History and Heritage Awards

Nominations are now open for 2018 History and Heritage Awards. These awards recognise best practice and innovation in the conservation of heritage places and assist in raising awareness of design and heritage within our communities.

The award categories recognise initiatives within the City of Onkaparinga that make a positive contribution to the promotion, conservation or understanding of our history and heritage.

Award categories

Restoration and conservation ($1500)

For an outstanding project that involves sensitive conservation and restoration of a state or local heritage listed place or contributory item in the City of Onkaparinga.

Additions ($1500)

For an outstanding project that features sympathetically designed alterations and additions to a state or local heritage listed place or contributory item in the City of Onkaparinga.

Adaptive reuse ($1500)

For a project that involves outstanding innovation in adapting and reusing a state or local heritage listed place or contributory item in the City of Onkaparinga, with minimal impact on its cultural heritage, significance and setting.

Traditional building skills ($1500)

For the outstanding application of traditional skills and techniques while undertaking conservation and restoration of a state or local heritage listed place or contributory item in the City of Onkaparinga. This award is intended for tradespeople who are applying and promoting traditional skills and techniques in building conservation.


You can nominate a project for an award provided restoration works were completed within the last three years, in the City of Onkaparinga. Private property owners, volunteers, community groups or historical organisations are encouraged to enter.

Nomination forms can be downloaded below and are also available at from our council customer service offices.

PDF icon png Guidelines and Nomination Form (798K)
MS Word icon Guidelines and Nomination Form (764K)

Nominations close at 5pm on Friday 23 March 2018.

More information

Contact Divya Bali Dogra, Development Policy Planner – Built Heritage on 8384 0552, email divya.balidogra@onkaparinga.sa.gov.au


Summary of previous Award winners and commendation

1. Heritage Places/Items

a) 45 Grants Gully Road, Clarendon (winner)

This place was nominated by the local community for best practice in conservation planning, heritage integrity retention, retention of original material types and building form, very high standard of work and sympathetic adaptation of a historic place.

The judges were appreciative of years of hard work and commitment by the owners to preserve this locally significant place. The owners bought this derelict property in 1989 (as seen in the photograph below) and have worked tirelessly to preserve the building using traditional material, interpreting the history through photographs and giving a new lease of life to this heritage listed place.

Heritage Award 45 Grants Gully Rd Clarendon - before

Heritage Award 45 Grants Gully Rd Clarendon - after


b) 37 Tatachilla Road, McLaren Vale (commendation)

This place was nominated by the owner for conservation works to the property including replacement of deteriorating slate with Spanish slate, installation of new structural members in the roof, replacement of gutters, flashings and ridge cappings.

The judges appreciated the planning prior to undertaking the conservation works, appropriated the selection of contractor and the material for replacement and adherence to council’s procedures.

Heritage Award 37 Tatachilla Rd Mclaren Vale - before

Heritage Award 37 Tatachilla Rd Mclaren Vale - after

2. Traditional Building Skills

The judges decided to award two winners in this category to acknowledge the commitment of local builders in preserving traditional skills. The winners scored on par with each other and the works that they have undertaken have enhanced the appearance of historic properties in addition to preserving their heritage values. The works undertaken by the winners are described briefly below:

a) 3 St Peters Terrace, Willunga (winner)

This place was nominated by the builder for the relaying of a slate roof with second hand Willunga slate. The slate was salvaged from the slate roof at the Port Noarlunga Surf Life Club.

The judges were impressed with the conservation practice of replacing like with like and utilising the second hand resource.

Heritage Award 3 St Peters Terrace Willunga before

Heritage Award 3 St Peters Terrace Willunga after

b) Peter Chapman, Building Eco Systems Pty Ltd (winner)

Peter is a local builder who has undertaken conservation works on many heritage listed places within Onkaparinga. The conservation works range from roof replacement to masonry repairs. Some of the projects that Peter has nominated for awards are:

  • slate roof replacement at Willunga Show Hall and 46 High Street, Willunga
  • masonry repairs, external repainting, repairs to barge boards at St Ann’s Anglican Church, Aldinga
  • masonry repairs at 140 Little Road, Whites Valley.

Peter has undertaken training to improve his skills in traditional materials. He maintains high standards in application of the skills and is passing on his knowledge to younger generations.

Heritage Award Peter Chapman before

Heritage Award Peter Chapman after

3. Heritage Stories - Kay Brothers - The First 125 Years book

This nomination is for a book that has been compiled by the Kay Brothers family to celebrate their 125 years in South Australia. The book covers the early development of the City of Onkaparinga. Kay Brothers have a wealth of materials including diaries, letters, books and photographs that have informed the book’s contents. The book is a story of how the early settlers formed a successful business and contributed to the local community.

The judges appreciated the presentation of information and accessibility of the information to the public. The judges felt it was a valuable addition to the heritage resources of the area.

Heritage Award - Heritage Stories Kay Brothers