Local History Awards

The Town of Victoria Park Local History Awards promote interest in the rich history of the Town by encouraging the community to explore local identities, significant events and heritage relevant to the area.

The awards and ability to add to our local history collection means we are able to preserve the written, oral and visual history of the Town for future generations.

All of the entries into the Awards become part of the Local History Collection.

Next running: 2023 Local History Awards.

In the intervening time between now and 2023, stay tuned as there will be special events highlighting the Awards. Events will be held such as how to research your house's history, family history research, writing historical narrative, plus sessions on photographs and how to store and preserve them and lots more. The sessions will be aimed at empowering the community with knowledge and confidence to enter the 2023 Awards. So make sure you are signed up to "Bookmark" - our Library eNewsletter - to stay informed.

2021 Local History Awards 

A big thank you to our two judges this year, Kris Bizacca and Heather Campbell.

Original Research

There were five entries into this category made by four people:

  • "Who Lived in My House - 14 Temple Street, Victoria Park" by Margot Hayes
  • "The Story of John Thomas O'Reilly" by Patrick O'Reilly Low
  • "The Story of Patrick O'Reilly" by Patrick O'Reilly Low
  • "Victoria Park East - North Bickford - Carlisle 1894-1919" by Tresna Shorter
  • "Pages of My Mind: Excerpts from 'My Scrapbooks of Memories' representing the years of Betty Ginbey (nee Waterman) and her family's life spent living in Victoria Park" by Liz Deague


The winners in this category were:

An Honourable Mention was awarded to Margot Hayes for her work “Who Lived in My House: 14 Temple Street, Victoria Park”. The judges appreciated the impressive amount of original research collected as part of Margot’s entry, which is a historical survey of number 14 Temple Street, Victoria Park.

Second place goes to Liz Deague. Liz entered excerpts from her larger work, titling her entry “Pages of My Mind: excerpts from ‘My Scrapbook of Memories’ representing the years of Betty Ginbey (nee Waterman) and her family’s life spent living in Victoria Park”. The Waterman family was resident in the Town from 1898 to 1959. Liz’s grandfather Alfred Waterman lived in Victoria Park and established his holiday home at what became Waterman’s Bay, after Alfred. Alfred was quite an entrepreneur and even held the patent for school desks at the time, which were then made in his factory near Albany Highway, Victoria Park.

First place goes to Patrick O’Reilly Low for his, as the judges put it, "interesting, well-written and well presented piece that used a variety of primary sources on the background, life and death of a Victoria Park identity” named Patrick O’Reilly. Patrick O'Reilly was the builder of the old Town Hall and also built the original St Joachim’s church (no longer standing) and our Patrick’s research (that is the Patrick here with us tonight) really brings out the life and heart of his ancestor the builder and one time councillor of the Municipality of Victoria Park. This entry was not only a family history but also a local history of high import.

Personal Memoirs

There were five entries received in this category:

  • "Recollections of Mary Ambrose" by Mary Ambrose
  • "Boulevard of Broken Cars" by Graham Desmond Carpenter
  • "Jessie's Story: 91 Years in the Town of Victoria Park" by Sharon Mitchell
  • "Dolls in Dark Dunnies" by Carole Rutter
  • "Special House, Special Suburb" by Madeleine Tingey


The winners in this category were:

An Honourable Mention to Mr Graham Carpenter for his poem “Boulevard of Broken Cars” which the judges were absolutely thrilled by. “Praising this unusual and imaginative entry which captures the atmosphere of Victoria Park in the time when Albany Highway was the ‘drag was all car yards’ ". The judges were so impressed with this entry and have recommended a category especially for poetry and creative works in the 2023 Awards.

The calibre of entries in this category was high, with the judges deciding that there were two equal winners for first place:

Sharon Mitchell’s entry is the personal memoirs of her mother Jessie and is a lovely peek into the 91 and still going, wonderful years of Jessie’s life in the Town of Victoria Park. The judges particularly enjoyed the way Sharon’s writing recorded the important voice of women and mother’s in our society. The work includes photographs and makes a great contribution to the Local History collection in the recording of original material on Etwell Street and the area’s development around returned servicemen’s housing.

Carole Rutter’s entry the judges declared an absolute gem! They said also that it was “a delightful story of life as a child and of family life at 5 Moorgate Street. A good description of property and outbuildings, including layout and changes to them, social commentary on the type of people who lived in East Victoria Park and features the difficulties of outside dunnies and the importance of having an indoor one – a neighbour had one installed, but visitors had to still use the outside dunny.”


Photographic Memories

No entries were received in this category.

Photos from the Presentation Night

The Presentation Night for the Awards was held on Friday 28 May from 6-7.30pm at the Victoria Park Centre for the Arts. All entrants to the Awards were invited to preview the exhibition and to hear the winners of each category announced. The Mayor, Ms Karen Vernon awarded the prizes whilst Councillor Luana Lisandro was the master of ceremonies for the event and Councillor Jesvin Karimi assisted with the presentations.

Flowers presented to all Award entrants on the night were purchased from Green Bunch. The photographs exhibited were all printed, enlarged and matted or framed by Milford Framers.

Now for the photographs:


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Past awards

Need some inspiration? Or just curious about what others have entered in the past? Then you might like to check back through previous years of the Awards here:

2019 Local History Photographic Awards


The library hosted a successful Local History Photographic Awards on Thursday 6 June 2019. Award entrants, their families, elected members and guests were invited to attend. With canapes and drinks being served and the Town’s Function Room being fitted out with wine barrel cocktail tables and floral arrangements, the evening was set for success. The most delicious spring rolls, canapes and a divinely tasty grazing platter made the food at the night a definite talking point. 

Awards-night 4 

Photographs that were entered in the awards had been enlarged to around the A3 size and presented well with their matte frames and resting on their own artist’s easels.  Deputy Mayor Vicki Potter presented the winners with their awards and every entrant received a posy of flowers and a certificate of Honourable Mention.

The winners of each category were:

Photographic Memories Award

Award description: one or more photographs taken before 1994 with written description.

First Place – $500 - Mr Garnet Peek – who entered a collection of photographs of his family business Allpest and its premises during the 1950s and '60s

One of Mr Peek’s entries: 62-66 Canning Highway, Victoria Park 1958 - G. Raymond Peek - 2019


Second Place – $250 - Mr Neville Hills - 13 Staines Street, Lathlain (then Victoria Park), circa 1938 (C A first communion group, St Joachim's, Shepperton Road, Victoria Park c. 1941-42 (Courtesy of Neville Hills)

One of Mr Hills entries: A first communion group, St Joachim's, Shepperton Road, Victoria Park c. 1941-42.


Photographic Studies Award

Award description: a series of photographs with substantial written commentary.

First Place – $500 - Mr John Gannaway – who entered a collection of photographs of his grandfather and former City of Perth Councillor for Victoria Park, Thomas Henry Fletcher.

One of Mr Gannaway’s entries: A working bee during the building of the Fletcher's house at 97 Raleigh Street, Carlisle. Thomas Henry Fletcher in the front holding hammer.


25th Anniversary Award

Award description: one or more photographs, with written description, taken between 1994 and 2019 capturing the theme of 25 years of Loving Vic Park.

First Place – $500 - Ms Sandra Smith – who entered a collection of photographs documenting 25 years of swimming in the Town.

One of Ms Smith’s entries: Victoria Park Swimming Club's Annual Summer Multi-Club Carnival at Aqualife - 11th December 1994

2015 Local History Awards


2015 Local History Award winners

The 2015 Local History Awards were presented at a ceremony in the Victoria Park Centre for the Arts on Friday 12 June 2015.

The judges were Loreley Morling, Jacqui Sherrif and Wilf Hendriks. Town of Victoria Park Mayor Trevor Vaughan presented the winners and runners-up with their prizes and certificates.

Pictured: 2015 Local History Award winners Roy Criddle (Winner: Original Research: 'A Man Called Stan'), Leslie John Stevens (Winner: Personal Memoirs for 'Memories of Long Ago') and Otto Walkemeyer (Photographic Memories: 'Terminus Bakery - Transport') with Mayor Trevor Vaughan.


Personal memoirs

Winner: ‘Memories of Long Ago’ by Leslie John Stevens

Judges’ comments: “A well-told nostalgic snapshot of life as a child in Victoria Park and the information provided is of good value to the local history collection.”

Memories-of-Long-Ago-PM-entry-2015-by-Les-Stevens.pdf(PDF, 536KB)

Runner-up: ‘Gieles’ Pastry Shop’ by Henk Giele

Judges’ comments: “An excellent personal memoir based on an oral history interview, which is nicely presented with relevant photographs that contribute to the story, and adds to our knowledge of Victoria Park businesses and families.

Original research

Winner: ‘A Man Called Stan’ by Roy Criddle

‘A Man Called Stan’ is the story of Victoria Park’s very own local hero – Stan Gurney, who volunteered in the Australian Imperial Force during the Second World War when he was awarded the Victoria Cross (posthumously) for bravery.

Runner-up: ‘They Served their Country with Honour’ by Jacquie Liddiard

‘They Served their Country with Honour’ contains the stories of a selection of the Victoria Park residents who fought in the First World War and are now listed on the new Victoria Park RSL Memorial Wall.

Photographic memories

Winner: ‘Terminus Bakery – Transport’ by Otto Walkemeyer

Judges’ comments: “A terrific series of photographs documenting changes to bread delivery in Victoria Park, along with supporting information about the business. An outstanding piece of work.” 

Runner-up: ‘Terminus Bakery – Final days’ by Otto Walkemeyer

Judges’ comments: “A very nice photo essay showcasing the history of one of Victoria Parks’ old established family businesses.” 

2015 Local History Awards Poster

2014 Local History Awards



On Friday 13 June 2014 the Town of Victoria Park Local History Collection held its 13th Local History Awards presentation. The event was held at the Victoria Park Centre for the Arts and then Mayor Trevor Vaughan gave a welcome speech and presented the prizes.

The event was well attended and the entries provoked some interesting conversations and provided further offers of photographs and information for the collection.

Twelve entries were received including a description of Albany Highway in the 1930’s, a painting and poem of the Albany Highway café strip,  photographs of now demolished Victoria Park homes, a Service Station, road construction, and research on World War I in Victoria Park.

Three sections were open to entries:

  • Photographic Memories
  • Original Research
  • Personal Memoirs


Photographic Memories

Winner: “Lathlain Park Service Station” by Amanda Myers

Photograph and description of the history of the station, the services provided and the social life around it in 1952.


About the photograph: Lathlain Park Service Station by Amanda Myers(PDF, 68KB)


Runner up: “Orrong Road Construction” by Ray Webster

A series of photographs of and commentary on the construction of Orrong Road in the late 1990’s.

Read Orrong Road Construction by Ray Webster(PDF, 4MB)  


Original Research

Winner: “Victoria Park at War” by Jana Grabowsky

Provided some context to how the First World War affected the lives of residents in Victoria Park.


Runner up: “Some Lathlain Streets” by Neville Browne

Being a compilation of research from a number of sources relating to the naming of streets in Lathlain after war heroes.


Personal Memoirs

Winner: “Lathlain Memories” by Ray Webster

This piece talks about the transport, life and road systems around Lathlain. The entry includes insights on how lives were affected by issues such as the noise from the Maylands airport, the dust from the Swan Portland cement works and the construction of Orrong Road.

Read "Lathlain Memories" by Ray Webster(PDF, 2MB)  


Runner up: “Victoria Park in the ‘30’s” by Jacqueline Brophy

An interesting memoir of the changes in Albany Highway between the author’s childhood and 1994. Of particular interest are the mention of the Town Hall, the theatres and the stables in State Street which were the headquarters of the 10th Light Horse Brigade.

Read Victoria Park in the 30's by Jacqui Brophy(PDF, 720KB)


This article appeared in the Southern Gazette on 17 June 2014, p. 6


2013 Local History Awards




2009 Local History Awards


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2008 Local History Photo Awards


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: 

  • Pre-1950
  • 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


2007 Local History Awards

2006 Local History Awards

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2005 Local History Awards


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2004 Local History Awards


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2003 Local History Awards


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2002 Local History Awards

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2001 Local History Awards

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2000 Local History Awards

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1999 Local History Awards

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