In 2014 the Society established the annual Croker Prize for Biography in memory of our generous Benefactors Colin and Loas Croker.
From 2016 one prize is awarded annually, Details of the current competition and the entry form are available here
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.
You'll find entries for previous years here
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
You can read each of the 2018 entries by clicking on the hyperlink below. This year the judges awarded one entry a 'Highly Commended' in addition to the winning entry.
|1801||A Double-edged Sword - Patricia Smith - Winner 2018 Croker Prize for Biography|
|1802||Operation Pied Piper - Mary Collis Bird - Highly Commended 2018|
|1803||Out of Ireland—a Biography: The Changing Life of Magy Gallagher - Rae Luckie|
|1804||The Disappearing Boots - Jim Fleming|
|1805||'Transported to New South Wales - a New Life for Daniel Lewellyn' - Alison Meldrum|
|1806||The Worst Christmas - Gillian Kendrigan|
|1807||A Love of Words - Veronica Wark|
|1808||Exiled to Success - Thomas Blandthorn - Michelle Watson|
|1809||A Little Chat with Their Chemist - Ray Parkins|
|1810||The ‘Poor Man’s Friend’ Meets a Rich Man’s Foe - Wendy Pryor|
|1811||Henry Betteley Jefferson’s ‘Life-Changing Experience” - Lynne Bagwell|
|1812||‘Mary Ann Parker - Out of the Shadows’ - Caroline Haigh|
|1813||"A Parkhurst Lad" - Stephen McGrath|