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2017 WA Heritage Awards finalists announced

Jan 31, 2017


  • 36 individuals and heritage projects named as finalists in the 2017 Western Australian Heritage Awards
The Guildford Hotel and the recently opened Monsignor Hawes Heritage Centre in Geraldton are among the finalists in the 2017 Western Australian Heritage Awards.

Heritage Council Chair Anne Arnold said this year the awards celebrate 25 years of honouring the leading contributors to heritage conservation, adaptive reuse, promotion, tourism and interpretation in WA.

“For the past 25 years, the Heritage Awards have played an important role in promoting the excellent work undertaken by our heritage champions,”

Mrs Arnold said. “The high calibre of the 2017 finalists illustrate just how far we have come in developing innovative and exemplary practices in the conservation and promotion of our State’s heritage.

“In recent years, five WA Heritage Award winners have gone on to be honoured in the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation, clearly demonstrating the world-class standard of conservation and adaptation being undertaken in WA.”

Conservation and adaptive reuse finalists include one of Fremantle’s largest renewal projects, the former Dalgety Wool Stores which has been transformed into Heirloom by Match, the stunning restoration of West End’s Wilhelmsen House, St Georges Terrace’s Palace Hotel, and the former fire-ravaged Guildford Hotel which has risen from the ashes to become a popular entertainment venue.

“Among the innovative interpretation finalists are Sound from the Ground, a musical interpretation of the stories of the East Perth Cemetery, and the Historical Panoramas website which provides a unique and visually dramatic way to explore the development of Perth and Fremantle,” Mrs Arnold said.

“Regional projects are also illustrating how heritage can become a tourism driver such as the Busselton Jetty Experience, the Leonora Heritage Trail, Gwalia’s Gold Exhibition and Geraldton’s Monsignor Hawes Heritage Centre which uses Hawes own words from his extensive records, drawings and diary entries to tell his story.”

Mrs Arnold said the finalists represented a diverse cross-section of volunteers, professionals, organisations and projects, with finalists split evenly between metropolitan and regional areas.

“I congratulate all the finalists whose work has resulted in significant achievements in the promotion and conservation of our rich cultural heritage,” Mrs Arnold said.

The winners will be announced on 26 May at the former Royal WA Institute of the Blind in Maylands, now home to the WA Ballet, which won the 2013 Excellence in Adaptive Reuse Award.

2017 Western Australian Heritage Awards - Finalists

Voluntary Individual Contribution
•    Dr Dorothy Erickson, Cottesloe
•    Diane Pope, Chittering Valley
•    Morag Whitney, Beverley
•    Annabel Witham, Broomehill

Professional Contribution
•    Dr Ian MacLeod, Heritage Conservation Solutions, South Perth
•    Trish Parker, Heritage Officer and Historian, Dongara

Contribution by a Community-based Organisation
•    Busselton Jetty Environment and Conservation Association
•    Friends of Australian Rock Art (FARA)
•    Kings Park Guides

Contribution by a Public or Private Organisation
•    Engineering Heritage WA
•    National Trust WA
•    State Library of Western Australia (Storylines Project)

Heritage Practices by a Local Government
•    City of Karratha
•    Shire of Murray
•    City of Stirling

Interpretation Project
•    Azelia Ley Museums Complex
•    Gwalia’s Gold Exhibition
•    Historical Panoramas
•    Monsignor Hawes Heritage Centre
•    Old Perth Boys School
•    Sound from the Ground

Heritage Tourism Product
•    Australian Heritage Festival
•    Busselton Jetty Experience
•    Kings Park Free Guided Walks
•    Leonora Heritage Trail
•    Ngurin Bush Tucker Trail, Roebourne

Conservation or Adaptive Reuse of a State Registered Place
•    Fmr Artillery Barracks & Fremantle Harbour Signal Stn (Gunners’ Cottages), Fremantle
•    Fmr Coogee Hotel and Post Office
•    Fmr Dalgety Wool Stores (Heirloom by Match), Fremantle
•    Gallop House, Dalkeith
•    Guildford Hotel
•    Hillcrest, North Fremantle
•    Lesmurdie Group (St Brigid’s Cottage)
•    Old Perth Boys’ School, Perth
•    Palace Hotel, Perth
•    Wilhelmsen House, Fremantle

Visit the 2017 WA Heritage Awards website to find out more about these heritage champions.
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