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
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
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!