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     July 2000

     Luisini Wines Vineyard Sign circa 1955

     The conservation and interpretation of Luisini’s Winery is a joint project of the

    National Trust of Australia (WA), the Western Australian Planning Commission

    and the Italian Community of Western Australia.

    National Trust of Australia (WA)

    PO Box 1162, West Perth WA 6872

    Tel: (08) 9321 6088 Fax: (08) 9324 1571


Memo to Members July 2000


    Official Notices Page 2

    Happenings East Perth Cemeteries Page 3

    Happenings Stories the Headstones Tell Page 4

    Happenings Of Olive Oil and Wine Page 5

    Conservation Dongara Flour Mill Page 6

    Education Update Page 8

    Election for Council Page 9

    Heritage Events List Page 11

    Volunteer Recognition - Service awards 1999/2000 Page 17 Appeals Old Halls Creek Post Office Page 18

    Curatorial Collections Management Training Page 19

    Covenanting The Kojonup Connection Page 20

    Golden Pipeline Interpretation and Conservation Page 21

    Membership Benefits New Reciprocal Partner Page 23

    Did You Know - Tea Rooms Cafes and Gift Shops Page 24

    - Goods and Services Tax Page 24

     Members are advised in accordance with the Rules and Bylaws of the National Trust of Australia (WA) that:

    ; The Annual General Meeting of the National Trust of Australia

    (WA) will be held at 5:00 pm on 15 November 2000 in the Daisy

    Rossi Room at the Old Observatory, 4 Havelock Street West Perth.

    ; Nominations open for the election of six members of Council on 27 June


    ; The Membership Roll of the National Trust of Australia (WA) for the

    purposes of eligibility of nomination and voting will close on 11 July 2000.

    ; Nominations for the above positions close at 10 am on Tuesday 18 July 2000.

    ; If more than six nominations are received an election will be held under the

    auspices of the Western Australian Electoral Commission.

    ; If an election is required ballot papers will be mailed on 8 August 2000.

    ; Ballot papers must be returned before 5 September when the count will occur.

    ; The results of any election will be announced at the Annual General Meeting.

    Please refer to pages 9 and 10 for further details and nomination forms

    You will have noticed the change in format of Memo to Members. By utilising in-house resources for layout and production, costs have been reduced. This saving allows more of your membership fee to be directed towards heritage conservation and advocacy.

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Memo to Members July 2000


    On Sunday 7 May 2000, the vocation and service of seven Irish pioneer priests was commemorated at a memorial dedication service at East Perth Cemeteries. Seven pioneer Catholic priests were originally buried at East Perth but the remains of one were exhumed and transferred to Karrakatta in 1939 leaving six remaining in unmarked plots at East Perth.

    Arriving in Western Australia from Ireland between 1851 and 1899, the priests served parishes in Perth, Guildford, Toodyay, Albany, Subiaco, Cue, Coolgardie, Roebourne, Geraldton, Southern Cross and Kanowna. The severity of conditions is shown by their youth at time of death. Four died aged 30 or less, one in his 30’s, two in their 40’s and one aged 57. The combined total of their time in Western Australia was less than 20 years. Yet even within that short span, their pastoral duties made a difference. Their obituaries and memorial notices speak eloquently of their compassion, dedication and commitment.

At the funeral of Fr. Michael Vincent O’Shea in December 1898, the wish was expressed that a

    suitable memorial would soon be erected to him and the other priests buried in East Perth. Over a century has passed but that wish was fulfilled. In the presence of over 200 persons, the Most Reverend Robert Healy, Titular Bishop of Mayo, Auxiliary Bishop of Perth blessed a Memorial Cross honouring the Irish Pioneer priests buried in East Perth.

    Mr Dennis Glennon AO outlined the lives of Fr. John Coyle, Fr Thomas O’Neill, Fr Michael Kirwan, Fr. John Joseph Quinn, Fr. Denis Paul Long, Fr. William Pendergast and Fr. Michael Vincent O’Shea. The symbolism of the celtic cross, placed as the memorial seemed entirely fitting.

    Special thanks are due to Sister Frances

    Stibi PBVM, Archivist of the Archdiocese

    of Perth for the inspiration and research

    behind the project. Ron Bodycoat,

    conservation architect for the East Perth

    Cemeteries coordinated the acquisition of

    the cross and its relocation to East Perth.

    Together with Dennis Glennon and the

    support of Graeme Gerrans, the ceremony

    was both a contemplative and a

    commemorative success.

    Sister Francis, Bishop Healy, Ron

    Bodycoat and Graeme Gerrans with the

    memorial cross.

     Member’s Tip East Perth Cemeteries is open on Sundays from 2 - 4 pm. Guides are available to help you locate a grave or memorial. Get started with researching your family history by registering for the Conference on Genealogy and Heraldry 27 Sep 1 Oct (see Events List for details)

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Memo to Members July 2000


    Dr Jenny Gregory, President of the National Trust of Australia (WA), spoke at the Commemoration Service for Irish pioneer priests. In addition to outlining the Trust’s role in conserving and interpreting East Perth Cemeteries, Dr Gregory presented some thoughts on the ongoing relevance of the Cemeteries and what it could tell us about ourselves and the past. Part of Dr Gregory’s discourse is presented in an edited version below.

    “The East Perth Cemeteries are one of Western Australia’s most important heritage sites and the National Trust of Australia (WA) takes its responsibility to conserve this place very seriously. The Cemeteries has been classified by the National Trust, registered by the Heritage Council of WA and listed on the Register of the National Estate by the Australian Heritage Commission. A place can have no higher recognition of heritage value than this in Western Australia.

    This is Perth’s first cemetery. It was surveyed in 1829, the year the Swan River Colony was first settled and it remained Perth’s cemetery until 1899 when Karrakatta Cemeteries opened. Even then, burials in vaults and family graves continued until 1924. It is estimated that more than 10,000 people were buried here. Today only about 800 headstones remain many

    decayed or were vandalised in the mid-twentieth century.

    Each and every one of these headstones and monuments tells a story of the early history of colonial nineteenth century Western Australia. They typify the art and craft of the colonial and Victorian eras. They reveal much about life in Western Australia the early colonial settlement,

    the convict past, the gold rushes, the brevity of early colonial live through deaths of infants and mother in childbirth and premature death through disease or lack of sanitation.

    They also tell us about the world view of nineteenth and early twentieth century Western Australians. This includes a religious sectarianism that meant the followers of each Christian denomination were kept separate from cradle to grave. This in turn partly explains the ease with which sections of the Cemeteries (Presbyterian, Jewish and Chinese) were built over in the 1940’s. The memorials of the Presbyterian and Jewish graves were relocated. The Chinese memorials and gravestones were not. What racist attitudes made it possible to ignore the Chinese buried here? It is only in recent years that the Chinese community have been able to erect a memorial in the remaining portions of the Cemeteries.

    The Cemeteries tells us about our propensity to ignore the values of the past. Many Western Australians in the mid twentieth century, especially after the war, turned their backs on the past. To look back was to see the horror and destruction of two wars and the despair of the depression. For many of that generation, their eyes were fixed on the future. They believed in the power of science, engineering and technology and rolled up their sleeves to reconstruct the world. There was little time to contemplate or to learn from the past. Few cared about an old Cemeteries and such a view made it possible for so many graves and headstones to decay or be vandalised.

These are the kinds of stories of the past that are revealed by the East Perth Cemeteries.”

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    Olive trees have been much in the news lately, with another successful Olive Seminar and training session at New Norcia. Throughout the State, tastings and competitions for olive oil are becoming a regular feature and the increasing production is being sought by gourmets and specialty shops, locally, nationally and internationally.

    Olive trees are not new to the National Trust of Australia (WA) heritage properties. The trees formed part of many colonial homesteads and may be found at Tranby, Ellensbrook, Greenough and Woodbridge. The grove of olives of mixed varieties at the Dongara Mill is pruned and tended by the Mid West Olive Association (WA) Inc as part of their promotion of the industry in the Mid West. The vigorous growth at this grove over the past decade has been trimmed to enhance production and to maintain tree health. In April, members of the Association produced a limited vintage, from the grove at the Old Mill, which was quickly sold out.

    Often overlooked in the continuing commercial success of Western Australian wines, is the ongoing tradition of home-made wines. One need have looked no further than the Home Wine Competition at the Italian Club on Fitzgerald Street on 30 May. A feature event of Italian Week celebrations, the competition saw over 80 home-made wines vie for honours and peer


    The evening was also an appropriate

    opportunity to officially launch the Luisini’s

    Winery Project. Ezio Luisini arrived in

    Fremantle in 1909 at the age of 17. He planted

    his first vines in Wanneroo on the shores of

    Lake Goollelal in 1924 and for a time was the

    largest privately owned vineyard in the southern

    hemisphere. Mr Luisini died in 1964, a respected

    member of the Italian community in Western

    Australia. Except for the surviving winery

    buildings, the vineyard is now part of the

    suburban development of Perth.

    In partnership with the Italian Community in Above: Aerial view of Luisini’s Winery, Western Australia and the Western Australian date unknown. Planning Commission, the National Trust of

    Australia (WA) is undertaking the conservation and interpretation of the winery site. In officially launching the project, the Minister for Heritage, the Hon. Graham Kierath MLA congratulated the partners for accepting this heritage challenge and for encouraging wide public consultation on heritage options for the site. In keeping with the spirit of the event and Italian Week, over 200 people were present to sample the wines presented for competition.

     Member’s Tip

    Look for cold pressed extra virgin olive oil produced in Western Australia. If you are visiting

    Greenough during wild flower season buy some at the Greenough Hamlet Tea Rooms

    located in Wainwright’s Store or at the Hampton Arms.

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    In 1998 the National Trust of Australia (WA) was successful in gaining a grant from the Heritage Council of Western Australia to conserve the Dongara Flour Mill. Some conservation work had already been completed including restoration work to the stone walls and re-roofing but it was necessary to make the building secure. The purpose of the grant was to install windows and doors to the four levels of building. To adequately fund such a large project, it was necessary for the National Trust to raise a matching amount of funding as that awarded by the grant.

    Dongara Mill viewed through the olive grove

    Photo Phillip Bennett, National Trust Manager of Heritage Services

    Roller Mills of a similar scale and age to the Dongara Flour Mill are uncommon in Western Australia. Only four other flour mills with similar characteristics as Dongara have been identified in Western Australia and these include Clinch’s Mill in Greenough, also owned by the National Trust; Premier Roller Flour Mill in Katanning; Connors Mill in Toodyay; and, Standard Flour Mill in Northam.

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    The four level building, before

    the windows and doors were

    installed, had been home to

    pigeons and vandals so

    securing the building became a

    priority before attempting to

    get the building into use.

    Thanks to a dedicated team,

    including Palassis Architects,

    Antonio Graneri Building

    Conservationist and Campbell

    - Howard Carpentry, the

    windows and doors have been

    fitted, painted and the building

    has been made pigeon proof.

    As the building is a landmark

    on the Brand Highway and an

    icon for Dongara these

    conservation works should

    ensure the building has a bright


    Dongara Flour Mill as seen

    from the Brand Highway

    Photo - Phil Bennett

    Dongara Mill is significant for its association with the development of Dongara and the Shire of Irwin as it contributed to the financial success of the agricultural development of the region. It has also contributed to the social and historic significance of the region through its association with such figures as Francis Pearse.

    Part of the place, to the west of the Mill, includes a small grove of mature olive trees planted in the 1960’s that the Mid West Olive Association has pruned and monitored over the last year. It is hoped these trees will be bought into production and any profits made from the olives will be put towards the maintenance and conservation of the place.

    Whilst this work has secured the building and enables the building to present as a restored flour-mill from the outside, much work still needs to be done to the interior before it may be adapted for a new use. The National Trust will be seeking additional funding to undertake these works. A lighting plan has been drawn up for the place and we hope to get both interior and exterior lighting of the building in the near future. Lighting the building will allow the it to be perceived as a gateway to the region and with time, Clinches Mill in Greenough will also be conserved and lit creating the gateway at the northern end of the region.

    Member’s Tip

     Interested in olive oil? Pencil in the weekend of 10 - 11 March 2001 for the inaugural

    Western Australian Olive Festival at Gingin and watch for details, or contact Maggie Edmonds or Gail Redford 0429 055 099

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Education Update

    by Chris McMulkin

    Education Manager

    Well hello everyone. Having now been with the National Trust for five months my feet are just beginning to touch the ground. It has been a pleasure meeting and working with so many of you and I look forward to meeting many more of you in the not too distant future.

The official launch of the Tour Through Time education resource packages for primary and thsecondary schools will be held at the National Trust Headquarters on July 25. The Minister

    for Education, the Hon Colin Barnett MLA, will launch the materials. Invitations to the launch will be issued shortly.

    The Golden Pipeline project is proceeding and like a snowball is gathering momentum as more and more people hear about it. I would like to thank those members who have contacted me with references, people and places to pursue. A database is being compiled and all information is most gratefully received.

    The Women of the Pipeline oral histories are continuing and Leonie Stella of Murdoch University will be taping and transcribing the women’s stories during the next couple of months. The Australian Irish Heritage Association is also conducting some preliminary investigations into people of Irish descent who were involved in and associated with the Pipeline.

    The education program is linking with the new

    Education Curriculum Framework and to that end

    we have five pilot schools that are willing to

    become involved in the Active Citizenship

    component of the Society and Environment

    learning area. These schools have indicated their

    willingness to trial and offer feedback on the

    suggested walk trails for the Mundaring Weir

    precinct. We are really looking forward to the

    students’ suggestions for ways that the trails can

    best meet their needs and interests.

    A teacher professional development program is

    currently being developed for all the metropolitan

    Trust properties. This initiative aims to encourage

    teachers to become more familiar with the

    property and the links between their school

    curriculum and heritage, both of the natural and

    built environments. I would especially like to

    thank Pat O’Dor at Herdsman Lake Settler’s

    Cottage for her enthusiastic assistance in getting

    this program off the ground with the schools in

    the Perth Education District and I look forward to

    working with each of the properties in turn.

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    Nominations are hereby called for the offices of six (6) Elected Councillors which will become vacant by the effluxion of time at the Annual General Meeting to be held at 5.00pm on Wednesday, 15 November 2000.

    Persons elected will serve a three (3) year term. Current Elected Councillors whose terms are expiring are eligible to re-nominate. Each candidate for the office of Elected Councillor must be a financial member of the National Trust of Australia (WA) at the time of Roll Close (4.00pm, Tuesday 11 July 2000) and be nominated by two financial members of the Trust.

    The Elected Councillors whose terms are expiring are:

     Mr Ron Bodycoat Mrs Delys Forrest Mrs Jenny Guhl

     Dr John Reid Ms Marli Wallace Mr Peter Wilshaw

    The names of candidates, together with the names of their nominators, must be posted before 10am Tuesday

    18 July 2000 to:

     The Returning Officer

     National Trust Election

     Western Australian Electoral Commission

     Level 2, AXA Centre

     111 St George’s Terrace

     PERTH WA 6000

    Each nomination must be accompanied by the consent in writing of the candidate nominated or such other evidence of consent as shall be accepted by the Returning Officer. The nomination form appears on this document, or copies may be obtained from the National Trust’s headquarters at 4 Havelock Street, West Perth.

Candidates Biographical Notes and Photograph

    Candidates for election should submit with their nominations a statement containing information supporting their candidature, together with a photograph if desired.

    The written statement should be no more than 100 words in length and may include details of qualifications,

    occupation, activities in the field of conservation and positions held in the Trust. Statements and photographs will be included in the election packages. (The Returning Officer reserves the right to edit statements in excess of 100 words).

    These published biographies will enable voting Members to familiarise themselves with the background and qualifications of candidates.

Please note the following dates:

    Nominations Open Tuesday, 27 June 2000

    Roll Close 4pm, Tuesday, 11 July 2000

    Nominations Close 10am, Tuesday, 18 July 2000

    Mailout of Ballot Papers (if required) Tuesday, 8 August 2000

    Poll Closes 9.30am, Tuesday, 5 September 2000

    Count (if required) 10am, Tuesday, 5 September 2000

    Annual General Meeting 5.00pm, Wed, 15 Nov 2000

    Eligibility to Vote at the Election

    Financial Trust members are entitled to vote as follows:

    Individual Members: ONE VOTE

    Honorary, Life, Benefactor, Corporate and Sponsor Members: ONE VOTE each

    Family Members: ONE VOTE per adult (max TWO votes)

    Ballot Papers

    Will be posted by the Western Australian Electoral Commission in the event of a contested election.

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    Memo to Members July 2000



The following nomination for the position of Councillor is made for election to the Council of

    the National Trust of Australia (WA) for the three year term commencing 1 December 2000.

Name of Member nominated:

     (please print clearly)

    Address:_______________________________ Phone: ________________ (W)

    ___________________________P/C: _______ Phone: ________________ (H)


    Name: ________________________ Signature: _____________________

     (Please print clearly)


    Name: ________________________ Signature: _____________________

     (Please print clearly)

I hereby agree to this nomination and declare that I am eligible for election to the Council

    of the National Trust of Australia (WA).

    Signature of Member nominated: ____________________________ Date: ______________

    Details verified by Membership Department: ____________________________

Date: ________________________

Candidates Biographical Notes and Photograph

Candidates for election should submit with their nominations a statement (no more than 100 words)

    containing information supporting their candidature, together with a photograph if desired .

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