Tedeschi Family Continues Tradition of Giving

23 October 2013

Rosina Tedeschi after receiving her Honorary Master of Arts
Rosina Tedeschi after receiving her Honorary Master of Arts, with the late Sir Bruce Williams KBE DLitt '82, Vice Chancellor from 1967 - 1981

Mark, Michael and Claire Tedeschi, grandchildren of the late Rosina Tedeschi, a well-loved University of Sydney lecturer and prominent member of the local Italian community, have made a generous $10,000 donation to strengthen the perpetual funding of the prize that bears her name. In doing this they will be helping to support countless promising students of Italian Studies, long into the future - a truly fitting legacy.

The Rosina Tedeschi Prize for Italian Conversation was originally established in 1983 by the late Roberto Tedeschi, in honour of his mother. The prize is awarded annually to the student who has shown the most improvement in Italian conversation in their first-year classes.

"My brother, sister and myself wanted to make another donation because our father passed away last March," explains Rosina's grandson Mark Tedeschi AM QC, who is the Senior Crown Prosecutor in NSW. "We wanted to add to that prize in my grandmother's memory, and also my Dad's."

Rosina, who taught Italian Studies at the University of Sydney from 1945-1969, was awarded an Honorary Master of Arts in 1971 for her contribution to the Department of Italian Studies. She was the first of four generations of Tedeschi graduates, which include her daughter-in-law Ruth Tedeschi who was a student in the Department of German Studies, her grandson Mark, who graduated from Law in 1974, his son Simon, an alumnus of the Conservatorium of Music, and his son Benjamin and daughter Gina, both alumni of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

"My brother, Michael, my sister, Claire, and I thought that this was a nice way to commemorate Rosina's contribution to the University and to acknowledge that the University was an important part of her life," says Mark.

"Even to this day I still occasionally come across people that say to me 'Are you related to the late Rosina Tedeschi?' - and when I say 'yes' … they say - 'she was the most wonderful teacher, I loved her very much.'"

The current Chair of the Department of Italian Studies, Dr Antonia Rubino, was delighted to receive news of the donation, which will ensure the continuation of this valuable and historic prize.

"As well as rewarding excellent results, such prizes represent an important incentive and encouragement to students in our Department," says Dr Antonia Rubino.

"The Department is very grateful to the Tedeschi family for their generosity and their continuing support for the study of Italian language and culture," she adds.

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