Custodians of our history


Martin Colgan with St George’s Cathedral former Dean |the Reverend John Shepherd.
Martin Colgan with St George’s Cathedral former Dean |the Reverend John Shepherd.

Colgan Industries founder Martin Colgan and Cockman House in Woodvale are finalists in this year’s WA Heritage Awards.

Mr Colgan’s family building company is dedicated to conserving, restoring and adapting heritage buildings.

Over the past 45 years, he has worked on landmarks such as Wesley Church, Government House, The Round House Fremantle, Midland Town Hall and St George’s Cathedral.

“I don’t think you set out to do something outstanding when you start a project, but you become completely engrossed with them and they are always so much more than the work – they are the people and friendships you develop over that time,” he said.

“There are so many fantastic projects that I have had the privilege of being involved with as a builder.”

Built by James Cockman in 1860, Cockman House is listed on the State Heritage Register and has been in the care of the City of Wanneroo since 1987.

It was nominated for the interpretation project category for providing the opportunity for visitors to discover what life was like for pioneers.

“The City’s oldest remaining residence, Cockman House, holds a sentimental and special place in Wanneroo’s rich history as the home of one of the earliest settler families,” Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said.

“Pioneers helped build Wanneroo, they were the doers and the achievers who shaped the City’s culture, fabric and community and recognition of Cockman House as a finalist is a fantastic reminder of what those hardworking residents achieved and the family’s descendants are valued members of our community.”

Heritage Minister and Ocean Reef MLA Albert Jacob said both nominations were well deserved.

Award winners will be announced on Thursday, March 31.