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South Melb. portable iron houses competition

AmandaWitt AmandaWitt 43449 posts

The City of Port Phillip and National Trust of Australia (Victoria) are launching a short story writing competition about the Portable Iron Houses, South Melbourne. The three houses date to the 1850s and provide an unique insight into life in Emerald Hill during the gold rush years.

So, here’s the competition…

Come along to either the Saturday or Sunday history tour and writing workshops at the Portable Iron Houses. Get some ideas and a few tips from our writers before starting your entry.

Whilst the competition is open, there will be a small history research module at the Emerald Hill Library and Heritage Centre. This is to help with any niggling questions you might have about what was happening in the area (and the houses) in the past.

The entries will be judged by a panel of esteemed individuals and the winners celebrated at the Stories from the Iron Houses event on 18 May.

The shortlisted entries will be published in a free booklet so everyone can live the many stories from the Iron Houses!

4 Dates

9-10 March – Research weekend

11 March – Competition Opens

8 April – Competition Closes

18 May – Winners Announced.

3 Categories

Primary School students – 500 word entry

Secondary School students – 1,500 word entry

Adult – 3,000 word entry

2 Research Sites

Portable Iron Houses – 399 Coventry Street, South Melbourne

Emerald Hill Library and Heritage Centre –
208-220 Bank Street, South Melbourne (opposite town hall)

2 Research Days

Saturday 9 March, Adult Research and Creative Writing Class

Sunday 10 March, Children’s Research and Creative Writing Class

Register to attend the Saturday 9 Adult Creative Writing Workshop with Tony Birch here

Or, register to attend the Sunday 10 March 8-12 year old or 13-18 year old Creative Writing Classes with Catherine Bateson here

Or, more still, any of the Guided History Tours of the Iron Houses here

AmandaWitt AmandaWitt 43449 posts

My entry for this has been shortlisted so I have been invited back to the iron houses site on Saturday May 18th.