Annual Croker Prize for Biography
The Croker Prize for Biography is a great way to hone your writing skills and share your family history stories
In 2014 we established the annual Croker Prize for Biography in memory of Colin and Loas Croker. This couple thoroughly enjoyed their visits to the Society to research their family trees and through this annual prize we acknowledge the very generous benefaction they left to us after their deaths.
Every year we set a new theme which is announced in the March journal. Members can submit one entry each on that theme, with the winner chosen by a committee of former recipients and Society representatives. A cash prize of $1000 is awarded to the winner each year.
The entry form and further details will be available here for 2020 when the competition is announced, with entries closing on 31 May 2020.
All entries remain on the website for the current and previous year and are then transferred to the Society's digital archive system, where they will be found through the MIDAS catalogue.
Use the link below to download and read entries for the previous two years.
Previous Themes and Winners
2019 – ‘A Woman of Influence’ – Winner Wendy Pryor - ‘The Indomitable Miss Jane Skillicorn’
2018 - 'A life-changing experience' - Winner Patricia Smith - 'A double-edged sword'
2017 - 'A Tough Life' - Winner Kim Hatherly - A Boy from Shoreditch'
2016 - 'The Ancestor I most admire is ... ' - Winner Christine Collins - Dan's Legacy
2015 - 'My immigrant's story' - Winner Bob Wright - Granny Greenhalgh (2015 Board Prize & 2015 Members' Choice Prize)
2014 - 'The blackest sheep in my family's flock was ...'
Winner Members's Choice Category - Bob Wright - Old Brine: Terror of the Richmond River (Brian O'Neil)
Winner Board Category - Elizabeth Adams - Sailing Uncharted Waters - the wreck of Master Mariner William Whitfield.
Image: Narrabeen Newport bus 1919, SAG Manuscript and Image Collection, Item 6/1338