The Tony Kean Award, an award created by the The Gold & Silversmiths Guild of Australia some 24 years ago was presented again in late July this year. The perpetual award trophy was made in 1998 and is awarded to individuals who have made a significant contribution to the jewellery industry.
The Tony Kean Award was recently presented to Graeme Turnbull of Palloys in Melbourne. Graeme is a qualified metallurgist and has served the precious metal industry for 45 years. Graeme has been a manager and sales specialist for several metal companies including Alloy and Gold Supply, P.J.Williams and Pallion/Palloys.
The recipient receives a sterling silverhand engraved key chain fob or stick pin to commemorate the award. The name of the recipient is engraved on the base of the trophy which is held in perpetuity by the Guild and can be displayed at jewellery trade fairs. The trophy is presently on display at the office of Palloys in Melbourne.
The award has only been made to 11 recipients over this time and they have all been remarkable participants of our industry. They include Rex
Steele Merten, Phill Williams of P.J.Williams (now Palloys) and jewellery valuer Monica Crofts. This year, as in all cases, the recipient is kept unaware of the award until the surprise on presentation night.
The Tony Kean Award, 2022