Restoration recognised at awards
Wednesday, 21st May, 2014
It may no longer have a supermarket but South Broken Hill boasts a couple of the best building restorations going around.
The John Reid Memorial Heritage Awards were held last night to recognise outstanding efforts to preserve Broken Hill’s heritage buildings.
And two South piles - a restored former pub and a current watering-hole - were among those to be singled out at the awards which were held at the Regional Art Gallery.
Paul and Kay Lewis took home the Residential category for their Morish Street home, the former Gladstone Hotel.
Built in 1887, the hotel ceased trading in 1924 and during the 1970s was used partially as a residence and partially as a mining museum.
In 1991 the Lewises purchased the building and set about restoring it inside and out, including recently replacing the verandah.
A residential commendation was given to Steve Quinn (260 Sulphide Street) for his restoration of a traditional iron house.
In the Commercial category, Garry Harkness was recognised for external restoration works and maintenance to the South Broken Hill Hotel, including “quite extensive” stone work.
Another resident, Alan Chandler, was recognised for his restoration of 58 Williams Street including external painting which has seen “an impressive transformation” and resulted in the re-use of the premises for retail purposes.
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Long-serving National Trust branch chair Fran McKinnon and author Stan Goodman were also singled out for special awards.
Mrs McKinnon received an “Outstanding contribution to Heritage” award. She has spent much of her life as a stalwart and determined advocate for the preservation of Broken Hill’s unique built and social environment.
For more than 30 years Mrs McKinnon has been the chair and guiding light for the local branch of the National Trust, which she set up.
“It is pretty special (to receive this award),” Mrs McKinnon said.
“We don’t do these things to get awards, we do it because we love it.”
Mr Goodman received an award for “Preserving Historical Records”.
He has spent more than a decade researching and corroborating information for his book “The Fatal Lodes”.
The 600 plus page book provides up-to-date and accurate details of all fatal accidents that have been recorded in the mining industry in the Broken Hill district since 1885.
“I am absolutely surprised,” Mr Goodman said.
“This was the last thing I expected, it was absolutely out of the blue.”
It is now in its fourth print run. Mr Goodman’s efforts have been recognised for developing materials that explain the importance of Broken Hill in local and Australian history.
Deputy Mayor Marion Browne told last night’s gathering that the city’s unique heritage was “embraced across our city”.
“Those who have been recognised this year have been outstanding and in many cases meticulous in their approach to the preservation of our history and buildings,” she said.
“I would like to congratulate all those recognised for their efforts in supporting and enhancing our heritage past and thank them for the improved street appeal created because of their works.”
Council’s Group Manager Sustainability Peter Oldsen said the awards highlighted the magnificent efforts made by both home and business owners in maintaining and enhancing the heritage characteristics of their properties.
“The community of Broken Hill places a high importance on the heritage streetscape seen throughout the city and this is shown in the efforts of those that have been acknowledged as part of these annual awards,” Mr Oldsen said.
“It is a credit to these property owners for the substantial improvements made to their properties.”