Winner of the Blacktown City Mayoral History prize announced

Our stories: Councillor Kathie Collins, history prize winner Jennifer Stephenson and mayor Stephen Bali.
Our stories: Councillor Kathie Collins, history prize winner Jennifer Stephenson and mayor Stephen Bali.

A murder mystery and the inner secrets of one of Mount Druitt’s oldest buildings were revealed in the prize winning entries for the tenth Blacktown City Mayoral History Prize.

This year’s winners were Jennifer Stephenson, for her research into an 1888 murder at Blacktown, and Carolyn Sanaty of Loyola Senior High School, Mount Druitt, for her history of Mount Druitt Hall.

They took out the 17 years and over and the years 10 to 12 prizes respectively.

“I really enjoy being involved in the history prize, because each year I learn something new about our city and those who live in it,” mayor Stephen Bali said. “Blacktown has a rich and diverse history ranging from the Darug to that of the citizens who have come here over the last 220 years from many parts of the world.”

Other topics covered included personal stories and activities, the history of buildings and community groups and the rebellion at Vinegar Hill.

The judges assessed the entries on the basis of the depth and quality of the work and its potential to make a significant contribution to the research, documentation and promotion of Blacktown’s history, and to improve the general public’s understanding of the history of Blacktown.

“There was a diverse range of range of submissions, from edited letters and essays, to graphic formats including photographs, which will provide a valuable contribution to our shared history and heritage,” Cr Bali said.

The entries will become part of the Blacktown Libraries collection.