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Dr Fiona Skyring has been awarded the 2012 Margaret Medcalf Award for her book titled Justice: a history of the Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia.
The award was given to Dr Skyring by John Day, Minister for Culture and the Arts, during a ceremony at the State Library of Western Australia on 13 June 2012.
The book explores the forty year history of the Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia (ALSWA), and provides insight into the role played by ALSWA within the State's justice system.
Mnister Day described the book as a powerful work and a compelling read: 'This book makes a significant contribution to increasing our understanding of the changes in criminal justice and policing, and to attitudes about racial discrimination and land rights that have occurred in recent times in WA'.
The Margaret Medcalf Award honours recipients that demonstrate use of archival sources, and substantial (but not necessarily exclusive) use of WA State archives held by the State Records Office.
Source: State Records Office of Western Australia
Minister John Day's office
Ph: (08) 6552 6200