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Media Release
Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage
The Hon. Dr David Kemp

20 November 2003

Australian Heritage Expert Receives International Award

The Minister for the Environment and Heritage Dr David Kemp, today congratulated Professor Colin Pearson, MBE, AO, who has received the prestigious biennial ICCROM Award.

"The award is presented to a person who holds special merit in the field of protection, conservation and restoration of cultural heritage and who has contributed to ICCROM's work", Dr Kemp said.

The International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property, (ICCROM) located in Rome, promotes the conservation of both movable and immovable cultural heritage. Australia is one of over 100 Member States and there are 103 associate members from among the world's leading conservation institutions.

"Professor Pearson has been recognised for his primary role over thirty years in developing heritage conservation research and education in Australia and in the Asia Pacific region.

"His work includes: pioneering materials conservation work in conserving a metal cannon from HMS Endeavour; providing guidelines for preservation management of the Mawson's hut in Antarctica; projects for the National Museum of Australia and AIATSIS and Queensland Cultural Centre building design for collections care and preservation; and developing cost effective conservation methods for conserving cultural heritage in the Pacific.

"He thoroughly deserves this international recognition for his contribution, not only to the international community and the protection of cultural heritage, but for the training, education and expertise he has fostered nationally."

ICCROM announced that Dr Pearson was the only awardee this year. He has been for many years a member of ICCROM's Council and a close collaborator in many ICCROM projects.

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