The 2019 Cultural Heritage Award Winners

The winners from the 2019 Awards are listed below.

Creative Reuse of a Heritage Place

Klaus Lucattini for the adaptive reuse of 1930s residence in Shepparton

For the sympathetic adaptive reuse of a former residence constructed in the 1930s allowing the building to be appreciated by the public as a commercial acupuncture and Chinese medicine clinic.

Restoration of a Heritage Place

Katandra West Community (via Katandra West Section 86 Committee of Management) for the relocation and landscaping of the Katandra West Cenotaph, Union Road, Katandra West

A prominent town landmark, the Katandra West Cenotaph was erected in memory of Peter D. Hobart who was killed in the Second World War, and commemorates those in the Katandra District who served in the Second World War and subsequent conflicts.

The restoration of the cenotaph involved relocation to a more prominent location at the entrance to the Katandra Recreation Reserve, the installation of access paths, landscaping and lighting to promote community appreciation of the cenotaph and appropriately cater for commemorative services.

Maintenance of a Heritage Place

Rodney Harrison and Anne-Marie Primmer for St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, Moorilim

Originally erected in 1888 and used as a place of worship for over 100 years, the former St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church is a great example of a preserved rural brick church in the Gothic Revival style.

The dedication of Rodney Harrison and Anne-Marie Primmer has seen the church undergo exceptional maintenance, including recent repairs to the slate roof and exterior repainting.

Best Research Publication or Manuscript

Helen Rankin & Dianne Feldtmann for their publication ‘Remembering the Dookie Fallen – 100 years on’

This publication honours sixteen men who had enlisted at Dookie, Victoria who had served in World War One. The publication presents strong detailed research of the lives of these men; including the use of records, letters, diary entries and photographs to paint a picture of who these young men were, and what the future may have held for them had their lives not been robbed by the war.

The publication serves as a reminder that these young men were real people with dreams and aspirations, who made the ultimate sacrifice to serve their country. The research is an insightful document that is being appreciated internationally.

Other Publication

Murchison and District Historical Society Inc. for its publication ‘Art Captured: Hans-Wolter von Gruenewaldt, Prisoner of War Camp 13 Murchison: His Story and His Art’

This publication promotes the remarkable story of German civilian Hans-Wolter von Gruenewaldt, a mining engineer who fled to South Africa to avoid internment. Captured by the British, he spent 6 ½ years as a prisoner of war and was housed at Camp 13 at Murchison.

His artwork tells his incredible story and provides an insight of life inside the prisoner of war camps. The publication raises awareness of the prolific, diverse and talented artwork that was produced in the camps in the Goulburn Valley during the war.

Student/Youth Contribution

Year 5/6 (2018) Wilmot Road Primary School Students for the Signage on the Peter Ross Edwards Causeway

The Flats are of cultural heritage significance for their association with Aboriginal communities, who had traditional associations with the Goulburn River, and made this place their home during the 20th century. Many settlers were involved in the ‘Walk Off’ from Cummerangunja Settlement; the first ever mass strike of Aboriginal people.

Recognising this historical significance, the dedicated year 5/6 students at Wilmot Road Primary School presented a strong case to Council for erection of signage marking the site along the Midland Highway.

Interpretive Signage

Congupna/Tallygaroopna Landcare Group for Signage at Tallygaroopna Station Park, site of the former Tallygaroopna Railway Station

This signage recognises the historical significance of the former railway station at Tallygaroopna and grain silos, the former of which closed in 1986. While the railway still passes through Tallygaroopna, the former station no longer exists, and in its heyday was used for livestock and a grain delivery point for local farmers.

The signage provides locals and visitors a key opportunity to disseminate the railway history of the precinct through an accessible platform.

Community, Multicultural and Indigenous Events and Tourism

Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District Inc. for the Multicultural Bus Tours

Each year the Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District Inc. has organised multiple bus tours for members of the mainstream community the opportunity to visit local mosques, temples and the Rumbalara Aboriginal Co-operative. These tours have proved a hit with the local community with many participants reflecting positively and enthusiastically about their experience.

The tours assist in breaking-down barriers and building effective relationships between communities, and provide an exceptional opportunity to disseminate Greater Shepparton’s multicultural history to residents and visitors.

Other Contribution

St Luke’s Anglican Church, Dookie for the commemorative Weeping Window installation

The weeping window installation promotes the centenary of the armistice that ended World War I through a creative visual platform. The visual commemoration recognises and remembers the men of Dookie who gave the ultimate sacrifice, but also remembers the deeds of all servicemen, servicewomen and animals during the war, and French soldiers.

The project demonstrates strong research, promotion, education and exceptional community spirit, with community members donating 1,200 hand-made poppies.