Uni students take on immigrants' record task

National Trust deputy chairwoman Marion Myhill, Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten and University of Tasmania school of architecture and design acting head Ceridwen Owen at the launch of the Welcome Project. Picture: PAUL SCAMBLER

National Trust deputy chairwoman Marion Myhill, Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten and University of Tasmania school of architecture and design acting head Ceridwen Owen at the launch of the Welcome Project. Picture: PAUL SCAMBLER

IMMIGRANTS will soon be able to record their names and place of origin in Launceston's Kings Park, but University of Tasmania students will first have to come up with a design on how exactly they will be recorded.

The Welcome Project was launched by Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten and National Trust deputy chairwoman Marion Myhill yesterday, as part of the Tasmanian Heritage Festival.

The project is a way to honour Tasmanian immigrants, both past and present, by making a permanent mark in the town.

UTAS school of architecture and design acting head Ceridwen Owen said it would be up to students from architecture, furniture design, landscape and interior design to collaborate and come up with ideas of how immigrants' names and origins would be displayed.

"The idea is to have tokens or symbols, that an individual can use to reveal their own personal history," Dr Owen said.

It could be anything from footprints, to plaques on walls and everything in between.

"The only thing that I can say to expect, is to expect the unexpected," Dr Owen said.

Students will start their designs in mid-July and will have until August to come up with an idea.

Ideas will be judged at the end of August and the winning entry will be developed further, with hopes to start the development in Kings Park later this year.

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