2019 - Dr Estelle Lazer
The winner of the 2019 Renée Erdos Awardis Dr Estelle Lazer, archaeologist, physical anthropologist, outstanding teacher and mentor. She has earned an international reputation for her work on the human remains from Pompeii. Estelle is well known to thousands of Australian teachers and students of Ancient History who have attended her many presentations at HSC Study Days conducted by HTANSW, her visits to schools, her contributions to teacher professional development days in the city and the country as well as the tours she has conducted with Academy Travel to Pompeii and other ancient sites
Estelle was involved in the analysis of the resin cast of the Lady of Oplontis that was brought to Sydney amidst great excitement in 1994. Her years of work for her doctoral research on the skeletal remains from Pompeii established her international reputation. For Australian students of Ancient History, Estelle is our home-grown international celebrity, featuring in a number of documentaries about Pompeii. She is also the author of indispensable scholarly publications including Resurrecting Pompeii.
One of Estelle’s great talents is her ability to communicate her knowledge, bringing together theory and practice in an interesting and engaging way. Her public lectures, podcasts, documentaries and radio interviews appeal not only to scholars, but also the general public. Estelle was presented with her award by HTANSW President Robyn McKenzie at the 2019 State Conference Cocktail Reception.