2021 Ron Rathbone Local History Competition

The Ron Rathbone Local History Competition is an initiative to explore and appreciate Bayside's rich, diverse and vibrant history.

 

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Entries are now open

Calling all local historians, young and old!

Entries for the 2021 Ron Rathbone Local History Competition are now open.

The aim of the Ron Rathbone Local History Competition is to encourage original research into the history of the Bayside Council area, to deepen and broaden our knowledge of the history of the Bayside area, and to ensure that the results of such research are archived and made available for future researchers.

This year we are running three categories:

Closing date

You have until 5pm on Friday 1 October to submit your entry.

Note, the due date was previously 10 September. We have extended the deadline due to the COVID restrictions.

Enter now.

Kindergarten and Primary School category

We want to encourage students in Kindergarten and Primary School to learn about the history of the local area and to develop their own research and writing skills.

There are three sub-categories for Kindergarten and Primary School Students:

 

Kindergarten to Year 2

You're invited to submit an entry that shows how a local place has changed over time.

Your entry must include:

  • a brief paragraph about the place and its importance to the area (around 100 words or half an A4 page)
  • an illustration such as a photograph or drawing

You can use our template (word | pdf) or create your own document.

Local places can be a school, a familiar building, a church or place of worship, a park, a creek or a river, a swimming pool, Botany Bay or Lady Robinsons Beach, the airport, a shop, a train station, schools, places of worship, parks, rivers, beaches, well-known buildings, transport sites (such as a train station), or family homes.

 

Years 3 - 4

You're invited to submit a work that identifies a significant person, building, place or natural feature in the Bayside area. Your entry should explore what the chosen person or site reveals about the past and why the chosen person or site is important to Bayside.

Your entry may be in written or video format.

Written entries must:

  • be approximately 500 words or one to two A4 pages
  • include images or illustrations.

Video entries (uploaded online) must:

  • be approximately between three and five minutes in length
  • include footage and an audio explanation of the chosen site or person.

 

Years 5 - 6

You're are invited to submit a work based on one of two options:

  1. Option One – Exploring Bayside’s built and natural environment.

    Students are invited to research a place or area in Bayside and show how it has changed over time, identifying features that have been lost and features that have been retained.

  2. Option Two – Exploring Bayside’s Diverse Culture and Community.

    Students are invited to identify the various cultural groups that live and work in Bayside and chose one. Their entry should explore the group’s background and outline its contribution to the Bayside community.

Your entry may be in written or video format.

Your entry should include information from two different sources (sources may include: books, photographs, newspapers, maps, oral histories, websites, diaries or letters).

Written entries must:

  • be approximately 1,000 words or two A4 pages
  • include a photograph, a drawing or a map of the chosen site.

Video entries must:

  • be between five and eight minutes in length
  • include a one minute ‘highlight reel’ or summary
  • include footage of the chosen site (for option one), or an interview with a member of the chosen community (for option two)
  • include an audio explanation of the chosen site or person.

High school category

You're are invited to submit an essay based on one of two options:

  1. Option one - an essay answering the question: “Why is Bayside’s Community History important?”
     
  2. Option two - an essay on a subject or topic chosen by the student that explores an aspect of Bayside’s history. Suitable topics include Bayside residents, places, organisations, or events of historical significance in the Bayside Council area.

Your essay:

  • must be in written form. It may include images either as appendices or within the text accompanied by short explanatory captions
  • must be no more than 2,500 words
  • should contain material from a range of perspectives, including the student’s own views
  • should use at least three sources that are referenced in footnotes and/or a bibliography.

Open category

Your entry should be a significant piece of work that makes a genuine contribution to our knowledge of the history of the Bayside Council area, or that offers a new interpretation of existing historical knowledge.

While there is no prescribed maximum word limit for an entry a minimum length of twelve A4 pages is generally expected.

How to enter

You can submit your entry online, by email or in person. We must receive your application by 5pm on Friday 1 October:

Submit your entry online

If you are not applying online you will need to complete an application form (pdf):

You can submit your application form:

  • By email to council@bayside.nsw.gov.au
  • In person by handing your application  (either in hard copy or on a USB drive) to Library staff at either the Eastgardens or Rockdale libraries (must be clearly marked as a submission for the 2021 Ron Rathbone Local History Competition).

Prizes

The winners in each category will receive a cash prize:

  • Kindergarten and primary school: $1,000 pool to be distributed among the winners.

  • High school: $1,500 pool to be distributed among the winners.

  • Open: $5,000 major prize.

Information for applicants

Ron Rathbone

In 1968 Ron Rathbone was first elected Mayor of Rockdale and held the position of Mayor for a record four terms. He was a passionate historian who loved the local area.

More information:

What are the judging criteria?

Kindergarten and primary school students

Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  1. Does the work relate to the Bayside Council area?

  2. Does the work fit within the scope of the task?

  3. What sources has the student used?

  4. Is the work entirely the student’s own work? (Students are encouraged to use different sources; however, the work should be in the student’s own words and not copied directly from a book or website)

  5. Does the work acknowledge what sources have been used? (Students should include a reference to where they found their information)

  6. The overall quality of the work.

High school students

Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  1. Does the work relate entirely or substantially to the Bayside Council area?

  2. Does the work fit within the scope of the task?

  3. How much research has been undertaken and what source material has been used?

  4. Is the work entirely the student’s own work? (Students are encouraged to use and quote from different sources however, any quotes used should be placed in quotation marks and the source of the quote given in a footnote. Aside from quotations, the work should be in the student’s own words and not copied from a book or website)

  5. Does the work acknowledge what sources have been used? (The judges expect that students will include footnotes and/or a bibliography to show where they found the information on which their work is based)

  6. The overall quality of the work

Open

Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  1. How closely the work relates to the history of the Bayside Council area. 

  2. Does the work fit within the scope of the task?

  3. How much original historical research and consultation of primary and secondary sources the work involves. (entrants must submit an original piece of research. If the research work has previously been submitted to an academic institution as an assignment or has been used as part of or in connection with any other project, it may still be submitted; however, it must be presented in a style appropriate for entry into the Award).

  4. How well the sources used are documented in footnotes and/or in a bibliography.

  5. How much new information, or how many new historical connections or interpretations, the work provides. 

  6. How strongly the work adheres to its chosen topic or theme. (works submitted should a clearly stated aim or objective, or include in their introduction an outline of their chosen topic or research subject).

  7. The professional quality and the style of the work and the writing itself (presentation, pagination, spelling, grammar, layout, etc.)

Which suburbs can I write about?

Your submission can be about any location within the Bayside Council area, which includes all or part of:

  • Arncliffe
  • Banksia
  • Banksmeadow
  • Bardwell Park
  • Bardwell Valley
  • Bexley
  • Bexley North
  • Botany
  • Brighton-Le-Sands
  • Carlton
  • Daceyville
  • Dolls Point
  • Eastgardens
  • Eastlakes
  • Hillsdale
  • Kingsgrove
  • Kogarah
  • Kyeemagh
  • Mascot
  • Monterey
  • Pagewood
  • Ramsgate
  • Rockdale
  • Rosebery
  • Sandringham
  • Sans Souci
  • Turrella
  • Wolli Creek.

Where can I find resources and information about Bayside's history?

Our library catalogue is a good place to start your research:

We also provide access to several online databases and research resources, including the popular family history database Ancestry.com:

The National Library has useful resources, including photographs, available online:

Trove is a National Library website where you can search for photographs from all over Australia. To see how Trove works, try entering the name of one of the suburbs in Bayside. When the results display, click on the link on the top of the page that says: ‘Images, Maps & Artefacts’ and see how many photographs you find.

What document format should I use?

If entering online or via email you must submit your written piece in PDF or Word (doc, docx) format.

If you are submitting your entry in person you may submit a hard copy.

Who can I talk to for more information?

Please contact our librarians at council@bayside.nsw.gov.au.

Terms and conditions

Kindergarten and Primary School - category one

  1. The Category One Award is open to any NSW student enrolled in Years K to 6.
  2. Students must complete and sign an entry form and lodge it together with their entry. 
  3. Students may work together to submit a joint entry 
  4. At the conclusion of the competition, entries will be placed in the Community History Collection of Bayside Library Service and, if appropriate, will be placed on Bayside Council’s online platforms.
  5. If necessary, the judges have the discretion to divide the prize money equally between entrants whose works they consider of equal merit.
  6. The entries will be judged on individual merit. The judges reserve the right to award no prize if they deem there are no entries of sufficiently high quality. 
  7. The judges’ decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
  8. Entries may be submitted in hardcopy or emailed in soft copy PDF format. Soft copy entries may also be submitted on a USB.
  9. It is the responsibility of the entrant to ensure that his or her entry is properly submitted and received.
  10. Winner details may be published in media sources subject to the approval by entrant / carer / guardian

High School - category two

  1. Category Two is open to any NSW student enrolled in Years 7 to 12.
  2. Students must complete and sign an entry form and lodge it together with their entry. 
  3. Students may work together to submit a joint entry.  
  4. At the conclusion of the competition, entries will be placed in the Community History Collection of Bayside Library Service and, if appropriate, will be placed on Bayside Council’s online platforms.
  5. If necessary, the judges have the discretion to divide the prize money equally between entrants whose works they consider of equal merit.
  6. The entries will be judged on individual merit. The judges reserve the right to award no prize if they deem there are no entries of sufficiently high quality. 
  7. The judges’ decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
  8. Entries may be submitted in hardcopy or emailed in a soft copy PDF format. Soft copy entries may also be submitted on a USB.
  9. It is the responsibility of the entrant to ensure that his or her entry is properly submitted and received.
  10. Winner details may be published in media sources subject to the approval by entrant / carer / guardian

Open - category three

  1. Entrants must complete and sign an official entry form and lodge it together with their entry. 
  2. Entries may be submitted in either hard or soft copy. If a soft copy entry is submitted, it must be in PDF format. 
  3. All entries will be acknowledged upon receipt. It is the responsibility of the entrant to ensure that his or her entry is properly submitted and received. 
  4. Entries must be in English.
  5. Entrants may submit more than one piece of research if they wish. A separate entry form is required for each entry.
  6. Copyright of any research work and writing submitted remains with the author of the work at all times.
  7. All entries will be placed in the Community History Collection of Bayside Library Service. If entrants submit a hard copy that copy will be retained by the Library for its collection. If entrants submit a soft copy, then a copy of their work will be printed by the Library for its collection.
  8. If entrants agree, their entry will also be made available on Bayside Council’s online platforms.
  9. The judges shall have the discretion to divide the prize money between entrants whose works are considered to be of equal merit.
  10. The entries will be judged on individual merit. The judges reserve the right to award no prize if they deem there are no entries of sufficiently high quality. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  11. Entrants do not need to be residents of Bayside Council.
  12. Only individuals, not organisations or societies, may enter; however, entries with joint authors are permitted. 
  13. Employees and/or contractors of Bayside Council are not eligible to enter.
  14. Winner details may be published in media sources subject to the approval by entrant / carer / guardian

Print versions of the guidelines

You can download a print version of the competition guidelines here:

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