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Anneli Huttunen-Rickards


  • 1985- 1992 Participated in various Textile Crafts Workshops by leading Australian and overseas craft persons.
  • 1980-1982   Certificate of Handloom weaving, Melbourne College of Textiles
  • 1960-1961   Finland’s Travel Bureau-ticketing and sales
  • Until 1958    Kallion Yhteiskoulu ( high school) Helsinki, Finland

Over the years has been invited to present papers on textiles, fibres and
design in weaving at conferences in Australia and Europe and the United
States of America. Was the sole Australian representative at the
International Conference on Linen and Flax in Paris.

Has been consulted by CSIRO and Victorian Government on the
production and processing of flax and hemp fibre for textiles and paper

Anneli has been instrumental in promoting multi-culturalism through
tireless networking through the Victorian Multicultural Commission, The
Victorian Ethnic Affairs Department as well as developing and maintaining
strong relationships between and within the Scandinavian communities in
Victoria and interstate.

  • 2010 - Awarded the Meritorious service award by Government of
    Victoria for Excellence in Multicultural Affairs.
  • 2006-2011  Board member/ vice chairperson of Australian/
  • 2006-2012  Chairperson Finnish Rest Home Association Board of
    Management. (Brisbane)
  • 2005  (6.12.05 Finland’s Independence Day ) awarded Finland’s
    Knights of White Rose Merit Cross 
  • 2003-2010  Board Member/Secretary of Management Board of
    Finnish Friendly Visiting Service (Home and Community Care
    Service for the Seniors /carers/Disable Finns in Melbourne.)
  • 1993-2013  Committee member/Secretary Finnish Society of
    Melbourne and 1998, 2002 ,2005 and 2009 Easter Games Secretary                            
  • 1994-ongoing  Member of Arthritis Victoria
  • 1980-ongoing  Member of Hand Weavers and Spinners Guild of
  • 2001-2003 Board member/Secretary- Australasian Federation of
    Finnish Societies and Clubs.
  • 2000-2002  Board member Finnish Rest Home Association
  • 1986-2000  Artist in Textiles and Gallery Proprietor in Geelong,
    Victoria (Employment)
  • 1998-2000  Board member /secretary Australasian Federation of
    Finnish Societies and Clubs
  • 1995-1998  Committee member of Flax committee-Colac
    development board
  • 1991-1992  Geelong Wool network group-Geelong Business
    Leadership Team
  • 1987-1988  Councillor- Craft Council of Victoria
  • 1987-1989  Member re-accreditation committee, Certificate for
    Studio Textiles For TAFE Colleges in Victoria
  • 1987   Completed Victorian Ethnic Affairs Commission Legal
    interpreting Services Certificate

  • 1990   Finalist –Churchill Fellowship
  • 1982-1989  Committee member-Ethnic Communities Council, Geelong
  • 1982-1983 Foundation President-Craft Council of Victoria, Geelong Branch
  • 1982-1983 Secretary- Finnish Society of Geelong, Victoria
  • 1980-1982 Certificate of handloom weaving, Melbourne College of Textiles.
  • 1975-1980 Translator and Interpreter Service-Perth W.A (employment) Advisor for new emigrants on welfare agencies and social security
  • 1972-1975 Management committee, Finnish Lutheran Church, Perth
  • 1971-1975   Ticketing Manager-Perth Entertainment Centre (employment)