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Kingscliff TAFE design students always knew Harry Williamson was something special. But now it’s official – their teacher has been inducted into the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) Hall of Fame.

The distinguished local designer was recently honoured in a private ceremony in Sydney alongside household names including Ken Done and Jenny Kee, together with design historian Michael Bogle and industrial designer and educator, Byron Fitzpatrick.

‘Induction into the DIA Design Hall of Fame is one of the highest accolades offered by the Design Institute of Australia and signifies a major contribution to the Australian design industry,’ according to James Harper, the group’s national president.

Harry’ design career spans more than five decades and boasts a wide range of different design challenges.

He has masterminded signage and information programs for the National Gallery of Australia, the High Court of Australia and Singapore’s Mass Rapid Transit System.

He also designed the $100 Mawson banknote and the $10 Bicentennial note, and continues to work as a celebrated book designer.

Through his teaching position at Kingscliff TAFE, Harry passes on his wealth of knowledge and passion to the next generation of designers.

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  1. G’donya Mate. When I was at school 60 years ago (I’m 75) the Careers Adviser said I should become an Accountant to which I replied “What’s that?” Many years later after a life of auditing & business I found out what I really wanted to do- architecture, design, sculpture etc. I’m still trying all 3 but not professionally. Keep an eye open Mate – I’m moving up that way soon and I just might knock on your door for a course! It’s never too late to learn!
    Congrats once again.



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