The Don Biddle Friends of Geography Award is named in honour of the founding president of AGTA, Dr Don Biddle. The Award is made by the AGTA Board based on the recommendation of a selection committee comprising three members of the Board. A currently serving member of the AGTA Board is not eligible to receive the award.
The award has been developed by AGTA to recognise individuals, groups or institutions who have made a significant contribution over an extended period of time to the work of AGTA in promoting geographical education in Australia.
2021: Presented at the AGTA Board Meeting held by Zoom on 16 October 2021 to Julie Hearnden and Darryl Michie — Citations
2019: Presented at the AGTA 2017 Conference at the Gold Coast to Dr Greg Calvert and Rebecca Nicholas — Citations
2017: Presented at the AGTA 2017 Conference in Melbourne to Leonie Brown, Malcolm McInerney and Gregory Way — Citations
2015: Presented at the AGTA 2015 Conference in Rotorua to Rob Berry, Nick Hutchinson, Dr Jeana Kriewaldt and Emmy Terry and posthumously at the AGTA Board meeting in Hobart to Wayne Sutton — Citations
2013: Presented at the AGTA 2013 Conference in Perth to Dr Susan Bliss, John Butler, Stephen Cranby and Alaric Maude — Citations
2011: Presented at the AGTA 2011 Conference in Adelaide to Kath Berg, Mark Manuel and Roger Smith
The Australian Geography Teachers Association (AGTA) was extremely saddened to learn about the passing of Dr Donald Sidney Biddle on 21 January 2022. We remain inspired by Don’s conviction about the importance and role of collaboration, demonstrated through his distinguished service to several professional associations for geography – the legacy of which continues to provide the glue which keeps us all connected across school, initial teacher education, and academic geography research contexts. To read more about the life of Dr Biddle and his contribution to geography education, please see:
– A paper written by Dr Susan Bliss based on an interview conducted with Dr Don Biddle.
– A citation written by Dr Stephen Codrington when Dr Don Biddle was awarded Life Membership to the Geographical Society of NSW.
– A tribute written by Dr Susan Caldis and shared at his Celebration of Life Service on behalf of the AGTA Board and Past AGTA Chairpersons.
The following Awards were presented at the AGTA 2022 Conference held in Hobart, Tasmania
Winner: How Cool is your School? (Published by She Maps)
Highly commended: Understanding Your Place: 20 – Minute Neighbourhoods Year 4-6 Geography Unit (Published by Geography Teachers’ Association of Victoria and DELWP)
Winner: Good Humanities text book series (Published by Matilda Education)
Highly commended: Level 7 and Level 10 Water Unit (Published by Geography Teachers’ Association of Victoria and DELWP )
Winner: Unit 3 Geography Fieldwork Resource: Fisherman’s Bend Montague Precinct Focus (Published by Geography Teachers’ Association of Victoria)
Winner: Year 5-6 and Years 9-10 Drones in Forestry (Published by Forest Learning and She Maps)
Highly commended: Forest Management – Year 10 (Published by Forest Learning and Geography Teachers’ Association of Victoria)
Winner: Learn through Immersion (Published by Forest Learning – ForestVR)
Winner: Open Learning Courses (Published by Geography Teachers’ Association of NSW&ACT)
Highly commended: 2021 Annual Set of Examination Packages (Published by Geographical Association of Western Australia)
Winner: Geography Classroom Posters Series (Published by Geography Teachers’ Association of NSW&ACT)
The following Awards were presented at the AGTA 2019 Conference held at the Gold Coast, Queensland.
Joint winner: Western Australia ATAR Units 1 and 2 (Published by the Geographical Association of Western Australia)
Joint winner: Global Interactions 11 and Global Interactions 12 (Published by Pearson Australia)
Winner: Foodprint Melbourne (Published by the University of Melbourne and the Geography Teachers Association of Victoria)
Winner: Primary Geography Alive (Published by the Geography Teachers’ Association of NSW and ACT)
Winner: Certificate of Geography Competency (Published by the Geography Teachers Association of Victoria)
Winner: MobileMuster-Mobile Connections (Published by Mobile Muster and Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre)
Highly Commended: Geography Bulletin, Issue 50 Number 3 (Published by the Geography Teachers Association of NSW and ACT)
The following Awards were presented at the AGTA 2017 Conference held in Melbourne, Victoria.
Winner: Geography: NSW Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum (Published by Cambridge University Press)
Winner: VCE Geography series (Published by GTAV)
Winner: Food for Thought (Published by Oxfam Australia)
Winner: Interaction Vol 44 No 1, The Fieldwork Issue (Published by GTAV)
Highly commended: Geographical Education, Vol 28 (2015) (Produced by AGTA)
Highly commended: Spatial Educators Toolkit (Produced by Queensland Spatial Information Council)
The following Awards were presented at the AGTA 2015 Conference held in Rotorua, New Zealand.
Winner: Discovering Geography (Published by Pearson)
Winner: Geography Alive for the Australian Curriculum (Years 7-10) (Published by Jacaranda, John Wiley Sons)
Highly commended: Jacaranda Atlas (8th Edition) (Published by Jacaranda, John Wiley Sons)
Highly commended: Pearson Geography 7-8 series (Published by Pearson)
Highly commended: Tsunami: The Ultimate Guide (Produced by Australian Tsunami Advisory Group)
Winner: Get Connected: Water in the World (Produced by World Vision Australia)
The following Awards were presented at the AGTA 2013 Conference held in Perth, Western Australia.
Winner: Inquiry into Pandas Kit (GTASA)
Highly commended: All’s Well (One World Centre)
Winner: Water for Life (GEP at GTAV)
Highly commended: Disaster Mapper (Attorney General Dept.)
Highly commended: Longman Atlas 6th Edition (Pearson)
Joint Winner: VCE Resources & Perspectives Units 3 & 4 (GTAV)
Joint Winner: VCE Geography Environments Units 1 & 2 (GTAV)
Highly commended: Student Guide to Stage 3 Geography (GAWA)
Winner: Disaster Mapper (Attorney General Dept.)
Highly commended: Mapping your Career (GTAV)
Winner: Keys to Geography: Essential Skills (Macmillan)
Highly commended: Interaction – Volume 39, March 2011(GTAV)