The Di Harding Award

Di Harding In order to perpetuate Di Harding's name the Di Harding Awards are given annually to the authors of the best articles submitted by members and published in the Society's Journal.

The Awards are given based an articles appearing in the four Journals in a calendar year. 2009 was the first year of the award, Di having passed away in December 2008. (see Obituary).

The Awards will consist of three prizes of £50, £25, and £10, plus a subscription to Society membership for the following year. The 2009 Awards were judged by the then Committee; in subsequent years, the Award winners will be invited to judge the following year's entries.

If for any reason a previous winner cannot take part in the judging, the Committee en bloc will stand in for that winner.

The Awards are announced in December of the qualifying year.

As a former Editor of the Journal, we hope that Di Harding (1950 - 2008) would have approved of this initiative to perpetuate her name.

Award Winners :

2017 :

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First : Mr Graham TAYLOR (IWFHS Member: 3138)

who wins £50 plus a year's free subscription "Beyond the Nunnery Wall" which appeared in the November Journal (pages 17-22).

Graham has kindly offered the prize back to the society - we shall use these funds to buy books for the Heritage Resource Centre.
Second : Melodie WOODFORD (IWFHS Member: 3312)

who wins £25 plus a year's free subscription for her article, "A Place to Rest Your Head - Pinhorn Cottage, Calbourne" which appeared in the May journal pages 35-41.

Rosemary Cooper Third : Rosemary COOPER (IWFHS Member: 2545)

who wins £10 plus a year's free subscription for her article, "Tom Tuffley's Schooldays" which appeared in the August journal pages 49-53.

Award Winners :

2016 :

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First : Mr John McCONKEY (IWFHS Member: 2195)

who wins £50 plus a year's free subscription for his article, "75th Anniversary of SS Portsdown sinking" which appeared in the November journal pages 39-45.

Second : Dr Kevin TOWNER (IWFHS Member: 3173)

who wins £25 plus a year's free subscription for his article, "A Nautical Life - Frank OSBORNE" which appeared in the February journal pages 13-18.

Third : Mrs Laraine JASPERS (IWFHS Member: 2830)

who wins £10 plus a year's free subscription for her article, "The VALLENDERs and COOPERs of Cowes" which appeared in the November journal pages 51-55.

Award Winners :

2015 :

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First : Mrs Angela Woodford SHERRY (IWFHS Member: 0279)

who wins £50 plus a year's free subscription for her article, "Fred Furmidge – a Barnardo’s Boy" which appeared in the February journal pages 44-51.

Second : Mr Gordon CHILDS (IWFHS Member: 1073)

who wins £25 plus a year's free subscription for his article, "Sergeant Major Edward Cotton" which appeared in the May journal pages 48-50.

Third : Mr Graham TAYLOR (IWFHS Member: 3138)

who wins £10 plus a year's free subscription for his article, "The Sam Browne Belt" which appeared in the November journal pages 38-40.

All three winners also received a free subscription to the IWFHS for 2016.

Award Winners :

2014 :

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First : Mrs Biddy SHEPHARD (IWFHS Member: 1296)

who wins £50 plus a year's free subscription for her article, "The Eventful Life of an Island Man" which appeared in the May journal pages 21-24.

Second : Mr Louis LEHMANN (IWFHS Member: 2293)

who wins £25 plus a year's free subscription for his article, "Exploring Genealogical Fantasy" which appeared in the May journal pages 25-31.

Third : Mr Fred ATKEY (IWFHS Member: 0906)

who wins £10 plus a year's free subscription for his article, "Pascall ATKEY and the East India Company" which appeared in the November journal pages 35-40

Fred Atkey passed away on 29th August 2016 aged 90.
All three winners also received a free subscription to the IWFHS for 2015.

Award Winners :

2013 :

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Graham Taylor First : Graham TAYLOR (IWFHS Member: 3138)

who wins £50 plus a year's free subscription for his article "For King and Country" which appeared in 2 parts - in the February 2013 Journal on pages 49-53, and the May 2013 Journal on pages 19-22.

Terry Bridger Second : Terry BRIDGER (IWFHS Member: 0322)

who wins £25 plus a year's free subscription for her article "Beyond Reasonable Doubt" which appeared in 4 parts - in the May, August, and November Journals.

Patricia Jones Third : Patricia JONES (IWFHS Member: 2980)

who wins £10 plus a year's free subscription for her article "John Coombes (1842-1922) Ryde Ruffian" which appeared in the August Journal on pages 48-54.

All three winners also received a free subscription to the IWFHS for 2014.

Award Winners :

2012 :

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First : Brian GREENING (IWFHS Member: 3171) who wins £50 plus a year's free subscription for his article "The Mystery of John COCKRAM" which appeared in the May Journal on pages 51-54.

Second: Peter STALLARD (IWFHS Member: 2144) who wins £25 plus a year's free subscription for his article "A Sad Tale" which appeared in the August Journal on pages 39-40.

Third: Denis KELLAWAY (IWFHS Member: 2453) who wins £10 plus a year's free subscription for his article "The KELLAWAY Line to a PERKINS Past" which appeared in the August Journal on pages 41-46.

All three winners also received a free subscription to the IWFHS for 2013.

2011 :

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Rosemary Cooper 1st prize of £50 goes to Rosemary Cooper (2545) for her article "My Grandfather's Diary" published in the May journal (No. 101).

Edna Rowland 2nd prize of £25 goes to Edna Rowland (3097) for her article "Henry Simpkins and Sarah Denness" published in the November journal (No. 103).

Val Stuart 3rd prize of £10 goes to Val Stuart (2211) for her article "The Londoners - the Corney Family" published in the November journal (No. 103).

All three winners also received a free subscription to the IWFHS for 2012.

2010 :

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Catriona Williamson 1. "Skeletons in the Cupboard", by Catriona Williamson – Journal No. 96 – Membership No. 2794
George Legge 2. "What Happened in 1488?", by George Legge – Journal No. 98 – Membership No. 1919
  It is with regret that we have to inform you that Dr George James Ferguson Legge sadly passed away on 14th December 2013 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia aged 81.
Judith Tollman 3. "From An Islander", by Judith Tollman – Journal No. 97 – Membership No. 2074
Congratulations to all our winners !

2009 :

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"Working Life in the 15th to 17th Centuries", by Susan Graczer, Journal No. 95 - Membership No. 1958
Susan Graczer passed away on 18th April 2015 in Bay of Islands, New Zealand. She was 73.
"The RANN Family of the Isle of Wight", by Kate Burhouse, Journal No. 95, Membership No. 2566
"Twice Married", by Barbara Starmans, Journal No. 95, Membership No. 2237

Kate Burhouse with Janette Dixon and Janet Griffin

Kate Burhouse (right) receives her award from Di Harding's mother, Mrs Janette Dixon, at the New Year's Luncheon on 31 January 2010.
The Chairman (at that time) Janet Griffin is in the background.

News

The Award for 2017 was announced in November 2017. Prize winners have been notified.

Qualifying articles from the 4 Journals of 2018 will be identified by the Award Administrator and the prize winners from 2017, as judges for 2018, will be notified in November 2018.