Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 414

  1. The Australian Bungalow in Malta Working Group – call for Expressions of Interest
  2. Protecting your possessions against bushfire – AICCM media release
  3. Link to recent DEWHA media release


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

Dear member,

image006While 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):

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 by COB Thursday 17 December.

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.


2. Protecting your possessions against bushfire – AICCM media release

The Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material has released an information sheet STORING COLLECTIONS IN HIGH BUSHFIRE RISK AREAS, aimed at assisting individuals and those working with cultural collections to reduce the risks of fire when storing their precious possessions. It is being distributed to arts and cultural heritage organizations, local councils, emergency service providers and the media.

For more details, the information sheet and press release can be found on AICCM’s website at

Since Black Saturday, we all recognise that fires of a catastrophic degree can cause damage on a scale previously unimagined. However, stories have emerged that some treasures did survive, even paper items. While not a guarantee that items will not suffer damage, minimising risk through the storage methods recommended in the information sheet may offer some hope for items that have to be left behind on evacuation.

The AICCM website contains further information about the handling and care of salvaged items, particularly those damaged by fire or water. If you are affected by fires, you should retain damaged keepsakes that are still recognisable, even if damaged and dirty, as they may be salvageable.

Consult a conservator before you throw them away. Conservators can be contacted via the AICCM website or through state and national cultural institutions. The AICCM is the professional organisation for conservators in Australia.

Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material (Inc.)

AICCM Secretariat

GPO Box 1638

Canberra ACT 2601

Tel: +61 (0) 3 9013 0933



3) Link to recent DEWHA media release

3. Link to recent DEWHA media release

Expressions of interest for grants to commemorate eminent Australians


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Georgia Meros, Secretariat Officer
Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific
Deakin University
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