At an Award Luncheon on May 30 2017, the Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies, based in Melbourne, announced that The Complete History of Arthur and Rose was the winner of the Alexander Henderson Award 2016 for family histories published in Australia in that year. The judges’ comments were:

A beautifully presented book, with excellent layout and production qualities, copious illustrations, well-documented sources, and written with style and wit. The incorporation of separate boxes called Imagining the Scene added another dimension to the story. There was very little to fault with this family history and it is a very worthy winner of the Award.

It was exciting to accept the award and there has been more than one round of bubbles and cake in the family to celebrate.