In another Olympic year, Australia took out 27 gold medals in Barcelona. However, the old adage that triumph and tragedy go hand in hand was borne out with the loss of two of our greatest artists – enfant terrible Brett Whiteley and then, a few months later, in London, the wonderful Sidney Nolan. Meanwhile, in the High Court, Eddie Mabo, David Passi and James Rice won a landmark native title ruling for the Meriam people.
At the Ethnic Business Awards, Lebanon, Vietnam and Italy were the big winners.
An excerpt from the Marketing Monthly at that time mentioned that:
‘A Sydney producer of interior finishes, a Brisbane hairdresser and a Cabramatta electrical goods retailer and office developer have won the Ethnic Business Award. Not only are they successful in business, but they were also all born overseas – one was a boat person – and came to Australia without English skills, experience or contacts.
‘The NAB Ethnic Business Awards, now in their fifth year, recognise and reward the efforts and achievements of those who have succeeded in Australia despite the added barrier of language.’
Awards were made in just three categories in 1992 – Manufacturing, Non-Manufacturing, and the Encouragement Award. The ceremony was again broadcast by SBS throughout Australia – although plans were afoot to extend that reach.
It was a stellar year, with the appearance of our first finalists from Western and Southern Australia.