National Trust Heritage Awards 2017 winners

Lives on the Line

Artist Celeste Coucke and Susan Conroy from Southern Tablelands Arts with representatives from two of the schools involved in the Lives on the Line project.

The National Trust NSW has announced winners for the 2017 Heritage Awards from a record breaking number of entries.

Now in their 23rd year, the awards for excellence in heritage are the signature event of the Australian Heritage Festival. With a record breaking 102 entries this year, the Heritage Awards encompass a wide variety of projects from education resources and research, to conservation of objects and buildings, architectural re-invigoration, documentaries and publications, regeneration of the environment and hardworking advocacy campaigners.

Among the winners and highly commended are a number of NSW museums and historic houses.

Sydney Living Museums won awards in both the conservation and continuing tradition categories for refurbishment and capital works projects at Vaucluse House.

Trainworks won the Education category for Lives on the Line, a significant public artwork created by school students and the community to acknowledge and commemorate the lives of 8447 railwaymen who enlisted in WWI.

Saumarez House and the Museum of Fire were each highly commended for conservation projects as was the State Library of NSW for their exhibition Demolished Sydney.

Other notable projects include the development of Temora Railway Station, the creation of The Woodford Academy Aboriginal Cultural Room in the Blue Mountains’ oldest building and a new collaboration between Sydney Living Museums and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.


A full list of winners is below:

Adaptive Re-use

Award – Temora Railway Station

Award – Tramsheds Harold Park

Highly Commended – Woodford Academy

Highly Commended – Cleveland & Co


Advocacy Campaigns

Award – Save Lansdowne

Award – Gardens of Stone


Conservation – Built

Award – Vaucluse House Battlements & Turrets

Award – Choregic Monument

Highly Commended – Kincoppal

Highly Commended – Sewage Pumping Station 1 (SPS 1)


Conservation – Landscape

Award – Grand Canyon Track

Award – Mitchell’s Causeway

Highly Commended – Alexandra Canal Bank – Tempe Reach


Conservation Interiors

Award (Interior) – St Pauls

Award (Object) – Southern Gasholder

Highly Commended (Interior) – Saumarez Interior

Highly Commended (Object) – Museum of Fire Crane


Continuing Tradition

Award – Luanja

Award – Vaucluse Drawing Room

Highly Commended – Massadon

Highly Commended – Clarence St Bridge


Education and Interpretation

Award – Dowing Songbook

Award (Interpretation) – Alchemy – Hill End

Award (Education) – Lives on the Line

Highly Commended – Woodford Academy

Highly Commended – Irish Orphan Trunk


Events and Exhibitions

Award (Event) – Going Underground

Award (Exhibition) – Floilegium

Highly Commended – Tennis in Literature

Highly Commended – Windows into Wartime

Highly Commended – Demolished Sydney



Award – Sydney Cemeteries Field Guide

Award – Waverley Council Inter-War Fact Sheets

Highly Commended – Historic Homes of the Weddin’ Shire

Highly Commended – Postings from the Front

Highly Commended – Canopies


Tours and Multimedia

Award – Running on Time

Award – Beachcomber Website

Highly Commended – Our Heritage


Research and Investigation

Award – Unlocking the Past

Highly Commended – The House that Jack Built

Highly Commended – St Matthews Windsor

Highly Commended – Imagining Bermagui: Using Natural Heritage For Connected Place-making


Find out more

In this article

NSW Rail Museum

Southern Highlands and Tablelands

Saumarez Homestead

New England and North West

Woodford Academy

Blue Mountains

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