John Oxley Library Community History Award
State Library and the John Oxley Library have a leading role in ensuring that Queensland’s cultural heritage is collected, organised, preserved and made accessible. Our heritage is a critical contributor to our identity and self understanding.
The John Oxley Library Community History Award recognises excellence and innovation in the recording of Queensland history by individuals and local community organisations. The Award promotes the rich history of Queensland’s diverse communities, and seeks to encourage the communication of those histories in varied formats. The winning nomination may take the form of a print or online publication, exhibition, website, multimedia presentation, walk, tour, register or records.
The winner will be selected by an expert panel representing Queensland's historical and cultural community, in consultation with the John Oxley Library. The recipient will receive a $5,000 prize.
2012 John Oxley Library Community History Award recipient
The John Oxley Library Community History Award was presented to the Cardwell & District Historical Society for its efforts to record the events of Cyclone Yasi, despite its own museum being destroyed by the cyclone.
The Cardwell & District Historical Society showed great community spirit as they worked together to collect oral histories from the town’s inhabitants in the wake of Yasi while also salvaging their valuable collections.