Vincent's unique history honoured at the 2023 Local History Awards

Published on Monday, 27 November 2023 at 11:15:00 AM

Never-before-seen photos and stories have been recognised at the City of Vincent's Local History Awards 2023.

The winners were announced at an event at Vincent’s Library and Local History Centre on 18 November.

Deputy Mayor Alex Castle was the MC while Plunkett Homes Senior Design Team Leader Adam Kelly handed out the prizes.

About 60 attendees celebrated the winning entries and enjoyed morning tea.

In the Life in Vincent category, first prize was awarded to local WAFL blogger Rick Vredenbregt’s story called The Fred Book Grandstand – Contrasting Events of Celebration and Tragedy.

The story is about significant Perth personality Fred Brook and the building of the Perth Oval grandstand (now HBF Park).

Another Perth Oval story took out the first prize in the History of Place category.

Dr Peter Gall’s Perth Oval Sunday 1 April 1928 entry talks about Wing Commander Bert Hinkler’s landing and the introduction of new technology, aviation.

A 1922 photo of the former Norwood Hotel, 282 Lord Street won the historic images category.

Local photographer Josh Wells’ snap of Danny Lenzarini making fresh pasta at Golden Ravioli, 265 Fitzgerald Street, North Perth in 2021 won the contemporary award.

The People’s Choice award, which was selected by City of Vincent staff, went to Peter Kalaf of the Castellorizian (Cazzie) Association of Western Australia for a photo from the opening of Cazzie House, 160 Anzac Road, Mt Hawthorn on 10 December 1981.

All entries, including 100 photos and 18 written pieces, are now on display in the library foyer and the Local History Centre.

“I would like to congratulate all the winners for their outstanding entries,” said Mayor Alison Xamon.

“We received intriguing photos and meaningful stories featuring sporting clubs, hotels, war veterans, schools and artists.

“I encourage our community to visit the Local History Centre and check out this year’s award entries which will now form part of the centre's diverse collection.”

The Awards are sponsored by Claude Iaconi from Edison Residential, Leederville Cameras and Plunkett Homes.

List of winners

Life in Vincent

  • First prize: The Fred Book Grandstand - Contrasting Events of Celebration and Tragedy
  • Second prize: Perth Pride Choir, Singing Proudly for 30 Years
  • Third prize: The Story of North Perth Community Garden - An extract: How a local idea became a local reality
  • Special mention: World War I Diary, Joseph Rosenthal (1892-1964) 18 Knebworth Avenue

History of Place

  • First prize: Perth Oval, Sunday 1 April 1928
  • Second prize: The Mt Lawley Subway - enabling people to move safely and efficiently between the suburbs
  • Third prize: Effervescence - Cool Drink Factory to a Space for Emerging Artists
  • Special mention: A Memoir of the North Perth Church of Christ by Edna Maud Stewart (1905-1985) edited by Bronwyn Julie Patterson (niece of Edna Stewart)

Historic images

  • First prize: Norwood Hotel at 282 Lord Street East Perth, 1922
  • Second prize: Azzurri women's soccer team at Dorrien Gardens, 1959
  • Third prize: Year 1 class at North Perth Primary School, 1957
  • Special mention: North Perth Primary School, former headmaster James Moore’s photo album, 1941-1954

Contemporary images (post 2000)

  • First prize: Danny Lenzarini, 2021
  • Second prize: The Leederville Hotel Taxi Rank, 2000s
  • Third prize: Ralph Stewart at the site of the former new Rosemount Picture Gardens, 360 Fitzgerald Street, 2023
  • Special mention 1: Lloyd Broderick Oates standing on Janet Street, behind the Cash Store at 173 Charles Street, West Perth, 1953 and Janet Street, looking towards Charles Street, 2023
  • Special mention 2: Andrew Kailis, The Pickle District, After Dark 4.0 roaming art crawl in West Perth, September 2023

The People’s Choice


View the winning entries in the Image Gallery below.


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