25 September 2023

Archives historian lives on in oration

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The National Archives of Australia has launched a new annual oration in commemoration of Northern Territory historian Mickey Dewar (pictured).

Dr Dewar, who died last year aged 61, was a long-time member of the National Archives of Australia Advisory Council.

Director-General of the Archives, David Fricker said Dr Dewar served on the Advisory Council for three terms from 2008, and contributed a comprehensive knowledge of, and passion for, Australian history.

“Dr Dewar was a recipient and then judge of the Archives’ Frederick Watson Fellowship and actively addressed major council issues such as amendments to the Archives Act in 2009, which allowed for the closed record access period to decrease from 30 to 20 years,” Mr Fricker said.

“Dr Dewar worked and published in Northern Territory history for 30 years.”

He said that two of her books had been short-listed for the NSW Premier’s History Awards for Community and Regional History and in 1998 she received the Jessie Litchfield Award for Literature.

Mr Fricker said Dr Dewar’s commitment to the nation and her own community in the Northern Territory was truly extraordinary and deserving of continuing commemoration.

Former Northern Territory Chief Minister Clare Martin is to deliver the inaugural oration on 29 August.

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