The Kogarah Historical Society has launched its inaugural local history awards.
Member for Kogarah Chris Minns officially opened the competition on Thursday during the group's monthly meeting at the School of Arts.
The awards aim to encourage research and recording of the area's past.
Society Secretary Gill Whan said the area was rich in history.
‘’I’m a relative newcomer, having only moved here 20 odd years ago, but I was struck by the history we have,’’ she said.
‘’Each month we have something new in our newsletter.’’
Entrants are asked to submit a piece of research on any historical aspect of the Kogarah or Georges River Council area.
Research subjects should focus on events or past personalities in the region.
Three winners will each receive $500.
Submissions close on Thursday, March 8.
The society has a long history and is now in its 47th year.
It was founded in 1970 and currently has around 110 members.
It meets on the second Thursday between February to November.
For more information go to www.kogarah.historicalsociety.com.au.