The Hon Dr David Kemp, MP
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
20 April 2004
WA's literary, scientific and spiritual places among grant winners
The home of writer Katharine Susannah Prichard, a former satellite station in Carnarvon, a shell-encrusted church near Broome and St George's Cathedral have won heritage grants from the Australian Government.
They are among 13 Western Australian heritage sites between Broome and Albany to be awarded grants announced today by the Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp.
Dr Kemp said $3.5 million in grants would be allocated to a total of 72 projects across Australia through the Australian Government's Cultural Heritage Projects Program (CHPP).
“These grants target heritage places needing preservation work,” Dr Kemp said. “I'm delighted that the Australian Government is able to help protect these places in Western Australia so that they can continue to be enjoyed and appreciated for years to come. Our heritage places have valuable stories to tell us about our past and the many influences that have helped to shape us as Australians. We have an obligation to the future to safeguard these places.”
Dr Kemp said that Western Australian recipients of CHPP grants include:
- The home of Katharine Susannah Prichard ( 1883-1969) at Greenmount , which reflects the contribution of one of Australia's most talented early female writers and political activists. ‘Katharine's Place' as it is also known, was where the writer mostly lived from 1919 until her death in 1969 and where she completed much of her work. It is now a writers' centre bearing her name. A CHPP grant of $55,807 will be used to help restore this 1890s house.
- The former Overseas Telecommunication Commission (OTC) Satellite Earth Station in Carnarvon which illustrates Australia's enthusiasm to embrace new technologies. Being the first satellite earth station built in Australia, its satellite dish received the first direct satellite telecasts between Australia and an overseas country. The station was also linked with NASA space projects including the Apollo 11 moon landing. A CHPP grant of $51,560 will be used to repair fire damage to this important structure.
- The Sacred Heart Church at Beagle Bay near Broome in the Kimberleys which stands as a unique testament to the skills and creativity of the local Aboriginal people who built the church in 1915 from local materials. The interior walls are encrusted with shells and both Aboriginal and Christian symbols are inlaid in the altar, tabernacle and altar rails. The church shares its history with the Beagle Bay mission which at one time received Aboriginal children taken from, or placed there by, their parents. A CHPP grant of $40,700 will be used to repair the interior of the church.
- St George's Cathedral in Perth which is one of the city centre's most gracious landmarks. It was designed by leading architect Edmund Blacket and was completed by Blacket's son after his father's death in 1882. Nearby is a deanery which was built in 1859. A CHPP grant of $100,000 will be used to conserve the Cathedral and The Deanery by addressing drainage problems on the site.
A list of CHPP projects is attached.
Cultural Heritage Funding Information
The CHPP is open to not-for-profit and community groups, local government bodies and private owners of heritage properties. Projects eligible for funding relate to the conservation of nationally significant places listed in the Australian Heritage Commission's Register of the National Estate and the Register's Interim List, or on a state heritage register.
Other projects in Western Australia that will receive this year's CHPP grants.
- $212,053 to help restore the podium stonework of ‘ The Fallen Sailors' and Soldiers' Memorial' at the Monument Hill Memorial Reserve, Fremantle. This is the earliest of the 13 memorials on the summit of the Monument Hill and is the centre of ANZAC Day commemorations in Fremantle.
- $101,354 to help conserve the interior of the Sutton Farm complex at Mandurah, Western Australia. The complex includes a homestead, barn and single men's quarters which were built in the 1870s and 1880s.
- $58,479 to help conserve and enhance a large two-storey stone and timber house in Albany called The Rocks. Since being built in 1884, the building has been used variously as a convalescent home for World War I soldiers, a girls' school, a billet for military staff and a high school hostel.
- $52,130 to help conserve the Beverley Railway Station which opened in 1886 and became a major passenger stop and change over point. Although passenger rail services ended in 1978, the station remains a prominent landmark in the town.
- $48,950 to assist with restoration works to the Fremantle Museum and Arts Centre . This historic building dates back to 1861 when it was a lunatic asylum for convicts. It has since been used as a home for the poor and for delinquent teenagers and a maternity school.
- $45,000 to restore the shearers' quarters at Liveringa Homestead in the Kimberleys . Liveringa is associated with the beginnings of settlement in the Kimberley district.
- $19,000 to help conserve Gray's Store at Greenough which was built in 1861. It is one of the state's few remaining stores from this period and takes its name from Henry Gray, one of mid-west's first merchants.
- $12,226 to help conserve the historic Seventh Day Adventist Church in Bookara which, when built in 1905, was the state's first church of that denomination.
- $17,765 to restore the Old Collie post office just around the from the Collie Court House and designed by the State Government's Principal Architect H. Beasley in 1908.