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ATW receives 2015 Victoria Day Award

02-07-2015

ATW receives the 2015 Victoria Day Award

The ATW is honoured to have been awarded the 2015 Victoria Day Award for the Arts. VIctoria Day Awards are awarded each year by the Trustees of the Victoria Day Council to recognise individuals and organisations who have made significant and valuable contributions to the Victorian community.

This year the awards were presented by 2013 Victorian of the Year,Mrs Jeanne Pratt ACat a ceremony to mark Victoria Dayat the Melbourne Town Hall on the 1st of July. Victoria Day celebrates Victoria's independence and the rich history it has enjoyed since separation from New South Wales on 1st July 1851. Thehistorical occasion is re-enacted each year outside the Melbourne Town Hall today providing award winners, dignitaries and passers-by a unique experience of Governor La Trobe's Proclamation of Separation and a traditional flag raising ceremony and rifle salute by the 48th Regiment and Mount Alexander Rifles.

Victoria Day Council Chairman Mr Norman Kennedy was delighted with the selection of the award recipients stating, "I am honoured to introduce this year's winners. I thank them and congratulate them on their truly outstanding achievements and the great work they have done, I am thrilled they have been recognised in this way." Victoria Day 2015 marks the 164th anniversary of the official separation of Victoria from New South Wales and the formal proclamation as an independent State by Governor La Trobe. This historical occasion was re-enacted outside the Melbourne Town Hall today providing award winners, dignitaries and passers-by a unique experience of Governor La Trobe's Proclamation of Separation and a traditional flag raising ceremony and rifle salute by the 48th Regiment and Mount Alexander Rifles.

In receiving the award ATW Director, Antonia Syme said, "On behalf of the board, the Tapestry Foundation of Australia, and my colleagues I am delighted and deeply honoured to accept the Victoria Day Award for the Arts. We are extremely proud to have the achievements of the Australian Tapestry Workshop recognised through this award." The ATW is delighted to join an inspiring list of community leaders, including previous Victoria Day Award recipients, ATW Founder and Patron the late Dame Elisabeth Murdoch , along with Mr Carrillo Gantner AO, Trustee of the Tapestry Foundation of Australia.

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