Media release: Thursday, 14 June 2018
Today the National Archives of Australia announced the inauguration of an annual Dr Mickey Dewar Oration, in memory of the late Dr Dewar's contribution to the Northern Territory as a respected historian and former long-term member of the Archives Advisory Council.
Serving on the Advisory Council for three terms, from 2008, Dr Dewar 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.
Dr Dewar worked and published in Northern Territory history for 30 years. Two of her books were short-listed for the NSW Premier's History Awards for Community and Regional History. In 1998 she received the Jessie Litchfield Award for Literature.
'Dr Mickey Dewar's commitment to the nation and her own community, in the Northern Territory, was truly extraordinary and deserving of ongoing commemoration,' said David Fricker, Director-General of the National Archives.
Ms Clare Martin, Former Territory Chief Minister (2001–2007), will deliver the inaugural Oration on Wednesday 29 August this year.