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Friday 4 December 2009



1)  Australia ICOMOS Executive Committee

2)  Invitation to a ‘Vicomite’ Christmas event at Abbotsford Convent – REMINDER

3)  WA ICOMOS Christmas drinks

4)  Second call for EOIs for two AI working groups

5)  Announcement of winners of the Australia ICOMOS Victorian Scholarship

6)  Burra Charter Development Program – possible Charter refinements?

7)  The Australian Bungalow in Malta Working Group – Call for Expressions of Interest

8)  Call for Expressions of Interest for CIAV Workshop in Sweden

9)  NSW Heritage Council's Technical Advisory Group (TAG) – call for Expressions of Interest

10) GCI Bulletin – available online

11) International Conference “Museums and Restitution”, 8-9 July 2010, University of Manchester – call for papers

12) Rehabilitation and Revitalization of Mediterranean Historic Centres Panel – deadline reminder

13) New book announcement

Situations Vacant

14) Interpretation Manager, Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority


1) Australia ICOMOS Executive Committee


The final meeting of the outgoing Executive Committee (EC) was held in Adelaide on 13 November, in conjunction with the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and the first meeting of the new Executive (held 14 November2009).


We said farewell to retiring EC members Graeme Wiffen, David Bridgman, Helen Lardner, Peter Phillips and Liz Vines and welcomed newly elected members:  Michael  Queale, Tracy Ireland, Megan McDougall and Natica Schmeder. They will join continuing members Susan McIntyre-Tamwoy, Jane Harrington, Anita Krivickas, Timothy Hubbard, Anthony Coupe, Helen Wilson, Peter Romey, Catherine Brouwer and Anne Brake.


At the first meeting of the new Executive, the officer bearers elected for the coming year were Susan McIntyre-Tamwoy (President), Jane Harrington (Vice-President), Helen Wilson (Secretary) and Anita Krivickas (Treasurer).


A vote of thanks to outgoing Australia ICOMOS office bearers


As we all gear ourselves up for the end of 2009 and look forward to a productive year for Australia ICOMOS in 2010 it is timely to recognise the hard work of colleagues over the past year. On your behalf I would therefore like to thank the outgoing members of the Executive Committee for their hard work and dedication over their period of office. Once again the committee has lost (or have they escaped/been reprieved?) members who have been responsible for a number of important tasks over the past few years including: the preparation of the annual report, updating of the AI website, liaising with other agencies over the Victorian bushfires and heritage issues, minutes secretary, organising state events in SA and VIC, preparation and input into government submissions and a host of other tasks. Those of us remaining, along with our new members, will have to work hard to fill the vacuum they leave behind. However it is hard to escape totally and I am pleased to note here that Peter Philips will continue to be involved actively in AI work through his leadership of our General Assembly Bid team and both Helen Lardner and Liz Vines are actively involved in the organisation of the 2010 Conference in Broken Hill with Convenor Ray Tonkin and other committee members. Helen Lardner will also continue to be involved as AI’s representative on the international panel working on the ICOMOS /TICCIH guidelines. The list of contacts and roles will be added to the website shortly so please do not hesitate to contact any of us if you have ideas and suggestions.


Most of these tasks, while essential to the efficient running of Australia ICOMOS, are often largely invisible to those members outside the committee. They take up considerable time and energy and are a testament to the dedication of these individuals to cultural heritage conservation in Australia. For an idea of the range of work undertaken don’t forget to have a look at our annual report. The rest of us look forward to working together on your behalf over the coming year. Over the past few years you will have noticed more frequent calls for Expressions of Interests form members as we try to find ways to harness the considerable energy and expertise of our membership and be more inclusive. Please consider stepping forward and taking up some of these opportunities where they intersect with your areas of interest. There is certainly plenty of work for everyone and many new and interesting issues that continue to crop up.


Over the next few months there will be notices posted in the e-news about a series of Burra Charter workshops that are being held around the country as part of the updating of the Burra Charter Guidelines. This is an important and way overdue project for Australia ICOMOS and I hope that as many of you as possible will participate in these workshops. The review programme was developed collaboratively by members with the assistance of a small grant from the DEWHA and I would like to acknowledge the Department’s, and particularly Ilse Wurst’s, assistance in this regard. Tracy Ireland, Duncan Marshall and Anthony Coupe have worked particularly hard to get this programme off the ground.


Susan McIntyre-Tamwoy (President)

Jane Harrington (Vice President)


2) Invitation to a ‘Vicomite’ Christmas event at Abbotsford Convent – REMINDER


Get your diaries out and reserve the evening of Monday 7 December, for a Christmas ICOMOS event in Melbourne. We will be visiting the Abbotsford Convent for a tour of this fascinating site led by Nigel Lewis, followed by drinks and nibblies. For those Icomites who went on a tour before the Convent was operational, this will be a chance to see how it has been transformed.


The Sisters of the Good Shepherd ran the Abbotsford Convent from 1863 to 1975, leaving behind extensive gardens and 11 heritage buildings ranging from the main convent building and cloister to the industrial-scale Magdalen laundries. In this century it has become an arts centre, providing space for artists’ studios, a performance venue, a radio station, cafes, restaurants, and much more.


Please join us for a tour of the site at 5.30 pm (meet at the site entrance off St Heliers Street), then move to Handsome Steve’s House of Refreshment on the first floor of the convent building at 6 pm, where nibblies will be provided and drinks available at the bar, or just join us at Handsome Steve’s from 6pm. Note: this is a members’ event, though perspective members are welcome to attend as guests of current members.


Where:  Abbotsford Convent, St Heliers Street, Abbotsford

When:  5.30 pm (tour), 6 pm (drinks), Monday 7 December

Cost:  Tour & nibblies free for ICOMOS members; $5 for guests of members

RSVP:  by 3pm, Friday 4 December to austicomos@deakin.edu.au


3) WA ICOMOS Christmas drinks


Join ICOMOS colleagues and friends for Christmas drinks at Mrs Brown’s, 241 Queen Victoria St, North Fremantle on Tuesday 8 December from 6 pm.


Mrs Brown’s is one of Perth’s new small bars and is part of a revitalization of historic North Fremantle’s town centre.


Stay on and enjoy a gourmet burger from Flipside right next door – Flipside staff will deliver to your table at Mrs Brown’s while you enjoy your drink.


4) Second call for EOIs for two AI working groups


Further call for Expressions of Interest from members for the following Reference Groups:


     Indigenous Heritage

     Pacific Heritage


We had a disappointing response to our previous call for members with relevant qualifications and experience to join these two Reference Groups.


The main terms of reference of these groups is to act as pool of ‘expert’ members who can be called upon (sometimes at short notice) to assist and provide advice if a relevant (Australian Indigenous heritage or Pacific heritage) issue arises in the work of the AI Executive Committee. This is most commonly related to requests for input regarding government policy, comment on draft legislations and or reviews and so forth.  The work involved isn’t necessarily a regular or onerous task.


At this stage these groups are not envisaged as working groups or information exchange groups with a regular work load as such (not that this is discouraged). Although, it is possible that this might change if specific larger issues evolved that required sustained consideration.


If you are interested in getting involved in any of these groups please send a brief Expression of Interest of no more than 500 words including your name and contact details and an outline of your experience, qualifications and interest in the topic.


Please clearly indicate at the top of your EOI the Working Group you are interested in. Email EOIs to austicomos@deakin.edu.au no later that 5pm Friday 11 December 2009 as we would like to have these reference groups established for the new Year. If you responded to the previous call for EOI then you do not need to resubmit your EOI as it will be considered in this round.


5) Announcement of winners of the Australia ICOMOS Victorian Scholarship


As part of the implementation of the Victorian Government’s strategy Victoria’s Heritage: Strengthening our Communities, an Australia ICOMOS Victorian Scholarship has been offered again this year.


The scholarship is to help build capacity within the heritage industry in Victoria, by supporting participation in recognised heritage conservation courses.


This is a great initiative of Victorian Government and Heritage Victoria, and Australia ICOMOS is very pleased to implement it.


I am delighted to advise that there are two very worthy winners of this year’s Australia ICOMOS Victorian Scholarship who have shown a deep commitment working in the heritage area.


Giselle Harris is a historian working as an intern at Heritage Victoria.  Amanda Mulligan is also employed by Heritage Victoria as the Hearings Support Officer.  Each has been awarded a scholarship of $2,500 to attend the seven day University of Canberra course, Cultural Heritage Management run by Professor David Young.


Congratulations to Giselle and Amanda!


Dr. Sue McIntyre-Tamwoy

President, Australia ICOMOS


6) Burra Charter Development Program – possible Charter refinements?


As part of the Burra Charter Development Program, one of the tasks being considered by the Working Group is the need for possible refinements to the Charter itself.  It is 10 years since the Charter was adopted and we are keen to hear from practitioners and users about any issues or problems people may have encountered.  Following the major review in the 1990s, it is not expected there are major issues but it seems possible there may be smaller problems.


Comments will be collated and considered by the Working Group prior to consultation with both the Executive Committee and wider membership.


Please send any comments to Duncan Marshall at marsd@ozemail.com.au by 11 December.  It would be helpful if comments could be structured to:


  identify the relevant article/s (if the issue relates to a specific article)

  describe the issue briefly, and

  if possible, suggest a solution.


7) The Australian Bungalow in Malta Working Group – Call for Expressions of Interest


Call for Expressions of Interest for a new project based Working Group – The Australian Bungalow in Malta Working Group



Dear member,


While in Malta at the Advisory Committee meeting I along with a number of other Australia ICOMOS people present had the opportunity to visit this cottage.


Some facts on the Australian bungalow in Ghammieri, Malta (courtesy of Sheridan Burke):


  1890-1910 kit building

  Transported to Malta from Australia during the 1920s, mentions in Parliamentary debates and dispatches to and from Australia

  At Bugeja Technical School between 1928/29. Used train potential migrants in common building techniques they may encounter

  Boys Technical Institute, Hamrun (date?) bungalow vas built and dismantled (to roof level) within a hall measuring 8  by 32 metres by students with collection of tools and machinery that survives

  Moved outdoors to Government Experimental Farm, Ghammieri as Migrant’s Training Centre between 1929-1933. Painted.

  Land directly behind the bungalow for training agricultural methods, using imported  Australian tools (since lost).

  Bungalow constructed in red and white deal; Corrugated iron sheeting used for roofing; Concrete slabs laid around bungalow beneath overhanging verandah.; Original down piping is circular additions in a square form; Original wooden stumps and termite caps replaced with limestone blocks; Paint scraps have revealed minimal paint layers have been added since it was originally painted


There are several steps that need to be undertaken:


Task 1: Prepare a schedule of emergency maintenance works need to be prepared and funding needs to be sourced to ensure that the building is stabilised

Task 2: Finalise the draft CMP prepared by volunteers but unfinished

Task 3: Assess potential for listing on the National Heritage List and if appropriate prepare listing proposal.

Task 4: Prepare estimates of cost for conservation works and secure funding.


This working group will need to liaise with Heritage Malta to ensure that proposals developed are appropriate. Heritage Malta and ICOMOS Malta have indicated in principle support for this project.


If you are interested in participating in this working group please send a brief 200 word bio to Georgia Meros at austicomos@deakin.edu.au.


We really need a couple of keen and committed members who are willing to do a short burst of work to get this project underway before the building deteriorates to a point where it is not salvageable. Please consider devoting your time to this project.


Susan McIntyre-Tamwoy

President, Australia ICOMOS.


8) Call for Expressions of Interest for CIAV Workshop in Sweden


Expressions of Interest for CIAV Workshop in Sweden

C I A V   V E R N A D O C   2 0 1 0   

The international documentation camp of vernacular architecture


Please see the attached notice for details. As there are only position for 2 ICOMOS members per country, Australia ICOMOS members interested in participating are asked to forward a brief EOI to austicomos@deakin.edu.au by Friday 11 December. 


EOIs will be considered by a 2 person team headed by Miles Lewis, honorary member of CIAV, and an AI Exec Committee member tba. Prospective applicants are urged to pay close attention to the stated aims of the workshop and to note the requirement "Min one member in the “country group” is competent to teach the method in the home country and competent to arrange an international documenting camp in the home country".


9) NSW Heritage Council's Technical Advisory Group (TAG) – call for Expressions of Interest


Expressions of Interest are sought in the membership of the NSW Heritage Council's Technical Advisory Group (TAG).


The Technical Advisory Group advises the Heritage Council of NSW, the Heritage Branch and the community on best practice in the conservation of materials in heritage items, buildings and sites.


New members are being sought for 2010-2012 across a wide variety of backgrounds, including: Heritage Architects, Materials Scientists, Tradespeople, Conservators, Academic Staff and Asset/Property Managers.


Closing Date: Monday 11th January, 2010.


See the attached Expressions of Interest Notice for further information.


10) GCI Bulletin – available online


To view the December 2009 issue of the GCI bulletin, visit



11) International Conference “Museums and Restitution”, 8-9 July 2010, University of Manchester – call for papers


Museums and Restitution is a two-day international conference organised by the Centre for Museology and The Manchester Museum at the University of Manchester. The conference examines the issue of restitution in relation to the changing role and authority of the museum, focussing on new ways in which these institutions are addressing the subject.


For further information, visit http://www.manchester.ac.uk/museumsandrestitution/


Deadline for Abstracts: Friday 11 December 2009


12) Rehabilitation and Revitalization of Mediterranean Historic Centres Panel – deadline reminder


The deadline to submit your paper for the Panel Rehabilitation and Revitalization of Mediterranean Historic Centres is 15 December 2009. This panel is organized by RehabiMed Association inside the WOCMES International Congress that will be held in Barcelona on July 2010.


Visit http://wocmes.iemed.org/en/news-deadline-call-for-activities/detallnews for further information.


13) New book announcement


Fantastic Dreaming: The Archaeology of an Aboriginal Mission by Jane Lydon (AltaMira 2009).


 From their earliest encounters, white settlers evaluated Australian Aboriginal people on the basis of their material culture. This book shows how colonial practices of controlling and transforming Indigenous people centred upon material goods and practices, and especially their domestic environment. In this view objects are equated with identity, an essentializing approach that still persists within archaeological analysis. Through the example of Ebenezer Mission in south-eastern Australia, this study explores the complex role of material culture and spatial politics in shaping colonial identities.


Paperback $49.95 (Australian)

ISBN: 9780759111059


Available from:


(Australia) Readings Carlton

309 Lygon St

Carlton Vic 3053

Phone (03) 9347 6633



(US and Europe) http://www.altamirapress.com


"Lydon's Fantastic Dreaming represents an important contribution to our understanding of the complexities of cross-cultural exchange in Australian history. Focused on the mission site of Ebenezer in Victoria, Lydon skillfully weaves a story of transformation and persistence that is grounded in a deep engagement with the place, its people, and material culture recovered through survey and excavation. Significantly, Lydon's story acknowledges the importance of Ebenezer to those whose lives it has touched in so many ways, and it provides an exemplar of how researchers and indigenous people can together create compelling history."—Timothy Murray, La Trobe University


"This book adds another layer to our increasing understanding of the nuances and subtleties of culture contact and colonialism in all its guises. Lydon provides an account of mission society that is rich in detail and profound in sensitivity. Archaeologists would be wise to emulate her … She sets a high standard for historical archaeology."—Charles E. Orser, Jr., New York State Museum


This book will be launched on Saturday 12th December at the Australian Archaeological Association Annual Conference at Flinders University, South Australia.


14) Interpretation Manager, Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority


Interpretation Manager, Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority


The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority manages both the Coal Mines

Historic Site and the Port Arthur Historic Site, Tasmania’s premier tourism and cultural  heritage destination. Both sites are on the Tasmanian Heritage Register, the National Heritage List and included in the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Nomination.


The Authority is seeking to appoint an Interpretation Manager who will develop and manage interpretive programs for both sites, oversee the care and management of the Site’s collections, oversee the education program, provide strategic advice to senior management and contribute to the establishment of PAHSMA as a centre of excellence in the conservation and interpretation of cultural heritage places of international significance.


The position is permanent full time working 38 hrs per week. Classification Level is Professional Stream Band 3 with a commencing salary of $77,210 per annum. The position is based at the Port Arthur Historic Site, some 100 kms from Hobart.


For further information about the position please contact Dr Jane Harrington, Director, Conservation & Infrastructure on (03) 6251 2330, mobile 0409 344598

or email jane.harrington@portarthur.org.au.


Intending applicants must obtain the appropriate information and application form. To obtain this and for information on how to apply, contact Philip Johnston, Human Resources Co-ordinator on (03) 6251 2357 or email recruitment@portarthur.org.au.


Closing Date:  Monday 14 December 2009

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