This award has the distinction of being the longest running award in any school in Victoria. It was first presented in 1871, one year after the opening of the original school on the site, the Sandhurst Corporate High School.
The award, for the most outstanding creative essay, is provided as a result of a performance of Rob Roy, a drama founded on the famous story written by Sir Walter Scott. The Caledonian Society of Bendigo celebrated the centenary of Sir Walter Scott’s birth through the performance, which took place on September 1st 1871, at the Lyceum Theatre, which was located in Pall Mall. The proceeds of the evening, a balance of one hundred and twelve pounds, seven shillings and sixpence, were put towards initiating the ‘Waverley Prize’. ‘Waverley’ was the first of Sir Walter Scott’s historical novels.
The collection of all existing Waverley Prize Essays is available from Old Gold Alumni.