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2016 Western Australian Heritage Awards Winners

The winners of the 2016 Western Australian Heritage Awards were announced on the 31 March at the Office of the Premier and Cabinet Room (formerly Hale House) in West Perth.

There were 15 individuals and outstanding heritage projects honoured, with 9 winners and six commendations presented at the presentation evening. A summary of each of the winners and commendations recipients is below.

To view the images in a larger format, simply click on the image thumbnail. In addition, there are photo galleries for the Heritage Tourism, Interpretation, Conservation and Judges' Award recipients to give you an insight into each project.

2016 Western Australian Heritage Awards Winners

Voluntary individual contribution
Winner
 Image of Ken McKay

Ken McKay

Judge's citation:

Film and television is an important part of our cultural heritage that has influenced and shaped modern society. Ken, a passionate and committed individual, saw the danger of this material and its story disappearing, and has worked hard to ensure it is documented, collected and shared.

In an effort to preserve what is left of the early television heritage of Western Australia and document it for future generations, Ken McKay has set up a web site to tell and illustrate the stories in text, photographs and film/video footage.

Ken was a pioneer in the Western Australian television industry, working at Channel Seven for many years commencing in 1962 and with the ABC from 1973-1993. He has been able make use of his industry contacts and resources to gain access to a wonderful archive of photographs, film and documents for his website and tell the story of the dawn of television in Western Australia.

Through his work, Ken has documented and recorded a story, which was under threat of being lost

View Ken's website watvhistory.com
Watch Channel Seven's Today Tonight story on Ken McKay.
 
Voluntary individual contribution
Commendation
 Image of Noreen Hackett

Noreen Hackett

Judge's citation:

For nearly 20 years, the late Noreen Hackett dedicated her enthusiasm, energy, expertise and unwavering commitment to the preservation of Augusta’s history through her work with the Augusta Historical Society and Augusta Museum. She ensured best practice for materials conservation and document management, and in developing contemporary educational displays.

Situated at the southern tip of Western Australia where ostensible evidence of local history is hard to find Augusta's Museum supported by The Augusta Historical Society contributes enormously to informing visitors and researchers of the location's past.

The work of the late Noreen Hackett was invaluable to preserving this history which, through her un-daunting efforts, is available to us today.

An English migrant with an inherent love of history, Noreen Hackett came to live in Augusta in December 1977 and joined the Augusta Historical Society as soon as she arrived. Noreen worked voluntarily for nearly twenty years with dedication and commitment to preserving historical evidence for future generations to enjoy.

 
Professional contribution
Winner
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Alan Kelsall

Judges' citation:

This dedicated professional has been instrumental in assisting the City of Fremantle and its elected representatives to develop and deliver a new positive vision for heritage. By working closely with owners and the community, Alan has demonstrated how adaptation and conservation are complementary objectives that can drive economic sustainability.

Alan Kelsall has been the Heritage Coordinator at the City of Fremantle since 2012. Prior to joining the City of Fremantle, Alan was co-principal of Kelsall Binet Architects, a practice he formed with Gina Binet in 1998. Since joining the city Alan has played a crucial role in developing the whole of agency approach the City now adopts towards promoting Fremantle's heritage.

Through a collaborative approach to working with a wide range of stakeholders and demonstrating to them the benefits of an integrated approach to heritage, planning and physical and economic development, he has led a significant change in attitude towards heritage and development in Fremantle and greater understanding by the community that conservation of heritage places and sustainable development are complementary objectives.


Community-based organisation
Winner
 Image of Ravensthorpe Historical Society

Ravensthorpe Historical Society (Kukenarup Memorial and Information Site)

Judges' citation:

A historical society with a strong vision and clear objectives, its Kukenarup Memorial and Information site is a unique Australian project helping to promote reconciliation between Aboriginal people and agriculturists. It has been widely acclaimed by both Noongars and non-Aboriginal people as a positive and important achievement.

The Kukenarup Memorial and Information Site project has been widely acclaimed as a positive and important achievement towards reconciliation between white people's and Noongar's histories.

Ravensthorpe Historical Society, together with members of the Noongar nation and the Department of Aboriginal Affairs are very proud to have been the architects of this project.

The project took 8 years to come to fruition and involved countless volunteer hours, both from Ravensthorpe Historical Society and Elders of the Noongar Nation. The project started out as two projects, with an information site mooted for the historically significant Cocanarup homestead, and a memorial site for the Noongar significant Kukenarup site where lives (indigenous and colonisers) were lost.

The Kukenarup Memorial and Information Site was dedicated in May this year, with more than 200 persons (including 4 schools) attending the ceremony. Accolades came from far and wide, with Noongar Elder Carol Pedersen describing the project as a unique occurrence in Australia.

Visit the Ravensthorpe Historical Society website.



Community-based organisation
Commendation
 Image of SSJG Heritage Centre, Broome
Sisters of St John of God Heritage Centre, Broome

Judges' citation:
The SSJG Heritage Centre continues to build on its work to document and exhibit the shared history of the Sisters of St John of God and Aboriginal people of the Kimberley. A powerful reconciliation tool, the centre educates visitors whilst providing a place where Aboriginal people are supported to heal the hurt from the past and forge a better future.

The Sisters of Saint John of God (SSJG) Heritage Centre in Broome is a place for the sharing of social history related to the Sisters of St John of God and the people of the Kimberley. It comprises the heritage listed Old Convent, Garden of Healing, Archive and Research Centre, Pomegranate House and the award winning and permanent 'Relationships Exhibition'.

This social history exhibition was inspired, in part, by requests from locals for a place where people could access family and historical photographs. It uses storyboards, artefacts, photographs and audio-visual media to give insight into the relationships formed by the Sisters with the Aboriginal people. The photographic collection of over 50,000 images is our specialised heritage product and is accessible to the public for viewing and research.

Visit the SSJG Heritage Centre website.


Public or private organisation
Winner
 Image of Donnelly River Village
Donnelly River Village (Wheatley)

Judges' citation:

This community of dedicated owners worked together to conserve Donnelly River Mill and Townsite Precinct, which now operates as a successful tourist and holiday destination. An innovative ownership model, with owners directly involved and guided by a conservation plan, it is an exemplar of good heritage management of a fragile site.

Wheatley Village Pty Ltd is a community of 35 unitholders and their families who purchased the Donnelly River Village (Wheatley) in February 2010.

The Wheatley town site was established in 1949 to provide housing for the timber workers at Bunning Bros Donnelly Mill which is situated next to the village.

The Wheatley community has carefully renovated the workers cottages and they are now offered as holiday accommodation. The village’s conservation plan is central to all planning and business decisions and each owner has responsibility for maintaining a particular cottage with their own funds.

This passionate group of owners have taken a very rundown village set in the middle of the majestic Karri forest between Nannup, Bridgetown and Manjimup, and restored it to a pleasant holiday destination that celebrates it cultural heritage as a former timber town and gives guests and visitors an insight into life in simpler times.

Visit the Donnelly River Village website.
View more photographs of this project.
 
Public or private organisation
Commendation
   Image of the State Buildings
FJM Property (The State Buildings)

Judge's citation:

With a grand vision to return the Central Government Offices to the community, FJM Property has shown an unwavering commitment in the face of enormous challenges. Through significant investment and collaboration with both private and public sectors FJM has achieved an outstanding result.

FJM Property has led the restoration and adaptive reuse of the State Buildings.  The project has seen an unwavering commitment by the group for over 8 years with the desire to create a heritage project of international quality.

The buildings and the businesses that sit within them have a key focus on celebrating Western Australia, its landscape, its produce and most importantly its people.

After being vacant for 19 years the buildings have been reinvigorated and adapted into a mix of hotel, day spa, hospitality and retail offerings, that provide stunning experiences in a collection of buildings that are a vital part of Western Australian history.

The thoughtful and through restoration will ensure the buildings last many more generations.

View more photographs of this project.

 
Public or private organisation
COMMENDATION
   The National Hotel
The National Hotel

Judge's citation:

After almost being destroyed by fire, the restoration and conservation of the National Hotel is a credit to its committed owner who went above and beyond what was expected, and adhered to best practice heritage conservation to return this landmark hotel to the Fremantle community.

The National Hotel is a beautifully restored iconic hotel in the centre of Fremantle. It is designed in Federation, free style architecture expressing the affluence of the gold boom years. Almost completely destroyed by fire in 2007 this magnificent building has been resurrected from the ashes and is now an outstanding example of how a modern bar and restaurant facility can operate in harmony with a heritage building.

The Carnegies Group went to great lengths to faithfully restore this building whilst making it work as a modern day bar and restaurant.

The owner’s vision for The National Hotel is to give the Fremantle people and visitors to the area a beautifully restored, heritage building that has stayed true to its original use and appearance.


View more photographs of the project here.

 
Heritage practices by a local government
Winner

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Shire of Murray

Judges' citation:

Working with and on behalf of the community, the Shire has not only adopted a system-wide and integrated approach to heritage, it has directed valuable resources to, and increased budgets for, heritage management and conservation.

The Shire of Murray was one of the earliest areas of European settlement in the State. First settled in 1834, it has a rich cultural heritage and many places of heritage significance are still in existence. However, these places are coming under significant pressure from land development, vacancy and neglect.

The Shire, on behalf of the community, recognises its responsibility to provide for the protection of these assets for both present and future generations and has implemented a range of statutory and policy requirements to ensure this is the case.

The Shire has commenced several projects to identify and interpret significant heritage and is in the process of implementing a number of master planned strategies to better manage and promote key heritage places.

Visit the Shire of Murray website.




Interpretation project

commendation

 Image of Sailmakers' Shed, Broome
Sailmakers' Shed (fmr), Broome

Judges' citation:
The UNESCO and WA Heritage Award winning restoration of the Broome Sailmakers’ Shed is undergoing an exciting interpretation project which will transform the space into an engaging, interactive museum experience. 

A heritage-listed site, the restored Sailmaker’s Shed has been recognised with both a WA Heritage Award and a UNESCO Honourable Mention.

Broome Historical Society collects, preserves and provides a place for objects relating to Broome, and fosters research into aspects of Broome’s history. The society manages the Broome Historical Museum including the Sailmaker’s Shed. The museum’s collection is well known for its national significance, particularly it’s pearling and World War Two displays.

Creative Spaces were commissioned to create an interactive museum experience that honoured Charles Bagge, who built and operated out of the shed until 1917, and the influence he had on local life and industry. To achieve this, Creative Spaces used sound, audio visual and physical representations, as well as interpretive panels and interactive displays. A number of custom-designed pieces of furniture housed both objects and interpretation, all specifically designed to withstand the conditions within the shed.

View more photographs of this project.




Heritage Tourism project
Winner
 
Image of Fremantle Prison HA

Fremantle Prison YHA

Judges' citation:
The adaptation of the women’s division of Fremantle Prison into a world-class hostel is a standout heritage tourism product which will not only act as a drawcard to attract more visitors to Fremantle but help them appreciate the significance of the World Heritage listed site and the broader port city.

World Heritage-listed Fremantle Prison was built in the 1850s with the first convicts occupying it in 1855, all the way up until 1991. The women’s division of the prison is now the Fremantle Prison YHA.

Fremantle Prison YHA is a hostel for international and domestic travellers who are looking for a unique and culturally rich experience when coming for a short-term stay in the metropolitan area. A detailed interpretation of the history of the Woman’s Division has been displayed throughout the building to educate visitors on the prison’s past and allow them to fully appreciate the significance of the building and its place in Western Australia’s heritage.

View more photographs of this project.




Conservation or adaptive reuse of a state registered place

Winner

 
Image of Brookman and Moir Streets

Brookman and Moir Streets Precinct

Place Number: 3992

Judges' citation:

An inspirational story of how individuals can work together, by sharing knowledge and encouraging others, to restore and adapt their 1890s workers cottages, thus returning this significant streetscape to its original state. This award is dedicated to past and present owners, their heritage consultants and the City of Vincent.

Past and present owners of simple workers’ cottages within the Brookman and Moir Streets Precinct have been working individually and collectively over many years to conserve and sensitively adapt their homes which were in a poor condition.

This shared passion for restoring their homes has created a wonderful sense of community in the precinct as the owners have worked together to restore the streetscape back to its original condition in the 1890s.

In 2006, the 58 properties contained within the Brookman and Moir Streets Precinct were included in the State Register of Heritage Places. Since then, owners of nearly half the properties in the precinct (25 properties) have taken the initiative to restore and adapt their homes for contemporary living, undertaking works such as restumping, re-roofing, repairing structural cracks etc.

The property owners of the Brookman and Moir Streets Precinct have shared information and knowledge which has resulted in better conservation outcomes.

View more photographs of this project.




Conservation or adaptive reuse of a state registered place

Commendation

 
Image of Denmark District Hospital

Denmark District Hospital (fmr)

Place Number: 14171

Judges' citation:

An exemplar of a community-driven project that has not only saved the hospital buildings from neglect but restored and adapted the site into a cohesive and vibrant community, arts and cultural precinct for the town. The Shire and the Denmark community are to be commended.

The Denmark District Hospital (fmr) is a complex of buildings with high cultural heritage significance that has contributed to the successful medical care of many generations of residents in Denmark and the surrounding region. It is an excellent example of a rural hospital that was very much inspired, constructed and maintained by community involvement.

Following the closure of the original hospital precinct, there was some community pressure to demolish the buildings, but the community rallied to save the buildings. It was decided that the former hospital buildings would be adapted into a cohesive and vibrant community, arts and cultural precinct for the town.

This space would house the Denmark Community Resource Centre, The Denmark Arts Council, the Denmark Over 50s Association and a number of various community groups. H+H Architects were appointed to undertake the refurbishment works based on the brief from the adaptive re-use strategy.




Conservation or adaptive reuse of a state registered  Place &
The Gerry Gauntlett award
Winner
 
The State Buildings exterior
 

The State Buildings (Old Treasury Building/Central Government Offices)

Place Number: 1973

Judges' citation:

An outstanding adaptive reuse and conservation project on a grand scale. Over eight years and through collaboration with adjacent owners, creative thinking and innovative solutions, FJM Property transformed a complex site of three deteriorating highly significant heritage buildings, with challenging internal spaces, into a cohesive and exciting mixed-use development that has rejuvenated this historic precinct, making it once again the heart of Perth.

FJM Property has led the restoration and adaptive reuse of the State Buildings.  The project has seen an unwavering commitment by the group for over 8 years with the desire to create a heritage project of international quality.

The buildings and the businesses that sit within them have a key focus on celebrating Western Australia, its landscape, its produce and most importantly its people.

After being vacant for 19 years the buildings have been reinvigorated and adapted into a mix of hotel, day spa, hospitality and retail offerings, that provide stunning experiences in a collection of buildings that are a vital part of Western Australian history.

The thoughtful and through restoration will ensure the buildings last many more generations.

View more photographs of this project.




Judges' Award: The Professor David Dolan Award Winner
 
Image of Mr Martin Colgan 

Martin Colgan

Judges' citation:
A highly-skilled craftsman and builder, Martin Colgan has left a lasting legacy to heritage through his work on many award-winning heritage conservation and adaptation projects across the State. He has shared his passion, skills and expertise with those he has employed, trained and collaborated with over the past 30 years. Martin’s family, through the company he founded, will carry that tradition forward.


From humble stone masonry beginnings, Martin Colgan has built-up a highly respected and multi-disciplinary family building company dedicated to conserving, restoring and adapting heritage buildings.

Over the past 40 years, he has worked on numerous landmark heritage buildings including Wesley Church, Government House, St Brigid’s Old School, Fremantle’s Roundhouse, Fremantle Prison, and St George’s Cathedral.

He and his wife also worked with the Aboriginal community to restore the fragile Beagle Bay Mission Church on the Dampier Peninsular. The project won the 2011 Western Australian Heritage Award for conservation.

Mr Colgan has passed his passion for heritage onto his sons who are now involved in the business, Colgan Industries. In 2012, their successful adaptation of the former Mackays Aerated Waters Factory (1928) into a complex that now incorporates 37 apartments, an office and a retail outlet received the WA Heritage Award for adaptive reuse as well as Master Builders Association and Housing Association Greening Award.

View a photo gallery of the projects Martin has worked on.


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