Congratulations to Conrad Gargett as the recipient of the Queensland Business History Award for 2016.



The Queensland Business History Award recognises leadership in collecting, preserving and sharing business history. The annual award encourages businesses and business leaders to elevate the importance of safeguarding their irreplaceable historical material.

This year’s recipient, Conrad Gargett, has been a leading architectural practice in Brisbane for over 125 years. Founded in Brisbane in 1890, the award-winning company started out life as HW Atkinson, chalking up its first award for the design of the Brisbane Head Fire Station.

As one of Queensland’s longest-running architectural firms, and having been involved in some of Queensland’s most well-known buildings, Conrad Gargett’s archive is a tremendous record of the state’s built heritage.

Conrad Gargett’s collection includes carefully preserved architectural drawings from their inception in 1890, architectural models, ledgers, historic photos and other ephemera. A number of these drawings and models are displayed in Conrad Gargett’s head office and the firm has donated a number of items for display in exhibitions held at State Library of Queensland and Museum of Brisbane.

Preserving business records helps co-create Queensland’s memory for future generations and State Library of Queensland encourages all businesses to get on board.