apparently the first print run has sold out; any with ideas on how to set up a print-on-demand system should get in touch!

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