24 Feb 2016

Yvonne Jenkins Memorial Award


Grey hair, spectacles and false teeth may be characteristic of many people’s memories of their grand-parents in the past. Today’s grand-children may have different memories – smart phone and/or Facebook addict, always on holidays, working or busy looking after grand-children.

How do you remember your grand-parents, great grand-parents, or perhaps your friend's grandparents? The opportunity to write about your favourite grandparent, their story and perhaps the reason why they are a ˜favourite" was the decision behind the topic chosen for the 2016 Yvonne Jenkins Memorial Award Essay.

The Lithgow & District Family History Society Inc runs this annual award as a tribute to its first President, Yvonne Jenkins, who was a prolific author and family historian. Yvonne illustrated many of her books with pencil sketches of the various buildings and houses of the families whose stories she researched and of whom she wrote. Yvonne encouraged members to realise that even a short essay on an individual was an important part of research, as it shared the information with other family members as well as a wider audience when published.

Conducted annually, the essay is limited to 1,000 words and may be accompanied by photos. Entries close on 30 April 2016 and the winner will be announced during August, which is celebrated annually as Family History Month. The winner's prize is a free membership of the Lithgow & District Family History Society Inc for one year and the winning entry will be published in the Society's journal which is distributed to members and over 150 other family history societies across Australia.

The entry form and conditions of entry are published on the Society’s website, or may be obtained by contacting the Society by email ( or from the Society''s Resource Centre on the corner of Tank & Donald Streets, Lithgow on Fridays between 10 am and 4 pm.

Submitted by Jan Saundercock Publicity Officer.

Lithgow & District Family History Society Inc

Blue Mountains Association of Cultural Heritage Organisations
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