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2014 Western Australian Heritage Awards

These prestigious annual awards recognise outstanding commitment and contribution to heritage conservation, adaptive reuse, tourism and interpretation in Western Australia. It also honours individuals and organisations whose work has resulted in significant achievements in the promotion and conservation of our rich cultural heritage.

Finalists

Old York Primary School

Excellence in adaptive reuse: The Gerry Gauntlett Award

Winner  

The adaptive reuse of the entire Old York Primary School to the Wellness Centre has made a significant contribution to the region. Most of the buildings, which date from the 1880s through to the 1950s, were in a poor condition and required extensive restoration. Today, it acts as a regional health hub for York and the surround districts. The judges said that this project sets an excellent precedent for viable commercial use of disused buildings. The successful adaptation of the York Primary School demonstrates the adaptive reuse potential of historic buildings for the benefit of the community.

 

Kalgoorlie Courthouse Redevelopment Project

Excellence in adaptive reuse: The Gerry Gauntlett Award

Finalist  

The new Kalgoorlie Courthouse is a significant amenity for the Goldfields community and has been redeveloped and restored to one of the most important heritage-listed buildings in WA. The renovation and restoration of the building and its new use as a “state-of-the-art” Courthouse was achieved with significant input from the local community, judiciary and government agencies ensuring its design reflects local needs. The Department’s commitment to working with all stakeholders ensured development of appropriate solutions for an extremely complex project on a difficult site and ensured that the building is accessible and valued by generations to come.

 

one40william Development

Excellence in adaptive reuse: The Gerry Gauntlett Award

Winner  

A significant part of the State Registered William & Wellington Street Precinct, one40william is part of a group of diverse buildings spanning a 50-year period, representing different styles and ages. Many of the buildings were under-utilised, and in different stages of disrepair. The site has been transformed and unified through excellent conservation practice, clever planning and good management. The judges said that it is a landmark conservation and adaption project that realises the full potential of this large and prominent site in revitalising and resuscitating the heritage heart of Perth’s central business district.

 

Old Treasury Titles Building balconies

Outstanding conservation of a non-residential place

Finalist  

Duratec is a proud contributor to the Old Treasury Building heritage restoration project. Our stated goal is to deliver the most durable technology – extending the life of client assets. What makes Duratec stand out from the rest: • Personnel with many years’ experience in asset maintenance; • Employing and retaining the best qualified professionals; • Working co-operatively with and understanding and meeting our clients needs; • Open and honest communications with stakeholders; • Maintaining a robust HSECQ culture; • Continuously reviewing and improving our systems; • Provision of state-of-the-art innovative solutions; and • Strong financial standing.

 

Cape Inscription Lighthouse Keepers' Quarters

Outstanding conservation of a non-residential place

Winner  

Cape Inscription Lighthouse Keepers’ Quarters located on Dirk Hartog Island in Shark Bay has considerable significance for the State and Australia. The restoration of the abandoned 1910 quarters has been 10 years in the making and has ensured its longevity, and is an important stage in the ongoing conservation of the National Park and World Heritage listed area. The judges said that it was a good conservation outcome in a challenging and remote site. A program of restoration and reconstruction has transformed ruins into conserved buildings, securing the structure for future generations.

 

Hobbs-Roe Freshwater Bay Boatshed

Outstanding conservation of a non-residential place

Finalist  

The Hobbs and Roe Boat Shed at Freshwater Bay has considerable aesthetic, historic and social significance for the State of Western Australia. This conservation project has arrested deterioration and ensured the longevity of the fabric for future generations. In addition, restoration and reconstruction assisted in dealing with some of the problems that have arisen with an apparent rise in high water levels in recent times.

 

York Post Office

Outstanding conservation of a non-residential place

Winner  

The York Post Office, built in 1893, is one of the oldest functioning post offices in Australia. Purchased by the current owners in 2008, the conservation work included repairing and restoring the stone, brick and timber work, the roof, clock tower and clock – one of the oldest public clocks in WA. The judges said that the York Post Office sets a benchmark for the conservation of important buildings in the historic townsite. The project makes a significant contribution to the revitalisation of the main street, and ensures the building’s continued use as one of the oldest post offices in Australia.

 

Former Public Health and Medical Department building

Outstanding conservation of a non-residential place

Finalist  

57 Murray Street represents the power of State Government policies and policy makers which shaped the development of Western Australia and influenced the nation’s history. Built to accommodate the administration of the Health Act of 1911, numerous government departments have occupied 57 Murray Street from 1912 to the 1990s including the Medical and Health Department, Colonial Secretary’s Office and the Department of Aborigines and Fisheries. In 2013 the completion of outstanding conservation works represents collaboration between the State Government and the National Trust of Australia (WA) to deliver a sustainable outcome while maintaining exceptional heritage values.

 

Rottnest Island WWII defence establishment

Outstanding conservation of a non-residential place

Winner  

The Rottnest Island WWII defence establishment is the only intact example remaining in Australia and arguably the most complete historic system of its type in the British Commonwealth. The elements demonstrate exceptional heritage significance and have a strong association for the many men and women who served on the Island and their families. Without conservation there was a high risk that significant elements of defence heritage would be lost to future generations. The project covered 11 buildings, 4 gun emplacements, 2 sets of tunnel structures, searchlight emplacement, military hardware, trails and interpretation, located across 3 isolated locations

 

Lombadina Mission

Outstanding conservation of a non-residential place

Finalist  

Christ the King Church - Lombadina This was a challenging project due to reasons such as its remote location, confined working space and uncommon building practices but in the end turned out to be a very rewarding project for all that were involved Our Team: Martin Colgan: Builder with 40+ years experience in heritage restoration Jack Baker: A great carpenter with boundless energy Lee Doherty: 2nd year apprentice carpenter Thomas Colgan: General roustabout and part time cook and most importantly... Dot Colgan: head cook, as they say "An army marches on its stomach"

 

St Brigids Group

Outstanding conservation of a non-residential place

Finalist  

The restoration of St Brigid's Church roof and the conservation works undertaken to the exterior of the building have given the parish and its community a real sense of pride. The quality of finish that is exhibited, particularly in the copper and slate installation and the restoration of the dormers, is a testament to the individual tradespeople and a tribute to the closely knit team that undertook this project. The final outcome is a celebration of good planning and collaboration between the community and highly experienced individuals of passion and commitment.

 

Earlsferry Bed & Breakfast

Outstanding conservation of a residential place

Winner  

The conservation and restoration of the two-storey Federation Queen Anne residence, Earlsferry, has been a herculean effort by the owners. One of the few remaining turn-of-the-20th century properties situated along the Swan River, Earlsferry was devastated by fire in 1989 and then subjected to vandalism and theft. The current owners have spent the past five years restoring the property and turning it into a functional home and thriving Bed and Breakfast business. The judges said the conservation work had been professionally managed according to sound conservation processes and practices, and had returned the place to its earlier, grand appearance.

 

Ferndale Homestead

Outstanding conservation of a residential place

Finalist  

Ferndale Homestead near Balingup, with its house garden, surrounding outbuildings and paddocks, is the epitome of the earliest south west pastoral outstations. These being initially established with a minimal cottage, then progressively accumulating strings of connecting rooms, produced the so-called organic vernacular mode,with hovering roofs expressing our quintessential craving for shelter. The mix of centuries old pastures and walnut grove, mid 20th century experimental poplar plantation, and now the idyllic house garden creation of the owners, Rinze and Jenny Brandsma, dramatically complement the story of the 6 historical stages evident in the house.

 

Carnamah Historical Society

Outstanding contribution to heritage by a community-based organisation

Finalist  

The Carnamah Historical Society's small membership has worked tirelessly over its 30 years to establish and operate the Carnamah Museum, restore and continually conserve the State Heritage listed Macpherson Homestead, publish the book 'Westward to the Sea: Reminiscences & History of the Carnamah District' and conduct annual heritage talks and events. In recent years the society has also led heritage organisations of its size in promoting and sharing local heritage online.

 

Margaret River Community Resource Centre

Outstanding contribution to heritage by a community-based organisation

Finalist  

The Old Margaret River Hospital Complex was saved by the community in 1990. Since then the Margaret River Community Resource Centre Inc have been custodians of the heritage listed site. The complex is comprised of eight original hospital buildings and two buildings of cultural significance relocated on site. The MRCRC Inc has carried out a number of vital restoration projects over the past twenty three years and today the Old Hospital stands as an example of excellence in the field of recycling historically important buildings for modern use.

 

Mount Lawley Society

Outstanding contribution to heritage by a community-based organisation

Finalist  

The Mount Lawley Society was founded in October 1977, with the aim of fostering a community spirit in the area, with a focus on the retention of the older buildings and townscapes, protection of the limited open space in the area and to research and publicise the history of the suburb, as well as providing the community access to all the records and photographs that the MLS holds.

 

Irwin District Historical Society (INC)

Outstanding contribution to heritage by a community-based organisation

Finalist  

The Irwin District Historical Society aims to recognise excellence in the conservation, promotion and education of heritage within the Irwin District IDHS was founded in 1964 and is dedicated to preserving the history of the Irwin District through our research office and museums located at the Old Police Station and Russ Cottage. Recipients of Museums Australia Best Practice Award 2007,2009 Recipients of the Shire of Irwin Heritage Awards in 2002,2005, 2006, 2007,2008,2009,2010 and 2012 The IDHS is a non profit organisation reliant on volunteers and donations assist us to continue our work.

 

York Residency Museum

Outstanding contribution to heritage by a community-based organisation

Winner  

The Museum is the keystone facility that brings many benefits to the people of York. The Museum helps create a stimulating living environment that draws in business and creates opportunities for employment, supports tourism and inspires people of all ages and backgrounds to discover their abilities and passions. The judges said: “The York Residency Museum is an organisation which is polished, professional and achieving good outcomes. This group successfully engages with, and is keenly supported by its local community including the Aboriginal community. It is a role model for regional museums in returning social benefits to the town.”

 

Friends of Mandurah Community Museum

Outstanding contribution to heritage by a community-based organisation

Finalist  

The Friends of the Mandurah Community Museum are an outstanding community based heritage organisation who assist the Mandurah Community Museum in its programs and projects. Their outreach role in providing workshops and seminars to community and their regular newsletter combined with work on the conservation and interpretation of three significant boats from the Mandurah Estuary shows their leadership. Without the Friends and their efforts, these boats of Sate significance would not have been conserved and interpreted. This work towards saving Mandurah's maritime heritage is what makes them stand out as an organisation of excellence.

 

Art Deco Society of Western Australia (Inc)

Outstanding contribution to heritage by a community-based organisation

Winner  

The Art Deco Society of WA makes a significant contribution towards recognition and conservation of cultural heritage and the appreciation of its historic and social heritage values. The society organises meetings and events, lectures, workshops, discovery walks, and conducted tours to identify and record significant examples. The judges said: “The Art Deco Society of Western Australia (Inc) is an organisation that has worked tirelessly to heighten public awareness of the Art Deco period and style, and has sustained its advocacy for more than 25 years.”

 

Ken Mulvaney, Rio Tinto

Outstanding contribution to heritage by a professional in the heritage industry

Finalist  

Ken’s determined goal of raising awareness of the rock art in Burrup Peninsula and sharing his skills with the Western Australian public has been very successful through his many publications on rock art as well as tours of the area. With more people learning about the uniqueness of this part of Western Australia and it's cultural heritage there is greater chance of recognition and protection.

 

Richard Offen, Heritage Perth

Outstanding contribution to heritage by a professional in the heritage industry

Winner  

As Executive Director for Heritage Perth, Richard Offen makes an invaluable contribution to heritage in Perth. Richard has successfully engaged the broader community and made heritage accessible and enjoyable for many people who might not normally participate in heritage activities, particularly through the popular Perth Heritage Days. The judges said: “Richard is a dedicated and passionate advocate for Perth’s heritage, who has made a significant contribution to promoting heritage and making it accessible to the broader community.”

 

Alice Steedman Architect

Outstanding contribution to heritage by a professional in the heritage industry

Finalist  

Alice’s determination to understand the needs and requirements of property owners, managers and users and, to deliver pertinent, comprehensible heritage advice based on an understanding of place and best practice in heritage management has been the greatest achievement in her 20 years as a heritage practitioner. Her ability to facilitate the best outcome for the development and use of heritage places through the provision of pragmatic, analytical and straightforward advice to a suit a wide variety of people in a position to influence good heritage outcomes, has had a quiet but lasting impact on the West Australian community.

 

Guy Weguelin, Weguelin and Partner

Outstanding contribution to heritage by a professional in the heritage industry

Finalist  

Guy Weguelin was born in the UK and arrived in WA as a young man. He possesses a work ethic that is "sadly way too old school" in todays business climate. His knowledge made a great deal of heritage retentions possible because he understands how to work to ensure they were economically viable.

 

Rottnest Island Authority

Outstanding contribution to heritage by a public or private organisation

Winner  

Rottnest Island, known as Wadjemup, has strong spiritual connections to the Whadjuk people as custodians of the land. The Island and its values are managed by the Rottnest Island Authority, whose goal is to achieve a balance between the needs of visitors and the sensitive, authentic and unique nature of its cultural heritage. The judges said: “The Rottnest Island Authority’s programs reflect a strong commitment to cultural heritage. A passionate team drives its activities and workshops to create good community engagement, with a strong emphasis on Aboriginal heritage.”

 

Whiteman Park

Outstanding contribution to heritage by a public or private organisation

Finalist  

Whiteman Park is a unique conservation and recreation reserve in Perth’s north-eastern suburbs, a place where natural bushland and leisure facilities come together. Where you can experience something different every day, including world class conservation, the state’s transport heritage, or simply some healthy recreation time with family and friends. The Park is also a treasure trove of transport heritage collections, with vintage bus, tram and train rides, the Motor Museum, Tractor Museum and Revolutions Transport Museum all calling it home.

 

ScreenWest

Outstanding contribution to heritage by a public or private organisation

Finalist  

ScreenWest was the first state government screen development agency in Australia to implement a targeted Indigenous support program with cultural heritage as the main goal. The agency believes it enriches our lives, provides us with a window to our past, helps us to make sense of the present, and sustains Australian cultures into the future. The Indigenous Film Policy 2003-2008 and the ScreenWest Indigenous Screen Strategy 2010–2015 has resulted in a rising WA Indigenous screen industry and many achievements and our submission will demonstrate the importance of storytelling for the state and people of Western Australia.

 

City of Greater Geraldton

Outstanding heritage practices by a local government

Winner  

The City of Greater Geraldton supports a wide variety of heritage activities and invests resources into maintaining and managing its heritage assets. Heritage services are specifically coordinated by the Manager of Library and Heritage, and the City supports a Heritage Advisory Committee, which provides Council with advice and information with regard to heritage matters. The judges said: “The City of Greater Geraldton demonstrates a sustained effort to incorporate heritage conservation and planning into an excellent framework, which is integrated into the City’s business plan. The City’s Heritage Strategy is effective in guiding its heritage priorities and programs.”

 

Shire of Leonora

Outstanding heritage practices by a local government

Winner  

As a custodian of one of WA’s rare surviving historic mining towns, Gwalia Townsite, the Shire of Leonora recognises the importance of preserving the heritage in its care. It is seen by other shires in the Goldfields as a proactive organisation in the preservation of regional and state heritage. Others can see the tangible outcome of its financial investment, approach and commitment to the preservation of heritage. The judges were impressed by the heritage work of this small and dedicated shire, which is achieving impressive results by taking a holistic and proactive approach, while working with limited resources.

 

City of Subiaco

Outstanding heritage practices by a local government

Finalist  

The City of Subiaco has a rich and vibrant history reflected in its heritage buildings, streetscapes and places. The city leads the way and sets new standards in community engagement in regards to the identification, assessment and protection of heritage places and streetscapes by way of its Community Heritage Survey. Since its commencement in 2012 the survey has resulted in the declaration of three conservation areas and nominations for further areas to be surveyed. The city's collaborative approach to heritage conservation and promotion, both with the community and within the organisation itself, ensures significant conservation outcomes with overwhelming community support.

 

City of Perth

Outstanding heritage practices by a local government

Winner  

Since adopting its Heritage Program in 2003, the City of Perth demonstrates good practice and investment in the City's heritage, including a strong heritage incentive program for development and conservation, supporting significant events like Heritage Perth Days and a range of other programs across the City such as interpretation through signage, ICity tours and various heritage-related exhibitions. The judges said that the City has established an effective framework, which could be emulated by other local government authorities.

 

Shire of York

Outstanding heritage practices by a local government

Finalist  

The Shire of York has been nominated in the Category of Outstanding Heritage Practices by a Local Government to recognize the Shire's holistic and integrated approach to heritage in York, the Avon Valley and Wheatbelt. York is best known for its heritage – it is the first inland town in Western Australia. Heritage is a focus in York for the Shire that can be seen through the integration of strategies, actions and initiatives to conserve and protect York’s history. Working with the community, the heritage of York is in good hands.

 

City of Swan

Outstanding heritage practices by a local government

Finalist  

The City of Swan has a rich and multi-faceted heritage encompassing the Aboriginal Nyoongar people, the historic town of Guildford, the National Trust-listed Woodbridge House, the viticulture of the Swan Valley and the Midland Railway Workshops. The City’s contributions to Western Australia’s heritage are significant – a local studies librarian, exhibitions, heritage walk trails, conservation works, interpretation, conservation and master plans. In 2013, the City adopted a heritage strategic plan that provides an overarching structure, including a vision, objectives and whole of agency approach, for our heritage management practices and demonstrates our commitment to recognising, preserving and managing our cultural heritage.

 

City of Cockburn

Outstanding heritage practices by a local government

Finalist  

The City of Cockburn is committed to protecting heritage through advocacy, statutory controls, promotion and education. The City demonstrates best practice in maintaining an up to date accessible heritage framework, and is dedicated to fostering positive relationships with landowners of heritage places. The City’s whole-of-agency approach to heritage has produced heritage-themed calendars, events, parks and public art.

 

City of Bayswater

Outstanding heritage practices by a local government

Finalist  

The City of Bayswater has a long history of conserving and promoting its local heritage and is committed to continuing this into the future. The City protects, enhances, and celebrates its heritage and is proactive in encouraging the economic re-use and adaptation of heritage places in ways that respect and maintain heritage value. The City works to achieve its vision for heritage by implementing a wide of heritage projects and initiatives across various departments within the organisation, and by working with the community, businesses and other stakeholders to facilitate excellent heritage outcomes.

 

Perth and Fremantle walking tours

Outstanding heritage tourism product

Winner  

JUDGES' AWARD WINNER Perth-based company Two Feet & a Heartbeat conducts guided walking tours. Established in 2007, it was born out of a desire to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of Perth and greater metropolitan area. The judges said Two Feet & a Heartbeat had a sustained and proven track record in offering a highly-successful heritage tourism product which engages with a broad audience, expanding from Perth and Fremantle to Sydney. Its relentless enthusiasm and passion have seen it win the Professor David Dolan award for outstanding newcomer in 2011 and the Outstanding Heritage Tourism Product award in 2012 and 2013.

 

Discovery Bay - Historic Whaling Station

Outstanding heritage tourism product

Winner  

Discovery Bay's Historic Whaling Station is a truly unique heritage tourist attraction. Located on the site of the former processing factory of the Cheynes Beach Whaling Company, the museum offers an authentic, hands-on experience into the history of the whaling industry in Albany. Recognised as one of the 'must-do' experiences for visitors to the Great Southern, attracting nearly 50,000 visitors per year. The judges commented that Discovery Bay’s Historic Whaling Station is a strong and sustainable regional tourism operation delivering an authentic experience that allows visitors to absorb the history of the site, and consider it against contemporary values.

 

Oakabella Homestead

Outstanding heritage tourism product

Finalist  

Oakabella Homestead gives a fascinating insight into early European settlement in the Midwest Region. The Oakabella Heritage Precinct operates as a coherent visual whole and all structures made of stone contribute to the close harmony of the group to give the effect of a place of great beauty and complexity.

 

Kulin Open Doors and Kulin By Night

Outstanding heritage tourism product

Winner  

‘Kulin Open Doors’ and ‘Kulin By Night’ provides a unique regional heritage tourism product. The complementary experiences celebrate Kulin’s cultural heritage through the evocative, intimate and versatile interpretation mechanism of theatre. A collaborative effort between the Kulin Bush Races Committee, Shire of Kulin and Scooplight Theatre, they provide an additional visitor experience to the Kulin Bush Races Weekend. The judges were impressed with this innovative, collaborative, community-based approach to presenting local history through theatrical performance. This project has created an appreciation of the events, characters and buildings that shaped Kulin, while fostering a greater understanding of the town’s cultural heritage.

 

Five Exhibition, Fremantle Prison

Outstanding interpretation project that enhances a place

Winner  

The significance of the ‘five’ exhibition lies in its challenge to the interpretive norm usually adopted at Fremantle Prison. Using photography and objects, Christopher Young offers an alternative view of Prison life for visitors, evocatively illustrating that, as a place where normal processes occurred, with protagonists eating, sleeping, and working, Fremantle Prison could be seen as a microcosm of the outside world. Young depicts the Prison in a manner devoid of clichés, offering a very different interpretation of the site. Through his lens, the Convict Establishment becomes a place of brightly-coloured paint, open doorways, and hand-painted signs.

 

Albany Town Jetty

Outstanding interpretation project that enhances a place

Finalist  

H+H Architects are a regional Architectural Practice based in Albany. We have, over the past 18 years, demonstrated a strong commitment to the Great Southern and our community and have grown to be one of the largest architectural practices in regional WA. We are a broad based Architectural Practice with specialist experience in heritage works, planning and interpretation. Our vision for the Albany Waterfront Interpretation was to create a project with a strong community focus and ownership and one that utilised elements from the demolition of the old jetty.

 

WWII Time Window App, Fremantle Arts Centre

Outstanding interpretation project that enhances a place

Winner  

Fremantle Arts Centre in partnership with creative technology company Frame.AR has launched an augmented reality iPad tour that traces the site’s history as a US Navy Submarine Depot during WWII. FAC visitors can borrow free iPads or download the free app on your own device and watch the building come to life. The judges were impressed with this innovative project that brings to life the site’s history. The use of new technology provides a window into physical spaces and voices from the past, creating an engaging, interactive experience for a broad range of visitors, especially the younger generation.

 

Lynton Convict Hiring Depot

Outstanding interpretation project that enhances a place

Winner  

The Lynton Convict Hiring Depot is the best-known example of how convict depots were constructed and organised in WA. Visitors can now truly benefit from the history behind this site with carefully planned new interpretive signage thanks to the hard work of the Northampton Historical Society. Lynton is located 500km north of Perth near the beautiful Port Gregory. The judges said that it is a significant heritage project well executed by a small community. The convict story is key to Australian heritage and part of that story is thoughtfully captured, at the only intact Convict Hiring Station remaining in Australia.

 

Government House

Outstanding interpretation project that enhances a place

Finalist  

To celebrate Government House’s 150th Anniversary in 2013 a suite of new interpretation was designed, fabricated and installed for the Open Day held in November. The interpretation was to focus on the construction of the house, the use of convict labour, the architect and the interior designer. A collection of graphic elements and styles, that acted as an extension of the current displays and paid hommage to architectural details, acted as a starting point. This style began in the projected entryway graphic and extended throughout the set of unique, freestanding interpretive panels displayed in the Ballroom and throughout the house.

 

Legislative Council, Parliament House

Outstanding interpretation project that enhances a place

Finalist  

Ready in time for the opening of Parliament after the 2013 State election, Creative Spaces designed new showcase layouts and graphics for the display cabinets located in the Legislative Council. Utilising the existing jarrah showcases we took a different approach when designing the layout and graphics. Taking our cues from existing ephemera and architectural details located around Parliament House, we combined refreshing elements of colour, texture and graphic detail to visually support the significant object collection and interpretation. We also incorporated individually designed props for each object to sit within the panels, layering graphics and artefacts to highlight individual elements.

 

Mundaring Weir Interpretation Precinct

Outstanding interpretation project that enhances a place

Finalist  

The Mundaring Weir Interpretation Precinct reinforces the spirit of the massive construction project that was C Y O’Connor’s Goldfields and Agricultural Water Supply Scheme. The Precinct will engage those who visit it to wonder at the ingenuity of C Y O’Connor as well as reinforce the significance of water in Western Australia. Due diligence applied by the Water Corporation and Shire of Mundaring has delivered an attraction that demonstrates the voracity of the story of the Goldfields and Agricultural Water Supply Scheme. It engages visitors and will encourage thinking about the complex engineering feat that was achieved.

 

Aviation Commemorative Park, Maylands

Outstanding interpretation project that enhances a place

Finalist  

The Aviation Commemorative Park on the site of the former Maylands Aerodrome marks the aerodrome’s historical significance as the birthplace of commercial aviation in Western Australia and its role as Perth’s first official airport. Interpretive signs at the park tell the story of the aerodrome, which operated between 1924 and 1963, and was home to several pioneering aviation companies and national organisations such as Australian National Airways, the Aircraft Production Commission and the Bureau of Meteorology.

 

Freopedia QR Code Smartphone Heritage Tour

Outstanding interpretation project that enhances a place

Finalist  

Freopedia is a virtual smartphone tourguide of Fremantle, using the QR Code Smartphone App. Small plaques are attached to historic buildings and other sites that will link tourists to the relevant article on Wikimedia once they scan the code with the smartphone camera. This is an ongoing project that will grow into hundreds of sites displaying the Freopedia QR Code plaques.

 

Jan James

Outstanding voluntary contribution to heritage by an individual

Finalist  

Jan James, historian and genealogist, has been contributing to Western Australian heritage for more than 40 years. She owns a large and unique resource of photographs, family trees and historical records. No other collection is at once as extensive, comprehensive, and freely accessible. It serves those with a serious interest in heritage fields, and promotes heritage among the less knowledgeable, enhancing appreciation at the local and wider level. She has 14 books to her name, has received numerous awards in recognition of her work as a genealogist, historian, consultant, counsellor and writer, including the title Elder in Northam.

 

Beth Frayne, Toodyay Historical Society

Outstanding voluntary contribution to heritage by an individual

Finalist  

Beth Frayne's ongoing contribution to the presevation and promotion of Toodyay's heritage cannot be overestimated. During her time in Toodyay Beth has undertaken a mountain of work bringing to bear her evident professionalism and boundless passion. While the documentation of history is not as glamorous as working on buildings or restoring artifacts it is essential if our history is to be preserved. Beth's work in this field is on-going and is deserving of recognition is the significant contribution it embodies.

 

Joan Williams, Northam and Districts Historical Society Inc

Outstanding voluntary contribution to heritage by an individual

Finalist  

Through her lifetime everyone who has met Joan Williams, whether through her heritage/historical or Meals on Wheels work, has had a lasting memory of Joan, as a person who cares for all community members. Having the unique ability to remember people and their family connections, she has endeared herself to all, especially when recognising the resemblance of someone she knew as a child in the next generation. This is greatly appreciated. The Northam and Districts Historical Society is very proud to have had Joan as a supportive member in its many endeavours throughout the years, continuing into the present time.

 

Loretta Wright, Oakabella Homestead

Outstanding voluntary contribution to heritage by an individual

Winner  

Loretta Wright has worked hard to help restore and preserve the unique Oakabella Homestead. Her passion for Oakabella and the Midwest shine through in all her interactions with the many and varied visitors. She encourages other heritage property owners to utilise the support available and reminds them that the rewards of seeing such properties preserved makes all the hard work worthwhile. The judges said: “Loretta has been awarded for unbridled enthusiasm, long-standing dedication and knowledge in the conservation and interpretation of the Oakabella Heritage Precinct, and for making a unique contribution to the promotion of heritage in Western Australia.”

 

Samantha Good, York Residency Museum

Outstanding voluntary contribution to heritage by an individual

Finalist  

Sam's unique contribution is through her unique blend of skills. She has given this small community museum exceptionally high quality curatorial work and free design services - two complementary skills that are not usually found in the same person. Plus, her communication and people-skills that have enabled her to lead and teach other volunteers have also contributed so much to raising local awareness and broadening the user groups to the museum. She is the single volunteer whose contribution has had the most impact upon this Museum, probably far more than she, or other people will ever realise.

 

Sun City Guest House

The Professor David Dolan Award

Winner  

The extensive restoration of the former Sun City Guest House has transformed two turn-of-the-20th century buildings into a cohesive community and commercial space. The judges said that this highly successful project that has rescued an important heritage place from the brink of ruin to a conserved, useful heritage building. It has contributed to the revitalisation of Marine Terrace, an important part of Geraldton’s early history.

 

Gideon Digby

The Professor David Dolan Award

Finalist  

Gideon is a unique individual who has promoted Western Australian heritage in a way not imagined when most people first encountered the internet in the 1990s. Many would never have thought that one person from Western Australia could travel to Washington DC, and return and re-configure how we see our local heritage, and how the world might see it. With information on the net, with quality information that requires the rigours of the requirements of a wikipedia article. The dedication by Gideon to the WikiTown project has brought local Western Australian heritage to the world.

 

Weerianna Street Media

The Professor David Dolan Award

Winner  

In 2007, Tyson Mowarin, a musician, digital storyteller and proud Ngarluma man from the Pilbara, established Weerianna Street Media to produce factual content for television broadcast and community archives. It aims to protect Burrup rock art, share community stories, history and cultural knowledge, improve awareness of Aboriginal traditions and custodial ownership via digital technologies. The judges said Weerianna Street Media draws on a myriad of digital technology and new media to share stories of Aboriginal people, culture and history to a world-wide audience. The digital platforms also provide an invaluable living archive for Aboriginal knowledge about the Dampier Archipelago.