After nine years at York, Laurajane Smith is leaving us for a research post at the Australian National University in Canberra. On her arrival in York, the great floods of 2000 and the foot and mouth outbreak convinced Lauarajane and her family that they had made the right choice in moving to Yorkshire from Sydney. With her pack of Australian Border Collies and her no nonsense approach to teaching and research, Lauarajane made an immediate impression on the Department. During her time at York Lauarajane has produced three authored books, and three edited volumes, along with numerous journal articles and chapters. She also co-directed the AHRC-funded 1807 Commemorated project. Her time as director of the Cultural Heritage Management program saw this MA grow to one of the strongest and most successful courses in the department. Just prior to obtaining her new job back in Australia, Laurajane was proud to have passed the UK citizenship test, having learnt God Save the Queen and confessing admiration for Johny Wilkinson. Joking aside, Lauarajane will be deeply missed by her colleagues, and we all wish her the best for her future in Canberra.