The 2008 Local History Photo Awards were designed to encourage members of the community to enter photographs that represent/present a photographic record of the Town of Victoria Park from its early development through to the current day.
There were three sections in these Awards:
- 1951 to 1979
- 1980 to 2008
With the following prize monies awarded in each section:
- 1st prize - $150
- 2nd prize - $75
- Commendation - $50*
*This prize was added at time of judging following advice from the judges that there were so many fantastic entries that they needed an extra award category to commend those entries. One commendation was thus awarded in each of the three sections.
There were 75 entries received into the Awards in 2008 and all the entrants were invited to the Presentation Night on Friday 9 May 2008. The event was held for the first time ever at the Victoria Park Centre for the Arts. The prize-winners were presented with their awards by then Mayor, Trevor Vaughan. The exhibition of all entries, including the winners, was held at the Centre from 10 May until 22 May.
Section 1 : Pre-1950
1st place - Brian Cowley - "Butchers' Cutting Carts" - Meat was sold from door-to-door from this butcher in Albany Highway, Victoria Park. It was taken from the back of the horse-drawn carts and cut up in front of the customers. William Henry Cowley is on the extreme right.
Mayor Trevor Vaughan congratulating Brian Cowley on his winning entry
2nd place - Otto Walkemeyer - "World War II Safety Equipment - 1942-1943" (Photographer: Bernie Walkemeyer) - Tanya, Leon and Otto Walkemeyer wearing helmets and a gas mask belonging to their uncle who was an Air Raid Warden posted to City Beach. The children lived at the Terminus Bakery, on the corner of Dane Street and Albany Highway. The Perth City Council built an air-raid shelter on the Dane Street verge, where the Ampol driveway is now.
Mayor Trevor Vaughan congratulating Otto Walkemeyer on his prize winning entry
Commended - Bruce Rogers - "Inside Percy Ruffle's Shop, late 1940s" - Percy Ruffle's shop was a mixed business at 215 Albany Highway just up from Victoria Park Primary School. Percy is behind the counter. Percy was the entrant's mother's stepfather.
Section 2 : 1951 to 1979
1st place - Helen Doney - "Back to the stables after the milk run in Carlisle, 1967" (Photographer: Graeme Doney) - Phillip Doney, his horse Molly and dog Dino returning early in the morning to the stables and milk depot at 87 Bishopsgate Street, Carlisle after the nightly milk delivery in Carlisle. The photograph was taken looking west along Archer Street, with the petrol station on the corner of Archer and Raleigh Streets in the background.
2nd place - Jennifer Kohlen - "Demons Country", circa 1960-1962 (Photographer: Will Kohlen (aged 13)) - Enterprising youngsters in the neighbourhood earned some pocket money when the Perth Football Club played home games at Lathlain Oval in the heyday of the WAFL in the '50s and '60s. This picture was snapped in Saleham Street, Lathlain one Saturday afternoon in the early to mid 1960s. Parking fees were two shillings (20 cents) and many a headache was caused to the household when, at game's end, boxed-in car owners were anxious to get home and the entrepreneur of the house was nowhere to be seen.
Mayor Trevor Vaughan congratulating Jennifer Kohlen on her prize winning entry.
Commended - Lois MacArthur - "Boy Scout, 1962" (Photographer Norma Barden) - Phillip Barden took part in the 1st Victoria Park Scout Bike Hike and was photographed by the side fence of 57 Oats Street, East Victoria Park.
Section 3 : 1980 to 2008
1st place - Ray Webster - "Swan Portland Cement Works, undated" (Photographer: Ray Webster) - Demolition of the Cement Works had just started when this photograph was taken, looking southwest from Goodwood Parade near the Burswood Station.
2nd place - Ray Webster - "Lathlain Railway Station, May 2002" (Photographer: Ray Webster) - Lathlain Station, before it was closed, looking towards Victoria Park Station and the site of the former timber mill.
Commended - Noeline Frost - "Prime Movers, 2007" (Photographer: Noeline Frost) - The Prime Movers' class at the Leisurelife Centre, East Victoria Park; a truly local institution not known in UK or Canada.
Mayor Trevor Vaughan congratulating Noeline West on her prize winning entry