The University of Newcastle’s Coal River Working Party is very honoured with the recognition of the outstanding services of one of its researchers, Dr Ann Hardy. At a ceremony held on Wednesday 30th July 2014 at Souths Leagues Club Merewether, Dr Hardy received a 2014 Newcastle Volunteer Service Award for her services to Newcastle and its historic recognition. She was in fine company, as one of a number of distinguished people from all walks of life, who were recognised for their wonderful work across the community. Federal Member for Newcastle, Sharon Claydon MP, hoped that this gesture was a step towards a thank you for people who held the community together through their generosity of spirit.
Ann’s nomination read:
“Since 2007, Ann has been one of our core volunteers, undertaking research and preparing applications and submissions with regards to acknowledging Newcastle’s historical achievements and contribution to the making of Australia as a nation.
Ann is a great advocate for our City and its unique history. She is known as an excellent collaborator, working with staff and families of those connected to the former James Fletcher Hospital and preserving the history of that site.
Her historical research relating to the James Fletcher Hospital in particular, has helped in acknowledging the site’s contribution to the innovative medicine and psychological advances pioneered right here in Newcastle.”
On behalf of the University’s Coal River Working Party her colleagues sincerely thank Ann for all her wonderful work and welcome this recognition for her years of service.
Gionni Di Gravio
University Archivist and Chair, CRWP