Family History ACT

The Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra Inc.


2020 EM Fletcher Award – Winner Announced

The winners of the E.M. Fletcher Award were announced on Saturday at a special event at the Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra.  Congratulations to our winner David Wintrip.  David is a HAGSOC member and will take home the winner’s prize as well as the HAGSOC member prizes.

Kerrie Gray, Professor Peter Stanley and Barbara Moore

Judges Kerrie Gray, Barbara Moore and Professor Peter Stanley paid tribute to the entrants, saying the quality of the writing and storytelling was high.  Fifty four entries were received across a vast range of topics and styles and selecting the winner was a difficult decision.  (Judges picture l-r: Kerrie, Peter and Barbara.)
Special guest John Fletcher spoke about Eunice’s passion for family history and writing and was on hand to present the winner’s award.
In commending the winning entry A Lamb’s Tale by David Wintrip, the judges commented that ‘writing of this quality in a creative (and even risky) form deserves recognition'.  Following the presentations, the audience enjoyed a reading of David’s emotionally moving historical story about a shepherd who took his own life – read by Kerrie Gray.

Gina accepting the award from John Fletcher on David's behalf - elbow tipping!

All short-listed entries will be published in the Society’s December 2020 edition of The Ancestral Searcher. Copies of the journal can be pre-ordered at a cost of $3.00 (plus postage or alternatively collect from the HAGSOC Library) by emailing
Congratulations to all the short listed authors and to our winner David Wintrip.

2020 EM Fletcher Award Shortlisted entries
(listed in receipt order)

Currents and Tides

Beverley Richardson


A View to Die For

Penny Graham

Encouragement Certificate

The Shocking Story of One Man and his family

Jane Robinson


Waterloo Bridge 1827

Gail Reekie

First Highly Commended

One Day in April

David Wintrip

Highly Commended

A Lamb’s Tale

David Wintrip


How DNA Solved a Family Mystery

Denise Page


A Courageous Woman

Robyn Hipkiss

Highly Commended

Frank, 1941

Ross Cleary



Ross Cleary


Unexpectedly Touching the Past

Clare McGuiness

Highly Commended

The Bookcase

Julia Ryan

Encouragement Certificate


Kathryn Coughran

Encouragement Certificate

Some of our socially distanced attendees.