Roslyn Lawry Award

The Roslyn Lawry Award commemorates a young Museum Studies graduate, Ros Lawry, who died in tragic circumstances. Her parents, Jim and Fay Lawry, established an endowment for an annual prize, and Fay presented it for the twentieth time in 2010.

Recent award winners

Previous winners

2013: Amy Barclay

Amy Barclay: Recipient of the Roslyn Lawry Award for 2013

Year of Presentation 2014

The Roslyn Lawry Award recognizes excellence in Deakin University's Master of Cultural Heritage program, and commemorates the life of an outstanding student and graduate, Roslyn Lawry (1962-1987).

The recipient for the 2013 academic year is Amy Barclay.

Amy with award, with Andrea Witcomb 

Amy Barclay brought to her studies an impressive record of experience and achievement in the arts and galleries, and combined her cultural heritage and museum studies subjects with those from Deakin's Arts Management program. She now works in Cultural Development for the City of Stonnington. She has served on the Academic Advisory Board for the Deakin Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies program - first a student representative, and as a graduate of the Masters course.

Amy came to the Master of Cultural Heritage with previous qualifications that demonstrate the breadth of her interests, including the Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies (Deakin University), Postgraduate Diploma of Arts (Art History) (Monash) and Bachelor of Arts in Media Arts (Fine Art Photography) (RMIT). In selecting Amy Barclay for the 2013 Roslyn Lawry Award, the Award Committee recognised the high standard of performance throughout her studies, and her achievements and breadth of interests and engagement with museums, art galleries and cultural development.

The Roslyn Lawry Award for 2013 was presented to Amy at the Museums Association (Victoria) Awards Night at Melbourne Museum on 8 August 2014. The Award was presented by Professor Andrea Witcomb, Director of the Deakin's Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific. The Lawry Family, and the staff of the Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies program at Deakin University warmly congratulate Amy on this achievement and look forward to her continuing achievements in the arts, cultural development, cultural heritage and museums.

2012: Jennifer Rowe

Jennifer Rowe: Recipient of the Roslyn Lawry Award for 2012

Year of Presentation 2013

The Roslyn Lawry Award recognises excellence in Deakin University's Master of Cultural Heritage program, and commemorates the life of an outstanding student and graduate, Roslyn Lawry (1962-1987).

The recipient for 2012 is Jennifer Rowe. Jennifer not only maintained an excellent level of performance throughout her study for the Master of Cultural Heritage (2009-2012), but found opportunities offered by the coursework to undertake project-oriented work in her local community, and to volunteer at Queensland University's Anthropology Museum and the State Library of Queensland to further her professional development. She participated in the 2012 Field School held in the Kelabit Highlands in Borneo, and served as a curator of the exhibition about the Field School at the Phoenix Gallery at the Burwood Campus of Deakin University - 'World Within' No More.

Jennifer holds a Bachelor of International Relations with Honours from Griffith University. She lives in Brisbane and completed most of her course part-time with Deakin as an off-campus student. She has a particular interest in issues of culture, heritage, community development and social justice, and has worked with the Tibetan community in Brisbane in a voluntary capacity.

The Roslyn Lawry Award for 2012 was presented to Jennifer at the Museums Association (Victoria) Awards Night at Federation Square on 8 August 2013. The Award was presented by Associate Professor Andrea Witcomb, Director of Deakin University's Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific. The Lawry family, and the staff of the Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies program at Deakin University congratulate Jennifer on this achievement and look forward to her further participation in the broad fields of museums and cultural heritage.


2011: Anna Welch

Anna Welch: Recipient of the Roslyn Lawry Award for 2011

Year of Presentation 2012
Year of Last Study 2011

Dr Anna Welch received the 22nd annual Roslyn Lawry Award at the Museums Australia Awards night held at the State Library of Victoria on 2 August 2012.

Anna completed her PhD on a medieval manuscript, but saw her future less in academe than working with collections, so she enrolled in Deakin's Master of Cultural Heritage. She undertook an internship at the National Gallery of Victoria, on tiny votive panels, with Matthew Martin - the findings will be published soon; and she did volunteer work at Melbourne Museum with Ruth Leveson, who seized her to work on wax seals. Anna is now working in several different jobs, including as a Curatorial Assistant at the State Library and Acting Curator of Prints at the National Gallery.


2010: Luke James

Luke James: Recipient of the Roslyn Lawry Award for 2010

Year of Presentation 2011
Year of Last Study 2010

The winner of the 21st Roslyn Lawry Award is Luke James. Luke studied Arts-Law at the University of Melbourne, majoring in Architectural History and English, and worked as a planning, environment and heritage lawyer before undertaking an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development posting to Samoa, where he worked with Chief Justice of Samoa and experienced Pacific culture first-hand. The experience inspired him to enrol in Deakin's Master of Cultural Heritage, with an eye to becoming a cultural heritage professional. In a busy period, he completed coursework while working as an intern and then consultant with the Bangkok office of UNESCO.

There he worked on the Asia Pacific Heritage Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation, research into museum training needs and a research project based on a successful heritage conservation and revitalisation project in a Thai canal town. Luke has since taken up a position with the International Heritage Section of the Dept of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities in Canberra.


2009: Carmel O'Keeffe

Carmel O'Keeffe: Recipient of the Roslyn Lawry Award for 2009

Year of Presentation 2010
Year of Last Study 2009

Carmel O'Keeffe, winner of the 2009 Roslyn Lawry Award received a cheque for $750, a framed certificate and many hugs when the prize was presented on 20 July at the Museums Australia Awards night. It was held in the galleries of Melbourne Museum, under the gaze of Phar Lap and the Minister for the Arts, the Hon Peter Batchelor MP, followed by elegant nibbles and celebratory drinks.

The award commemorates a young Museum Studies graduate, Ros Lawry, who died in tragic circumstances. Her parents, Jim and Fay Lawry, established an endowment for an annual prize, and Fay presented it for the twentieth time in 2010.

The winner, Carmel O'Keeffe, graduated in 2009 as a Master of Cultural Heritage. A journalist by profession, she decided her story-telling skills could find a new application in the museum field, and she began part-time studies. She relished the course so much she took long service leave to finish it fulltime. She is yet to win a museum job but remains in touch with the contacts she made via course site visits and assignments, poised to seize the right position.


2008: Helen Hunter

Helen Hunter: Recipient of the Roslyn Lawry Award for 2008

Year of Presentation 2009
Year of Last Study 2008

The 19th annual Roslyn Lawry Award for outstanding achievement in Deakin's Museum Studies & Cultural Heritage program was presented to Helen Hunter, BA(Hons), at the Museums Australia (Victoria) Museum Awards on 23 July 2009.

Helen is a history graduate from Melbourne University, who took to Museum Studies after an undergraduate internship at Sovereign Hill. Before returning to study, she lived in France in 2005, where she volunteered to produce English-language visitor leaflets and inventories relating to Gallo-Roman ruins and prehistoric antiquities near Toulouse. 

During her course, she provided a conservation report to the Coburg Historical Society, assessed a collection of Chinese market-gardening objects, and reviewed Melbourne Museum's 'The Mind' exhibition forMuseums Australia Magazine. She volunteered with the Conservation Volunteers Hands On Heritage program, taking part in excavations at Schwerkolt Cottage in Mitcham, and maintenance work at Heide.

Having just completed her Graduate Diploma, Helen and Wayne produced baby Niamh in 2008. Now living in Ballan, Helen is involved with community projects; she is secretary of the local Community House, a member of the 'Wombat Arts' network, and of the Moorabool Shire 'Arts, Culture & Events Committee'.

The Roslyn Lawry Award recognises excellence in of Museum Studies, and Cultural Heritage. It commemorates the life of an outstanding graduate, Roslyn Lawry (1962-1987). Recipients of the Award receive a substantial cash prize, a certificate and the warm congratulations of Mrs Faye Lawry and University staff.


2007: Sally Patfield

Sally Patfield: Winner of the Roslyn Lawry Award for 2007

Year of Presentation 2008
Year of Last Study 2007

 

The 18th annual Roslyn Lawry Award for outstanding achievement in Deakin's Museum Studies & Cultural Heritage program was presented to Sally Patfield, Grad.Dip.Mus.Studs, at the Museums Australia (Victoria) Museum Awards on 24 July 2008.

Sally received a University of Newcastle Medal for her degree in teaching, with electives in history, visual arts and music. Her volunteer work at a local art gallery with young children and school groups inspired her to seek qualifications for a career in museums.

She chose the Deakin off-campus program in order to combine work, volunteering and study. As she wrote in appreciation of the professional orientation of the course: 'Due to my volunteer work at the gallery, I [was] offered consultancy as an education specialist, and was able to use this as the basis for an assignment, to research and write a set of education resources that linked the themes and content of an exhibition to the primary school curriculum'.

After a further consultancy stint in collections management at the National Museum in Canberra, she took up the position of Local Studies Collection Officer at the Marrickville Council History and Archival Research Centre in Sydney. Sally has now re-enrolled to upgrade her Diploma to a Masters degree.

The Roslyn Lawry Award recognises excellence in of Museum Studies, and Cultural Heritage. It commemorates the life of an outstanding graduate, Roslyn Lawry (1962-1987). Recipients of the Award receive a substantial book voucher prize, a certificate and the warm congratulations of Mrs Faye Lawry and University staff.


2006: Helen Laffin

Roslyn Lawry Award 2006

Year of Presentation 2007
Year of Last Study 2006

Helen Laffin, Grad.Dip.Mus.Studs 2006, was presented with the CH&MS program's Roslyn Lawry Award at the annual Victorian Museum Awards event, held at the State Library of Victoria on the 28th of June 2007. Helen studied off-campus and part-time, while she working on the Performing Arts Collection at the Arts Centre, Melbourne, and caring for a young family.

The Award is composed of a certificate and a book voucher for $500. It commemorates Roslyn Lawry, an early graduate of the Museum Studies program, who died tragically young. Her parents, Dr Jim and Mrs Faye Lawry endowed the prize, and until Jim's death in 2006, were both actively involved in the Award selection. Faye presented the prize this year.


2005: Janelle Mikkelson

Roslyn Lawry Award 2005

Year of Presentation 2006
Year of Last Study 2005

On 25th May 2006 the Victorian branch of Museums Australia hosted the Museum Industry Recognition Awards (MIRAs) at the National Gallery of Victoria. As in previous years, the presentation of the Roslyn Lawry Award for Excellence in Museum Studies, undertaken at Deakin University during 2005, was a highlight on the night. This year Janelle Mikkeslon was awarded the award. The award is a book prize to the value of $350.

Each year the Roslyn Lawry Award is presented to a person who has completed the Graduate Diploma of Museum Studies and has:

* achieved standards of excellence in their academic record;
* demonstrated a personal commitment to museum training;
* demonstrated suitable personal qualities in the pursuit of excellence in museum work; and
* displayed personal initiative within the museum profession.

Janelle has achieved all of these qualities while studying off campus and working full time. The Centre and the Faculty of Arts warmly congratulates Janelle on her prize.


2004: Roana O'Neill

Roslyn Lawry Award 2004

Year of Presentation 2005
Year of Last Study 2004

The winner of the 2004 Roslyn Lawry Award was Ms Roana O'Neill. In addition to studying towards the Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies, Ms O'Neill is Public Programs Officer at the Bundaberg Arts Centre and is the Queensland Representative for the Interpretation Australia Association. Ms O'Neill's award was presented at the Museum Industry Recognition Awards ceremony, held at the Melbourne Museum in May 2005.


2003: Meredith Blake and Fiona Salmon

Roslyn Lawry Award 2003

Year of Presentation 2004
Year of Last Study 2003

On 21 May 2004, as part of the national conference of Museums Australia, Deakin University announced the latest recipients of its major award for outstanding achievement in the field of Museum Studies. The Roslyn Lawry Award for Excellence in Museum Studies is named in memory of one of Deakin's most outstanding graduates in Museum Studies. It is awarded each year to the student/s who achieve excellence in the Graduate Diploma of Museum Studies.

The joint winners of the 2003 Award were Meredith Blake and Fiona Salmon. Both women studied part-time over 2 years, and both are now well established on their chosen career paths. Meredith is the Assistant Curator at the City of Port Phillip, while Fiona is the Co-Manager of the Museum Accreditation Program at Museums Australia (Victoria).

The Faculty of Arts provided generous sponsorship for the awards night of the Museums Australia conference, which this year was held in Melbourne. The sponsorship demonstrated the importance Deakin attaches to its links with the museum sector, and acknowledged the 25th anniversary of Deakin's teaching in Museum Studies. The Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Professor Joan Beaumont, made a short speech and announced the winners of the Award. Dr Jim Lawry presented each winner with their certificate and book prize.

Members of the Committee that organises the Roslyn Lawry Award were in attendance and extended their congratulations to the latest winners. Also present were several past winners of the Award: Elyse White, Aileen Ellis, Eve Almond, Ruth McLean, and Brian Hubber.


2002: Brian Hubber

Roslyn Lawry Award 2002

Year of Presentation 2003
Year of Last Study 2002

International Museums Day is the occasion at which Deakin University announces its major award for outstanding achievement in the field of Museum Studies.

On 14 May 2003 we awarded the Roslyn Lawry Award for Excellence in Museum Studies to Mr Brian Hubber. Brian completed his Graduate Diploma of Museum Studies in 2002. He is the first person to win the Award as an off-campus student. When Brian commenced the course with us, he was the Rare Books Librarian at the State Library of Victoria. He is now the Curator at the Geelong Art Gallery. Congratulations, Brian.


2000 & 2001: Brett Clowes
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1999: Clare Watt
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1998: Eve Almond
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1997: Saul Shepherd
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1996: Marianna Auliciems & Ruth McLean
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1995: Tracey Judd
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1994: Aileen Ellis
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1993: Elyse White
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1992: Neville Quick
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1991: Barbara Wels
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1990: Lois Mathieson
Year of Last Study, and Presentation: 1990

1989: Mandy Paul & Scott Bird
Year of Last Study, and Presentation: 1989

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