The MOWCAP Bureau wishes to extend its heartfelt thanks to Roslyn Russell, who has recently stepped down from her role as Chair of the Australian Memory of the World Committee, which she co-founded in 2000 and has been chairing since 2013. She spearheaded the Australian Memory of the World Committee into becoming a thriving and active programme with 78 inscriptions on its national register to date. Regionally, she has been participating in workshops across Asia and the Pacific as an expert to promote and build capacity in documentary heritage since 2007.
Roslyn has also been an active player in the global Memory of the World community as a member of the programme’s International Advisory Committee between 2005 and 2013, first acting as Chair of the Register Sub-Committee, then as Chair of the committee itself. More recently, in 2021 she helped to launch the children’s book Let’s Explore the Memory of the World, a publication she enjoyed sharing with her family, and in 2022 supported nomination teams in developing their dossiers for the MOWCAP Regional Register and promoting Indigenous collections.
Roslyn will continue to be involved in the Australian Memory of the World Committee as its Treasurer, leaving her previous role in the good hands of her successor, Shayne Breynard. We at MOWCAP hope to continue benefiting from Roslyn’s expertise, warmth, and her positive and nurturing personality in its future activities, and welcome Shayne to his new role.