The Nick Vine-Hall Award is presented annually to member societies for the best family history journal or newsletter in Australia and New Zealand. The award was introduced by The Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations Inc. (AFFHO) in 2009. AFFHO presents this award to encourage its member societies to produce quality journals or newsletters, and also to honour Nick Vine Hall AM. There are two categories based on the number of members of a society. NFHS enters Category A for societies with less than 500 members. The winning society is awarded a plaque and receives $300 and the editor receives a certificate.
Our first entry in 2009 edited by Ron was runner-up and after that second place, we assessed our content to ensure that our Journal contained local, national and international coverage. Since 2009, every time we have entered the competition we have won the award. Our winning entries have been Journal 200 in 2013, edited by Valerie and Journal 209 in 2016 edited by Jane.
The eTeam has been pleased and proud to announce that for the third time, our Journal 221 has been awarded first place in the competition. This issue was published in March 2018 and had the theme Newcastle. The cover included an image painted by our member Sue. If you have our Bulletins and Journals CD or USB that we published in 2018, you might like to take another look at our entries.
Jane was the editor responsible for producing Journal 221. She flew to Melbourne to collect the award on behalf of the Society. The award was presented at the Victorian Archives at the official opening of National Family History Month.