Awards

North Queensland author, Lyall Ford, has received prestigious awards from both the Queensland Family History Society in Brisbane and the Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies in Melbourne for two of his books in two consecutive years.

Poorhouse to Paradise won the QFHS award for best family history published in Queensland in 2002. The judges commented on the excellent presentation, indexing and referencing, and how well the story is framed around the main ancestor’s work and achievements.

The AIGS also commended this book at the presentation of the Alexander Henderson Award for the best family history published in Australia. The judges said that they ‘found this a fascinating account of the family’s origins and of social conditions in both England and the colonies’. They added, ‘It makes good use of both primary and secondary sources and the excellent genealogical charts at the end of the volume, recording the family from 1575, are particularly impressive.’

Below These Mountains won the same QFHS award for best family history published in Queensland in 2003. The judges commented on the excellent depiction of a family of significance for Queensland history, the mining town and the excellent photographs.

This book was awarded third prize at the AIGS presentation of the Alexander Henderson Award for the best family history published in Australia. The judges said, ‘This book has certainly achieved the aim of its author to produce a worthy contribution to family history – one in which the family can take justifiable pride.’