Awards for Heritage Projects

The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) and Mornington Peninsula Shire, are proud to present the Mornington Peninsula Heritage Awards 2019 which recognise those in our community who have demonstrated excellence in retention, restoration, enhancement, interpretation and reuse of our heritage places.

Our heritage includes public and private places, buildings, gardens and objects. Heritage places are an integral part of the Mornington Peninsula community and the Mornington Peninsula Heritage Awards highlight our commitment to celebrate and promote our heritage.

The aims of the awards are to recognise excellence in heritage conservation and to encourage community awareness of our heritage.  The awards are open to domestic and commercial projects, from both government and non-government sectors.

On Friday 13 September 2019, National Trust of Australia (Victoria) Mornington Peninsula Branch and Mornington Peninsula Shire announced the winners of the 2019 Mornington Peninsula Heritage Awards.

The judging panel consisted of a Heritage Officer from the Mornington Peninsula Shire, a member of the National Trust Conservation Team and a Mornington Peninsula Branch representative. 

Winners of the 2019 Heritage Awards

The 2019 Award categories are:

1. Creative Reuse of a Heritage Place

The objective of this award is to encourage adaptive reuse of a heritage place.  Adaptive reuse is a process that changes a disused or redundant place to a different purpose.  Nominations will be considered that demonstrate adaptive reuse of a heritage place having minimal impact on its significance and setting.

  • “Carmel” 142 Ocean Beach Road, Sorrento
    The original 1905 limestone cottage was used as boarding house accommodation by two ladies and is now restored as a reception area for holiday accommodation at the rear of the site. Ladies are running this venture too, continuing the tradition in both senses. The cottage has two rooms available for community use.
  • Flinders Cargo Shed, Flinders & District Historical Society
    One of the small number of bow roof structures remaining in Victoria, the building has been placed on the Victorian Heritage Register. Costing 180.76 pounds in 1871, the shed was erected at the end of the pier but has been relocated now to enable better access. Dedicated volunteers have opened the doors to 3,000 people since January this year, reflecting the interest in Peninsula history.

2. Restoration of a Heritage Place and Specialist Heritage Trade Skills

The objective of this award is to recognise best practice restoration work that returns fabric back to a known earlier state or conserves integrity.  Nominations will be considered that demonstrate application of the Burra Charter including Built form, Landscape, Wetlands, Cemeteries, Monuments or Heritage Gardens. The objective of this award is to recognise tradespersons who work using specialist skills, traditional methods and craftsmanship to a very high standard. Nominations will be considered that demonstrate excellence in traditional trades by any individual or company.

  • “Mulberry”, Esplanade, Mornington Private Residence
    The 8-month single handed carpentry restoration on the timber decking and verandah arches, railings and plinths has been meticulous. The use of original timbers where possible including some original oregon pine arches has been augmented by handmade replacements. 400 stainless steel screws have been used together with titanium bolts where necessary – these will last longer than stainless steel.
  • The Balcolmbe Fountain, Mornington Park
    The fountain, with the new purpose as a drinking fountain, has been relocated into the park rather than at its first site on the corner of Main Street/Esplanade. The original marble top was replaced by decorative iron work arches and cupola by unemployed men during a job creation scheme in the depression years of the 1930s. Alexander Balcombe, an early pioneer in the late 1800s on the Peninsula donated the foreshore reserve for public use.
  • Flinders WW1 Memorial
    This has been a detailed and careful restoration of part of the original WWI Memorial after the added WWII commemoration plaque was moved to its own memorial. Careful thought had to be given to matching the original structure with local Flinders pebbles found and suitable sand mortar sourced.
  • “Parsons House”, Mornington - Private Residence
    This 1973 house designed by the eminent architect Daryl Jackson is restoration work in progress. The removal and replacement of original cedar framed windows using the same materials and construction under the guidance Daryl Jackson has seen the integrity of his design followed.
  • “Balei Gadja” Barkly Street, Mornington - Private Residence
    This Federation/Edwardian 1910 bungalow now named after a plantation on Aceh, Sumatra is restoration work in progress. The original roofing slate tiles have been used where possible, but as these came from the Welsh quarry, “Penrhyn” a quarry producing two colour palettes neither of which now match the originals, more suitable colours were found in rural Victoria. Lichen removal and the restoration of the terracotta capping has been done and the rotted iron valleys replaced with lead flashing, oiled to prevent oxidation. 

 3. Excellence in Interpretive Signage

The objective of this award is to recognise Interpretive Signage of a high quality that acknowledges a person or place that has contributed to the Heritage of the Mornington Peninsula.

  • Flinders Cargo Shed, Flinders& District Historical Society
    The informative panels installed in the Cargo Shed tell the story of the natural history of the port, the early interaction with the Bururong People, the importance of the port for coastal navigation, Flinders Cable Station (mainland to Tasmania line 1869), fishing conservation and coastal defence. Both World Wars have seen garrisons on the Flinders coastline.
  • Fossil Beach Esplanade, Mt Martha foreshore
    These four signs now invite visitors to share the rich natural and cultural history of this stretch of the beach. There are Aboriginal and architectural remains, traces of fossils from 55 million years ago, remnants of a 19th century cement works and walks along the natural vegetation.
  • Mornington Boat Hire
    The emphasis of the business is now on water enjoyment rather than fishing, echoing the earlier start of visitors coming to Schnapper Point for sea bathing in the late 19th century.

5. Individual Award

  • Presented for Services to History to Murray Adams, Digitisation Officer, Arts & Culture Team/Local History Network
    Digitisation of the collections of the Historical Societies across the Peninsula involving the scanning of over 100,000 photographs. It also involved the creation of the document 'Who are these people and why are they honoured in this way(PDF, 10MB)' which identifies Mornington Peninsula Reserves and those who they were named after.

Further information for the 2020 Heritage Awards

Nominations for the 2020 Heritage Awards are likely to be in open in July 2020

Nomination forms will be posted on this webpage at this time

Assessment criteria

Generally, the assessment criteria should allow the judging panel to determine whether the nominated works successfully demonstrate the principles contained in the Burra Charter and/or local heritage guidelines or policy.


 The nominated place must be located within the boundaries of the Mornington Peninsula Shire. Anyone may nominate a place, however the owner’s approval must be sought and given on the nomination form.

Short-listed properties must be available for inspection by the judging panel on a designated date. Owners of short-listed properties will be contacted by phone or email to arrange a suitable inspection time.

Each nominated building or work in each category must have an individual nomination form.

Each nomination remains the property of the Mornington Peninsula Shire and National Trust of Australia (Vic).

The National Trust of Australia (Vic) and Mornington Peninsula Shire reserve the right to exhibit the nominations and include winners’ details on websites and via social media. The judges reserve the right not to present an award in any particular category.

The Mornington Peninsula Shire and National Trust of Australia (Vic) shall take no responsibility for the content of the nomination submissions. It is the responsibility of those nominating projects to ensure that all care has been taken to identify and acknowledge the contribution and work of all relevant parties.