In 2014 Kellehers Australia led a team to locate a site of national significance at Ballarat. Kellehers Australia sought to bring together original documents and images, with a multi-disciplinary team, to locate a very important Ballarat heritage site, the precise location of which was previously unknown and had become the subject of community dispute. The legal team sought out and brought together the evidence in the case that led to the definitive location of the First Gold Commissioner’s Camp at Ballarat.
Kellehers Australia, Rodney Aujard, surveyor, and Sovereign Hill are finalists for the Special Heritage Skills Awards:
“The ‘Specialist Heritage Skills’ award recognises tradespersons, professionals, researchers or conservators who work using specialist knowledge or traditional methods/craftsmanship, demonstrating heritage best practice to a very high standard. Finalists demonstrate excellence in their field.”
The first class professional collaboration made a major contribution to finally setting to rest a highly significant piece of Ballarat (and National) heritage. Subsequently confirmed by Heritage Victoria, it defined for Ballarat the previously unknown location of one of its most formative and important heritage locations.
Dr Leonie Kelleher has been selected as a finalist for the ‘Heritage Innovation Award’ for her outstanding contribution to the preservation of the findings from the above team research, compiled within a booklet for Sovereign Hill to aid its teaching and community communication program that would enable celebration of the true site and its significance – and also celebrate and describe the journey that led to it’s discovery:
“The ‘Heritage Innovation Award’ is an open category that recognises best practise, innovative work that contributes to one or more of the following:
Our knowledge of heritage
The protection, conservation, preservation and/or management of heritage
Supporting community members who care for heritage (i.e. assistance, advice and incentives)
Communicating, promoting and celebrating heritage
Heritage can be tangible (such as places and things) or intangible (such as stories, dance and knowledge). All of these areas are a part of the rich tapestry that makes up our unique identity.”
Results will be announced on 3 May 2016