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Shortlist announced for 2019 NSW National Trust Heritage Awards

Shortlist announced for 2019 NSW National Trust Heritage Awards
April 16, 2019

This year the National Trust Heritage Awards is celebrating its 25th Anniversary with National Trust (NSW) having today announced their awards shortlist. The awards acknowledge and celebrate the greatest innovation, conservation, education and advocacy with a view to preserving or protecting natural, built and cultural heritage in New South Wales over the past year.

Assessed by an independent panel of judges across 11 categories, award entries are received from the building design and architecture sector, community groups, the culture and arts sector including galleries and libraries, leading researchers and publishers, and many more.

The National Trust Heritage Awards will announce the winners in each category at a luncheon event on 10th May 2019 at Doltone House in Pyrmont. Master of Ceremonies for the event is the ABC’s Simon Marnie and the proceedings will include a keynote speech from Philip Thallis. The Awards program is a signature event of the Australian Heritage Festival in New South Wales, supported by the NSW Government.

Debbie Mills, Chief Executive of the National Trust (NSW), advised "the National Trust has highlighted the best of the best in the conservation, education and advocacy in all facets of our heritage for quarter of a century.

“We look forward to this event every year as it provides us with the opportunity to share with everyone in New South Wales why heritage is so important and valuable to our lives. It also showcases the dedicated organisations and individuals who work tirelessly and employ their extraordinary talents and skills to ensure that heritage is protected and shared with many generations to come,”

The National Trust Heritage Awards Shortlist:

The following list outlines the projects or initiatives shortlisted for the National Trust Heritage Awards 2019. The winners and commendations in each category will be announced on 10th May 2019. The shortlisted projects and initiatives featured here are in no indicative order.

Category: Conservation Built Heritage

Projects that relate to conservation of our built heritage including capital works and repair. These projects may include buildings, structures or sites, urban precincts, commercial items, places of worship, houses, interiors, additions, industrial heritage, infill or collections.


       Bathurst Station Masters Cottage Refurbishment

       Glebe Public School Conservation Works

       Joan Sutherland Theatre Northern Foyer Lift & Passageway

       Kingscliff Community Buildings Restoration

       Oldbury Cottage Berrima

       Parramatta North Conservation Works

       Roseneath, Parramatta

       Newcastle University House

       Upper Canal Rectification Works

       Wilcannia Post Office

Category: Adaptive Re-use

Projects that complement and utilise existing heritage fabric, re-purposed and new developments that are sympathetic to the traditional uses of a site and its structures, and protect the heritage integrity.


  •        Fenwick Stone Building
  •        State library of NSW
  •        Tayim at Evan’s Stores
  •        Tenterfield Isolation Ward Restoration

Category: Conservation Landscape

Projects that relate to the conservation of our landscape heritage, including management and conservation. Conservation of natural, urban and cultural landscapes including Indigenous places of significance are included in this category.


  •        AILA NSW Landscape Heritage Study
  •        Mungo Fossil Footprint Conservation Project
  •        Natural Heritage Management: The grey headed flying fox

Category: Conservation Interiors & Objects
Projects that relate to the conservation of historic interiors and objects. Movable objects are also included in this category.


  •        Acquisition, conservation and relocation of the Tram Sheds WWI  Memorial
  •        City of Parramatta Archaeological Collection
  •        The Melocco Room, Central Station
  •        NSW Railways Remembers: Central Station Honour Board Reinstatement
  •        Restoration of Thornton Station Waiting Rooms

Category: Education & Interpretation

Projects that serve to educate about, or interpret, our heritage in an engaging way. This may include curriculum-based educational projects and resources, and specific interpretation projects relating to a place or item.


  •        Convict Love Token Outreach Project
  •        Interpreting the Rayner Hoff sculpture in the Anzac Memorial
  •        Sisters of Mercy

Category: Heritage Resources

Resources that promotes the conservation of our heritage. This may include research, archaeological resources, heritage guidelines, fact sheets, field guides and heritage studies, both in print and online.


  •        Addison Road Community Centre Conservation Management Plan
  •        Chinese Gardens of Friendship
  •        NSW Department of Education Binishell Strategy Stage 1
  •        Sydney Trains Historic Painting Practices and Guidelines
  •        True Australians and Pioneers: Chinese Migration to the Orange Region of NSW

Category: Heritage Publications

Publications, books, websites and videos that promote the conservation of, or tell the story of our heritage.


  •        The Anzac Memorial Publication
  •        Ettie's Diary
  •        Kinchega
  •        MidCoast Stories
  •        Paddington: A history
  •        Portraits of New South Wales
  •        Remarkable
  •        Promised Brides

Category: Heritage Events, Exhibitions & Tours

Events, exhibitions and tours that emphasise and promote education, interpretation and community engagement in heritage.


  •        Cartographica - Sydney on the Map
  •        Blaze: Working Women, Public Leaders
  •        Bohemian Harbour: Artists of Lavender Bay
  •        Inner West Built Environment Awards
  •        Malachi Gilmore Hall
  •        The Sutherland Shire Citizen's Heritage Festival
  •        Tales from the East, India and NSW

Category: Continuing Tradition

Projects that continue tradition through new design, construction and development.


  •        Anzac Memorial Centenary Project
  •        Maitland Riverlink
  •        The Nagle Library, St John's College

Category: Advocacy

Recognising the extraordinary commitment of a community group and/or individual who have pursued the protection and conservation of key heritage places, items or objects.


  •        Friends of Callan Park
  •        Revive The Regent
  •        Save our Sirius
  •        Windsor Bridge/Thompson Square Heritage Protection

Special categories

The Lifetime Achievement and Heritage Skills winners will be announced on 10th May 2019.

Images top: Save Our Sirius; and above Wilcannia Post Office and The Malachai Revival

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