Caves House in Yallingup was amongst the winners at the annual Heritage Awards, announced by the Heritage Minister Michelle Roberts.
Mrs Roberts said Caves House won in the Conservation and/or Interpretation of a Place listed in the State Register of Heritage Places category.
“Since it first opened in 1905, Caves House has been synonymous with a visit to the South-West,” she said.
“After falling into disrepair, the hotel was closed in 2005, until Yallingup Ridge Pty Ltd purchased the property and restored the 1938 Art Deco hotel and heritage gardens and re-opened it in 2006.”
The Minister announced that the ‘Contribution to Heritage in Western Australia by an Individual’ award was won by Mr John Viska of North Perth.
“Mr Viska has been a lecturer in horticulture for over 20 years and is passionate about researching and restoring heritage gardens,” Mrs Roberts said.
The Minister said Mr Viska has dedicated much of his life to researching the history of gardens and plant varieties in WA.
“In 2007, he compiled ‘A Guide to Conserving and Interpreting Gardens in WA’, an excellent publication that shows periods in garden design,” she said.
The ‘Contribution to Heritage in Western Australia by an Organisation’ award was won by Rockingham District Historical Society Inc and Rockingham Museum.
Mrs Roberts said that the society manages the Rockingham Museum, located in the historic Rockingham Roads Board Office.
“The Rockingham District Historical Society were instrumental in establishing Catalpa Park, the Timber to Port historical drive trail from Rockingham to Jarrahdale, and the Historical Pioneer Memorial Walk which now has 100 plaques,” she said.
“Rockingham Museum is home to a very impressive collection, including more than 6,000 artefacts, 7,000 photograph and council rate books dating from as early as the late 1890s.”
The finalists and winners of the 2008 Heritage Awards were:
Contribution to Heritage in WA by an Individual
Mr John Viska, North Perth
Mrs Janet Wallace, Collie (High commendation)
Contribution to Heritage in WA by an Organisation
Rockingham Museum and Rockingham District Historical Society Inc
Rottnest Island Authority (High commendation)
City of Bunbury
LMS Ministries Ltd, Kalgoorlie-Boulder
Conservation and/or Interpretation of a Place listed in the State Register of Heritage Places
Caves House Hotel
Kareelya Property Group - CBH Silos Bunbury (High commendation)
Fremantle Prison-Main Cell Block and Chapel Restoration Project (High commendation)
Residency Museum, York
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