The National Trust Heritage Awards is an annual program run by the National Trust of Australia (NSW) as one of the key events for the Australian Heritage Festival. The purpose of the awards is celebrate and showcase best practice in the field of heritage conservation, education, publishing and event production, interpretation and advocacy. The National Trust Heritage Awards commenced in 1994.
Acknowledgement of Country Dolton House, Photography by Bob Turner; Cover: Leagues Club Park, Gosford.
Contents Aboriginal Heritage
Advocacy 8 Conservation: Built Heritage
Conservation: Interiors & Objects
Education & Interpretation
Events, Exhibitions & Tours
Resources & Publications
Judges’ Choice Award
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY The National Trust Heritage Awards ceremony takes place on the land of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. Through this awards program, we showcase heritage sites from across New South Wales. We pay our respects to the traditional custodians of the land in all these places, and to all Aboriginal Elders past, present and emerging. The National Trust of Australia (NSW) is a proud signatory of the Uluru Statement. 3
Aboriginal Heritage Recognising excellence in the conservation, interpretation, education or celebration of Aboriginal Heritage to promote greater understanding and appreciation in the community.
Shortlist Leagues Club Park, Gosford Hunter Central Coast Development Corporation Walking on Country Shoalhaven City Council
Walking on Country – entered by Shoalhaven City Council
Winner Leagues Club Park, Gosford Hunter Central Coast Development Corporation
The 2.4 hectare site at Leagues Club Park in Gosford is located on the land of the Darkinjung people. This dynamic space tells the story of Country and was co-designed with Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council and with local Aboriginal artists to create a space where the community comes together to appreciate the abundant life in the surrounding natural environment in the spirit of appreciation and joy.
Adaptive Re-Use Recognising projects that create a respectful, rejuvenated and relevant space within an existing heritage site.
Shortlist Carr Street, Coogee McGregor Westlake Architecture Cottage Medical, Berry JXTALL Health Sub Base Platypus Lahznimmo Architects The Sydney Retreat Entered by Bronwyn Hanna Highly Commended Carr Street, Coogee McGregor Westlake Architecture Cottage Medical, Berry JXTALL Health
From top: Carr Street, Coogee, Photography by Anthony Basheer; Cottage Medical, Berry; The Sydney Retreat.
Winner Sub Base Platypus Lahznimmo Architects
Located on the land of the Cammeraygal People and formerly a torpedo factory, submarine base and gasworks, Sub Base Platypus has been transformed into community recreation and work hub in Neutral Bay overlooking Sydney Harbour. The space has been reopened to the public for the first time in 150 years and now features a shaded barbecue area with seating, a pocket playground and a scenic waterfront promenade. Photography by Ben Guthrie.
Advocacy Led by individuals, community groups, organisations or a combination of all three – initiatives that demonstrate excellence in advocacy practice and outcomes for the protection, safe-keeping and conservation of heritage is recognised by the National Trust Heritage Awards.
Shortlist Save Willow Grove North Parramatta Residents Action Group Mulgoa Valley Friends of Fernhill and Mulgoa Valley Inc Highly Commended Save Willow Grove North Parramatta Residents Action Group
From top: Save Willow Grove; Mulgoa Valle.
Winner Mulgoa Valley Friends of Fernhill and Mulgoa Valley Inc
Extensive stakeholder engagement and documentation to support the conservation and State Heritage Listing of the Mulgoa Valley as a cultural landscape and the protection of the cultural and natural heritage of Fernhill Estate.
Conservation: Built Heritage Recognising excellence in architectural design, building, construction and consultation practices that results in the conservation of built heritage for future generations. Projects in this category can include buildings, monuments, memorials, places of worship, houses, cemeteries and schools to name but a few examples.
Kamay 2020 Alpha House Restoration NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
9–15 Pawley Street, Surry Hills, Conservation and Upgrade Project NSW Land and Housing Corporation, Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
Australian Museum Project Discover Australian Museum and Orwell & Peter Phillip Greenway Window Conservation and Upgrade Project, Milsons Point Land and Housing Corporation, Department of Planning, Industry and Environment Lowy Institute, Sydney Hector Abrahams Architects 9–15 Pawley Street, Surry Hills, Conservation and Upgrade Project NSW Land and Housing Corporation, Department of Planning, Industry and Environment Restoration of Cathedral of St Michael and St John, Bathurst Cathedral of St Michael and St John, Bathurst Shell House, Sydney Adriel Consultancy
From top: 9–15 Pawley Street, Surry Hills; Australian Museum, Sydney, Photography by Michael Nicholson.
Australian Museum Project Discover Australian Museum and Orwell & Peter Phillip
Winner Restoration of Cathedral of St Michael and St John, Bathurst Cathedral of St Michael and St John, Bathurst
Three extraordinary and varied projects have been recognised by the National Trust judges for 2021 in Conservation: Built Heritage category. The Restoration of Cathedral of St Michael and St John in Bathurst – a project driven by the community – has restored the built fabric of Australia’s second oldest cathedral and treasured place of worship, extending its endurance for another century.
Winner Greenway Window Conservation and Upgrade Project, Milsons Land and Housing Corporation, Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
The judges then moved to award a social housing project’s steel window upgrade across 309 apartments (quite the contrast) – and rightly so. The scale and stakeholder engagement involved in staying true to the building’s post-war heritage was outstanding.
Winner Shell House, Sydney Adriel Consultancy
Last but not least, the exceptional work to date on the repair and restoration of the clock towers and facade of the 65.5 metre-high Shell House façade has been recognised this year.
Conservation: Interiors & Objects The details in furniture, fabric, fashion, jewellery, clocks, paintings, drawings, etchings, letters, lampshades, rugs, tapestries and postcards are so often what brings heritage to life for the community. This category recognises the painstaking work of those conserving the vast range of items in heritage collections, and the interior spaces of heritage places throughout New South Wales.
Shortlist Conservation of the Art Gallery of NSW Bas Reliefs International Conservation Services and Art Gallery of NSW Preserving and Promoting Australia’s Theatrical Heritage: From Storage Rooms to Performing Arts Archive and Community Performance Spaces Seaborn, Broughton & Walford Foundation Restoration of the historic 1890 William Hill & Son Organ in the Hunter Baille Memorial Presbyterian Church, Annandale Hunter Baillie Conservation Sub-Committee Highly Commended Preserving and Promoting Australia’s Theatrical Heritage: From Storage Rooms to Performing Arts Archive and Community Performance Spaces Seaborn, Broughton & Walford Foundation
From top: Conservation of the Art Gallery of NSW Bas Reliefs; Preserving and Promoting Australia’s Theatrical Heritage.
Winner Restoration of the Historic 1890 William Hill & Son Organ in the Hunter Baille Memorial Presbyterian Church, Annandale Hunter Baillie Conservation Sub-Committee
A decade in the making, the restoration of the organ in this landmark English Gothic Style church in Sydney’s inner west has earned this project its award. William Hill & Son was one of the main organ builders in England during the 19th century. In addition to designing organs for many churches in the United Kingdom, the company’s organs are, or were, also located in significant places of worship throughout Australia including: the Sydney Town Hall Grand Organ; Melbourne Town Hall; Adelaide Town Hall and St Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney. The organ at the Hunter Baille Memorial Presbyterian Church in Annandale dates back to 1890. 15
Conservation: Landscape Conserving the uniquely beautiful natural environment of New South Wales is recognised every year at the National Trust Heritage Awards. Conservation of landscape includes management plans, research, bushland management and regeneration, protection of waterways and forests, and landscape design – to list just a few of the practices in this extensive field of work.
Spains Wharf, Kurraba Point
Winner Spains Wharf, Kurraba Point Aspire Stone Masonry
Named in honour of Alderman J.S. Spain in 1937 and overlooking Sydney Harbour is Spains Lookout, containing remnant 1930s furniture and depression era work scheme elements such as concrete fences and paving. The work undertaken to restore and maintain the Depression era stonework that defines the landscape of this very special place in Sydney.
Continuing Tradition Carrying forward the vernacular of heritage in buildings, maintaining heritage craft and style, and being authentic in practice to sustain the original intent and style of a place or space takes a whole lot of work, research and skill. This award recognises the expertise and dedication required to continue tradition in heritage.
Shortlist George Proudman Fellowship Program Ministers Stonework Program Tuckombil Barn Traditional Timber Frames Highly Commended Tuckombil Barn Traditional Timber Frames
Winner George Proudman Fellowship Program Ministers Stonework Program
The George Proudman Fellowship Program sustains the invaluable skill of stonemasonry by supporting mid-career specialists in this field to enhance their leadership potential, to travel and gain experience. There have been five fellowships awarded to date and the Ministers Stonework Program have created a great initiative that not only sustains this heritage skill for the future, but is communicated excellently and promotes stonemasonry.
Education & Interpretation Education and interpretation of heritage provides people of all ages with the opportunity to learn, develop a deeper understanding, and see new perspectives through the stories of the past. This category for the National Trust Heritage Awards celebrates initiatives that do this through the use of space, multimedia, publication or direct learning programs.
Shortlist Fairbridge Children’s Park, Molong Clouston Associates House Music at Your House Sydney Living Museum Kamay 2020 Commemorative Sculptures NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service Sydney Opera House, Tours Immersive Digital Experience (TIDE) Sydney Opera House Warrane, Sydney Trigger Highly Commended Sydney Opera House, Tours Immersive Digital Experience (TIDE) Sydney Opera House
From top: House Music at Your House; Sydney Opera House, Tours Immersive Digital Experience (TIDE); Warrane.
Winner Fairbridge Children’s Park, Molong Clouston Associates
The Fairbridge Farm School at Molong was a home and training institution that operated for just under 40 years. From 1938 to 1974, 1,000 children – some as young as four years of age – were sent to Australia from England with the promise of care, education and a life of opportunity in a new land. Some of the children were orphans, others taken from families experiencing poverty. The hopeful intent was in stark contrast to the reality – a life of loneliness, hard work, deprivation, physical punishment, and often, sexual abuse. Fairbridge Children’s Park is located by the Mitchell Highway overlooking Molong Creek and tells the story of these children’s experiences. Visitors are taken on a journey to interactive spaces, which convey a sense of the living conditions and daily routine of these children’s lives in Australia.
Events, Exhibitions & Tours Putting heritage on show throughout 2020 and into 2021 has been a significant challenge due to the global pandemic. Despite the challenges, so many galleries, museums, libraries, cultural institutions and local groups across New South Wales created, curated and developed wonderful experiences that brought heritage to life.
Shortlist Carrington Road Industrial, Marrickville Louisa King and Ali Wright The Coal Loader App North Sydney Council Dennis Heritage Day Museum of Fire Developing Sydney: Capturing Change 1900–1920 City of Sydney Fragile Beauty, Rich and Rare Pamela Pauline Photography Inherit: Old and New Histories Orange Regional Museum Papunya Tula: 50 Years 1971–2021 Utopia Art Sydney Spring Harvest: Online Edition Sydney Living Museum ‘Thresholds’ by Julia Davis and Lisa Jones Sydney Trains Tourists Paradise Port Macquarie Museum
From top: Dennis Heritage Day; The Coal Loader App; Spring Harvest: Online Edition.
Highly Commended Papunya Tula: 50 Years 1971–2021 Utopia Art Sydney ‘Thresholds’ by Julia Davis and Lisa Jones Sydney Trains Tourists Paradise Port Macquarie Museum
From top: Papunya Tula: 50 Years 1971–2021; ‘Thresholds’ by Julia Davis and Lisa Jones; Tourists Paradise.
Winner EVENTS AND EXHIBITIONS Fragile Beauty, Rich and Rare Pamela Pauline Photography
Curated for the Calyx within the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney, and produced in time for this year’s Australian Heritage Festival, ‘Fragile Beauty, Rich and Rare’ is a fine art photographic exhibition that explores the issue of natural heritage under threat. The richness and detail of Pamela Pauline’s imagery – photographed and composited to draw on the visual style of 17th century still life artworks – is wonderful, and the message timely and urgent.
Winner TOURS Carrington Road Industrial, Marrickville Louisa King and Ali Wright
Local researchers, Louisa King and Ali Wright, created an audio walking tour, exhibition and book to encourage awareness of the industrial history and heritage of Sydney’s inner-west suburb, Marrickville. The tour is a wonderful reveal of the 20th century industry and buildings that still stand along Carrington Road.
Resources & Publications Books, reports, websites, guidebooks and programs produced for social media, multimedia channels, television and radio all have a role to play in telling the story of our built, cultural and natural heritage. This category recognises excellence in engaging, inspiring, educational or informative content and production.
Shortlist Callan Park – Barnet Buildings External Fabric Maintenance Plan: An asset management and development consent document Ministers Stonework Program Designing a Legacy Tim Ross, Modernister Films and Production Group Vitalising Veteran Car Club Website The Veteran Car Club of Australia (NSW) Inc Highly Commended Vitalising Veteran Car Club Website The Veteran Car Club of Australia (NSW) Inc
From Top: Callan Park – Barnet Buildings External Fabric Maintenance Plan; Vitalising Veteran Car Club Website.
Winner Designing a Legacy Tim Ross, Modernister Films and Production Group
Fun, lively, dynamic, delightfully animated, inspirational and relatable all at once – ‘Designing a Legacy’ is produced by comedian, architecture enthusiast and self-professed ‘design nerd’, Tim Ross. In this one-hour documentary is a love letter to thoughtful residential architecture in which Tim Ross explores the huge influence of housing design on national identity. He also takes the viewer on a tour of some of the most legendary modernist masterpieces, including Lyons House in Port Hacking by Robin Boyd, the Eugowra House in Orange by John Andrews, and the Woolley House in Mosman by Ken Woolley to name just a few. 27
Individual Awards Books, reports, websites, guidebooks and programs produced for social media, multimedia channels, television and radio all have a role to play in telling the story of our built, cultural and natural heritage. This category recognises excellence in engaging, inspiring, educational or informative content and production.
Heritage Skills Award Recognising dedication, mastery and consistent application of heritage skills and practices: this individual award shines a light on not only the accomplishments and craft of the winner, but the need to sustain heritage skills so that excellence in conservation and care for our heritage can continue.
Cathy Donnelly Memorial Prize Acknowledging the outstanding endeavours and achievements of women who are heritage specialists, architects, curators, authors, historians, presenters and producers – the Cathy Donnelly Memorial Prize is awarded annually
Lifetime Achievement Award Celebrating individuals who have dedicated their career and passion to the conservation, care, promotion and protection of New South Wales’ built, natural and cultural heritage.
Winners HERITAGE SKILLS AWARD Andrew Markerink A noted master clock maker, Andrew Markerink completed the Churchill Fellowship to Switzerland, Holland and England before establishing his company. He has maintained and conserved many important public clocks across Australia and in particular, in New South Wales. In addition to making handmade clocks and watches, he also trains existing watchmakers to ensure that these skills are not lost. Among the extensive portfolio of exterior public clocks that he and his team have built or restored are the Sydney Town Hall, Port Arthur Historic Site and the five-metre diameter Central Station clock in Sydney. CATHY DONNELLY MEMORIAL PRIZE Lorraine Simpson Lorraine Simpson has been providing Randwick City Council with her heritage expertise for over 20 years. She has been instrumental in securing statutory protection for many places and has provided efficient and professional heritage advice regarding many hundreds of development applications. She is a quiet achiever who is known for her sound advice, thoroughness and efficiency. Her legacy is the conservation and sympathetic adaptive re-use of many heritage items, often in vigorous redevelopment contexts, and securing a strong place for heritage in a local government area that will always benefit from her work. LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Graham Quint Graham Quint recently retired as the Director of Conservation of the National Trust (NSW) after providing 40 years of service to the leading heritage conservation charity. Graham has led the advocacy for heritage across the National Trust, working with regional branches and affiliate organisations, to campaign for the protection of built, natural and cultural heritage at a local, state and national level. Throughout his career Graham has written thousands of submissions, advanced the National Trust Register significantly and had success on numerous campaigns for heritage protection. So much treasured heritage remains that would not be here if it wasn’t for Graham’s work. 29
Judges’ Choice From across all categories, the judges choose one outstanding project, initiative, exhibition, event or campaign to name it best in show for the year. The Judges’ Choice is an exemplar of conservation, advocacy, interpretation, education, curation or knowledge creation and inspires the community of New South Wales to better understand, appreciate and explore heritage.
Winner Leagues Club Park, Gosford Hunter Central Coast Development Corporation
Thank you The National Trust (NSW) acknowledges the generous support of the following organisations and individuals who have made the 2021 National Trust Heritage Awards possible.
The NSW Government through the Heritage Council of NSW
For welcoming us to the land of the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation Uncle Allen Madden Master of Ceremonies Simon Marnie Keynote Speaker David Burdon
NATIONAL TRUST HERITAGE AWARDS JUDGES
Matt Devine, Chair Phil Bennett Dr Noni Boyd David Burdon
MEDIA SPONSOR edelman.com.au
Miranda Firman Dr Siobhan Lavelle OAM Lisa Newell Saneia Norton
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Thank you to everyone who entered the National Trust Heritage Awards in 2021, to the people involved in these projects, their partners, supporters and to the community for continuing to appreciate the wonder of our heritage in New South Wales.
Walking on Country – entered by Shoalhaven City Council
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Sub Base Platypus – entered by Lahznimmo Architects. Photography by Ben Guthrie.
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