21 August 2015
Judith Davidson is one of the 109 Australian recipients of the Churchill Fellowship for 2015.
This is the 50th Anniversary of the Fellowship which has been awarded to talented and inspired Australians seeking to gain knowledge to better their local communities.
Judith will study and research how the other 10 Australian convict sites within the UNESCO World Heritage Listing utilise and promote heritage values.
It is a positive extension of her highly regarded work at the KAVHA Research Centre and will allow her to interact with colleagues and counterparts.
The Kingston and Arthur's Vale Historic Area (KAVHA) is at the heart of Australia's early history. Judith will travel to Sydney, Tasmania and Perth as part of her fellowship.
She will visit and work with heritage experts at the other sites inscribed on the World Heritage Listing. Places such as Hyde Park Barracks, Cockatoo Island and Port Arthur have a shared history with Norfolk Island. The physical architecture and the human inter relationship with the Norfolk Island story show how these are the obvious companions for KAVHA. Norfolk Island is an important part of the bigger story.
I am sure there are many good lessons to learn from these other sites. I look forward to the reports Judith will prepare for the Norfolk Island community.
The Hon Gary Hardgrave
Territory of Norfolk Island