Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 551

  1. IMPORTANT notice re: staffing of Australia ICOMOS Secretariat Office
  2. Australia ICOMOS VIC World Heritage Forum
  3. Mudgee Regional Tour – September to October 2012
  4. Prince Claus Fund Accepting Proposals
  5. Open tender to write a thematic history for Modernism in NSW
  6. “Digging up the Relatives” Talk, Sydney
  7. Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific Seminar, Deakin University (VIC)
  8. News from Réseau Art Nouveau Network
  9. Heritage Victoria’s Inherit e-newsletter available online
  10. Donald Horne Institute for Cultural Heritage Symposium, Canberra
  11. Report on the 2012 US/ICOMOS International Symposium is Now Online
  12. IPPHA courses
  13. ‘Sustaining Places of Worship – New Thinking for South Australia’
  14. News from World Monuments Fund
  15. Port Arthur Talks on September 13
  16. The Garden of Ideas Exhibition, New South Wales
  17. ‘Rust, Regeneration and Romance: Iron and Steel Landscapes and Cultures’ conference – call for papers
  18. “Between Rejection and Appropriation – The Architectural Heritage of Socialism in Central and Eastern Europe” conference
  19. New Smithsonian Institution Website on World Heritage
  20. “Protected Areas in a Changing World” conference – call for proposals
  21. 44th Annual EDRA Conference
  22. SITUATION VACANT Peleliu Battlefield National Historic Landmark Project – call for proposals
  23. SITUATION VACANT Environmental Officer, Department of Finance and Deregulation (Finance), Canberra


1. IMPORTANT notice re: staffing of Australia ICOMOS Secretariat Office

The Australia ICOMOS Secretariat will be staffed at a reduced level between 7 September – 3 October inclusive.

Thank you to all Australia ICOMOS members who have renewed their membership thus far – it is much appreciated. Please note that membership renewals will not be processed during the above time period, but publication orders where credit card details are provided will be.

The E-news will still be published. Please ensure all submissions for the E-news are submitted by 2pm Thursdays – this deadline will be strictly adhered to.

Though the Secretariat will be staffed intermittently, responses to queries, etc may take longer than usual.

Australia ICOMOS appreciates your patience during this time.


2. Australia ICOMOS VIC World Heritage Forum

World Heritage Forum, VIC

Date: Tuesday 16 October

Time: Forum 6-9pm, Tour of Trades Hall at 5pm

Venue: Bella Union Theatre at Trades Hall

Cost: $ 20.00 (ICOMOS Members) $ 25.00 (Non Members); pay at the door

RSVP: by Friday 5 October via email to the Secretariat.

The ICOMOS theme for 2012 is World Heritage in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the World Heritage Convention.

Input from each state into three key questions will be forwarded to the national symposium, to be held in Sydney this November.

For further information, download the Australia ICOMOS VIC World Heritage Forum Invitation.


3. Mudgee Regional Tour – September to October 2012

Three day event – Labor Day Long Weekend – Saturday 29 September to Monday 1 October

Join the Twentieth century Heritage Society of NSW on another of our insightful annual expeditions to a regional town. Talks, walks, dinners and drives in the company of those who appreciate the architectural and design heritage of the Twentieth Century. We look forward to your company on this interesting tour.

Enjoy the wonders of this mid-western town, including guided heritage walks, lunches and a special “Heritage Dinner” with two guest speakers, architect Dr Roy Lumby on cinemas in country NSW and historian John Broadley on Mudgee’s 20th century heritage.

Also enjoy access to private properties not normally open to the public.

Accomodation (2 nights) is paid separately by you – but so you won’t miss out (it’s a busy weekend in Mudgee) we’ve blocked book rooms at Parklands Resort just for our group. But be quick, accommodation is being snapped up and the rooms are going fast. The Parklands block booking is held only until 31 August!

Tour cost includes the heritage dinner with two guest speakers, three lunches, heritage walk of Mudgee town centre and driving tours of Mudgee, Kandos, Rylstone and Gulgong.

Full details and costs are available by clicking here.


4. Prince Claus Fund Accepting Proposals

The Prince Claus Fund welcomes project proposals that focus on providing first aid to heritage or cultural goods that have been damaged by natural disaster or conflict in the year 2012. Also eligible for funding under this call are measures to protect cultural heritage that is under imminent threat of destruction.

Through its Cultural Emergency Response (CER) programme, the Prince Claus Fund provides first aid to stabilise a situation until a longer term solution can be found. CER supports quick actions to rescue cultural heritage, aims to prevent further damage and carries out basic repairs. CER implements its cultural emergency relief actions in direct cooperation with local partners in the affected communities.

Submissions deadline: 1 October 2012. Proposals received after this date shall be processed in 2013. Given the emergency character of the work we would like to ask you to send in proposals as soon as possible.

Application forms may be found at the Fund website.

Please send completed proposals to this email.

Submitted proposals need to meet the following requirements:

  • The proposed measures correspond to needs that are caused by recent disaster or conflict.
  • The project proposal will be implemented by a local partner from the affected community or closely related to it.
  • A project can only be considered if the proposed actions are in agreement with and involving the surrounding community
  • The proposal focuses on concrete emergency measures to safeguard or protect material heritage in danger of being lost Information is provided on follow up measures that will sustain the proposed emergency measures
  • The budget does not exceed an amount of 35.000,- euro per proposed project

Support is primarily given to people and organisations in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.

CER cannot take proposals into consideration that address long term neglect or address privately owned properties. The Prince Claus Fund tries to process all requests for emergency aid to cultural heritage as quickly as possible but it can take up to a few months in case the Fund receives a great number of proposals. Please note that project proposals are processed in the same order they are received.


5. Open tender to write a thematic history for Modernism in NSW

 The Heritage Branch is advertising an OPEN TENDER to appoint a consultant to write a thematic history for the “Modernism” State Heritage Register Listings theme. To find out more and download the tender documents please visit the website.

Closing date for quotations: 24 September 2012

Project commencement by: 5 October 2012

Project completion by: March 2013

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Bronwyn Hanna on (02) 9873 8585 or email Bronwyn.

or Susan Duyker on (02) 9873 8530 or email Susan.


6. “Digging up the Relatives” Talk, Sydney

Please join the University of Newcastle and the University of New South Wales from 5-7pm on Friday 7 September at History House (133 Macquarie Street) to hear:

Digging up the Relatives: David Walker talks to Ruth Balint about family, history, memory and much more

In 2004, David Walker became legally blind forcing him to rethink the kinds of writing that were still available to him. His recent book, Not Dark Yet: a personal history (Giramondo, 2011) explores the interconnections between family, local and national histories. The book draws upon the unassuming and largely undocumented lives of an ‘ordinary’ middle class family to explore some of the big pre-occupations of our history: bush and city, belonging, discipline, gender, race, war and the home. As witty as the book often is, the darker undercurrents of loss, prejudice, violence and dementia haunt the text.

David Walker is Alfred Deakin Professor of Australian Studies at Deakin University and a pioneer in the field of Australian Studies.

Postgrads, professional historians and members of the public are particularly welcome. Wine and snacks will be served, and we will adjourn for early dinner nearby after the presentation. Please pass this invitation on to anyone who might be interested. For more information, please email Lisa Ford or email Nancy Cushing.

For further information, download the Digging Up the Relatives flyer.

Save the Dates – Future Talks

  • 12 October: Dr Ruth Balint (UNSW) “Identities Lost and Found: The Creation of the Displaced Person in the Cold War”
  • 2 November: Dr Ian Evans (independent scholar) “Ritual Objects”

This event is co-sponsored by the University of Newcastle and the University of New South Wales.


7. Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific Seminar, Deakin University (VIC)

Deakin University’s next Cultural Heritage seminar will be held on Wednesday 26 September. Dr Benjamin Isakhan will be speaking on ‘Heritage Destruction and Violence in Iraq: Bombing Mosques and Ethno-Sectarian Violence, 2006-7’.

Since the invasion of 2003, Iraq has suffered an extraordinary era of both heritage destruction and devastating spikes in violence. While cases such as the 2003 attacks on the Iraq National Museum and the Iraq National Library and Archive, as well as the systematic looting of Iraq’s sensitive archaeological sites, understandably caused outrage among scholars of heritage studies across the world, little attention has been paid to the destruction of Iraq’s many significant Islamic sites – particularly during the ethno-religious sectarian violence that raged across the nation in 2006-7. This paper presents the first results of a three year project funded by the Australian Research Council which aims to empirically test the assumption that a significant relationship exists between this spike in violence and the targeting of sites of Islamic heritage (mosques, shrines, etc.). To do this, the paper will compare and contrast the information in the world’s first database of heritage destruction (created by the author) and existing measures of violence in Iraq (such as the Iraq Body Count database). This will set the precedent for studies of both heritage and violence and enable policy formation towards the minimization of heritage destruction and spikes in violence during times of conflict.

Dr Benjamin Isakhan is Australian Research Council Discovery (DECRA) Research Fellow at the Centre for Citizenship and Globalization at Deakin University, Australia. Previously, Ben was Research Fellow at the Centre for Dialogue at La Trobe University and Research Fellow for the Griffith University Islamic Research Unit, affiliated with the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies, Australia. Dr Isakhan is the author of Democracy in Iraq: History, Politics and Discourse (Ashgate, 2012). Ben is also the editor of The Secret History of Democracy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012 [2011]), The Arab Revolutions in Context: Civil Society and Democracy in a Changing Middle East (Melbourne University Press, 2012) and The Edinburgh Companion to the History of Democracy (Edinburgh University Press & Columbia University Press, 2012). In addition, Ben has authored several publications including around 15 scholarly book chapters, 12 refereed journal articles and more than 20 refereed conference papers. Broadly, his research interests concern issues such as: Democracy in Iraq, the history of democracy and Middle Eastern politics and history. Ben’s current research includes the ARC-funded project ‘Measuring the Destruction of Heritage and Spikes of Violence in Iraq’ (DE120100315) which involves several field trips to Iraq.

All welcome. Free of charge.


Deakin University Melbourne City Centre
Meeting Room 2
Level 3, 550 Bourke St
Melbourne VIC 3000

Date & Time

Wednesday 26 September, from 5.30pm

For further information, please email Steve Cooke or contact him on (03) 9244 6827. RSVPs are also appreciated – please email Steve Cooke.

The full list of this year’s seminars is available at the CHCAP webpage or download the CHCAP 2012 seminar series flyer.

Previous seminar available online

For those of you who missed Andrea Witcomb’s seminar, the event was recorded and you can now access it via iTunes where you can also subscribe to future seminars.


8. News from Réseau Art Nouveau Network

To read the latest news from the Réseau Art Nouveau Network, click here.


9. Heritage Victoria’s Inherit e-newsletter available online

 To view the August issue of Inherit, click here.


10. Donald Horne Institute for Cultural Heritage Symposium, Canberra

3D encounters: 3d imaging and digital technologies in the museum space
Presented by Mona Hess, University College London

Date: Tuesday 11 September 2012
Time: 5.00pm (for a 5.15 start) Drinks from 6.30 to 7.30
Venue: Donald Horne Institute for Cultural Heritage, Room 5, Level C, Building 7, University of Canberra
RSVP: via email to The Donald Horne Institute

Mona will speak about her work at UCL’s Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology

For further information, click on the links below.


11. Report on the 2012 US/ICOMOS International Symposium is Now Online

Please see the Commentary, Review and Conclusions from the 15th US/ICOMOS International Symposium at the website.

Please visit and “like” our Facebook page to see photos of the event.

The 2013 US/ICOMOS International Symposium Call for Abstracts is available.


12. IPPHA courses

The Institute for Professional Practice in Heritage & the Arts (IPPHA) is taking expressions of interest for the following courses:

Indigenous collections in Canberra’s National Institutions: a behind the scenes look at their value, curation and use.

From 17-21 September 2012 at the Australian National University and Canberra’s cultural institutions, a five day professional development short course providing an update of professional practice in the planning, development and use of Indigenous collections, benefiting from the experience of Australia’s national cultural institutions.

For more information, refer to the Indigenous Collections Flyer.

Memory of the World twenty years on: assessing the material records and links in international practice.

On Friday 9 November a one day professional development update that explores our growing heritage of documents and records and the strong links to heritage places and intangible aspects of heritage.

For more information, refer to the Memory of the World Flyer and Memory of the World – Expression of Interest Flyer.


13. ‘Sustaining Places of Worship – New Thinking for South Australia’

This half-day multi-faith event, coordinated by the State Heritage Unit SA, in conjunction with Australia ICOMOS and the Anglican Church, stands to be a very interesting morning of discussion and debate focused on the challenges faced in South Australia by all faiths in conserving and developing their buildings, and what could be done to better assist them in providing their Places of Worship with robust and sustainable futures.

Venue: St. John’s Anglican Church, 379 Halifax Street, Adelaide
Date & time: Friday 14 September, 9am to 12.30pm

Please confirm attendance by email to Ian Hamilton at the State Heritage Unit before 7 September, giving your name and contact details. Charge for attendance will be $20 per delegate and refreshments will be provided.

More information on the event is available on the Sustaining places of worship flier.


14. News from World Monuments Fund

 To read the latest news from the World Monuments Fund, click here.


15. Port Arthur Talks on September 13

‘Assessing the past: 35 years of archaeological collections at Port Arthur’
Presented by Jeanne Harris and Sylvana Szydzik

Archaeological investigations at Port Arthur began in 1977 with excavation of the Prisoners’ Barracks by Sydney University graduate student Maureen Byrne. Over the next 35 years, 600 archaeological projects have been undertaken by Port Arthur archaeologists and outside contractors. This talk presents a summary of the preliminary findings of the 2012 Collections Assessment Project, and future plans for the collections. We will discuss the interesting projects and artefacts rediscovered during this assessment and unfortunately, the sad condition of some of the early collections.


When: Thursday 13 September, 2012 at 5.30 p.m.

Where: Junior Medical Officer’s Conference Room

More information on the event is available in the Port Arthur Talks flier.


16. The Garden of Ideas Exhibition, New South Wales

The Garden of Ideas national touring exhibition sponsored by the Australian Garden History Society is on show at the Red Box Gallery, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney. This exhibition explores the ideas behind garden design imported into Australia in the 18th and 19th centuries, and local evolution and additions to these.

It features original archival plans, photographs, objects and rare books, such as books of James Jones, superintendent of the Botanic Gardens Sydney who visited Paris in the 1870s for its great exhibition, noting French park design and management of the era, which was innovative.

Entry is down the ramp off Mrs Macquarie’s Road, near the Woolloomooloo Gates to the gardens (and the land bridge and the Art Gallery of NSW). Five minutes’ stroll from Martin Place or Macquarie Street.

Please visit the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust website for more information.

Two upcoming events in parallel with the exhibition include:

October 4: Talk by Stuart Read – ‘Changes in the Sydney Botanic Gardens over the last 15 years – and heritage values’

Managing a modern botanic garden that is also well-loved as jogging track, major events space, green relief from city streets,bat-home &more – is at the best of times a challenge. How is this being achieved in a way that retains this place’s layered heritage values?

Bookings essential – for the above two talks: phone: (02) 9231 8182 or email the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust.

October 7: Self drive afternoon visit to Camden Park house, garden & nursery

A special ‘private’ visit to this famous place, only otherwise open to the public once a year. This place is rightly listed on the NSW State Heritage Register and while widely known as the ‘home of the Australian wool industry’ might be better appreciated for its role as early home of the country’s wine industry, early booster to its nursery industry and supplier of plants to generations of NSW and other gardeners, parks managers and more.

Includes tour and light refreshments.

$30 general / $20 AGHS members. Bookings essential for this event – phone: (02) 9997 5995 or email Jeanne.


17. ‘Rust, Regeneration and Romance: Iron and Steel Landscapes and Cultures’ conference – call for papers

‘Rust, Regeneration and Romance: Iron and Steel Landscapes and Cultures
10-14 July 2013
Ironbridge, UK

Organised by: Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, University of Birmingham UK Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust

Call for papers

This conference seeks to engage in an open multi-disciplinary analysis of iron and steel landscapes and cultures, from the ancient to the modern. It looks toward the legacies of both production and consumption and how these metals have influenced all aspects of social life. We wish to explore the relationships that communities, regions, nations share with iron and steel through its functional use, creative and artistic use and its symbolic use. Indicative questions the conference will address are: How are economies and societies transformed by the extraction and processing of iron? How does the environmental impact and legacy of iron and steel sites shape social and political life? How do governments and communities deal with both the expansion and decline of the iron and steel industries? What are the forms and formats of regeneration for iron and steel landscapes and communities? To what extent are global communities connected through iron and steel, economically and culturally? How have the landscapes and cultures of iron and steel found expression through various art forms? How are these landscapes managed and understood?

Send abstracts of 300 words with a clear title as soon as possible but no later than 31 January 2013 to the conference organisers.

For further information, please visit the conference website.


18. “Between Rejection and Appropriation – The Architectural Heritage of Socialism in Central and Eastern Europe” conference

“Between Rejection and Appropriation: The Architectural Heritage of Socialism in Central and Eastern Europe”
23-24 November 2012
Leipzig, Germany

International conference organised by ICOMOS Germany and the Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum Geschichte und Kultur Ostmitteleuropas at Leipzig University (GWZO) in cooperation with the International Scientific Committee of ICOMOS on 20th Century Heritage and the “denkmal” Trade Fair 2012.

For more information, refer to the Between Rejection and Appropriation Conference flyer.


19. New Smithsonian Institution Website on World Heritage

 Join the Smithsonian Institution and United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in a celebration of long-term, sustainable communities, and the efforts that are helping to preserve their cultural and natural heritage for future generations. Explore the beauty and value of World Heritage sites though the rich content available from the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and the treasures discovered in the collections of the Smithsonian.

Please visit the website.


20. “Protected Areas in a Changing World” conference – call for proposals

“Protected Areas in a Changing World”
The 2013 George Wright Society Conference on Parks, Protected Areas, and Cultural Sites
11-15 March 2013
Denver, Colorado

Call for Proposals

Every two years, the George Wright Society organizes the USA’s premier interdisciplinary professional meeting on parks, protected areas, and cultural sites. The Society is now accepting abstracts for their 2013 conference – the deadline for submissions is 1 October 2012.

For more information, please visit the conference website


21. 44th Annual EDRA Conference

When: May 29 – June 2, 2013
Where: Providence, Rhode Island

Submission deadline: September 21 2012.

The Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) is hosting its 44th annual conference in Providence, Rhode Island, May 29-June 1, 2013 in partnership with the School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation at Roger Williams University. We are broadly inviting submissions that address the intersection of environmental design and behavior and the built environment. More specifically, however we encourage submissions of proposals that address the identification and conservation of aspects of historic environments that positively influence multiple dimensions of health (e.g., physical, psychological).

More information on the conference and submission requirements can be found at the website


22. SITUATION VACANT Peleliu Battlefield National Historic Landmark Project – call for proposals

The Palau Historic Preservation Office is calling for proposals for the Peleliu Battlefield National Historic Landmark Project.


The work of this Scope of Work shall be performed from approximately 1 October 2012 through 30 September 2013.


Field investigation specified in this contract will be located at Peleliu Battlefield National Historic Landmark, located 30 miles south of Koror, Republic of Palau, in the Pacific. Access to the site will be provided by the governor of Peleliu through the Historic Preservation Office of Palau.

Background Summary

Peleliu Battlefield includes all of Peleliu Island which is in the southern Palau Islands. Peleliu is 30 miles south of Koror of the Republic of Palau, and 500 miles east of the Philippine Islands. It is six miles in length and two miles in width. Today, its people live primarily in two villages which were reconstructed after WW II, Klouklubed (the capital) and Imelchol, both near the north end of the island.

Project Tasks

This project will provide physical descriptions and condition assessments for seven building sites, some of which contain more than one structure (see attachment #1 for Building Descriptions). As part of this condition assessment the project will also provide preservation recommendations that will:

  1. identify any safety concerns in need of immediate attention to insure visitor safety
  2. make recommendations for treatment that will arrest conditions that contribute to the continued deterioration of these structures
  3. make recommendations for treatments to these structures in their current ruin state that will provide for their long-term preservation and in meeting future interpretive desires
  4. make recommendations for treatment for the feasible reuse of one or more of these structures for visitor or community use (i.e. visitor center, classroom, exhibit space, administrative space)

Proposals due: 30 November 2012

For further information about this project, including how to submit a proposal, click here.


23. SITUATION VACANT Environmental Officer, Department of Finance and Deregulation (Finance), Canberra

APS Level 5 – Environmental Officer
Asset Management and Parliamentary Services (AMPS)

Salary: $67,792 – $76,067
Reference Number: Job Ref: 063-12

Applications Close: Thursday 13 September 2012

TO APPLY: visit the Finance Jobs website

Contact Officer: Trish Jones, (02) 6215 2851

The Environmental Officer is primarily responsible for facilitating project environment approvals and operational compliance activities across portfolio properties and other ad-hoc properties. You will be required to provide advice on environmental issues, including remediation and contamination, statutory obligations and manage providers delivering these services.

About Department of Finance and Deregulation

The Department of Finance and Deregulation (Finance) is a central agency responsible for advising on and implementing many key Government priorities. We play a pivotal role in driving initiatives which, when in place, will help transform how the Australian Government conducts its business.

Joining the Department of Finance and Deregulation is a great way to make your mark, build professional skills and contribute to key Government priorities.

Finance offers a diverse range of exciting and rewarding opportunities across a number of classifications including:

  • accountants
  • administration
  • communications and marketing
  • contract management
  • economists
  • financial analysts
  • information and communications technology (ICT)
  • legal
  • procurement
  • project management
  • property and construction
  • public policy
  • social sciences

Finance offers challenging and rewarding work, generous starting salaries, innovative development opportunities and much more.

The Department of Finance and Deregulation requires that candidates be Australian citizens and prepared to undertake and pass a security clearance. Starting salaries will be within the range specified for the APS Level and will depend on experience. Total potential remuneration packages include salary and superannuation.

To find out more about the current opportunities in Finance, visit the Department of Finance and Deregulation (Finance) website.

To apply go to the visit the Finance Jobs website and complete the online application, which contains the duty statement and selection criteria.

One APS Career…..Thousands of Opportunities


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