Past Finalists 2017
Voluntary Individual Contribution
Dr Dorothy Erickson
Dorothy Erickson's passionate work as a curator, historian, author, critic, and lecturer has seen 40 years of commitment to documenting Western Australia's portable cultural heritage. She volunteers her professional expertise to research, document, advise, and collect for public institutions, organisations and private individuals to preserve and promote Western Australia's moveable heritage.
Dorothy’s work has included advising institutions, writing books and articles, giving lectures and organising exhibitions. Her most recent written work, Inspired by Light and Land: Designers and Makers in Western Australia: 1829-1969 was shortlisted for the Premier’s book Award in 2016.
Diane Pope has volunteered her time and expertise freely and enthusiastically to many historic associations and projects in Western Australia.
As the owner of the 1853 State heritage listed property Enderslea Farm in the Chittering Valley, Diane has worked tirelessly to restore the homestead, the convict-built stone barn and the New Norcia-style stone well on the property.
Open by appointment, Enderslea Farm houses important collections of WA colonial furniture, vintage quilts, and farming equipment that help promote the importance of Western Australian domestic history.
Diane is dedicated to sharing the stories of Enderslea Farm and Western Australia with the public through the original historic plays she researches, writes and produces.
As a long-time member and volunteer with the Beverley Historical Society and a champion of heritage within the Beverley community, Morag Whitney has made an important contribution to heritage in the region.
Since 2000, she has been researching and promoting the area’s local heritage to children, community and visitors to Beverley.
Morag’s personal connection to veterans of two wars led her to thoroughly research the Beverley Anzac history which she presented in the unique exhibition, Remembering Them. The exhibition was displayed at the Beverley Museum, the local Dawn Service and the local high school.Morag has undertaken many significant local heritage projects and family histories. Her ability to research, write, photograph and interpret history is of great value to the local shire, community organisations and the public.
Annabel and her husband Jim were originally farmers who took on a big challenge at the time of their retirement. The couple bought the State Registered former Jones Building, a terrace of shops in Broomehill.
Annabel and Jim have dedicated the past 15 years to carefully restoring the property to a high degree of authenticity, retaining and restoring features such as the original Jones store shelving.
They have opened a well-known café and restaurant, the Henry Jones Winery and café in one of the shops, which is popular with tourists and locals of the Great Southern region, many of whom travel large distances to visit the restaurant. The have also restored the original bakery and bakehouse, and continuing work on the other shops within the complex.
Annabel has also been instrumental in the conservation of the Broomehill Hall and is dedicated to the conservation and promotion of the heritage of the region.