Mayoral History Prize

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1. Overview

The 2021 Mayoral History Prize is now open.  Entries close Saturday 31 July 2021.

The Blacktown City Mayoral History Prize was first awarded in 2008. The aim of the Mayoral History Prize is to encourage an interest in the rich and diverse history of Blacktown City. We welcome entries with an indigenous focus or theme.

The winner(s) will receive a cash prize and all entrants will receive a certificate of achievement.

Entries will be included in the Local History collection at Blacktown City Libraries. The winning entry in each section may also be published to the Blacktown Memories website. You can see previous winners here.

2. Topics

You can choose your own topic, or pick one from the following list of suggestions.

  • Photograph a building or person from the area - tell us about the story behind the image

  • Oral history – record a person’s story about living, working or going to school in the Blacktown area

  • PowerPoint presentation on a building, suburb or other historical topic

  • Artwork – draw, paint or sketch a building, location or person – tell us about the artwork

  • Timeline – what events have happened in Blacktown during your lifetime? What was important about these events

  • Tell the story of Blacktown’s past history and heritage – a person, building, event etc

  • Tell the story of your school, club, church or workplace

  • Explore how your street has changed over time

  • The history of a sporting or community event

  • Changes in how we live, for example, shopping, transport or way of life

  • Your family’s links with Blacktown’s past (family history)

  • Weather events / storms / floods

  • How sporting and community activities have changed in the City

3. 2020 Winner

Winner: Carol Horne - Bushrangers of Doonside, Bungarribee, Eastern Creek, Rooty Hill, Prospect, Seven Hills and Blacktown(PDF, 1MB)

This year we also awarded commended to an entry:
Panayiotis Diamadis - Mavropole: The Hellenic story of the Blacktown City district(PDF, 3MB)

Congratulations and thank you to all the entrants.

4. Need help?

If you are unsure about the topic you have chosen, please contact our Local History Librarian at or 9839 6622 for help.