The signature picture used for the Home Front Ballarat WW1 project. Leaving for the front, c1918 by Australian Artist Dora Meeson (Coates) (1869-1955). Oil on canvas 162.0 x 122.6 cm. Art Gallery of Ballarat Collection. Purchased in 1921 with funds from the Lawrence Clark Bequest.

A prestigious State award has been won by Ballarat & District Genealogical Society. This brings more history and tech kudos to Ballarat.

Victorian Community History Awards 2016

Public Record Office of Victoria and Royal Historical Society of Victoria


This "recognises the best work or project on the impact of WW1 on Victoria or Victorians".





(Andrew Wise and Jodie Kaine)

The Awards ceremony was held Monday 17th Oct 2016, Pavilion, Arts Centre, Melbourne. The results are online.

The winners-booklet can be downloaded via a link at the bottom of the page. It has the judges' comments for the BDGS project.

This impressive online database comprises biographies of over 2500 individuals, information about local war work in Ballarat and district, both voluntary and paid, and an image gallery of items used in an accompanying video.

The database is easy to search through alphabetical listings of names and organisations, each with further information. It is dynamic in that it can be supplemented as new material becomes available. The video successfully blends local material with the progress of the war.

The whole entry represents a considerable research effort by a community organisation. It joins a number of excellent local studies of the home front received in this category in the past two years.

It provides a very valuable community resource.

2016 has been an exceptional year for the Society as the recipient of top local and state awards. Firstly – the Greg Binns Award for "Outstanding Community Contribution to Heritage."

This was a surprise announcement at the Ballarat Heritage Awards in May, hosted by the National Trust of Australia (Vic) Ballarat Branch and the City of Ballarat.

And now this one from Victoria's peak community history bodies which rewards the Society with $1500. You will be pleased to know that we are hoping to use the bulk of this for more digitisation of the Ballarat Courier. By 9th Dec this year the National Library of Australia will have until April 1880 on Trove. We are hoping that our prize money will pay for a few more years into the 1880s.

Please visit and go to ABOUT for more information about the project.

Return visits to this dynamic free website will be rewarded as the project continues to grow and increase the genealogical and historical information available for those poignant war years.

We now maintain all elements of the website 'in-house' as key members have acquired the necessary expertise to work with the Joomla platform.

Jennifer Burrell

BDGS Electronic Publication and Researcher

Jennifer Burrell receiving the WW1 Centenary Award from Judy Madigan, Chair of the PROV Board.
VCHA 2016 certificate which is on display at the Society's headquarters in the Australiana Research Room at the Ballarat Library.