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Top honours for Working Life leader

Thursday, 29 March 2018

The leader of an organisation which promotes the early working life of the South West has been officially recognised for his efforts to conserve the region's history.

South West Working Life Association chairman Ian Wilson was among the outstanding individuals and groups celebrated at the 2018 Western Australian Heritage Awards in Perth earlier this month.

The awards are the state's premier heritage event and Mr Wilson received the prize for Voluntary Individual Contribution.

"It's an honour to receive this award for myself, but also an honour for the associations I work with," Mr Wilson said.

"I enjoy history and heritage, but more so, trying to engage other people in heritage and history."

Mr Wilson, who is a member of the Manjimup Historical Society, is enthusiastic about passing his knowledge on to younger generations and believes in empowering people with the skills needed to research and document their own family histories.

He is a great advocate for the history of the southern forests and the role it played in shaping the lives of WA's pioneers, with a focus on the Manjimup region.

South West Development Commission chief executive officer Rebecca Ball congratulated Mr Wilson on his well-deserved win.

"We applaud Ian for the work he has done in developing the Working Life Heritage Trail, as well as his wider efforts to promote and conserve heritage," Ms Ball said.

"It's terrific not only to have the state's spotlight shine on a South West resident, but also to have someone so passionate about history leading the Working Life Heritage Trail."

The Working Life Heritage Trail is a partnership between the South West Development Commission and the South West Working Life Association, which comprises individual site operators.


Offering a window into the South West's past, the trail highlights sites which help to tell the story of how the region was shaped by its workers.


Manjimup Timber Park, Wellington Dam and the Dardanup Heritage Park are examples of the sites heritage enthusiasts discover when following the trail.


For more information about the Working Life Heritage Trail, .

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