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Malian award winner

3 April 2008

A multi-disciplinary research and design project on the Parramatta Female Factory Heritage Precinct has won The Malian Foundation Community Partnership Prize at the 2008 UTS Alumni Awards. The Prize recognises UTS students who have made a meaningful contribution to disadvantaged or under-resourced Australian communities in the areas of information management and information technology and includes a $1,000 cash donation to the community partner.

The Parramatta Female Factory Precinct Association is a non-profit organisation established by former inmates of the Parramatta Girls Home to promote the social, archaeological and built heritage of the Parramatta Female Factory Precinct, which is the site of a number of significant institutions - particularly regarding women's history - including the Parramatta Female Factory, the Roman Catholic Orphan School (1841-1886), the Girls Industrial School, the Parramatta Girls Home, the Norma Parker Detention Centre for Women and Parramatta Gaol.

The winning team of students worked with the Association on an ambitious and important project in two stages throughout 2007. In the first stage of the project, Claire Butler worked under the supervision of Social Inquiry lecturer, Dr Catherine Robinson, to research and develop a proposal to State and Local Government agencies for the preservation and dedication of the Precinct and for the establishment of a National Women's Museum at the site. In the second stage, Visual Communications students Pat Armstrong, Lucinda Burtt, Rebecca Henderson and Lucy Rava worked under the supervision of Visual Communications academic, Greg Anderson, to design and construct a website that maps the various uses of the heritage site over time.

The 2008 selection panel - comprising Associate Professor Paul Ashton (UTS Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences), Professor Alex Byrne (UTS Librarian), Rathika Suresh (Australian Computer Society) and Shahin Yaghoubian (The Malian Foundation) - praised the project for its high scores in the 'capacity building' and 'future growth' categories and said the work would 'significantly contribute to achieving greater recognition for women's heritage and social justice issues in the heritage sector'.

The third stage of the project, involving the design of an online searchable database to address the inquiries from descendants of the convicts at the Paramatta Female Factory, is planned at Shopfront for 2008.

Also shortlisted for the Malian Foundation Prize were Visual Communications students Lisa Carey, Bethany Kennedy, Jessica Lousick, Juliana Oh and Amanda Tansi who worked under the supervision of Ivana McAlpine to develop an organisation identity, logo and website for the Australian Association of Child Health & Parenting.

Check out the winning website at www.pffp.org.au


The winning team, pictured here with Bonney Djuric and ... from the Parramatta Female Factory Precinct Association and Simon and Kay Malian (right) from the Malian Foundation, were presented with trophies and certificates at the UTS Alumni Awards.


The landing page on the Parramatta Female Factory Precinct website


Exploration & Settlement page of the Parramatta Female Factory Precinct website