Owning property is something that most people aspire to, and there are many different reasons for that. There is one reason that is less tangible than most. Having your own home gives you a link to the land and its history. Owning property in St George is no different, and local residents are proud to remember the St George of yore.
The Ron Rathbone Local History Prize recognises those residents who delve a bit further into the community's roots than most. All residents are invited to participate in the competition, which has a major prize category as well as one for both primary and high school students. On 6 September Karen Pentland walked away with the main prize of $5000 for her research on Bexley residents' contribution to the war effort during the first world war. Christian Hill of Ramsgate Public School took out the primary school category and Tandee Wang from Sydney Technical High School won the high school category.
The prize itself honours the former Rockdale Mayor, Ron Rathbone OAM, who was a historian and a local teacher, and seeks to foster the writing and research of local history. It has been running since 2006 and will hopefully continue to inspire budding St George historians well into the future.