Voluntary individual contribution

An individual who has made a significant voluntary contribution to the conservation, promotion and/or understanding of cultural heritage in the community.

Owen Briffa, Volunteer Curator, Lost Mundaring & Surroundings Local History Museum

Through the Facebook page Lost Mundaring and Surroundings, Owen inspires the community to take an interest in local history. At just 15-years of age, Owen has produced two photographic history books. Owen brings history to the people with his purpose built trailer acting as the Mundaring Travelling Museum, allowing him to take local history and artefacts to events. He has played an integral part in developing interpretive panels for several exhibitions and is currently researching and writing the first history book on Eastern Hills Senior High and Mt Helena Primary Schools. He is dedicated to sharing local heritage with a wider audience every fortnight through the Fortnightly History video and has appeared in the Echo Newspapers and on Channel 7’s Today Tonight speaking about his passion for local history.

Mary Elgar, Chair, Bridgetown Historical Society

Mary Elgar’s passion for history alongside her visionary and dynamic leadership has reinvigorated the Bridgetown Historical Society and encouraged Bridgetown locals to embrace, celebrate and participate in the preservation and sharing of local history. Since moving to Bridgetown in 2015, with her husband Richard, Mary has played an active role within the Bridgetown Historical Society and her background as an oral historian has proved invaluable as the society has worked to attract new members and bring history to life for local visitors to the town. 

Mary’s dedication has benefited the town through the development of heritage tourism and the enrichment of the social and cultural fabric of the community.

Marion Gathercole, Volunteer, See Subi and City of Subiaco

For 21 years, Marion Gathercole has volunteered her time conducting over 120 free guided walking tours promoting the unique history, heritage and streetscapes of the City of Subiaco through her ‘See Subi on Sunday’ initiative. The popularity of the walks is due to Marion’s creativity and inspiration, exploring new areas, stories and ideas so that no two walks are ever the same.

As Marion says “Participating as a volunteer is both a pleasure and a privilege. It is a pleasure to meet so many lovely people, to have learned so much about the history and heritage of Subiaco, and a privilege to have an opportunity to share this knowledge."

Megan Lawless, Memories of Bunbury Facebook Group

Megan’s passion for local heritage has assisted in bringing Bunbury’s heritage online, making it accessible and relevant to the local community. Memories of Bunbury on Facebook promotes Bunbury’s heritage, local businesses and events.

Memories of Bunbury has been involved in highlighting the need for conservation as well as promoting the heritage and history of Bunbury. Projects Megan has been involved in include the restoration of the historic Rose Hotel suit of armour currently residing in the Bunbury Museum, exhibition consultation on the 150th South West rail history and a celebration to mark the 50th birthday of the Bunbury Lighthouse.

Maureen Lissiman, Volunteer, Holy Trinity Church, Roebourne

The reopening of the Holy Trinity Anglican Church of Roebourne in 2021, in time to celebrate the 125th anniversary, was a major celebration. As one of the key drivers behind the challenging restoration, Maureen has been a tireless advocate, establishing the Friends of the Holy Trinity supporters’ network, a generous financial donor and committed researcher during the renovation. Her contribution has ensured that the Holy Trinity Church in Roebourne Western Australia has regained its place as the beacon on the hill.

Page last reviewed 16 November 2021
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