Kerr links with Herald live on with new award
TIMARU HERALD STAFF REPORTER
The Kerr family's links with The Timaru Herald have been maintained with the launch of the E G and D M Kerr Trust Award.
The award will be made annually to a Herald staff member to encourage excellence in journalism and comes with a monetary prize.
The Timaru Herald was launched in 1864 and purchased by Edward George Kerr in 1887, and ownership of the paper remained with the family until it was sold to Independent Newspapers Ltd in 1985.
The E G and D M Kerr Charitable Trust was established in 1992 and has made substantial grants to benefit a wide range of South Canterbury endeavours, including health, education and children's causes. For 19 years a scholarship was made to the top student of the Aoraki Polytechnic journalism course, and the new award continues that recognition of journalism in South Canterbury.
A special trophy has been created and was passed on to the Herald this week by Tim Austin, grandson of Edward George Kerr III, who served as chairman and managing director from 1942 to 1971.
Herald editor Peter O'Neill said the Kerr name was synonymous with the paper and the trophy was a fitting way to recognise that.
"The trophy will develop its own kudos as the names build on it each year. The monetary prize will also be much appreciated by the winner at Christmas."
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