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2009 Awards Entries for Culture Heritage Conservation



Cheong House, Castlecrag, NSW

The Cheong House was designed in 1922 by Walter Burley Griffin, the American architect responsible for the planning of Canberra. The house served as a model property for potential investors in the Parapet development in the Castlecrag suburb of Sydney. The Modernist masonry residence comprises a brick-and-stone garage and a separate laundry building built later. Since its construction the house had been completely neglected and was no longer inhabitable, with the floor eaten away by termites and damp. Restoration aimed to reinstate Griffin’s details and make the house livable once more by rebuilding the roof and floor. It continues to serve as a private residence.

M24 Midget Submarine Wreck, Sydney

The wreck of the M24, lost after a Japanese submarine attack on Sydney harbour in 1942, was only discovered in November 2006 by amateur divers. It is the only midget submarine wreck in Australian waters. The wreck has suffered extensive damage from fishing nets and corrosion. Unexplained openings are visible in its hull and live demolitions charges may still be present aboard. The wreck is now protected under the Historic Shipwrecks Act of 1976, and is being preserved as an educational resource. Archaeological investigation of the vessel and environmental monitoring of the wreck site is ongoing.

Prefabricated (Singapore) Cottage, South Melbourne

By 1854 a five-room prefabricated timber cottage imported from Singapore had been constructed at 17 Coventry Place in South Melbourne, an area developed largely as a result of the Victorian Gold Rush. In the twentieth century the house acquired a cement stucco cladding, concealing its distinctive character, and was due to be demolished in 1999 when an inspection revealed the interior timber frame and the heritage significance of the property. The characteristic Malay timber house has been restored complete with its European-style interior in mid-nineteenth-century taste. It will remain a residence.

St. George's Cathedral, Perth

The Anglican Cathedral of Perth was built in 1888 by Edmund Blackett, the Sydney-based architect and exponent of the Gothic Revival style. The Cathedral sustained considerable earthquake damage in 1968 and thus required stabilization and the installation of an up-to-date earthquake protection system, which was seamlessly introduced to the nineteenth century fabric. The campanile in particular was in danger of collapse, and this was partly reconstructed during the conservation process along with the belfry. The Cathedral remained in operation throughout the conservation project.