Congratulations to our 2018 Heritage Awards Individual Winners


Lifetime Achievement

For an individual who has given special service to heritage conservation.

David Sheedy


Cathy Donnelly Memorial Award

For an outstanding female in the heritage field.

Elisha Long


Heritage Skills Award

For a volunteer, teacher, professional individual or apprentice who has demonstrated the application of craft skills that have been key in repairing or adapting a heritage site.

Guido Gouverneur


Advocacy Award

The Advocacy Award recognises the extraordinary commitment of a community group or individual who has pursued the protection and conservation of key heritage places, items and objects.

Tim Ross

The 2018 winning projects

Judges' Choice 2018 - Interloop

Interloop is a large, hovering sculpture commissioned by Transport for NSW that re-uses and re-imagines the 1950s heritage escalators. It was created by artist, Chris Fox.

Adaptive Re-use - O’Connell Street Primary School

The adaptive reuse of this heritage significant site provides flexible, highly-serviced teaching and recreation spaces for 1000 children on the grounds of the former Kings School, 1837.

Adaptive Re-use - Goonoo Goonoo Station

Goonoo Goonoo Station was established in 1841 by the Australian Agricultural Company for the production of Merino Wool. The adaptive reuse and conservation of the historic buildings returns life to this once thriving village and provides opportunities for the community to engage with the 170-year-old station.

Conservation Built - Hyde Park Barracks Stonework

Sydney Living Museums carried out specialised stone conservation works on the Hyde Park Barracks guardhouses, gate piers and corner pavilion. They were designed by colonial architect Francis Greenway, between 1817 and 1819.

Conservation (Built) - Westpac Long Gallery

The Long Gallery opened in 1854. The conservation and refurbishment works have restored the grandeur and richness of the space as an architectural display cabinet for our nation's history, people and culture.

Conservation (Landscape) - Berrima, Sutton Forest

This cultural landscape assessment of the Berrima, Sutton Forest and Exeter area was aimed at raising awareness of the significance of the landscape with a view to encourage further statutory protection and to provide the basis for a heritage impact assessment of a proposed coal mine in the area.

Conservation Interiors & Objects - Birdwood Flag

The Birdwood Flag is a nationally significant Australian ensign. Reduced by age to thousands of pieces disintegrating in a box, its conservation involved a three-year journey by the community and conservators, Newcastle Cathedral and International Conservation Services culminating in the flag’s Re-hallowing in Newcastle Cathedral in 2017.

Continuing Tradition - Kiama & Bulli Stations

As part of Sydney Trains refresh program throughout 2017, a number of stations had works to restore original waiting rooms. Two projects at State-heritage listed Bulli and Kiama stations demonstrate an approach to reinstating heritage features to achieve current standards using traditional joinery skills and detailing.

Education and Interpretation - Interloop

A sculpture by artist, Chris Fax, at Sydney’s Wynyard Station that involved the repurposing of four ageing wooden escalators as a twisting installation. The escalators were among the last wooden escalators still in service in the world.

Education and Interpretation - Convict Sydney

Sydney living Museums developed a new website - for both general and education audiences - that explores the fascinating story of convicts in Sydney through the lens of the UNESCO listed Hyde Park Barracks.

Events, Exhibitions & Tours - The Moderns

'The Moderns: European designers in Sydney' exhibition celebrated a forgotten aspect of Australian modernism, highlighting the largely unknown stories of Sydney’s mid-century émigré architects, interior designers and furniture makers. Developed from a wealth of original research, this object-rich exhibition explored the impact of these creatives on the development of modernist design in Sydney.

Events, Exhibitions & Tours - History Here

This film project saw a Wiradyuri Elder and seniors visit schools to share local stories. Classes selected their favourite story, an author delivered script-writing workshops and redrafted via video conference. Filmmakers taught students to film and edit, movies.

Resources & Publications - Respecting the Vision

A revised 4th edition of the Conservation Management Plan for Sydney Opera House prepared by Alan Croker and his team, based on J.S. Kerr's 3rd edition. Extensively illustrated, it incorporates new conservation management tools to address the complexity of this World Heritage Listed site, to guide future management, conservation and change and ensure a responsible balance with its use as Australia's pre-eminent performing arts centre.

Resources & Publications - Shack Life

Shack Life tells the story of three small beachside communities in the Royal National Park south of Sydney – Era, Burning Palms and Little Garie and how their residents fought to save their beloved shacks and keep shack heritage alive.

Highly Commended in 2018

Conservation Built Heritage - 17-21 Charlotte St

17-21 Charlotte Street is a suite of four heritage-listed shops located in Ashfield, Sydney. CM+ was engaged to renovate this heritage building, whilst upgrading it for contemporary retail use, the refurbishment has breathed new life into the building and has protected it for the enjoyment of future generations.

Conservation Built - Waverley Cemetery Gates

This project entailed the careful restoration; reconstruction and repair of the entrance gateway to Waverley Cemetery, Bronte by Waverley Council, with funding assistance by the National Trust. Built c1880s, as part of the cemetery perimeter wall, the entrance gateway forms an important threshold for visitors entering the cemetery.

Conservation Interiors - Jubilee Room

The Jubilee Room is a magnificent space built as the Parliamentary Library in 1906. The project involved the removal of 1980s display panels, reconstruction of lower level cedar bookcases, new lighting based on early photos, sympathetic new carpet, redecoration and a window in the floor displaying Rum Hospital archaeology.

Education and Interpretation - Our City

2017 marked the 175th Anniversary since the incorporation of the City of Sydney Council. “Our City: 175 years in 175 objects” was an education and interpretation program exploring Council’s impact on shaping the history, heritage and urban environment of our city since 1842.

Events, Exhibitions & Tours - Captured

Captured: Portraits of Crime is a major exhibition that explores the stories of men, women and children who were incarcerated in New South Wales gaols from 1870 to 1930. The exhibition is a key public outcome of the significant project to digitise and preserve 46,000 at risk gaol records.

Resources & Publications - The Poisoned Chalice

'The Poisoned Chalice: Peter Hall and the Sydney Opera House' is a book based on my 2014 doctoral thesis (Sydney University) and explores the work of Peter Hall and his team in the completion of the Sydney Opera House after the departure of Jorn Utzon in early 1966. 244 pp, colour and b&w, published by opusSOH, Sydney and launched at the Opera House 31 August 2017.