Meet the 2014 Winners

Pastor Uncle Ossie Cruse AM MBE received a special award for contribution to Aboriginal culture in NSW. In this video, Uncle Ossie talks with Steve Miller, Aboriginal Programs M&G NSW about what has driven him throughout his life.

Uncle Ossie has devoted his life to the Aboriginal people of South East NSW. Since the establishment of the Bega Valley Aboriginal Advancement Association in 1968, Uncle Ossie has been actively involved with Aboriginal affairs, at a local, state, national and international level through the World Council of Indigenous Peoples.

Through Uncle Ossie’s vision and drive, the Eden Local Aboriginal Land Council established the Monaroo Bobberrer Gudu Cultural Heritage Keeping Place in 1994. Built brick by brick by the local Aboriginal community, it includes a purpose built cultural centre with Indigenous interpretation and displays, meeting facilities, a commercial kitchen, large performance hall, outdoor amphitheatre and a cultural walk.  

The Cultural Centre is the gateway to the Bundian Way, the first Aboriginal pathway to be listed on the NSW State Heritage Register. The Bundian Way, a project of the Eden Local Aboriginal Land Council, is a shared history pathway between Targangal (Kosciuszko) and Bilgalera (Fisheries Beach) that connects the highest part of the Australian continent and the coast.

You can read more about Pastor Uncle Ossie Cruse on the ABC South East NSW website.



Rebecca Pinchin was Regional Services Manager at the Powerhouse Museum (PHM) for 13 years. In this capacity she incorporated regional services into the PHM’s strategic plan, and worked at a senior level with the Director, managers, curators and other staff across the museum. Her tireless campaigning for regional and community museums resulted in small museums gaining acccess to a wide range of in-house Powerhouse skills and services including, conservation services, strategic planning, exhibition design, and marketing.

Under Rebecca’s guidance, Regional Services has had significant impact on museums across NSW, as well as on PHM staff who, in working with small museums have increased their knowledge and developed genuine appreciation of local and regional collections and their importance.

Rebecca led the team that developed the award-winning Australian Dress Register which documented the history and significance of hundreds of garments in museums and family collections providing an important repository of information, capturing vulnerable histories, and making little known collections accessible on-line.



Exploring the intersection between traditional craft practices and modern technology, Peacock Art Gallery and Auburn Art Studio developed a series of artist workshops and talks that culminated in the exhibition, Lacebook. The project, curated by Nicole Barakat, broadened engagement with local artists and highlighted Auburn’s diverse craft practices.

Lacebook was comprised of two elements. Artist workshops and the resultant exhibition investigated traditional crafts as well as contemporary hobbies associated with modern technology. The public program presented activities to prompt intergenerational discussion around the themes of the exhibition and role of tradional craft in contemporary communities.


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