The Dr. Malcolm Crick Memorial Prize

The Dr. Malcolm Crick Memorial Prize has been created "to recognise the memory and work of Malcolm Crick, who was the first anthropologist at Deakin University". During his time at Deakin, Dr Crick was chair of the core second year unit on rituals and symbolism in society. A passionate researcher, writer and speaker, Dr. Crick focused on topics such as symbolism, and the impact of tourism in Sri Lanka.

The Dr Malcolm Crick Memorial Prize is awarded to one Anthropology student per year who has completed their level two studies and is continuing on to level three. The award is based on the highest aggregate of marks achieved in level two core units.

Recipients of the award:
  • 2007 - Sally Crane
  • 2008 - Adrian Trifilo
  • 2009 - Connie Warren
Dr Malcolm Crick

Who was Dr. Malcolm Crick?

Dr. Malcolm Crick was a well respected member of staff who commenced at Deakin University in 1977, at 28 years of age. Dr. Crick was a graduate of the prestigious Oxford University, England and was the first anthropologist at Deakin University. Neville  Millen, a close friend and colleague of Dr. Crick for thirty years described him as follows:

"Malcolm Crick was a gifted writer and dynamic speaker. He had a wicked and cutting sense of humour and had the air of a slightly eccentric Englishman. Despite his no- nonsense manner at meetings and in discussions over course team content, he was a kind and passionate person and a very loyal colleague. He wrote several articles about language and meaning, symbolism and international tourism. He did fieldwork in the late 1980s in Sri Lanka, on the impact of tourism, and the role of the anthropologist as tourist, and was know internationally for his work in this area. At his early death by cancer in 2006 he was writing a history and anthropology of the old mining town of Maldon, now a tourism centre in the central Highlands of Victoria. Malcolm was committed to social justice issues, was a strong unionist, and held the office of secretary of the Deakin branch of FAUSA (later the NTEU). Some of his articles lampooning Deakin management-style are legendary. He was also an accomplished musician on the piano and according to sources was a star gymnast at school. It is only fitting that we recognise this gifted foundation staff member at Deakin and his legacy to the formation of anthropology at Deakin."

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