Queensland Business History Award recipient announced

Architectural firm Conrad Gargett has been awarded the 2016 Queensland Business History Award, presented by the Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch at last night’s Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Induction Dinner.

The Queensland Business History Award – offered by the State Library of Queensland (SLQ), Queensland Library Foundation and QUT Business School as part of the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame partnership – recognises leadership in collecting, preserving and sharing business history.

Ms Enoch said preserving business history was important for future generations to understand the significant role business has played in shaping Queensland’s history.

“This annual award celebrates the importance of good record keeping and preservation and acknowledges companies that protect and promote their corporate history and heritage collections as part of Queensland’s memory,” Ms Enoch said.

State Librarian and CEO Sonia Cooper said the active leadership shown by Conrad Gargett to not only preserve their history, but to make it actively accessible was to be commended.

“This year’s recipient, Conrad Gargett, is one of the state’s oldest architectural firms. Founded in Brisbane in 1890, the award-winning company started life as HW Atkinson, and received its first award for the design of the Brisbane Head Fire Station.” Mrs Cooper said.

“Conrad Gargett, through an active publication programme and partnerships with the university and heritage sectors, has promoted an awareness and appreciation of Queensland’s architecture across all periods.”

History is important to Conrad Gargett.  Their historical items include architectural drawings, architectural models, photographs, 120th anniversary book, ephemera, film, correspondence and ledgers.

Conrad Gargett have provided an impressive example for architectural and Queensland businesses on how to record and preserve history through the generations. Their historical items have a very public presence with a number of drawings and models of iconic building projects being displayed in Conrad Gargett’s head office as well as being donated for use in exhibitions at State Library of Queensland and Museum of Brisbane.

For more information on the award and the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame visit www.halloffame.slq.qld.gov.au

Media enquiries:
Kate Allen, SLQ Communications
07 3840 7897 | Communications@slq.qld.gov.au

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