2013 Outstanding Conservation Volunteer Award

This award recognises the unique skills brought by volunteers to the conservation of Australia’s cultural heritage and rewards volunteers who have made an outstanding contribution. The award encourages the two-way sharing of specialist skills between conservators and volunteers and acknowledges potential these relationships have to bridge identified skills gaps.


2013 Outstanding Conservation Volunteer

Olive Bull, QVMAG, Launceston

Olive has made outstanding contribution to the preservation of Tasmania's cultural heritage through her work repackaging the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery's (QVMAG) collection. She had dedicated one afternoon a week for approximately eight years to assist the conservation team and continues to show her commitment to volunteering at QVMAG.

Olive is always enthusiastic about completing the tasks that are assigned to her and takes on additional tasks in order to further her experience. She is always professional within the workplace and is a great asset to the team. 

Olive's award was accepted by Charlotte Walker
Olive's award was framed by Louise Bradley Conservation Framing


Geoff Tonkin, ANMM 

Geoff has been a regular volunteer in the Conservation section of the Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) since 1996. It is estimated that he has contributed over 5,000 hours of service to conservation during that period. Geoff brought to this project his skills and experience as a hobby bookbinder. His specialisation has been in the construction of cloth covered clamshell cases for oversized volumes from the NMC and rare book collection in the museum’s Vaughn Evans Library.  

Geoff has always been keen to learn about conservation methods and materials and has applied this new knowledge to his bookbinding work. Through his continued commitment to the archival rehousing project, Geoff has developed an understanding of the standards and ethics of the conservation profession and has become a valued member of the conservation team


Victor Chiang, ANMM

Victor has been a regular volunteer in the Conservation section of the Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) since 1991. It is estimated that he has contributed over 6,000 hours of service during that period. Victor has worked on a wide range of projects during this time. These have included assisting with the conservation of the 18 foot skiff Britannia and the preparation for display of objects such as the Sirius anchor prior to the opening of the museum in 1992.

Victor has a clear understanding of the professional ethics and standards of the conservator and has expanded this knowledge by volunteering at other organisations, such as The Australian Museum, the Sydney University Museums and Taronga Zoo. Victor reads conservation literature, questions and cross checks his work to achieve a high standard in all tasks assigned to him. He is a valued member of the ANMM conservation team.


Jack McBurney, ANMM

Jack has been a regular volunteer in the Conservation section of the Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) since 1991. It is estimated that he has contributed over 6,000 hours of service during that period.

Jack’s love of learning and his dedication to achieving perfection has made him an excellent student of conservation and a valuable volunteer. The quality of each box and folder as well as his careful handling of the collection demonstrates his understanding of conservation standards and ethics. His meticulous attention to detail and methodical approach means he is a good teacher. He is often called upon to train new volunteers and interns in the art of archival box making.

All the ANMM awards were accepted by Jonathan London 
The awards were framed by Louise Bradley Conservation Framing


Past recipients

2011

  • WA - Genevieve Konig
  • NSW - Heather Joynes
  • Vic - David Thompson

As you see, our records are incomplete. If you can help fill in the blanks we would love to hear from you. Email us: secretariat@aiccm.org.au