By Holly McGuinness
Recently restored Keilor Police Hut received this year’s Victorian Architecture Award for Heritage and Conservation.
The police hut has been noted by the Architectural Awards Institute as an “example of conservation work”.
Keilor Historical Society president Susan Jennison said the award was a “David and Goliath” win for the restoration project, given the large scale of architectural awards and other organizations they faced.
“This win promotes the history of the Keilor area, and we are trying to impress upon people that there is an extraordinary amount of history of terrible importance to our area,” Ms Jennison said.
Officially opened in November last year by Brimbank Council and the Keilor Historical Society, the restoration of the hut is an integral part of Keilor’s history, originally built in the 1850s as a base for police officers to the gold rush era.
The restoration features a distinct synergy between the original corrugated sheet metal in its current state, while the other half of the interior has been historically interpreted to show what it might have looked like based on findings from an archaeological report. performed during the restoration process.
The hut has been dismantled and rebuilt several times over the years, but this most recent restoration is located opposite Harrick’s house in Keilor Park.
Not yet open to the public, the Keilor Historical Society hopes to host an open day at the police hut in the near future for the public to view the award-winning piece of their community’s history.