Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 377
For mail order transactions: Australia ICOMOS now accepts Visa and MasterCard

An information service provided by the Australia ICOMOS Secretariat
Friday 13 March 2009


1) Victorian Bushfires – an update

2) Australia ICOMOS New Membership Applications

3) Community Heritage Grants

4) Last chance to pre-order Significance 2.0 – a message from the Collections Council of Australia

5) Report from ISC Theory conference with ICROM, Florence 6-8 March 2009

6) Researching the History of Your House Workshops 2009

7) UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register 2009 – call for nominations

8) Historic Gardens of New England: Photographic Exhibition


Situations Vacant

9) Project Officer, Heritage Victoria

10) Provision of Regional Heritage Advisory Services for Peel Region


1) Victorian Bushfires – an update


On behalf of Australia ICOMOS and the wider ICOMOS community internationally, our thoughts and kind wishes are extended to ICOMOS members directly affected by the fires and floods. A number of members have kindly contributed their suggestions as to how we can make a difference as an organisation as well as on an individual level. These suggestions are appreciated and summarised below. An update of the Bushfire Round Table is also provided.


Disaster Guidelines

Australia ICOMOS wrote Draft Bushfire Guidelines following the Canberra fires in 2003. They are attached and members are now invited to make comments on them and/or volunteer to be part of a working group to broaden their focus to become Australia ICOMOS Disaster Guidelines. People with experience of the recent floods and other disaster planning would be appreciated. Some members who were part of the Canberra group in 2003 have also kindly offered to help with finalising and expanding the draft policy.


Bushfire Round Table

The second Bushfire Round table was held last Friday by the Building Commission of Victoria to coordinate the Built Environment response and volunteers. Australia ICOMOS was represented and speakers included Christine Nixon, CEO of the newly established Authority; Craig Lapsley, Director of Emergency Services at the Department of Human Services, and others with direct experience of the fire areas. The Building Commission is in the process of compiling a comprehensive data base identifying volunteer skills and availability, which will then be made available to the Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority. The Building Commission explained that each community is at a different stage in the three phases: Re-enter, Re-occupy and Rebuild.


Opportunities to Help

It is likely that in the coming months, help from Australia ICOMOS volunteers will be appreciated in a number of different areas. For example in recording sites, rebuilding damaged places, in making changes to Heritage Overlay Schedules, and in providing advice about important objects. This advice may be provided through supporting organisations such as assisting Heritage Advisors in the 14 Municipalities affected by the fires, through Blue Shield and the Collections Council or through the Building Commission volunteer program. The Commission has established a number of projects, listed below, some of which may provide opportunities for heritage input.


1. Resident advice

2. Design a House

3. Audits and repairs to damaged houses

4. Small community based building projects

5. Fencing

6. Land Surveying


There are a number of issues which the Commission is addressing, for example professional indemnity insurance for all volunteers providing advice. It is likely that it will take time before people are able to make a contribution but there is a strong sense of unified purpose and we hope volunteers will retain their interest and commitment.


Role of Heritage in Community

Australia ICOMOS President Susan McIntyre-Tamwoy is writing to Christine Nixon, CEO of the Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority, to emphasize the role of cultural heritage in community identity and rebuilding. We need to find ways to contribute our collective Australia ICOMOS experience of understanding what people value and the importance of a sense of place and community to the Built Environment response. Australia ICOMOS experts in intangible heritage may be able to make a contribution in this regard.


For Further Information

Please contact Helen Lardner on or Timothy Hubbard on for further information or to offer to take on tasks. To date most of the discussions have centred on buildings and /or moveable objects, however we are interested to hear any practical suggestions or offers of assistance from our archaeologist members. We note that Parks Vic Australia ICOMOS members have experience in this area and have their own guidelines and could possibly be a further point of contact for interested members.


2) Australia ICOMOS New Membership Applications


If you have been considering joining ICOMOS or know someone who has been thinking of joining, now is the time!


• ICOMOS Members are eligible for discounted registration for the (Un)Loved Modern Conference 2009 in Sydney, Tuesday 7th July- Friday 10th July.


• Also if you register early for the conference you can get early bird rates.


• If you join ICOMOS soon, you may be eligible for 15 months for the price of 12 months as well


There are lots of benefits of joining ICOMOS – not only the fantastic people you will meet but Membership of Australia ICOMOS brings discounts at ICOMOS functions, at many conferences in Australia and internationally and on ICOMOS publications. The E-mail News provides a weekly bulletin board of information and events in Australia and overseas, including state based events, conferences and site visits, as well as information on heritage publications, funding and grant opportunities, course details and job offers. Members also receive a number of issues annually of the Australia ICOMOS refereed journal Historic Environment. Applications for members to join the Australia ICOMOS Executive Committee (EC) are encouraged from all states and territories. For Young Professional and full Members, the International ICOMOS card gives free or reduced rate entry to many historic and cultural sites.


Australia ICOMOS welcomes new members and would like to encourage students and young cultural heritage graduates to apply for membership. There are various membership categories and applications can be to be made to the Secretariat:


• Those who are interested in ICOMOS but who do not meet the requirements for full membership, or else do not have heritage conservation as their core focus, could apply to become Associates of ICOMOS.


• Those at the beginning of a career in architecture, archaeology, planning or history with 3 years experience and who are under 30 years of age may be eligible for Young Professional membership at reduced rates.


• Heritage professionals, with at least 3 years of heritage experience may be eligible for full Membership.


The membership forms and details are available on the web page and from Georgia Meros at the Secretariat, phone (03) 9251 7131 or All applications are received at the Secretariat and referred to the Executive Committee (EC) for consideration. Completed applications must be received 4-6 weeks before the Executive Committee meeting date to allow consideration. If received after this, they are held over to the next meeting.


Please note, to be considered at the May 2009 Executive Committee meeting, applications would need to be in to the Secretariat by the 2 APRIL 2009.


Think about it now.


Please send in applications to the Australia ICOMOS Secretariat or if further information is required contact the Membership Secretary, Helen Wilson at


3) Community Heritage Grants


The National Library is calling for applications for the 2009 Community Heritage Grants. Grants of up to $15 000 are available to community groups around the country to help preserve and manage locally held, nationally significant cultural heritage collections for future generations.


Community organisations such as historical societies, museums, public libraries, archives, Indigenous and migrant community groups which provide public access to their cultural heritage collections are eligible to apply.


A wide range of projects may qualify for grants, including: significance assessments; preservation needs assessments; conservation and preservation activities and collection management training.


Applications close on 5 June 2009.


For further information, including the Guidelines and Application form, please visit or phone the CHG Coordinator on (02) 6262 1147 or email


4) Last chance to pre-order Significance 2.0 – a message from the Collections Council of Australia


Significance 2.0: a guide to assessing the significance of collections (2009), is a useful tool for managing cultural and scientific collections, wherever they are held. Significance 2.0 will be available in print and web forms.


• To be in the running for a free hard copy of Significance 2.0 for your collecting organisation, send an email to with your collecting organisation’s name and contact details


• Visit if you would like to pre-order a personal copy of Significance 2.0 (estimated RRP $AUD 29.95) – offer now extended to 31 March 2009. (Contact will be made during April to confirm your order)


Look for Significance 2.0 at from May 2009.


5) Report from ISC Theory conference with ICROM, Florence 6-8 March 2009


Andrew Sneddon has returned from Florence where the ISC on Theory and Conservation has just completed a three day conference dealing with the 'image' of heritage in a world of mass tourism. Speakers from across the world presented papers on a range of topics including how heritage places have been perceived by different people (Goethe in Italy, DH Lawrence in Etruria etc) and peoples (the Khmer at Angkor, the Nepalese in Kathmandu, the Taliban at Bamiyan etc).


Changing perceptions of places were also highlighted (for example, the remnants of the Berlin Wall, once despised, are now heritage items). The papers contemplated how heritage can be managed within the context of mass tourism, which has introduced an entirely new way of perceiving heritage places (coach tours, package holidays etc).


The papers generally agreed that heritage practitioners must engage with 'the tourist' in creative ways, after careful conservation planning, in order to engender an appreciation for heritage conservation, and that this cannot be achieved without close collaboration with the local communities that live with that heritage on a daily basis.


6) Researching the History of Your House Workshops 2009


Do you know when your house was built? Are you interested in discovering who built and designed your house? Are you looking to undertake renovations in keeping with the original style of your property? Would you like to discover the early owners and occupiers of your house? Do you know when various alterations have occurred to your property?


If you are interested in finding the answers to any of these questions, then come along to the workshops being hosted by the Town of Vincent in May 2009.


The workshops will provide one-on-one assistance for community members to undertake research through various mediums such as subdivision plans, sewerage plans, pictorial collections, street files, Wise's Post Office Directories and other resources at the Local History Centre. In addition, the Town is offering FREE Archive Searches for old building plans of your property. On registering for the workshops, the Town will process the retrieval of the building plans and will bring the plans to the workshops.


The workshops will be held at the Library and Local History Centre located on Loftus Street, Leederville at the following dates and times:


Thursday 7 May 2009 6.00-7.30pm (full)

Wednesday 13 May 2009 10.30am-12noon

Thursday 14 May 2009 6.00-7.30pm

Thursday 21 May 2009 1.30-3.00pm


Numbers are limited to 10 persons for each session, so please contact Heritage Officer Hoping Au on (08) 9273 6069 or email to reserve your place by Thursday 9 April 2009.


7) UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register 2009 – call for nominations


This is a reminder that nominations for the next round of the Australian Memory of the World Register close on 31 March 2009. Successful inscriptions will be announced publicly on 14 October 2009.


Nominations can be for individual documents or collections, and can be made by institutions or individuals.


Go to to check the nomination criteria, and to download the nomination form.


And you can ask for help!


If you’d like advice on developing your nomination, contact a member of the Assessment Sub-Committee. You can find names and contact details at


8) Historic Gardens of New England: Photographic Exhibition


Opening: Friday 17 April 2009 until 14 June 2009


Historic Saumarez Homestead will be the host of an exhibition of photographs depicting the old country gardens of New England. The National Trust has invited local members of the Australian Garden History Society to present a view of New England designed, planted and cultivated and captured by the camera over many years.


Gardens have always been more than a source of food and flowers for decoration. Gardens also provide recreation, relaxation, a memorial to older times and a place for expression by the garden designer and gardener. The garden provides a link between buildings and environment.


The New England has been blessed with abundant rainfall, a bracing variation of seasonal climate and the space for many generations to grow and harvest from the earth.

UNE Heritage Centre Collection HRCP 7090 Dight family garden Armidale


Location: Saumarez Homestead, New England Highway, Armidale, NSW

130 Platform Raod, Armidale, NSW 2350, Australia

Telephone: 61 (0)2 67 72 3616


Information about historic Saumarez Homestead and Directions:


Viewing: During the viewing of the exhibition Saumarez Homestead will be open on weekends for the general public, and by special arrangement for large or bus groups 7 days a week until mid June. The opening hours are 10am to 5pm on weekends, but other days for groups by arrangement.


Entry: Donation for entry and Guide Book on Sale at door



Bill Oates, Heritage Centre, University of New England &

Regional Archives, Telephone: 61 (0)2 6773 6444;



Angela Sole, Secretary, AGHS – New England;



Australian Garden History Society


9) Project Officer, Heritage Victoria


Project Officer

• $62,116 - $70,477 plus 9% super

• Fixed term: Up to April 2010 / Full time (Part time applications of a min 4 days a week will be considered)


Heritage Victoria has responsibility for administration of the Heritage Act 1995, which enables the identification and protection of a wide range of cultural heritage places and objects in Victoria (excluding those covered by the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006). It advises private owners, local and State government, industry and the general community on heritage matters.


Do you have a tertiary qualification in planning, heritage management or other heritage related discipline? Do you have sound policy development and project management skills? Can you build and maintain relationships with ease? If so, this may be the role for you.


As Project Officer you will be responsible for the development and management of strategic projects and new initiatives within Heritage Victoria. They will provide high level advice on individual projects, legislation, policy and standards, and engage with a range of internal and external stakeholders.


To apply and access position descriptions and selection criteria visit and refer to reference number DPCD/PLG/500732


Closing date for applications is Monday 23 March 2009.


10) Provision of Regional Heritage Advisory Services for Peel Region


Tender No: HCWA003109


Heritage Council of Western Australia requires the services of a skilled and experienced Regional Heritage Advisor who can provide conservation advice and promote heritage-based tourism in the region of Peel


Documents are available by email from or online at


Closing date: Friday 27 March 2009 at 11am.

If you would like to suggest an event, story, course etc for the Australia ICOMOS e-mail news or submit an article, or you wish to be removed from the distribution list, send an e-mail to the Australia ICOMOS Secretariat at:

Please note that as the office is not staffed full-time it may take a few days to deal with your request
Disclaimer: Opinions expressed in the Australia ICOMOS Email News are not necessarily those of Australia ICOMOS Inc. or its Executive Committee. The text of Australia ICOMOS Email news is drawn from various sources including organizations other than Australia ICOMOS Inc. The Australia ICOMOS Email news serves solely as an information source and aims to present a wide range of opinions which may be of interest to readers. Articles submitted for inclusion may be edited.

Australia ICOMOS Secretariat
Georgia Meros, Secretariat Officer
Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific
Deakin University
221 Burwood Highway
Burwood Victoria 3125
Telephone: (03) 9251 7131
Facsimile: (03) 9251 7158

This email message is intended only for the addressee(s) and contains information which may be confidential and/or copyright. If you are not the intended recipient please do not read, save, forward, disclose, or copy the contents of this email. If this email has been sent to you in error, please notify the sender by reply email and delete this email and any copies or links to this email completely and immediately from your system. No representation is made that this email is free of viruses. Virus scanning is recommended and is the responsibility of the recipient.