Heritage Awards honour local projects

Thursday, 9 May 2019

Nine outstanding local heritage projects have been recognised at the 2019 Geelong Heritage Awards.

Held for the 10th year, the awards are a joint initiative of the City of Greater Geelong and the Geelong and Region branch of the National Trust, and form part of the Australian National Trust Heritage Festival.

Awards are presented under nine categories, with heritage buildings, gardens and objects, public and private places all eligible.

The host venue for tonight’s awards ceremony, Provenance Wines in Fyansford, received a heritage award in 2018.

Recipients on Wednesday night were as follows:

Drysdale Bypass project, Drysdale

For: Interpretation of a Cultural Heritage Place
Project Manager: Major Road Projects Victoria

Works on the 6km bypass have included a detailed archaeological investigation, which uncovered around 119,000 artefacts of cultural heritage significance to the Wathaurong Aboriginal Community. The project also included cultural exchange excursions with 500 local schoolchildren, who were given the opportunity to search for artefacts and hear stories from Wadawurrung Elder Uncle Byron Powell.

Candover Cottage, 129 Elizabeth Street, Geelong West

For: Restoration of a Heritage Place
Owners: John and Paul Rosenberg

One of only three surviving buildings of its kind in the Geelong area, the prefabricated cottage was imported from Singapore by Alexander Fyfe in the 1850s. Having been relocated from Candover Street to Elizabeth Street, the cottage has been meticulously repaired and reconstructed, and now more fully reflects its early appearance.

336 Myers Street, East Geelong

For: Restoration of a Heritage Place; New Work in a Heritage Area
Owners: Andrew Greenwood (former owner who carried out the project), Gwenda and Ian May (present owners)

Built in 1892-93, this late Victorian dwelling was in poor condition until being carefully restored to its original appearance. The contemporary additions at the rear have helped to ensure the house’s long-term future, while having no visual impact given they can hardly be seen from the street.

Portarlington Primary School, 100 Newcombe Street, Portarlington

For: Restoration of a Heritage Place; Interpretation of a Heritage Place
Owners: Portarlington Primary School

Opened in 1882, the old Portarlington State School was typical of one-room state school buildings of the time. It was the subject of alterations and additions in the years to come. As part of a wider recent redevelopment of the school, introduced wings on the original building were demolished and it was restored with a new paint scheme based on historical precedents.    

Connie Cottage, 127 Staceys Road, Connewarre

For: Restoration of a Heritage Place; Specialist Heritage Trade Skills
Owner: Megan Backhouse

The cottage appears to have been built around 1891 and represents one of few surviving 19th century timber dwellings in the Connewarre area. Having fallen into poor condition such that it was being used as a farm shed that sheep could roam through, it has now been transformed with new windows and front veranda reflective of its era.    

Former Balfours Bicycles Store, 45-47 Malop Street, Geelong

For: Restoration of a Heritage Place; Specialist Heritage Trade Skills
Owners: Maria and Ian Hauser

Built in 1912, the Federation era building features prominent rendered pilasters with Art Nouveau detailing. The restoration has removed an introduced hoarding over the parapet and overpainting from the first floor façade to reveal the original features. The new colours have been based on those common for the era.

‘Ethelbert’, 38 Eastern Beach Road, Geelong

Restoration of a Heritage Place; New Work in a Heritage Area
Owners: Sue and Vince Modica

The altered Federation era dwelling has been restored, with the addition of a new front brick and timber fence reflective of the period. These works have returned the building to its earlier appearance, based on historical photographs.

Geelong West Post Office

For: Restoration of a Heritage Place
Owners: David and Angela Smith

Opened in 1886, the Geelong West Post Office is the only 19th century post office in Greater Geelong still serving its original purpose. The new slate roof, replacing an earlier matching slate roof, has ensured the building’s long-term future and enhanced its appearance in a traditional way.

Geelong Covent Garden, 174 Moorabool Street, Geelong

For: Restoration of a Heritage Place; New Work to a Heritage Place; Re-creative Reuse of a Heritage Place
Owners: The Anthony Costa Foundation

The birthplace of the Costa family business was re-acquired by the Costa Group in 2015 and has been converted into the company’s administration offices. The restoration of the front façade through chemical method paint removal, mortar repair, and the reconstruction of the post-supported cast iron veranda has produced an extraordinary outcome. The venue now stands as a unique Late Victorian commercial building, and its longstanding ties with the Costa family continue.
Councillor Bruce Harwood – Mayor:

Congratulations to all nine awards recipients. The results they’ve achieved are quite amazing and they’re all very worthy of recognition.

The City of Greater Geelong is proud to partner with the National Trust to present these awards each year, recognising the important work being done to preserve and showcase our region’s heritage.

Councillor Jim Mason, Chair – Arts, Culture and Heritage portfolio:

As chair of the Geelong Heritage Advisory Committee I’m mindful that heritage goes beyond the built form, and so it’s pleasing to see the Drysdale bypass project team recognised for its work carefully uncovering and preserving such a vast number of Aboriginal artefacts.

The eight building restorations are all outstanding and each has its own unique story. For example, it’s wonderful that the Costa Group has seen fit to invest in a building of such significance to the family and bring back the splendour of the past.

We’re grateful to the National Trust and its local volunteers for all the work they do to celebrate and protect our heritage for future generations.

Mrs Jennifer Bantow OAM, Geelong and Region Branch National Trust:

We recognise and congratulate those who have demonstrated excellence in retention, restoration and reuse of heritage places, and appropriate new work in a heritage area.
The annual Heritage Awards is the most positive enjoyable event of the National Trust calendar; it’s an opportunity to celebrate with those who love these places, and have conserved them for the future, for us all to enjoy our architectural and cultural history.

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