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Note to staff

30 May 2014


Koolark Koort Koorliny (Heart Coming Home)

Last week the Vice-Chancellor travelled to Albany to officially open the Koolark Koort Koorliny (Heart Coming Home) exhibition, selected works from the Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork.

This magnificent collection of artwork by children of the Stolen Generations was transferred to Curtin from Colgate University in New York in 2013 and this event marked the launch of the Collection’s Great Southern Regional Tour.

The exhibition opening at the Albany Town Hall was attended by a number of special guests including Carrolup survivors from the 1940’s; descendants of the artists and representatives from the project partners, the City of Albany, Mungart Boodja Art Centre and the Water Corporation.

The opening was also an opportunity for the University to announce the new Soroptimist International of Perth Inc.; Florence Rutter Scholarship. This scholarship has been established in commemoration of the support given to the Carrolup artists by the British philanthropist Florence Rutter in the late 1940s and will support and encourage female postgraduate students who, through their Curtin studies, will benefit Indigenous communities.

Congratulations to the John Curtin Gallery team on successfully launching this important tour.

Further information about this event and the exhibition’s regional tour can be found here.

Ellen Kraly, Colgate University; City of Albany Mayor, Dennis Wellington; Professor Deborah Terry; City of Albany CEO, Gary Adams and Chris Malcolm, John Curtin Gallery

Ellen Kraly, Colgate University; City of Albany Mayor, Dennis Wellington; Professor Deborah Terry; City of Albany CEO, Gary Adams and Chris Malcolm, John Curtin Gallery

World Environment Day – 4 June

World Environment Day seeks to raise global awareness of taking positive environmental action to protect nature. The University will again celebrate this day with a host of activities on Wednesday 4 June from 9am to 2pm.

Activities will include planting native shrubs at Jack Finney Lake and the opportunity to see Black Cockatoos at close range. Food vendors will also be positioned at the Lake, with some of the proceeds going to the Kaarakin Conservation Centre.  

There will also be a free lunch at the Kurrajong Vegie Garden from noon, with the courtesy bus providing transport from the flag poles at the John Curtin Centre.

For more information, please contact Odile Pouliquen-Young on extension 3376 or via email.

This Green Park’d initiative is an approved Staff Wellness Activity.  For more information, please contact

John Curtin Medal nominations closing

I would like to remind you that nominations for this year’s John Curtin Medal, the University’s highest non-academic award, will close in just one week.

Nominations must be received by 5pm on Thursday 5 June 2014.

The John Curtin Medal is presented to outstanding members of the external community who demonstrate John Curtin’s attributes of vision, leadership and community service.

I encourage you to consider nominating someone from the external community who you believe meets the criteria for this award.

The nomination form and further details can be found at or please contact Julia Nicol, Director, Public and Community Relations on extension 7711.

Please note that nominations should be kept strictly confidential. Candidates should not be contacted for information regarding their nomination.



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