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Ipswich Heritage Hall of Fame

Ipswich Heritage Hall Of Fame

Welcome to the Ipswich Heritage Hall of Fame. This new virtual Hall of Fame has been included in the annual Awards for Excellence program to recognise individuals who have made significant contributions to the conservation and promotion of the cultural heritage of Ipswich.

On Tuesday, 15 October 2013, three people were inducted into the inaugural Ipswich Heritage Hall of Fame.

Beryl Johnson

Beryl Johnston was inducted into the Ipswich Heritage Hall of Fame on Tuesday, 15 October 2013.  She was one of three inaugural inductees.

Beryl is the history columnist for the Queensland Times.  Through this column Beryl provides fascinating insights into the early history of Ipswich and its people. Beryl has written the history column continually for thirty years. During this time she has written 1,500 history articles that have appeared in the paper on a weekly basis.

In addition to the history column, Beryl has also written the theatre and the social columns for the Queensland Times.

Beryl is a Life member and Patron of the Ipswich Historical Society.

Beryl Johnston Hof

Bruce Buchanan

Bruce Buchanan was inducted into the Ipswich Heritage Hall of Fame on Tuesday, 15 October 2013.  He was one of three inaugural inductees.

Bruce founded Buchanan Architects in 1975 with a head office in Ipswich. The practice specialised in innovative architecture and in the adaptive reuse of historic buildings and sites. From 1975 to 1990 Bruce was also part-time lecturer in design and architectural history at the Queensland University of Technology Department of Architecture.

Bruce's practice won numerous national and state architectural awards and he is a Life Fellow of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects.

Bruce was the first Heritage Adviser for Ipswich City Council from 1992 to 1999.

He also served three terms on the Queensland Heritage Council and 15 years as the first Queensland member of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet's Official Establishments Trust - a Trust responsible for the care of the official residences of Prime Ministers and Governors General.

Bruce Buchanan Hof

Robyn Buchanan

Robyn Buchanan was inducted into the Ipswich Heritage Hall of Fame on Tuesday, 15 October 2013.  She was one of three inaugural inductees.

Robyn is a professional historian who undertakes specialised work in historic research and writing, editing and publishing of multimedia content. Robyn has a Master of Philosophy (History) through the University of Queensland and she is currently a member of The Workshops Rail Museum Advisory Committee which is a board that provides advice relating to the Ipswich campus of the Queensland Museum.

Robyn's projects include histories of organisations and localities, oral histories, heritage trails and site interpretation. She has also contributed to numerous conservation studies and management plans for historic sites throughout Queensland.

Her previous employment included 10 years as a journalist, specialising in feature writing and sub-editing.

Robyn Buchanan Hof

John Rossiter

John Rossiter was inducted into the Ipswich Heritage Hall of Fame on Tuesday, 14 October 2014.

John was a long-time employee of Whitehead Studios and he has a passion for the history of Ipswich. He was recognised for his local history research on Raymond's Hill, North Ipswich, Pine Mountain and Ipswich in general and for his willingness to share his information with others.

He has provided invaluable assistance to the Ipswich Library Local History Room and to the Picture Ipswich staff over the years.

John Rossiter portrait

Lyle Radford

Lyle Radford was inducted into the Ipswich Heritage Hall of Fame on Tuesday, 14 October 2014.

Lyle began his career in 1970 completing his apprenticeship as a photographer and darkroom technician with Gippsland Photographics in Morwell. He has shot over 450,000 assignments over his 40 year career. Many of these were taken while he worked at the Courier Mail, Sunday Mail and as the chief photographer for the Queensland Times.

Lyle has been very generous over the years providing photographs for the Picture Ipswich website and he has been the photographer of the Annual Awards for Excellence for the since 2007.

Lyle Radofrd portrait

Mark Overell

Mark Overall was inducted into the Ipswich Heritage Hall of Fame on Tuesday, 13 October 2015.

Mark Overell was crowned the city’s official Town Crier in 1989 and was the Ipswich Town Crier for 25 years. He won the Australian National Town Criers  Championship in Maryborough in 2011 and he competed at the World Town  Criers Championship in Canada.

In his role as the Town Crier, Mark was a regular leader of the Ipswich Festival  parade and he attended openings, welcomes and made proclamations at civic events.


Margaret Cook

Margaret Cook was inducted into the Ipswich Heritage Hall of Fame on Tuesday, 13 October 2015.

Margaret is a historian and heritage consultant specialising in cultural heritage and social history. Her work involves preparation of Conservation Management Plans, heritage studies, oral histories and publications.

Margaret has written local history books about the Ipswich Kindergarten, St Joseph’s Primary School, Nursing at the Ipswich Hospital, St Paul’s Anglican Church and the Ipswich Horticultural Society. She has also written and co-edited two publications about the Ipswich Girls Grammar School.

Since 2009, Margaret has been a judge of the Heritage and Design Award categories of the Awards for Excellence.


Viva Cribb

Viva Cribb was posthumously inducted into the Ipswich Heritage Hall of Fame on Tuesday, 6 September 2016.

Viva was born on 31 January 1920 in Roderick Street, Ipswich.  She was the great granddaughter of Benjamin Cribb who one of the founders of the Cribb & Foote Department Store.

Viva was a Girls Grammar School Old Girl, a life member of the Queensland National Trust and the West Moreton Branch of the National Trust and of the Ipswich Historical Society.  She was a valued and long-time member of Council’s Heritage Consultative Committee.

Viva had a deep love for Ipswich and shared her memories of early Ipswich with anyone who showed an interest in the City. Viva died on 1 June 2006 at the age of 86.

On 21 July 2000, the Local History Room in the Ipswich Library was named after Viva Cribb. The purpose of the room is to ensure the preservation of information and resources specifically related to the history of Ipswich and the surrounding region for present and future generations.

The annual Viva Cribb Bursary was launched in her honour in 2008.

Viva Cribb