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From the Barracks to the Burrup: The National Trust in Western Australia, written by Deakin's Associate Professor Andrea Witcomb and colleague Dr Kate Gregory, has been shortlisted for the State Library of Western Australia WA History Award section of the 2010 Western Australian Premier's Book Awards.
Associate Professor Witcomb and Dr Gregory , a National Trust historian, recently unveiled their book, a richly worked and visually stunning publication to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Trust in WA (UNSW Press, 2010).
The beautifully designed book contains never-before-published images and draws from a new oral history archive with testimonies from many of the founders, staff and volunteers of the organisation. Heritage battles for the Barracks Arch, the Palace Hotel, the Swan River and the Swan Brewery are covered, as well as the integral role played by grassroots heritage groups.
Relations between the Trust, developers and the State Government and changing practices of interpretation and conservation are also discussed.
What emerges is not only a history of the National Trust in Western Australia but also the people that shaped it. It is also a history of the ways in which heritage has been understood and practised across Australia.
The winners of the 2010 Western Australian Premier's Book Award will be announced in September.