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Indigo Heritage Award Winners 2016

Category 1 Creative Use of a Heritage Place

The Athenaeum, Charles Sluga Gallery, Yackandandah

After considerable external and internal conservation work, painting and repair this important building is re-purposed as The Charles Sluga Gallery and has regained its integrity and place in Yackandandah's streetscape.

Category 2 New Work/Development Within a Heritage Place

The Hub 62 Cafe, Main Street Chiltern

The historic Masonic Hall, built with locally made bricks in 1903, underwent a major renovation within its heritage charter and is now a vibrant meeting place housing the cafe and the Elvery Fine Art Gallery.

Category 3 Restoration of a Heritage Place

Mr Ian Anfruns, Chiltern

For his restoration of the wheels on the Krupp 77mm field gun at the Chiltern War Memorial in Conness Street.

Category 4 Specialist Heritage Trade Skills

Greg and Lyndee Owen, Period Building Conservation Pty Ltd

For their expert repair and conservation work on the old police stables in the Beechworth Historic Precinct, delivering a prudent mix of preservation, repair and restoration.

Category 5 Sustainability or Greening of a Heritage Place

Wooragee Primary School

For their implementation of sustainable practices at their school, creating a sustainable garden and grounds which thrives today as it has for 150 years. Protecting the heritage landscape — the well, century-old trees, and the natural native bush reserve and creek frontage.

Category 6 The Rex Fuge Open Heritage Award

The Robert O'Hara Burke Museum Beechworth and the Friends of the Burke Museum

For their conservation and preservation of their 1875 Chinese Banner, now displayed in a specially designed and constructed case. The display of this and other banners from the 1879s is a result of conservation work costing more than $40,000.


Dr Barry McGowan, Historian and Heritage Consultant, for his Shire History Research Study, Rutherglen-Wahgunyah "Tracking the Dragon", a Thematic History of the Chinese People in the Rutherglen-Wahgunyah Region of the Indigo Shire, Victoria.

Category 7 Junior Heritage Award

Kiewa Valley Primary School Students and the Kiewa Valley RSL

For the Flanders Field Story, a collaboration produce a series of panels depicting the Flanders Field Story. The children, under the direction of the school, produced and painted the story. The panels were unveiled near the Kiewa Cenotaph on Remembrance Day 2015.


St Mary's Primary School Rutherglen, Class of 2013, For their collection of stories: "Don, Small Town Man with Big Ideas". Taking part in the Creative Catchment Kids program, pupils researched and wrote stories about people who have made important contributions to managing natural resources in their community.

Category 8 Individual Heritage Advocacy Award

The Beechworth Treescape Group

For their MayDay Hills Tree Preservation project 2012-13, to identify, measure, photograph and catalogue Mayday Hills flora to ensure the preservation of its botanical history. Work included careful and accurate identification, GPS locations, measurements of size, assessments of age, and reasons for significance. Data and photos of 215 trees have been recorded.

Category 9 Heritage Gold Award

Posthumously awarded to Mr Donald Bryan Chambers, 1937-2015

The nomination is submitted on behalf of the former Members of the Indigo Shire Heritage Advisory Committee who served following the amalgamation of the former Shires of Beechworth, Chiltern, Rutherglen and Yackandandah from 1994 and the current Committee Members to acknowledge and celebrate Don Chambers' enormous contribution to his town Rutherglen, the Indigo Shire and to the wider Australian community.

Don enthusiastically mentored, supported and encouraged all committee members and helped us navigate heritage systems with his vast knowledge, patience and good humour.