Heritage awards

The City established the biannual Heritage Awards to recognise the efforts made by individuals and groups in the pursuit of conserving the City’s heritage.

2024 Heritage Awards

The City's 2024 Heritage Awards are now finished, and the awards will recommence in 2026. 

The award categories for 2024 included:

  • Conservation and restoration
  • Excellence in design and construction
  • The Barrie Baker special recognition Award

Heritage Award 2024 winners

Conservation and restoration

This award is aimed at promoting the conservation and restoration of heritage places in the built environment. These places may include, for example, a building or group of buildings, a private garden or a public park, ruins or a streetscape.

CEO Stevan Rodic with Wendy owner of 62 Third Avenue and Councillor Suzanne Migdale.

High Commendation – 62 Third Avenue, Mt Lawley

62 Third Avenue is located within the Mt Lawley Heritage Protection Area. The home had deteriorating original 1918 tuckpointing and external painting. The dwelling has been re-pointed to the front façade. This works will increase the longevity of the home and its appeal to the street.

The re-pointing to the front façade enhances the original heritage fabric of the building. The panel commented on the attention to detail and craftsmanship that was demonstrated in the work.

The works can be seen from the street and therefore can be enjoyed by all and uplift the Heritage Protection Area.

CEO Stevan Rodic with Dr Andrew Cassels Diane’s Husband owner of Windsor Hall and Councillor Suzanne Migdale.

Winner – Windsor Hall, 36 Queens Crescent, Mt Lawley

The Windsor Hall contributes to the Mount Lawley community’s sense of place as it is representative of the suburb's establishment in the early 1900s.

The Windsor Hall is not only protected on the City’s Heritage List and within the Mount Lawley Heritage Protection Area but is also on the States Register of Heritage Places. As one of the first residences built in the neighbourhood Windsor Hall helped to establish the standard of housing and the social status of Mount Lawley, as a suburb of comfortable affluence for the wealthier citizens of Perth.

Windsor Hall has historic value as the home of Richard Haynes, a prominent lawyer and politician in Western Australia at the end of the nineteenth century.           Built in a period when large residences were generally in the Queen Anne style, Windsor Hall is a rare residential example of H. J. Prockter's expressive interpretation of the Federation Free Style.  Richard Haynes arrived in Perth in 1885. Haynes was a Kings Counsel, member of the Legislative Council, mayor of North Perth, and Consul for Norway. Haynes entertained Perth’s elite in the elegant formal living and dining rooms of Windsor Hall. After his death in 1922, the new owner refurbished the house with art deco light fittings and Arts and Crafts style touches, including hand blown glass doors between formal living and dining rooms. Social tennis being a popular evening pastime, the sloping rear garden was landscaped for floodlit tennis courts.

In 1937, Diane’s grandfather Stephen Kellow arrived from Kalgoorlie and fell in love with Windsor Hall. Over the next 90 years, the house was the lively hub of their extended family.

In 1942, the Western Australian Emergency was declared following the Japanese bombing of Darwin and air raids on Broome. Windsor Hall was requestioned as the officer’s club for III Army Corps. The names of the billeted officers are neatly inked into the drawers of an oak wardrobe in the master bedroom, which is still in the home today.

Stephen and Evelyn returned after the war. After the deaths of Diane’s grandparents, the house passed to her mother, Margaret Summers, who cherished the house for the next 30 years. She passed away in late 2021 and last year Diane began the journey of restoring the home.

For the first time, the works commissioned by Diane were guided by a Conservation Management Strategy, overseen by heritage architects and carried out by skilled craftsmen. Works focused on tackling water ingress and damp, roofing and drainage, cracking, repointing of chimneys, and masonry repairs. With four levels of scaffolding for the roof-to-ground works, the entire house was repainted at the same time. The works undertaken by Diane and her team will extend the lifespan of the Windsor Hall for years to come.

Excellence in design and construction

This award is aimed at promoting new buildings or additions to heritage places and includes, sensitive adaptation of a heritage building and excellence in design and construction of infill buildings in a heritage area. This can also include new buildings which are designed in a creative way to respect the heritage building in which they belong.

CEO Stevan Rodic with Fetia and David owners of 79 Fifth Avenue and Councillor Suzanne Migdale.

Winner – 79 Fifth Avenue, Mt Lawley

9 Fifth Avenue is within the Mount Lawley Heritage Protection Area.

When David and Fetia renovated the home in 2022 it was important to the couple to make the home fit for their needs while also retaining as much of the original building as possible.

The home at 79 Fifth Avenue was an original Plunkett Home built in 1923. The home is a beautifully restored, tuckpointed example of a federation home. The additions added to the rear of the dwelling are designed in a way that allows the traditional home to be the main feature to the street.

The retention of the traditional home while adapting and adding to the home in a sympathetic manner is completed extremely well and allows for the traditional home to be enjoyed for future generations.

The Barrie Baker special recognition award

This award is presented where an achievement deserves special commendation, or for an achievement that does not fall into another category.

CEO Stevan Rodic with Mt Lawley Society President Phill Matson and Vice President Daniela Ion and Councillor Suzanne Migdale.

Winner – Mt Lawley Society Newsletter

The Mount Lawley Society was formed in October 1977 “with the aim of fostering a community spirit, with a focus on the retention of the older buildings and townscapes, protection of the limited open space, and to research and publicise the history of the suburbs”.

The Society produced a newsletter sent out quarterly and the early years were largely about some of the planning issues in the local area and the social events run to keep members engaged. In the edition of December 1982 there first appeared an article on the restoration of panelled doors and associated door furniture and thereafter articles appeared regularly on the history and heritage of the local area, together with stories about people and their families who helped shape Mount Lawley and its neighbouring suburbs.

The newsletter has had four different titles throughout the years. The original “Newsletter” ran from December 1977 to February 1983, “Mount Lawley Matters” ran from April 1983 to December 2015, “Our Heritage News” running from April 2016 to June 2019, and finally its current name “From the Verandah”.  To date nearly 180 editions have been published.  The Newsletter is freely available to the public on the Society’s website and is for all to read and enjoy.

In summary, the Mount Lawley Society newsletter over the years has promoted the history and heritage of the City of Stirling suburbs of Inglewood, Menora and Mt Lawley, and has brought interest both locally, interstate and overseas.

Heritage Award 2022 winners

Conservation of the built environment and streetscape

This award is aimed at promoting the conservation of heritage places in the built environment. For example, a building or group of buildings, a private garden or a public park, ruins or a streetscape.

Councillor Elizabeth Re with representatives from The Vasto Club.

High Commendation - Vasto Club

The Vasto Club formally opened on 27 March 1988 and has more than 30 members. It was originally created for the Italians who migrated to Perth from Vasto. The club put a considerable amount of work into their local history and established a well-designed and easily accessible resource to highlight and promote Vasto history. With a significant Italian immigrant community in the City of Stirling, the Vasto Club represents the largest percentage of Italian migrants from any city of Italy, and they have made considerable contribution to many different areas of our economy. The City acknowledges the important role of the Vasto Club in promoting this part of the City’s history and heritage.

Education and promotion of heritage

This award may be presented to an individual or group who has made an outstanding contribution towards the education and promotion of the City of Stirling’s heritage.

Entries of a research nature, photographic collections, self published books rand/or projects relating to more than one property with the intention of creating history or heritage appreciation etc. will also be considered in this category.

Members of the Tuart Yokine Scout Hall with Mayor Mark Irwin.

Winner – The Tuart Hill Yokine Scout Hall

The Tuart Hill Yokine Scout Hall (originally Tuart Hill Scout Group) was opened in November 1957 by the then-Governor of WA, Sir Charles Gairdner. The hall was built by scouts and their families from donated and recycled materials on a bush block in Villiers Street, leased to them by the then-City of Perth Roads Board. The group had its own ham radio and antenna tower on the corner of the hall in the 1960s, and the call sign wasVK6CA. Radio is still a part of scouts - Jamboree of the Air (JOTA) and Jamboree of the Internet (JOTI) are going strong.

Around 1988, Tuart Hill Scout Group combined with Yokine Scout Group to become Tuart Hill Yokine Scouts and adopted the colours light blue (outdoors) and red (sacrifice) and a dingo badge. The blue also recognised the history of Yokine Scout Group that was light blue, and Yokine is an Aboriginal word for dingo. Tuart Hill Yokine was very active and at one stage had a surf boat that was parked in one of the garages backing onto the hall. It was used in the river and ocean and how hangs in the escalator well of the new WA Museum in Perth.

Their entry included community history, conservation and ongoing use of a building and has particular resonance for these the community – past, present and future.

Councillor David Lagan and Deputy Mayor Suzanne Migdale with Mount Lawley Society representative Mark Hodge.

High Commendation - The Mount Lawley Society’s Twilight Leadlight and Stained Glass Tour

The Mount Lawley Society was founded in 1977 as a community organisation promoting heritage protection, local history education and a community spirit. Their high-quality submission and excellent initiative had a strong focus on Mount Lawley and its buildings, which are all of a similar period and status. The society organised an education tour around the heritage precinct following a loop from Almondbury Road, Farnley Street, Park Road and Alvan Street. The City congratulates the group on their High Commendation and the significant role they have played in advocating for local and heritage issues.

The Barrie Baker special recognition award

This award is presented where an achievement deserves special commendation, or for an achievement that does not fall into another category.

Chris Holyday accepts the award presented by Roger Elmitt.

Winner – Chris Holyday

Author Chris Holyday has created a fantastic body of work over multiple publications that have furthered our collective understanding of the City’s history. His publications include his upcoming book Recollections from the Coast, Between Beach and Bush and more. Congratulations Chris Holyday on receiving the Barrie Baker Special Recognition Award, which is the City’s highest accolade in the City’s History and Heritage Awards.

Heritage Award 2020 winners

Conservation of the built environment and streetscape

This award is aimed at promoting the conservation of heritage places in the built environment. For example, a building or group of buildings, a private garden or a public park, ruins or a streetscape.

Sub-categories include:

  • Conservation or restoration of a heritage place
  • Sensitive adaptation of a heritage building
  • Excellence in design and construction of infill buildings in a heritage area
  • Landscaping, gardens and places.
Heritage awards winner

Joint winner - Featherby House, 41 Summerhayes Drive

“This is an extraordinary restoration of a rare and highly significant Iwan Iwanoff designed residence.  The research to gain an understanding of the building’s original design and specification has resulted in an authentic and highly skilled recreation of Iwanoff’s original intent.  It is considered that the restoration has enhanced the heritage significance of the property by improving the interpretation of this architectural style. Particular mention should go to the quality of the workmanship undertaken to restore the cabinetry internally which is an accurate reproduction of the original. Featherby himself was a cabinet maker and this was a focus of the original home.”

Heritage awards winner

Joint winner - 49 Clotilde Street, Mount Lawley

“Forming part of a sensitively designed home renovation, the reconstruction of the verandah and external conservation of this property has been delivered with expert quality craftmanship and attention to detail. The skills and techniques used are of a standard rarely seen on typical home renovation projects of this scale, as a result the overall outcome enhances the presence of this iconic property in the streetscape.  It is considered a benchmark standard for home renovation in the City’s Heritage Protection Area and is worthy of recognition as a joint winner.”

High commendation

High Commendation - 17 Inverness Crescent, Menora

"The owners have taken great care in researching and understanding the history of this property and as a result have been able to retain and conserve the original intent of the building’s interwar character. The outcome is an elegant 21st century home with an art-deco splendour at its heart."

Commendation

Commendation for design and infill development 3 Wenberi Lane, Mount Lawley

“This is a highly considerate and well-designed piece of urban infill which respects the adjacent streetscape character and helps to activate a lane in the City’s Heritage Protection Area.”

Education and promotion of heritage

This award may be presented to an individual or group who has made an outstanding contribution towards the education and promotion of the City of Stirling’s heritage.

Entries of a research nature, photographic collections, self published books rand/or projects relating to more than one property with the intention of creating history or heritage appreciation etc. will also be considered in this category.

Education and promotion of heritage

Osborne Park Uniting Church, 164 Edward Street

“For over 100 years the congregation of this Church have taken great care in maintaining the building as an asset to the community. In doing so they have educated the broader community on the value of heritage conservation and promoted the use of this building into the future.

A remarkable story of community led heritage restoration. When this community built the church in 1915 they probably did not expect that this modest building would one day have heritage value. It is through their combined efforts that the building remains and has significance to the City today and into the future.”

The Barrie Baker special recognition award

This award is presented where an achievement deserves special commendation, or for an achievement that does not fall into another category.

The Barrie baker special recognition award

The "Barrie Baker Special Recognition Award" has been awarded to Margaret Summers for the loving care she and her family over many generations have given Windsor Hall, 36 Queen’s Crescent, Mount Lawley

This highly significant heritage landmark has been in the ownership of the same family since the 1930’s. The building demonstrates successive waves of occupation over the last 100 years and stands a tribute to the development of this area, which is now significant piece of our community’s social history and heritage. Over three generations this family has conserved the building’s contribution to the Mount Lawley streetscape and has taken an active role in the promotion and conservation of the Mount Lawley Heritage Protection Area.”

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Terms and conditions of entry

  1. The Heritage Awards are open to all City of Stirling residents, property owners, businesses, community groups or individuals involved in heritage related work within the City of Stirling area. They are also open to architects, designers, builders and government agencies undertaking heritage related design, building, conservation or construction in the City of Stirling
  2. All entries require permission of the owner, please ensure you have this permission when agreeing to the declaration on the submission form above
  3. Works that are the subject of an entry must be substantially completed at the time of entry to warrant consideration
  4. Entries are assessed on the basis of information supplied and the judges may decide not to consider any entry that did not supply sufficient information, regardless of the quality of the project
  5. Site inspections of finalists in each category (if appropriate) may be made
  6. The judges reserve the right not to present an Award if there are no entries of sufficient merit
  7. The judges’ decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into
  8. The City of Stirling reserves the right to use entries to promote history and heritage conservation and the City’s aims
  9. Entries must be received by 5pm Sunday 28 April 2024. Entries received after the closing date will not be eligible for judging.