INDIGO SHIRE HERITAGE AWARDS 2015 - LIST OF AWARDS RECIPIENTS & COMMENDATIONS
CATEGORY 1: CREATIVE RE-USE OF A HERITAGE PLACE AWARD
The object of this award is to encourage adaptive re-use of a heritage place. Adaptive re-use is a process that changes a disused or redundant place to a different purpose. Nominations should demonstrate adaptive re-use of a heritage place having minimal impact on its significance and/or setting.
NOMINEE: “THE WICKED VILLA” Luxury Accommodation
NOMINATED BY: JOHN and LAUREL NOWACKI
PROJECT: Restoration and refurbishment of a century old Still House building
“The Wicked Villa” at The Wicked Virgin is a one of a kind, exclusive little two story villa sits at the top of an olive grove with views that sweep the farmlands and vineyards of the Rutherglen district. The structure reclaims a century old, derelict but substantial red brick building and has created a vibrant Villa for Tourists to the region.
Once a Still house, then a silo followed by a new life as a junk shed. The red brick structure has been reclaimed, redesigned as “The Wicked Villa”. Maintaining the integrity of the brick structure in its rural setting offered challenges in design and development. The walls of the new section have been clad with corrugated iron from the old shearing shed; an old fence from the Shearing Shed became the slatted timber floor and maintains the agricultural aspect.
NOMINEE: LAKE MOODEMERE VINEYARDS CELLAR DOOR
NOMINATED BY: MICHAEL and BELINDA CHAMBERS
PROJECT: Restoration and adaptive structural work to convert the original uninhabited homestead to Moodemere Vineyards Cellar Door.
The first generation of Chambers winemakers in Rutherglen was William Chambers who began winemaking in Rutherglen in the 1850’s. The 6th generation winemaker Michael Chambers is fortunate to have his Father Peter, his Mother Helen and his Uncle Bill as his mentors. Michael and Belinda Chambers now own and operate Lake Moodemere Vineyards growing, making and selling their wine with grapes sourced from the single estate vineyard. In addition they own and farm 800 acres of farming land producing free range prime lambs, wheat and canola.
It now remains for the 6th generation to continue their legacy and forge their own paths. With some good fortune and good management, one day the 7th generation will be welcomed to make their contribution.
CATEGORY 2: NEW WORK/DEVELOPMENT WITHIN A HERITAGE PLACE
This Award encourages sympathetic design of new buildings or structures within heritage conservation areas or within cultural heritage landscapes. Nominations should demonstrate fulfilment of local Guidelines and the Burra Charter.
NOMINEES: Ms GINA BLADON and Mr MATT PFAHLERT, Ms JANE and Mr TOBY DARVALL
NOMINATED BY: Mr MATT PFAHLERT
PROJECT: NAM SHING LANE, BEECHWORTH 3747 - 7 LOT SUBDIVISION DEVELOPMENTS
The vision for the development, located off Jardine Street, Beechworth, is that the project enhances the existing built, natural and cultural landscape of Beechworth including the amenity of the surrounding neighbourhood. The owners are especially mindful of the significance of the Beechworth Chinese gardens, which border the southern boundary of the property.
Specific to the site, is the design and construction of a lane entrance off Jardine Street that includes landscaped gardens, a story board and sculpture using recycled materials; tree planting both sides of the meandering laneway leading to that a private enclave of lots on an infill parcel of land close to the town centre. The private no through laneway has signage that requires cars to give-way to pedestrians and bicycles, transforming the laneway into a community space for residents to socialise and for children to play. A public reserve has been gifted to Council for use as public access to the revitalised Chinese Gardens.
CATEGORY 3: RESTORATION OF A HERITAGE PLACE AWARD
The objective of this Award is to recognise best practice restoration work that returns fabric back to a known earlier state or conserves integrity of a building or place. Nominations in this category were considered that demonstrate application of the Burra Charter.
NOMINEE: CHILTERN GOODS SHED
NOMINATED BY: CHILTERN GOODS SHED COMMITTEE OF MANAGEMENT
PROJECT: Restoration and refurbishment for adaptive re-use of the formerly derelict railway goods shed to a multiple purpose community facility.
Built in 1875, the Chiltern Goods Shed is historically and architecturally significant to the State of Victoria being an important representative example of the “Creswick” style of station buildings as part of the era of ‘light’ railway lines. The buildings are a reminder of the pre-eminence of Chiltern and north-east Victoria’s gold mining district with all the wealth, population and development that the gold era brought.
The formerly derelict building has been transformed from an empty shell into what is now a unique and vibrant community arts and exhibition space, tourism facility and cycling hub. The completed works primarily restored the building providing office, kitchen, display and general purpose spaces; accessible access, toilets and showers, and specialised fittings including bike hanging racks and lockers to cater to the growing cycling phenomena in north east Victoria.
NOMINEES: Ms HEIDI FREEMAN and Mr JIM DIDOLIS
PROJECT: Refurbishment of shops and dwelling at 46 and 48 Ford Street, Beechworth 3747
The refurbishment project of the ground floor shops and first floor dwelling was undertaken between July 2014 and April 2015 at numbers 46 and 48 Ford Street, Beechworth VIC 3747 the former home of the Freeman Family. The joint property now accommodates two businesses.
Internal and external work over the nine months includes re-plastering, electrical, plumbing, carpentry, repairs using recycled building materials, floor sanding and sealing and painting following removal of asbestos and timber and other materials damaged by fire.
CATEGORY 4: SPECIALIST HERITAGE TRADE SKILLS AWARD
This Award recognises trades people who use specialist and traditional methods and craftsmanship to a very high standard. Nominations should demonstrate excellence in traditional trades by an individual, group or company.
NOMINEE: Mr VINCENT WEBB
PROJECT: SPECIALIST TRADE SKILLS – ASHLAR STONE MASONRY - Design and construction of “Carringbush” Homestead at Baarmutha Winery, 1184 Diffey Road, Beechworth VIC 3747
This replica Beechworth Granite traditional homestead style residence was built using the most advanced power tools along with traditional methods of stone cutting and dressing techniques of the past. Having first built a small home in Jardine Street, Beechworth that out grew the family with three boys, the opportunity to build “Carringbush” became a reality after purchasing 44 acres on Diffey Road.
The design of the new house is based upon the size and dimensions of the old Governor’s Quarters at the Old Beechworth Goal (overlooking High Street). The 198 square metre four bedrooms home is built on a concrete slab with a steel stud framed structure. The house has verandas on all four sides, has 1kW grid connected solar system and the aim is to add a wind generator for power needs of the house and the Baarmutha Winery. Water harvesting and grey water recycling are also in place.
NOMINEES: Mr DEREK ILES and Mr ATEN WESTON
NOMINATED BY: Ms HELEN McALPIN and Mr PIERRE MASCLEF
PROJECT: SPECIALIST TRADE SKILLS – RANDOM RUBBLE VENEER STONE MASONRY - “L’Oliveraie House”, 131 Greenwattle Road, Beechworth 3747
Construction started on this early colonial style home in June 2010 and was completed in March 2011. Built by Sean Cartledge (deceased), Derek Isles, Aten Weston and Dan Jensen, the energy efficient building is complete with verandas that surround the exterior, double-glazing, solar panels and gas boosted hot water and 100,000-litre tank to collect rainwater from the roof.
The intention of Ms Helen McAlpin in nominating Mr Derek Isles and Mr Aten Weston is to pay tribute to the workmanship, teaching and mentoring by Mr Iles who, in her words “has demonstrated excellence in the traditional trade of stonemasonry and his deep knowledge and skilful craftsmanship. We have observed how generously and skilfully Derek has imparted his knowledge to several young apprentices in the Shire and in particular to Aten Weston from Beechworth, about how to choose and then place the right granite stone for the task.
Mr Aten Weston is one of a number of young tradesmen in Indigo Shire whom Derek has trained to focus and complete a project of high artistic merit, by advocating and demonstrating the use of granite of the landscape to restore and augment the heritage and beauty of our Shire.”
CATEGORY 6: OPEN HERITAGE AWARD
This award recognises cultural heritage, natural heritage, individuals, groups and collections that contribute to Heritage within the Indigo Shire. It could be retaining an historic activity, an ongoing event, a cultural landscape reflecting historical or social context, a research project, a private or public collection of published works such as books, journals, photographs, maps or manuscripts, or articles such as toys, clothes, personal objects, household, gardening or farm implements. Nominations should demonstrate a contribution to Heritage through additional knowledge and understanding about where we live and our Shire’s history.
NOMINEES: DAVID AND MARTHA VALENTINE, Research Officers, Rutherglen Historical Society
NOMINATED BY: Ms Mandy Jones
PROJECT: INDIGO SHIRE HISTORY RESEARCH RUTHERGLEN REGION: Guide to Visiting the ANZAC’s at Rest in the Carlyle Cemetery, Rutherglen - © 2015
We have long honoured our fallen military personnel, as we should. We also celebrate our living Australian sons and daughters who have served in our Military, as that is our opportunity to give individual recognition in the present.
There has been minimal recognition for those who have silently suffered the after-effects of service - after-effects that lasted their life-times with their families.
NOMINEE: THE AMALGAMATED MINERS’ ASSOCIATION BANNER
NOMINATED BY: THE CHILTERN ATHENAEUM TRUST
PROJECT: RECONSTRUCTION OF A HERITAGE ARTEFACT
The original banner stand was presented to the Amalgamated Miners’ Association, Chiltern and Indigo Branch No: 9 by the Honourable Isaac Isaacs on 9 November 1893. The banner was used in parades, as speeches and ceremonial presentations. The Banner Stand has long been held at the Chiltern Athenaeum but the original banner was mislaid or lost.
Initiated and managed by the late Rex Fuge OAM, the Athenaeum Trust agreed to have a copy of the banner reconstructed and a photograph of the original along with a description published in the Federal Standard newspaper provided valuable information about the banner. Facsimiles of the photograph and the newspaper article are on display at the Athenaeum.
CATEGORY 8: INDIVIDUAL HERITAGE ADVOCACY IN INDIGO SHIRE AWARD
The Individual Heritage Advocacy Award was introduced for the first time in 2014. This new Award is to acknowledge outstanding contributions by an individual towards Heritage Advocacy in the Indigo Shire.
NOMINEE: Ms JUDY DIXON, HERITAGE & FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH
NOMINATED BY: The CHILTERN ATHENAEUM TRUST
Judy Dixon has been an active member of the Chiltern Athenaeum for over a decade. During this time, Judy has been a committed and integral member of the Museum, advocating for Chiltern and in the Indigo Shire through regular activities conducted by the Athenaeum. As well as contribute to the management of the Museum, Judy was a leader in many tours conducted by the Athenaeum to the three National Trust properties in Chiltern, to the cemeteries, the Museum and Chiltern Township. This role required a thorough knowledge of Chiltern and its surrounding heritage sites.
Through her patient and methodical research Judy transcribed 1000s of pages of the Federal Standard and Ovens & Murray newspapers to make it easier for others to find information and to contribute to Athenaeum projects.
Judy supported Rex Fuge as Chairman of The Athenaeum Trust, provided historically accurate information to visitors to the Museum or requests for information by the Shire and other bodies. She played an important role in the development of the book entitled “Chiltern Past and Present”, which is now in its 2nd Edition. The book was initiated by Dawn Fraser who applied and received funding to develop a book that describes some of the more noteworthy citizens of Chiltern and its past history and events.
CATEGORY 9: HERITAGE GOLD AWARD
Heritage Gold is a special Award presented at the discretion of members of the Indigo Shire Heritage Advisory Committee and the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) – North East Branch. The Award specifically recognises an outstanding contribution to Indigo Shire Cultural Heritage in any Award Category by an individual, community group, organisation or business.
NOMINEE: Mr REX BASIL FUGE, OAM - 21 January 1935 to 6 September 2014
- The former Members and Representatives of the original North East Victoria Heritage Advisory Committee that was established by the Victoria State Government 35 years ago in 1980. It should be noted that the National Trust has held committee membership since that time;
- All who served as Members of the Indigo Shire Heritage Committee following the amalgamation of the Shires of Beechworth, Chiltern, Rutherglen and Yackandandah in 1994; and,
- The 2015 Members of the Indigo Shire Heritage Advisory Committee.
To celebrate and acknowledge the enormous contribution by Rex Basil Fuge OAM as heritage warrior and advocate, kind and thoughtful friend and mentor to many.
There is much written and spoken about this kind and generous man affectionately known in the local media as “Mr Chiltern”. The Chiltern Athenaeum Trust is encouraged to ensure that someone is commissioned to write Rex’s detailed biography in consultation with Mary, daughter Leonie, grandchildren Diane and Connor, and son Warren, along with his close friends and the wider community.
Thank you Rex and thank you Mary for being his wife, life companion, stalwart and support during all the years you shared together.
Last updated: 25 November 2015