Achievements and Awards
Emeritus Professor Belle Alderman AM, Director, National Centre for Australian Children's Literature (formerly Lu Rees Archives), at the Dromkeen Foundation, Riddells Creek, Victoria in 1996, accompanied by a statue in bronze by Ron Brooks of the eponymous hero of his book The Bunyip of Berkeley's Creek.
The Lu Rees Archive Award began in 1988. The recipients of this award have been:
- Laurie Copping - 1988
- Belle Alderman - 1989
- Winsome Plumb - 1994
- Victor Crittenden - 2005
- Ilze Groves - 2011
- Rose Howes - 2011
- Julie Long - 2014
Awards won by Members of the Management SubCommittee
(In alphabetical order)
2007 Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to Australian children's literature as an academic, researcher and mentor to emerging writers and illustrators, to the development and management of the Lu Rees Archives of Australian Children's Literature and to professional associations
2005 Distinguished Services Citation 2005, awarded by the Children's Book Council of Australia, for services on a national level
2005 Excellence in Practice Award for 2005, Writing for Young People in the Master of Creative Writing. Awarded by the Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia
2005 Vice-Chancellors Distinction Award for Enhancing and Contributing to the University as a Community
2000 National Finalist, Australian Awards for University Teaching, Humanities and the Arts, nominated by the Australian Universities Teaching Committee, Department of Education Training & Youth Affairs
2000 Awarded the Nan Chauncy Award, presented by the Childrens Book Council of Australia for outstanding contribution to Australian childrens literature
1997 Commended, National Awards for Best Practice in Adult Education/Human Resource Development awarded by the Australian Institute of Training & Development, University of Canbera Professional & Vocational Education, and the Australian Association of Adult and Community Education for Probabilities and Possibilities: Internships and Work Experience, produced with P Milne and K Gemmell (video and book)
1996 Awarded the Dromkeen Medal, presented by the Governors of the Courtney Oldmeadow Childrens Literature Foundation for recent work that makes a significant contribution to the appreciation and development of childrens literature
1996- Fellow of the Centre for the Enhancement of Learning, Teaching and Scholarship (CELTS) University of Canberra - award for 'demonstrated excellence in teaching, leadership among colleagues and scholarship in teaching'
1996 Dons Dozen - chosen by colleagues for helping to move the University of Canberra forward, awarded by the Vice-Chancellor Professor Don Aitkin
1989 Lu Rees Award for Outstanding Services to Children's Literature, awarded by the Children's Book Council, ACT Branch
1971- Beta Phi Mu, International Library Science Honor Society
1993 Nan Chauncy Award
1990 Order of Australia, Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)
1990 Children's Book Council of Australia, National Council Citation
1988 Lu Rees Award
2005 The Lu Rees Award for Outstanding Services to Children's Literature
1986 Honorary Fellow of the Canberra College of Advanced Education
2002 Silver Koala Medal, ACT Scouts
2000 Honorary Life Member Asthma Foundation
1999 Order of Australia, Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)
2003 Leanne Harvey Ford Award
2000 Bicentennial Research Fellow, The Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, Kings College London.
1983 Order of Australia, Member in the Order of Australia (AM)
1982 Dromkeen Medal
1964 Member of the British Empire
2016 Dromkeen Librarian's Award
Special Projects - Grants Received
Digitisation of Australian Children's Literature Audiotapes and Photographs to Achieve Preservation and Public Access. Funded by the Australian Government through the National Library of Australia of Australia; Ministry for the Arts, Attorney General's Department; the National Archives of Australia; the National Film and Sound Archives; and the National Museum of Australia, 2013. Funding $6,050 .
Volunteer Grants. Funding for a computer laptop, operating system, external hard drive, and digital camera. Funded by The Commonwealth Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services Indigenous Affairs, 2013. Funding $2,415.
- Promotion of Canberra's Writers for Children as part of the Showcase Festival. Funded by the University of Canberra Centenary Fund, 2013. Funding $2,000.
- Showcase: The Second Annual Canberra Festival of Australian Children's Literature. ACT Festival Fund 2013. Funded by the ACT Government, Economic Development. Funding $11,070.
- Digitising audiotapes about Australian children's literature in order to preserve, promote discovery and deliver access. Community Heritage Grant 2012. Funded by the National Library of Australia; the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts; the National Archives of Australia; the National Film and Sound Archives; and the National Museum of Australia. Funding $15,000.
- Boundless: Connecting Communities through Story: The Festival of Australian Children's Literature. ACT Festival Fund 2012. Funded by the ACT Government, Economic Development. Funding $7944.83
- Story: Mental simulation, self-reflection and reminiscence, social interaction and personal wellbeing for seniors through Australian children's literature. ACT Seniors Grants and Sponsorship Program 2010-2011. Funded by the ACT Office for Ageing, Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services. Funding of $10,900.
- Catalogue the Japanese language editions of Australian children's books. Australia-Japan Foundation, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Commonwealth of Australia 2010. Funding of $1,115.
- Determining both Significance and Preservation Needs Assessments for the Lu Rees Archives to provide a blueprint for its future development. Community Heritage Grant 2010. Funded by the National Library of Australia; the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts; the National Archives of Australia; the National Film and Sound Archives; and the National Museum of Australia. Funding of $8,800.
- Preserving and Promoting the Lu Rees Archives Artwork for Research and Exhibition Purposes. The Lu Rees Archives of Australian Children's Literature. Funded by the Canberra Institute of Technology, Community Skills/Training Support Grants Program, 2009-2010. Funding of $4,500.
- Preservation Rehousing of Walter McVitty Publishing and Research Collection. Community Heritage Grant 2001. Funded by the National Library of Australia; the National Archives of Australia; and Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts with Tracey Golds, Conservation of Cultural Materials, University of Canberra. Funding of $5,000.
- Lu Rees Art Works on Paper. Community Heritage Grant 1994. National Preservation Office, with Wendy Smith. Funding of $3,160.
- Creation of national online database and published guide, Lu Rees Archives of Australian Children's Literature: A Guide to the Collections. Canberra: Canberra College of Advanced Education Research Committee, 1988. Additional support in kind: staff and computer time provided by the ACT School Authority in 1989; from 1990-1994, Australian Schools Catalogue Information Service provided staff and computer time. Funding of $7,965.
The National Centre for Australian Children's Literature is proudly supported by The Children's Book Council of Australia, ACT Branch and the University of Canberra.