Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 380
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Friday 3 April 2009


1) (Un)Loved Modern Conference update

2) Tour of Fortifications around Port Phillip Heads, 17 – 19 April 2009

3) ICOMOS South Australian Event to Celebrate World Heritage Day

4) Link to Heritage South Australia’s E-newsletter

5) New Heritage Funding Scheme – TOP-UP: the Community Co-Contribution

6) Dragon Tails: Re-interpreting Chinese-Australian Heritage – call for papers

7) Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts: Media Release – Boost for World Heritage Nomination of Australian Convict Sites

8) GCI Bulletin – available online

9) Course announcement – Cultural Heritage and Legal Aspects in Europe

10) Job opportunities at DEHWA


1) (Un)Loved Modern Conference update


The organising committee for the (Un)Loved Modern Conference to be held in Sydney, 7-10 July 2009, is delighted to announce that registrations have passed 150, with at least 90 members of Australia ICOMOS registered thus far. We have delegates attending from every state and territory in Australia, as well as from New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States, Germany, Sweden, Belgium, Canada, China and South Africa.


We’re looking forward to an energetic three days in Sydney as speakers, invited guests and delegates share their knowledge and experience with the challenges of conserving our modern heritage. Details of the conference programme will continue to be updated on the conference website over the next few weeks as speakers finalise their papers, and we announce more information about the social functions at the conference. Some of the field sessions on Thursday afternoon have booked out already, so if you are keen to experience first-hand some of the challenges of conserving 20th Century heritage in Sydney, register now to ensure your place on a tour.


One of the conference aims is to stimulate debate about how we can best protect our modern heritage, particularly in light of the current economic and development pressures threatening much of it. The broader the range of participants in this debate, the more inclusive outcomes from the debate will be. Please spread the word to your colleagues and professional acquaintances. This conference offers an unparalleled opportunity to mix with international leaders in the field of conserving 20th Century heritage.


More details at the conference website:


2) Tour of Fortifications around Port Phillip Heads, 17 – 19 April 2009


Friday 17 to Sunday 19 April 2009

To Mark World Monument Day, 18 April 2009


A three day tour has been arranged to mark World Monument Day, the theme of which this year is Science and Heritage.


The fortifications around Port Phillip Heads were essential to the defence of the ports of Melbourne and Geelong from the Gold Rushes to the Second World War. They comprise Fort Queenscliff, Point Nepean and South Channel Fort. The former two are well known and much loved. The latter, an artificial island just inside the Heads, is particularly interesting for its ‘disappearing’ guns but is very difficult to access. All three sites display a sequence of development based on the technical innovations of military science.


The tour begins with a reception at Fort Queenscliffe at 4.00 pm on Friday 17 April followed by an official welcome and launch by the Mayor of the Borough of Queenscliffe. Jane Ainsworth and Timothy Hubbard will present an informal talk on the guns and cannon of south-west Victoria, some of which have been identified as having outstanding international significance. Dinner will be at a local restaurant.


The main part of the tour is an all-day journey by charter boat on Saturday 18 April starting at Queenscliff Pier at 9.00 am. This will include an extended stopover on South Channel Fort with a leading expert on the fortifications from Parks Victoria. The next stop will be Portsea with another extended site visit to Point Nepean. Again, leading experts will explain the development of the site, its identification and protection under the Commonwealth Government, and the fight to have the land returned to the State Government as a national park. The Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park now incorporates much of the landscapes and seascapes around the Heads. Weather and time permitting, the return journey to Queenscliffe will include Pope’s Eye, the other artificial island which was not developed into a fort. Dinner will be at another local restaurant.


On Sunday there will be a private and extended inspection of Fort Queenscliff led by the fort’s professional guides. The tour will conclude about lunchtime on Sunday 19 April.


The tour will cost $155 per person for ICOMOS members and $170 for non-members. Unfortunately there cannot be any discounts or concessions because of the cost of the charter boat. The cost includes: the opening reception and talk on Friday, the boat trip, lunch and other refreshments on Saturday, and the extended inspection of Fort Queenscliff on Sunday, as well as tour notes and admissions. Payment can be made by credit card using the form attached to this e-newsletter. Places are strictly limited and payment in full must be received by close of business on Tuesday 14 April (Easter Tuesday).


Accommodation is plentiful in Queenscliff but participants are advised to book as soon as possible to confirm their accommodation.


Further enquiries can be made from Timothy Hubbard, Victorian state representative of the Australia ICOMOS Executive Committee by phone on (03) 5568 2623 and 0419 353 195 and by email on


3) ICOMOS South Australian Event to Celebrate World Heritage Day


Theme of Event - Heritage and Science

Date: 20 April 2009

4.45 registration for 5pm start – 7.30pm,

AIA Headquarters, 100 Flinders St, Adelaide


An Australia ICOMOS meeting, supported by the Department for Environment and Heritage, is to be held at the AIA Headquarters on 20 April 2009 to celebrate World Heritage Day. The theme this year for World Heritage Day is Heritage and Science.


This meeting, will discuss heritage issues generally related to this theme, and our guest speaker will be Stephen Forbes, Director of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, who will talk about heritage and science at the gardens, and in particular about the recent architectural project there – adjacent to the Museum of Botany.


This will be a highly practical interactive meeting for architects, landscape architects, and other interested parties, and there will be open discussion about the conservation processes as part of this Botanic Gardens project.


After the talk, there will be intermission with drinks and famously generous nibbles followed by a “news session” with local conservation architects talking about recent projects. Participants are still being confirmed, and this too will be interactive.


The event will be held at 100 Flinders Street. There will be a charge of $15.00 for ICOMOS members, $25 for non members. Any surplus funds will be donated to the Streetwise Asia fund for Heritage Conservation – and a short introduction about the progress of this fund will be provided at the start of the meeting.


Please RSVP to McDougall & Vines by 16 April 2009 at the latest to assist with catering purposes. Please also have correct money to pay at the door. If any participants have examples of recent heritage projects they wish to present at the meeting, please contact Liz Vines.


Elizabeth Vines

South Australian Executive Committee representative, Australia ICOMOS

0419 816 525


4) Link to Heritage South Australia’s E-newsletter


To view the March 2009 issue of Heritage South Australia’s E-newsletter, visit


5) New Heritage Funding Scheme – TOP-UP: the Community Co-Contribution


The National Trust and the Victorian Government are pleased to introduce a new funding opportunity to assist community heritage conservation projects in Victoria.


The Top-Up scheme has been developed as an incentive which provides financial support to community groups involved in raising funds for conservation of public heritage places or objects.


This Program provides eligible groups with access to the recently expanded National Trust External Appeals System to manage fundraising accounts and provide tax-deductible status to donations.


In addition, groups using the National Trust External Appeals System who are advanced in achieving their fundraising target may be eligible to receive a Top–Up Grant of up to $10 000.


As a pilot program, only a limited number of Top-Up Grants will be available.


Closing date for applications: Friday, 29th May 2009


For application forms please visit


For enquires please contact Rohan Storey, Architectural Historian at the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) on (03) 9656 9800 or email


6) Dragon Tails: Re-interpreting Chinese-Australian Heritage – call for papers


9-11 October 2009

Sovereign Hill, Ballarat, Victoria


VENUE: Sovereign Hill Museums Association, Ballarat, Victoria (




In 1984, noted historian Jennifer Cushman challenged researchers to move beyond the prevalent one-dimensional approach to understanding the Chinese presence in Australia—an approach that was primarily concerned with examining Australia’s attitudes towards the Chinese. In taking up this challenge, and seeking to understand the Chinese ‘on their own terms’, researchers have uncovered new sources and applied inter-disciplinary approaches to reveal the complex picture of Chinese community cultures, identities and race relations in Australia.


While we would no longer say that the history of the Chinese in Australia is hidden or neglected, where do these new stories fit within the wider narrative of Australian history? What are the challenges involved in communicating and interpreting these new perspectives, with their inherent complexity and contradictions, to broader audiences? One of the major aims of this conference is to bring together these new historical understandings about early Chinese-Australians, and consider their place within broader histories of Australia and the Chinese diaspora. Another aim is to create a forum for how these stories might be interpreted in the classroom, and at cultural heritage sites and museums.


This conference welcomes papers from a wide range of disciplines, including history, archeology, tourism, cultural studies, education, and museum/heritage studies.


We are particularly interested in work that:


•Tells about early Chinese-Australian history from Chinese-Australian perspectives.

•Discusses Chinese-Australian heritage/history within broader perspectives (e.g. Australian, Chinese, comparative, and/or transnational).

•Draws on new resources to tell new stories.

•Focuses on intercolonial (Northern Territory and Queensland) and/or trans-Tasman connections.




•Chinese goldseekers and their legacy

•Developments and issues for Chinese-Australian heritage tourism (regional and urban)

•Everyday life and culture for early Chinese-Australians

•Communicating Chinese-Australian heritage (e.g. education, multimedia, internet technology)

•Early Chinese-Australian formations of politics, identity and citizenship

•Interrogating Chinese-Australian historiography and material culture

•Perspectives on heritage Chinese precincts

•Mapping historical connections between Asia and Australia

•Biographies and oral histories of Chinese-Australian ‘pioneers’

•Creative work that re-interprets Chinese-Australian history




Papers Standard session presentations should be 20 mins long (with 10 mins allowed for question time).


Panels We’d welcome panel submissions. Our suggested formats for the panels are:


•3 x 20 min papers with a coherent theme, or

•Up to 5 speakers on a discussion panel (approx 10 mins each, with at least 40 mins for discussion)


Abstracts (max 200 words), with speakers’ full contact details and short biographical notes (max 100 words) should be sent to BY MONDAY 18 MAY 2009.


Enquiries about the conference should be directed to


7) Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts: Media Release – Boost for World Heritage Nomination of Australian Convict Sites


The Australian Government’s nomination of the Australian Convict Sites to the World Heritage List has received a significant boost, with Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett saying today that he has received formal notification the nomination will be assessed this year.


“This is good news as it means Australia’s nomination is progressing to the next stage of the process and is now one step closer to a decision,” Mr Garrett said.


“The World Heritage Centre has advised that the nomination will be forwarded to the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) for evaluation.


“An initial assessment of the nomination will now take place, followed by an ICOMOS mission later in the year to assess the 11 sites included in the serial nomination. It is expected the assessment will be provided to the World Heritage Committee for a final decision in 2010.


“The progress of the nomination reflects the huge amount of work done to date by state and territory governments, property managers and local communities. I congratulate everyone who has been involved.


“The places included in the serial nomination are a tangible record of one of the greatest penal experiments in history—the transportation of more than 166,000 men, women and children to a vast and relatively unknown land,” Mr Garrett said.


The Australian Convict Sites are:


•Tasmania: Port Arthur Historic Site (Tasman Peninsula), Cascades Female Factory (Hobart), Darlington Probation Station (Maria Island), Coal Mines Historic Site (via Premadeyna) and Brickendon–Woolmers Estates (near Longford).

•New South Wales: Old Government House and Domain (Parramatta), Hyde Park Barracks (Sydney), Cockatoo Island Convict Site (Sydney) and Old Great North Road (near Wiseman’s Ferry).

•Norfolk Island: Kingston and Arthur’s Vale Historic Area.

•Western Australia: Fremantle Prison.


These sites are already included in the National Heritage List and protected under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.


The Tasmanian Minister for Environment, Parks, Heritage and the Arts, Michelle O’Byrne, welcomed the news, saying this is an important step toward international recognition of Australia’s convict heritage.


“It is extremely pleasing to reach this milestone and move closer to a prestigious World Heritage listing for our special convict places,” Ms O’Byrne said.


“Like those of the other states and territories represented in the nomination, Tasmania’s convict journey is a fascinating and very human tale. It is ultimately a tale of survival under extreme conditions and one that is deserving of the world’s highest heritage honour.’’


For more information visit


8) GCI Bulletin – available online


To read the April 2009 issue of the GCI bulletin, visit


9) Course announcement – Cultural Heritage and Legal Aspects in Europe


Between 20-27 September 2009 the Institute for Mediterranean Heritage (Piran, Slovenia) and the National Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, in collaboration with the European Heritage Legal Forum and with the support of the Council of Europe, are organising an international course on Cultural Heritage and Legal Aspects in Europe.


Throughout seven days of thematic lectures and visits, the course aims to provide European heritage professionals and researchers updated insights in current trends and issues in cultural heritage from the legal perspective. Please find attached the announcement where further details and the link to the website can be found.


The deadline for application is 10 June 2009.


For futher information, visit


10) Job opportunities at DEHWA


Senior Heritage Officer (APS6)

Reference: 1420 - Salary range $64,156 – $72,587


Heritage Officer (APS5)

Reference: 1093 - Salary range $58,713 – $62,285


Please see the attached document for more information about the above roles. Alternatively, visit to download the selection documentation.

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