Melbourne-based Curtis Australia, world-renowned luxury accessories brand, was chosen to create a one-of-a-kind writing instrument to award this year’s New Australian of the Year, Mr. Parsu Sharma-Luitel. The handcrafted pen, created at the company’s Victorian atelier, is representative of Curtis Australia’s inimitable expertise, and features motifs that are typical of Australia’s rich heritage.
The New Australian of the Year award was bestowed by the Deputy Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Susan Riley, on Australia Day, January 26. Recipients of this award are chosen by a panel appointed by the Victorian Australia Day Council from a roster of people who have lived in the country for 18 years or less and have made a significant contribution to the nation.
“We were thrilled to be chosen to create this award,” says Glenn Curtis, co-founder of Curtis Australia. “It was an opportunity to share our talents in a humanitarian venue that is in keeping with the values of our company”.
The sterling silver-accented award pen features the Australian Coat of Arms, as well as commemorative text, including the name of the winner and year. Upon closer examination, one sees a row of leaping kangaroos, a map of Australia and a boomerang hidden in the intricate design, which also reflects “Dreamtime” iconography. Thus, Australia’s oldest and newest inhabitants are represented in the imaginative composition.
Glenn Curtis went on to say, “We believe firmly in what the award celebrates, and so were very happy to become a sponsor of the award as well.”
Curtis Australia has garnered a few awards of its own, specifically for design and craftsmanship. It has also been chosen to create gifts and awards for prominent Australians and heads of state. The company recently partnered with legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus to create a pen collection with which fans and collectors can share his golfing memories.