Sharing your stories through writing family history
Lorrie Barzdo, past president and member of Caloundra Family History Research Inc was passionate about sharing stories through writing family history.
Lorrie wrote: “There are many reasons why I would urge all members to write a short story, in fact, write many stories, to illustrate how or where you obtained information, or to highlight one person or one family line in your tree. Recording your data correctly and in an interesting manner gives future generations of your family a path to follow and I have always promoted writing more than just the bare details of your research.”
In 2010 Lorrie donated money to provide a cash prize of $100 for each of the next ten years. At CFHRI Lorrie will always be remembered.
The winning entry is published in the Caloundra Clipper each year along with the other entries in the Lorrie Barzdo Writers’ Award. Members can read these stories in their Clippers or online in the members-only area at the Caloundra Clipper.
In recent years Susan Brownjohn has coordinated the running of the award.
CFHRI members should refer to their newsletters for notifications on the next writing competition.
2021 Lorrie Barzdo Writers’ Award winners
Sue Brownjohn introduced the Judges Paul Carty, Kay Middlemiss and Margaret Lenz. Paul spoke briefly on behalf of the judges. There were eight award entries received and the array of topics was wide and interesting. He congratulated all the people who entered the competition.
With the presentation being held over Zoom then Sue made the presentation to the winners. The winner of the “Experienced Award” went to Sue Rae who wrote “Grandad Boyd”. The winner of the Novice Award went to Trisha Hyde with her story “Frederick Andersen’s War”. The Certificates were presented to the camera.
2020 Lorrie Barzdo Writers’ Award winners
2020 Judges were Margaret Lenz, Ian Edwardson and Geoff Kelly. A thanks go out to our judges for fine-tuning the judging criteria for the future.
The winner of the advanced section was Kay Middlemiss with her story: Pure “Velvet” – Gentle On The Hands!
In 2018 a Novice Section began to encourage members who had not previously entered a story in the LBWA.
This year’s Judges decided that these two stories entered in the Novice Section were of a high standard and they could not be separated so the price will be shared between the 2 novice section winners. These were Sue Rae’s story: Polesden Lacey Connection and Christine Howard’s story: A Mother’s Day Gift.
The coordinator, Sue Brownjohn virtually presented the certificates as Covid forced the presentation to be on Zoom. Prizes will be distributed to the winner when permitted.
And don’t forget that you can read all the stories entered and those from previous years in the Clipper.
2019 Lorrie Barzdo Writers’ Award winners
The 2019 Award was coordinated by Sue Brownjohn. Judges were Margaret Lenz, Loris Gray and Cathy Meyer. In 2019 a new section, novice, was introduced. Geoff Kelly won the Advanced section and Judy Matulick won the Novice section.
Advanced section: Geoff Kelly, “Fishing”
Novice Section: Judy Matulick, “The Three Cosgrove Sisters
2018 Lorrie Barzdo Writers’ Award winner: Loris Gray
2017 Lorrie Barzdo Writers’ Award winner: Roz Kuss
” I found Helen in the large basement library of the Aberdeen & North-East Scotland Family History Society on Friday 19th May 2017″. Follow Roz’s adventures in Scotland, cemetery hopping during the day and with super sleuth, Susan Brownjohn cyberstalking Helen on Google at night. Roz’s story holds lessons for all of us doing family history research out in the field and locating live relatives.
2016 Lorrie Barzdo Writers’ Award winner: Kay Middlemiss
With her story “WILLIAM JAMES GUY 1896-1917” Kay Middlemiss won the 2016 Lorrie Barzdo Writers’ Award being selected as the winner by the 2016 judges including former LBWA winners, Peter Hovey, Bev Smith and Margaret Lenz.
Shirley Leggett impressed the judges also with her story. She received a Highly Commended for “How I connected with my mother’s cousin after more than 40 years”.
2015 Lorrie Barzdo Writers’ Award winner: Peter Hovey
The winner of the fifth annual award was Peter Hovey with his story “The Interview with Carl and Catharina Howe”. It is wonderful that Lorrie’s memory is being kept alive in this way. I’m looking forward to seeing who this year’s winner will be.
2014 Lorrie Barzdo Writers’ Award winner: Bev Smith
“The Inheritance” by Bev Smith Lorrie Barzdo Writers’ Award winner, The Inheritance is a topic we can all appreciate however it is the difference in the story’s events that mean we all have a different story to share.
2013 Lorrie Barzdo Writers’ Award winner: Roz Kuzz
Showing that writing for the Lorrie Barzdo Writers’ Award is a great way to recognise ancestors and share memories that the younger generations can enjoy was winner Roz Kuzz and her piece “Memories of my Pop”.
2012 Lorrie Barzdo Writers’ Award winner: Sue Schott
In 2012 Sue Schott was the winner with writings about her Great Grandmother – Jane Charlotte James.
2011 Lorrie Barzdo Writers’ Award winner: Geoff Kelly
The first annual award winner of the Lorrie Barzdo Writers’ Award was Geoff Kelly with his piece “The Elusive William Kelly”.