Thursday, 16 April 2015

2015 Winner at the Western Australian Heritage Awards

On the evening of the 15 April the atmospheric Hackett Hall at the WA Museum in Perth played host to the 2015 Western Australian Heritage Awards. The annual awards are a celebration of our state's heritage champions and we were delighted to yet again be a finalist in the community organisation category... which we won!


The judge's citation reads: Carnamah Historical Society and Museum uses cutting-edge technology to engage with and promote the heritage of, not only their own and neighbouring districts, but also the State. Impressively, the society has established a virtual volunteering platform that has engaged 7,000 people with online heritage projects, which, in turn has provided a valuable resource for historians and the State.


We spoke to radio presenter Glenn Barndon of ABC Mid West & Wheatbelt following the win:




The full list of winners and commendations are listed below. For more info check out the winners page on the website of the State Heritage Office or the media release by Hon. Albert Jacob, M.L.A.


Voluntary individual contribution
Winner: Dr Howard Gray, Geraldton

Professional contribution
Winner: Dr John Taylor, Claremont

Contribution by a community-based organisation
Winner: Carnamah Historical Society and Museum
Commendation: Historical Society of Cockburn

Contribution by a public or private organisation
Winner: Heritage Perth

Heritage practices by a local government
Winner: City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder

Interpretation project
Winner: Albany Forts (Princess Royal Fortress)
Commendation: Esperance Foreshore Interpretation Project

Heritage tourism project
Winner: National Anzac Centre, Albany

Conservation or adaptive reuse of a State registered place
Winner of the Gerry Gauntlett Award: Wanslea - Cancer Wellness Centre, Cottesloe

The Judges’ Award: The Professor David Dolan Award
Ms Norma Andrews, Harwood’s Cottage Cafe and Quindalup Post Office of Busselton


We'd like to express our thanks to the Heritage Council and State Heritage Office for the award. We'd also like to pay tribute to our members, volunteers and virtual volunteers - this award is thanks to our collective efforts!

Thursday, 19 March 2015

2015 Western Australian Heritage Awards

The finalists for the 2015 Western Australian Heritage Awards were announced this morning and we are very excited to be listed among the community organisations! In total, there are 43 finalists across eight categories, which are listed in full below. More info on each of the finalists can be found here.

Voluntary individual contribution
  • Norma Andrews of Busselton
  • Councillor Laurie Ayers of Kalgoorlie-Boulder
  • Dr Howard Gray of Geraldton
  • Peter Snow of Albany

Professional contribution
  • Martin Colgan of Northbridge.
  • The late Ian Hocking of Shenton Park
  • Tom Perrigo of Perth
  • Dr John Taylor of Claremont
  • Malcolm Traill of Albany

Contribution by a community-based organisation
  • Carnamah Historical Society & Museum
  • Guildford Association
  • Historical Society of Cockburn
  • Jaycees Community Foundation Inc
  • Kalamunda & Districts Historical Society
  • Maritime Archaeological Association of Western Australia
  • Mount Lawley Society
  • Slater Homestead Group Advisory Body to the Shire of Goomalling

Contribution by a public or private organisation
  • City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder for the Burt Street Heritage Precinct
  • Colgan Industries
  • Heritage Perth

Heritage practices by a local government
  • City of Albany
  • City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder
  • Shire of Northam

Interpretation project
  • Albany Forts (Princess Royal Fortress)
  • Discovery Bay’s Historic Whaling Station
  • Esperance Foreshore Interpretation Project
  • hiLIGHTS - celebrating 125 years of the State Library of Western Australia
  • Old Port at Arthur Head Reserve
  • Original Railway Station, Geraldton
  • Shipwrecks of WA smart phone app by the Maritime Archaeological Association of Western Australia
  • Tranby House (Peninsula Farm)

Heritage tourism project
  • Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse
  • Discovery Bay’s Historic Whaling Station
  • National Anzac Centre
  • Rottnest Island Wadjemup Walk Trail

Conservation or adaptive reuse of a State Registered place
  • District Medical Officer's Quarters (now Dome Cafe Port Hedland)
  • Duke’s Inn, Northam
  • Harwood’s Cottage and CafĂ©, Busselton
  • McNess Royal Arcade facade restoration, Perth
  • Old Port at Arthur Head Reserve, Fremantle
  • Old Railway Station, Geraldton
  • Stirling Terrace enhancement, Albany
  • Wanslea - Cancer Wellness Centre, Cottesloe


The winners will be announced on 15 April 2015.