Inaugurated in 2006, the Ron Rathbone Local History Competition is an initiative to explore and appreciate Bayside’s rich, diverse and vibrant history.
Former City of Botany Bay Council and former Rockdale City Council were amalgamated in 2016 to form Bayside Council. The Ron Rathbone Local History Competition now extends to include these two local government areas that both have a long rich and diverse history and cultural heritage.
Ron Rathbone OAM was Mayor of Rockdale, holding that position for a record four terms. The prize is awarded in his honour.
The 2022 winners were announced at Rockdale Town Hall on 20 September.
Congratulations to all entrants, especially the young historians in the Schools categories.
Stannumville by Leonie Bell
Recognition of Effort Award
A History of the Bexley Bowling Club: 1946 – 2022 by Panayiotis Diamadis
The Eve Street Wetlands by Alan Russell
The Origin and Building of Pemberton’s Baths, Ramsgate: 1918 – 1929 by Dan McAloon
Pioneering flights at Botany Bay, 1910 – 1911 by Hugh Tranter
Joint Winner – Years K to 2
A Special Place by Lola Melia
Around Where I Live by Kyla Silke
Cooks River: A Long River with a Long History by Annabelle Woo
Winner – Years 3 to 4
Mr Angelo Anestis – A great man to be remembered by Ivy Zhong
Encouragement Award – Years 3 to 4
Sir Joseph Banks Park by Sebastian Gatt
Winner – Years 5 to 6
Rockdale Library – A Journey Through Time by Carlton Public School Year 5/6E
Encouragement Award – High School
An Exploration of Streets in Daceyville by Margaret Oszywa
Where We Live: Wolli Creek Region by Elysia Woo
Gardeners Road Public School: Then and Now by Gardeners Road Public School Class 1/2
Gardeners Road Public School: Then and Now by Gardeners Road Public School Class 1G
Gardeners Road Public School: Then and Now by Gardeners Road Public School Class 2G
Gardeners Road Public School: Then and Now by Gardeners Road Public School Class 2L