National Trust Heritage Awards Shortlist Announced for 2019

The National Trust (NSW) is pleased to announce the shortlist for the annual National Trust Heritage Awards, which acknowledges and celebrates 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. The Awards will be presented at Doltone House, Pyrmont, on 10 May 2019. Tickets are now sold out.

Assessed by an independent panel of judges across 11 categories, award entries were 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 is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and will announce the winners in each category at a luncheon event on 10 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, proudly supported by the NSW Government.

“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,” said Debbie Mills, Chief Executive Officer of the National Trust (NSW). “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 in no indicative order are:


Category: Conservation Built Heritage

Projects that relate to the 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 promote 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
  • 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, Heritage Skills and the Cathy Donnelly Memorial Award Winners will be announced on 10 May, 2019.



The National Trust (NSW) will be hosting the National Trust Heritage Awards lunch at Doltone House in Pyrmont on 10 May 2019, tickets for which are now sold out. We will be announcing the winners and highly commended shortly after the ceremony.