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Don Grant Award (inaugurated 2012)

Don Grant was one of a number of dedicated persons who laid the foundations of genealogical studies in Victoria. He was co-founder of The Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies Inc. and established a number of organizations to expand the knowledge of genealogy and the study of family history in Australia.

The Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies Inc (the AIGS) honours the memory of this respected genealogist with The Don Grant Award, which is presented to the person(s) producing, in the opinion of the AIGS, the best Australian historical biography submitted for the award. Strong emphasis is placed on a Pre-Australian component.

The winners and place-getters are announced at the Awards Presentation Luncheon, which is usually held in Melbourne on the last Sunday in May. All entrants receive a commemorative certificate.

The reports of the Judges are published in The Genealogist, the AIGS magazine.

Don Grant Awards and Entrants 

Conditions of Entry

An entry, with an application form, must be submitted to the Awards Co-ordinator by 30th November. Applicants are advised to read and follow the Guidelines.

Each entry submitted will remain the property of the AIGS and will become part of the AIGS Library collection, after judging. A special label indicating that it was a Don Grant Award entry will be inserted in the front of the book.

An entry need not have been published during the calendar year in question but must not have been previously considered by the judges unless in the form of a new edition with substantial additions.  An author may submit more than one title in any year, using separate entry forms.

The AIGS has the right to publicise entries by title, and to publish comments made by the judges.

No winner will be selected if, in the opinion of the judges, a reasonable standard has not been achieved.

All entries must be in a recognised book form with paperback or hard covers, and be of an edition with two or more copies.

The decision of the judging panel will be final, subject to the endorsement of the AIGS Council, before public announcement of the Award at the Awards Presentation Luncheon.

Entry Form for the Don Grant Award

The Judging Panel
The Don Grant Award will be determined by an independent judging panel of at least three persons, appointed each year by the AIGS Council and to consist of the following:

•  A genealogist or person experienced in genealogical research
•  A qualified librarian
•  An historian or compiler of historical or archival material

No member of the judging panel may be a member of the family of an entrant.

All entries must satisfy the requirements of the Guidelines:
Objectives & Research

•  Scope and planning – what is the objective of the historical biography?
•  Organisation and research – evidence of detailed and thorough research
•  A researched pre-Australian family history component
•  Did the publication achieve its stated objectives?
•  Potential interest – family or broader?

These are critical to the document:

•  Title page, full title, author, publisher, location and date. Reverse title page, copyright statement, edition, reprints
•  Table of contents
•  Footnotes/Endnotes providing source references and locations
•  Illustrations, where appropriate, with sources
•  Genealogical tables/charts linked to text
•  Maps, where appropriate, with sources
•  Bibliography, linked to text
•  Comprehensive index (this is essential)
•  Acknowledgements and appropriate recognition of copyright (  and respect of privacy (


•  Layout – page numbering, style and syntax and organisation into chapters
•  Format – easy to read
•  Has good use been made of material?


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