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History Support Services – what we give back

Looking to the future of History, we pay it forward!


To achieve our aim of ensuring that history is enjoyed, studied and celebrated in our community, we give back by supporting other organisations in cash and in kind.  Examples of our 2024 support are:



Image credit: Dr Stephen Gapps delivering speech at the NSW Premiers History Awards, 2023. Photo taken by Gene Ramirez





Image credit: Provided by the HTANSW




NSW Premier’s History Awards

The HCNSW is proud to have been a sponsor of the NSW Premier’s History Awards for a number of years now, with Awards being held on the opening night of History Week every year.   

The Awards are administered by the State Library of NSW in association with Create NSW.

The NSW Premier’s History Awards acknowledge the contribution of historical research to our culture and communities, and to society at large. 

First presented in 1997, they honour distinguished achievement in history by Australian citizens and permanent residents.

More information about the NSW Premier’s History Awards, including its judges and prizes, can be found here.








The History Teachers Association of NSW Annual Awards

The History Teachers’ Association of NSW was formed in 1954 by Renée Fauvette Erdos (1911-1997), with the simple aim of providing a means for teachers to ‘meet and discuss the teaching of History and issues connected with our teaching of History’.

The HCNSW has supported the Australian History Prize, awarded by the History Teachers Association of NSW, since 2023.

We are delighted and honoured to be sponsoring this award which recognised the work of students who focused on Australian History and included original research within their Extension History Essay.

Our team have attended the History Teachers Association of NSW High Achiever’s Night to present the Australian History Prize to the winners, including our President Dr Stephen Gapps who has presented the prize to the award-winners over the last few years.


We are delighted to announce First Place for the 2023 Australian History Essay Prize was awarded to Sarah Blaney of Sydney Girl’s High School, while Second Place awarded to Zoe Dyson from Kambala.

While Zoe was unable to attend on the night, Sarah was joined by her teacher Catherine Bavell from Sydney Girls High School to share in this wonderful achievement.

Our President Dr Stephen Gapps was honoured to present the Australian History Prize to Sarah on the night.

Sarah was awarded 1st place for her essay ‘Do museums still need objects? Discuss in relation to the Hyde Park Barracks’.

Zoe was awarded 2nd place for her essay ‘To what extent do historians contribute to the cultural memory of Ned Kelly?’

Have a read through the essays below!


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