Derek John Mulvaney AO CMG FAHA (26 October 1925 – 21 September 2016) was an Australian archaeologist known as the ‘father of Australian archaeology’. Moving from ancient history to archaeology in his studies at University of Melbourne, then Cambridge, he founded the Department of Prehistory and Anthropology at ANU in 1971 (later known as Department of Archaeology and Anthropology), retiring in 1985. His considerable input to the understanding of Indigenous Australia’s deep past is outline in the ANU obituary.
John Mulvaney’s roles extended to being a member of the committee of inquiry on museums and national collections (Piggott report) reporting in 1975, that ultimately led to the National Museum of Australia. He was a member of the first Australian Heritage Commission formed in 1976. These early experiences in heritage inspired him to a life‑long advocacy for cultural heritage, extending beyond Aboriginal archaeology, to Australia’s historic heritage and to the natural environments, taking a strong activist role beyond his official appointments. John Mulvaney was a public intellectual who always took an ethical stance for the recognition, protection and celebration of Australia’s heritage.
Max Bourke AM who was the first Director of the Australian Heritage Commission, and later a vice-president on the international executive of ICOMOS, commented on John Mulvaney:
John was a huge huge contributor behind the scenes at the beginning of the Australian Heritage Commission and the establishment of the World Heritage Committee that few would know of except those of us who worked closely with him at the time.
He happened to be in Cambridge at the time of the first World Heritage Committee meeting and we were not allowed to send anyone from Australia but we (the AHC) were able to get him there from the UK in a sort of sleight of hand!
John describes his first World Heritage Committee meeting, his experience with the Australian Heritage Commission, as one of the first Commissioners, joining ICOMOS and the idea of the Burra Charter in his article his article ‘The road to Burra: memories of an ancient traveller’ in the 2004 issue of Historic Environment dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Burra Charter.
As Max Bourke goes on to say:
It was John’s drive on the Australian Heritage Commission, not only regarding Indigenous sites but all forms of historic and natural places that played a crucial role in the establishment of that body.
He worked well beyond the role of merely a Commissioner of that body driving both the research agenda and being a superb front person when we needed it. He frequently helped me put together reports and documents when we had virtually no staff at the AHC, something you would not expect of Commissioners.
His role internationally in firstly getting Australia engaged with the World Heritage Committee then pushing for listing of a number of our sites proved crucial at the time, particularly in the case of South West Tasmania, though of course latterly in the case of the Great Barrier Reef.
Many people would not know of the role he played in this regard but I certainly recall it well.
Even after he, and I for that matter, had left the Commission, John’s unflagging advocacy for conservation consideration in the management of our landscapes was truly inspirational.
He was feisty, funny, dogged and a serious thinker, what a combination!
In John’s advocacy for heritage he did not resile from taking a public approach. He constantly wrote letters to newspapers and to politicians. At times he resorted to resigning from his official appointments to make his point, always supporting principled heritage decisions about heritage conservation, and not the slippery slope of those based on budgetary constraints or political convenience. John even resigned from ICOMOS when we started larger – and more expensive conferences, regretting this move as shutting out younger, new professionals. And yes, he rejoined later.
John Mulvaney’s memorial event held at ANU on Wednesday 5 October 2016 had hundreds come. Speakers included fellow archaeologists including past students, but als Geoffrey Blainey, eminent Australian historian. Blainey apologised for not being there, but had his eulogy read out, describing early days in the Department of History, University of Melbourne, and also joint Mulvaney-Blainey family picnics.
Bob Brown came, and was persuaded to give an impromptu eulogy, describing John’s passion against the early 1980s proposed Franklin Dam, that would destroy the area’s natural environment and the recently discovered Aboriginal heritage dating back some 20,000 years. More recently John campaigned strongly for the protection of the early French contact sites in Recherche Bay in SW Tasmania, castigating forest logging that was destroying the area.
Sir Neil Cossons, eminent British museum and industrial heritage expert, has forwarded an outline of John Mulvaney’s achievements and links to the many statements and eulogies across the wide range of John’s engagement with heritage (click on this link to download – Neil Cossons on John Mulvaney). Cossons says of meeting John Mulvaney:
I spent several days with John in the late 1980s and found him charming, immensely knowledgeable and hugely generous with his time and with a wonderful willingness to share his fund of scholarly insights with someone he’d never met before – ie. me!
A great man and a great loss
2. ICAM Australasia lecture: Architectural Collections and Private Practice, Friday 14 October, Sydney
ICAM Australasia lecture
Architectural Collections and Private Practice – A general introduction to archiving architectural practices
This lecture will focus on current work in architectural archiving.
Speakers include Christine Garnaut from the Architecture Museum of South Australia and a presentation from the RMIT design archive.
Where: The Australian Institute of Architects, 3 Manning Street, Potts Point NSW
When: 4pm, Friday 14 October 2016
Free Event but please register your interest as places are limited.
ICAM = International Confederation of Architectural Museums
3. ‘Locating the Past: Place and Historical Consciousness in Australia’, History Council of Victoria Annual Lecture, 20 October, Melbourne
The History Council of Victoria’s Annual Lecture for 2016 will be presented by Dr Anna Clark and held at the Old Treasury Building, Melbourne, as part of History Week in Victoria, on Thursday 20 October at 6 pm. Dr Clark’s topic is ‘Locating the Past: Place and Historical Consciousness in Australia’. Tickets cost $15 per person and include light refreshments. Seats are limited, so book now! Read more HERE.
Executive Officer, Margaret Birtley
Mobile: 0418 814 957
4. ICOMOS / Kyushu University workshop on reconstruction of destroyed/damaged cultural heritage, 13-15 March 2017, Paris
ICOMOS and Kyushu University, Japan will jointly convene an international workshop in 2017. The workshop is intended as an opportunity to engage in open and constructive discussion on the subject of the reconstruction of destroyed/damaged cultural heritage.
Under the title “A contemporary provocation: reconstructions as tools of future-making”, the venture is a pilot initiative of the ICOMOS University Forum, and will be hosted by ICOMOS in Paris from 13-15 March 2017.
Although primarily envisaged as an event within the University Forum, the organisers are concerned to ensure that intellectual contributions come also from outside the ambit of the university sector, and draw on the insights of the wider heritage-active community. We also hope to have a broad representation of disciplines as well as a global distribution within this group.
Since the workshop will not be presentation-based, but a discussion-based event, the size of the workshop cannot be large – we envisage a total participation of some 30-35 experts. The nature of the event is described in the ‘A contemporary provocation’ workshop concept paper.
Participation will be on the basis of an accepted abstract. If you would like to participate, please submit an abstract by the stated date, 27 October 2016, following the guidelines in the concept paper, and informing us which of the three workshop themes you would wish to address. We would suggest that abstract should go beyond a simple case study.
Museums Australia WA (MAWA) are opening their door wide open to anybody with an interest in engaging new audiences. At a time of redevelopment and exciting new proposals, now is the time to be thinking about how our cultural sector can be more connected, engaging and relevant.
The MAWA State Conference is looking at Engaging Your Community – new times, new strategies. We’re opening up the conference to larger audience than ever before, beyond museums and other collecting organisations, to invite all business, government, visitor engagement and tourism organisations who might be looking to use their museum, heritage and art assets to engage with people.
There are three brilliant international keynote speakers, including Dustin Growick from Museum Hack in New York City – a renegade organisation bringing excitement and innovation to some of the oldest museums in the US. Elizabeth Merritt from the Centre for the Future of Museums, and Tony Butler from Derby Museums Trust will also be presenting.
Local speakers will be having their say on everything from marketing to local government partnerships and bringing the WOW into our visitor engagements.
Registrations close Monday 10 October at 4pm.
Heritage Consultant Warwick Mayne-Wilson would be grateful if anyone could advise him if you know of any academic or heritage professionals’ paper, or any state or federal legislation, which treats or identifies heritage items or places in government ownership as a ‘public good’.
If you have any information that relates to the above, email Warwick directly.
Where: Thursday 10 November, 1.30-4.00pm
Where: Artlab Australia, 70 Kintore Avenue, Adelaide CBD (enter via Morgan Thomas Lane); FREE parking for participants on Torrens Parade Ground, Victoria Drive
Presented by History SA and Artlab to discover the projects and grants your community group or organisation can access to help care for your valued collections.
More information (and parking map) is in the Caring for Collections and How to Fund it flyer.
Please RSVP by Thursday 3 November – (08) 8207 7520 or via email to Artlab
The Western Australian Heritage Awards recognise outstanding commitment and contribution to heritage conservation, adaptive reuse, interpretation, tourism and promotion in Western Australia.
This year marks 25 years of the WA Heritage Awards. Since the first awards in 1992, the Heritage Awards have been an opportunity to showcase the excellent work in revitalising State Registered heritage places, setting standards in interpretation, heritage tourism, conservation and adaptive reuse.
Nomination is done through an easy-to-use online portal. Log in to the awards portal and complete your nomination by 4pm, Friday 25 November 2016.
For more information, visit the WA Heritage Awards website.
Are you looking for professional assistance with an exhibition idea or project? Would you like to develop your team’s exhibition skills? The Roving Curator Program could be the answer!
The Roving Curator Program provides small museums and galleries with exhibition development assistance, including several days on-site advice as well as follow-up support. See guidelines for the types of projects and support available.
Applications are now open and will close at 5pm on 18 October 2016.
For more information, visit the Museums Australia (VIC) website.
Heritages of Migration: Moving Objects, Stories and Home
National Museum of Immigration
Buenos Aires, Argentina
6-10 April 2017
In their movements between old and new worlds, migrant communities carry with them practices, traditions, objects and stories that are transmitted across new communities and through generations. This conference seeks to explore the layering of global cultures that has been produced by centuries of global migration, and its effect on memory, identity and belonging.
Call for Papers Deadline: 14 October 2016
For more information, visit the conference website.
Safeguarding and reactivating our heritage
Victoria’s heritage is rich and diverse with more than 2,325 State significant heritage places and objects on the Victorian Heritage Register. These contribute to the liveability of Victoria and provide a wide range of economic, social and other benefits.
The Living Heritage Program – included in the Victorian Budget 2015-16 – will provide $30 million over four years to safeguard and reactivate the State’s key heritage resources.
The Program includes $7 million for a competitive community heritage grants program targeting ‘at risk’ State-listed heritage places.
Applications are open
The first round of the competitive community heritage grants program is open and will close on 7 November 2016. There will be subsequent grant rounds in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
For more information, visit the Living Heritage Program website.
Applications are invited for the Grollo Ruzzene Foundation Fellowship for the amount of $12,500, which will support the continued development of conservation and preservation practice and skill development across areas such as (but not limited to):
- Clothing and textiles
- Museum artefacts
The application form, which contains further information, can be downloaded from here. Closing date for applications is Monday 17 October 2016.
After several years of work, and having consulted our members in order to learn about their needs, the ICOMOS Documentation Centre is proud to present its latest tool: the ICOMOS collaborative photobank. We thank warmly the Walloon region for their financial support throughout this project.
Every year, ICOMOS receives photographs from experts conducting missions on World Heritage properties, but also from generous donators willing to share their collections on historic monuments and sites. Around 2500 images of various types of cultural heritage properties from around the world are already in display in the ICOMOS photobank.
We now invite you to share your images with ICOMOS and take part in the documentation of our global heritage.
For more information, visit the ICOMOS website.
The National Standards Taskforce has just released version 1.5 of the National Standards for Australian Museums and Galleries – with updated resources and links.
Collecting organisations of all kinds are invited to use the National Standards as a practical resource.
The Standards are structured in three parts. ‘Managing the Museum’ focuses on museum management, from governance to day-to-day operations, resource management, and future planning. ‘Involving People’ addresses the role of the museum in engaging and involving visitors and the wider community. ‘Developing a Significant Collection’ focuses on collection management and conservation.
The release of this latest version continues the Taskforce’s commitment to continually review the document so that it remains relevant to the needs of Australian museums and galleries.
The document is intended to be freely available to Australia’s many museums and galleries.
International Conference on Structural Health Assessment of Timber Structures
20-22 September 2017
The SHATIS’17 International Conference on Structural Health Assessment of Timber Structures is a meeting organized every two years by countries with a rich history in timber structures and an advanced industrial and academic background in the wood sector. After 3 successful conferences in Portugal, Italy and Poland, the 4th edition of SHATIS will take place in Istanbul, Turkey in 2017.
Abstract deadline: 9 December 2016
16. Commonwealth Heritage Listing for the Residence of the Australian Ambassador in Washington – The Hon Josh Frydenberg MP & The Hon Julie Bishop MP joint media release
Australia ICOMOS is committed to the dissemination of relevant cultural heritage information. In line with this commitment we are circulating the following media release from the Hon Mark Butler, dated 5 October 2016.
Today we announce the inclusion of the Residence of the Australian Ambassador in Washington D.C. in the Commonwealth Heritage List.
The Ambassador’s Residence has significant heritage value because it housed the first Australian diplomatic mission to a foreign country outside of the Commonwealth. It is also symbolic of the beginning of an autonomous Australian foreign policy and the growing importance of the Australia-US relationship as a keystone of that policy.
Appointed by the Menzies Government, R.G. Casey was the first Ambassador to move into the house known as ‘White Oaks’ to establish a diplomatic presence for Australia in 1940 and initiate the Australia-US contemporary relationship. The American colonial style house was the primary base of Australian diplomacy in Washington until the first Embassy building was purchased in 1946.
Before the appointment of R.G. Casey in 1940, Australia conducted much of its diplomatic representations through the British Government, and the High Commissioner in London was the sole senior representative of Australia’s interests overseas. Australia now has 100 diplomatic missions representing its interests around the world.
Our Ambassador to the United States Joe Hockey currently lives at the Residence and previous occupants include Kim Beazley, Dennis Richardson, Michael Thawley and Andrew Peacock.
The Residence also hosts dialogues, discussions and events to further Australia’s diplomatic efforts. On 12 September 2001, Prime Minister John Howard used a press conference on the Residence lawns to invoke the ANZUS Treaty following the 9/11 attacks.
In 2006 President George W. Bush and Mr Howard planted two trees in the grounds to symbolise the continued Australia-US friendship, and in 2015 a reception was hosted at the Residence marking the 75th anniversary of Australia-US diplomatic relations.
The Commonwealth Heritage List is a list of natural, Indigenous and historic heritage places owned or controlled by the Australian Government.
Australia ICOMOS is committed to the dissemination of relevant cultural heritage information. In line with this commitment we are circulating the following media release from the Australian War Memorial (AWM), dated 5 October 2016.
A new permanent display at the Australian War Memorial presents the story of Australia’s military involvement in the Middle East, and will open to the public on 6 October 2016.
The 150-square-metre display extends the current Conflicts 1945 to today galleries. It covers the First Gulf War, Operation Habitat, the Maritime Interception Force, UN weapons inspections, as well as the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The display includes 220 items from both the Memorial’s collection and on loan from current and former Australian Defence Force personnel who served on those deployments.
This is the first major change to the Conflicts 1945 to today galleries since they opened in December 2007.
The Afghanistan section includes the preserved Explosive Detection Dog (EDD) Sarbi, on loan from her handler, Corporal David Smith.
Sarbi went missing in action during the engagement in which Corporal Mark Donaldson was awarded the Victoria Cross. After 13 months, Sarbi was recovered by US forces and reunited with her unit and handler. The Purple Cross medal awarded to her in recognition of her courage, strength, resilience and service is also on display.
In addition to the new display, the Memorial today launched a powerful 50 minute DVD: Afghanistan: the Australian story. Produced by the Memorial with assistance from renowned ABC journalist Chris Masters, it pulls no punches in presenting what Australians did in Afghanistan and the price that was paid.
The DVD includes 11 new interviews, which provide important new material, particularly about the role of Special Forces in Afghanistan. It also includes a compilation of interviews, film and photographs from the Memorial’s collection and tells the story of the Australian contribution to the war in Afghanistan since 2001.
Director of the Memorial, Dr Brendan Nelson, said more than 40,000 Australian Defence Force personnel have served in or directly supported operations in the Middle East since 2001.
“Tragically, 44 Australians have died as a result of their service in Iraq and Afghanistan, and hundreds more have been wounded,” Dr Nelson said.
“The nation owes an everlasting debt to current and former ADF personnel who have served for us, shared their stories, and loaned or donated their objects for the display. Afghanistan and the Middle East are now indelibly linked to Australia’s national story and as such it is crucial that their stories are told, and told now.”
DISCLAIMER: The Afghanistan: the Australian story DVD feature is rated M (consumer advice: ‘mature themes and violence’) and contains confronting material which may cause distress to some viewers.
The DVD will be available for purchase from the Memorial’s on-site shop and through its website. It also will be available for commercial digital download later this year.
History in action: performance as interpretation of historic sites
presented by Sue Benner and Alan Andrews
From William Shakespeare to Hilary Mantel, many authors have been writing about history in a fictional framework. Does fiction dilute historical fact? And whose facts are the truth? This talk will focus on the complex nature of writing history that is both narratively accessible yet holds the integrity of the historical evidence. Sue Benner will approach the talk from her writing lens and Alan will discuss his interpretation of the writing through his role as actor.
Sue has been involved in the arts for over 30 years as an administrator, theatre director and producer, teacher and writer. She is Chair of the Tasmanian Theatre Company, Chair of the Community Advisory Committee for the Tasmanian Health and Community Service, President of the local branch of Tasmanian Regional Arts, a member of the TRA Arts Advisory Panel, and a Partner in Turin Productions on the Tasman Peninsula. She is currently involved in the writing and production of interpretive performances at the Port Arthur Historic Site. One day she will retire.
Alan trained as an actor at NIDA and has since worked in theatre, film, television and radio both in Australia and the UK for 44 years. He represented Port Arthur at the first national conference of ‘The International Museum Theatre Alliance’ in Canberra and subsequently sat on ‘The Performance Review Panel’ at the National Museum. He is Vice President of the local branch of Tasmanian Regional Arts and Artistic Director of Turin Productions. He has enjoyed being involved in the research, development and performance of a new Theatre Interpretation program for Port Arthur this year.
When: Thursday 27 October 2016 at 5.30pm
Where: Junior Medical Officer’s Conference Room (rear of the house), Port Arthur Historic Site.
For more information call (03) 6251 2324.
Download the ‘History in action’ flier.
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TPG Town Planning, Urban Design and Heritage has been at the forefront of town planning and urban design for the last 25 years. With offices in Perth and Sydney, in August 2016, we joined forces with specialist place-making consultancy, Place Match, to create an exclusive one-stop shop for place creation – TPG + Place Match.
Due to one of our senior people going on maternity leave, we have a 12 month contract role opportunity to join our busy organisation as a Senior Heritage Planner.
The Senior Heritage Planner will require someone who has solid experience working in heritage planning from either the private sector or government; preferably someone who has had consulting experience.
The position is for those who have excellent technical knowledge, seeking challenges in managing projects and liaising with clients and a desire to work on some of the most exciting heritage projects in the State.
For more information and to apply, click here.
UNESCO Research Fellow in Cultural Heritage & Visualisation
School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts
Faculty of Humanities, Curtin University
Full-time, fixed term until 1 September 2020
$97,076 – $115,277 (ALB)
Do you have experience with digital archaeology and a passion to join the School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts?
Curtin University has, in cooperation with UNESCO, established a Chair in Cultural Heritage and Visualisation. The purpose of the Chair is to promote an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation on virtual heritage sites and facilitate collaboration between high-level, internationally-recognized researchers and teaching staff of the University and other institutions in Australia, Europe and North America and in other regions of the world.
As a Research Fellow, you will work with the UNESCO Chair on a project which aims to survey and promote guidelines, tutorials and open access tools for the design, preservation and teaching of 3D models and landscapes of UNESCO heritage sites, particularly in Australia. You will be expected to contribute to grant writing and research publications.
Along with a relevant doctoral qualification, the ideal candidate would have experience in aspects of digital archaeology, architectural computing, or databases and related programming (especially in the creation and maintenance of online repositories). Evidence of quality research outputs and interpersonal skills are also essential.
Applications close: 5 pm, Monday 24 October 2016 (AWST)
Trethowan Architecture are looking for an architect or related professional with relevant qualifications and experience to be involved in a variety of heritage projects.
If you are interested in the position please email Mark Stephenson at Trethowan Architecture.
Lucas Stapleton Johnson have a vacancy for a Project Architect or Architectural Assistant with demonstrated interest in heritage buildings for a full-time position. AutoCAD experience is an advantage.
Please apply in writing with CV to Lucas Stapleton Johnson, 155 Brougham Street, Kings Cross, 2011, or apply by email.
Strategic Heritage Officer
- Salary from $80,287.64 to $95,971.82 pa + super
- Potential to earn additional allowance of up to $4,531 pa
- Full maintained private use motor vehicle under Council’s leaseback scheme
- Nine day fortnight!
Woollahra has a rich and diverse history and natural setting that is represented in Victorian, Federation and inter-war buildings, precincts, settings and streetscapes. Council is seeking an enthusiastic and experienced person to join its heritage team in caring for this environmental heritage which has local, regional and, in many instances, a nationally recognised level of heritage significance.
Your role includes the preparation of heritage conservation policy and information, provision of advice to Councillors and staff, and promotion of heritage conservation in the community. You will also respond to customer enquiries and assist in explaining policies to customers.
- A tertiary qualification in architecture, town planning or an associated discipline with particular emphasis on the built environment
- Demonstrated current experience in the preparation, review and implementation of NSW heritage-related legislation, policies and strategies used in local environmental plans and development control plans
- Demonstrated current experience in heritage impact assessment, assessing heritage significance and preparing heritage inventory sheets for local and state heritage items
- A thorough current working knowledge of NSW heritage legislation and NSW Heritage Branch guidelines
- Time management skills, with a particular ability to balance priorities
- Project management skills
- Demonstrated research and problem solving skills
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, including skills in public presentation
- The ability to provide creative input to the operation of a team of multi-skilled professionals
- Well-developed skills in the use of PC software including Word and Excel
- Demonstrated commitment to the provision of quality customer service
- A Class C driver’s licence
- A tertiary qualification in heritage conservation
- Demonstrated experience in the preparation and review of planning policy used in local environmental plans and development control plans
- A working knowledge of NSW planning and environment legislation
- Experience with appeals in the Land and Environment Court
How to apply
- Apply on line by clicking here
- You will be asked to demonstrate how you meet each of the selection criteria
- If you have a separate statement addressing the selection criteria, please upload it as a cover letter and simply refer to it in the online questionnaire
- You will be able to upload 2 documents only.
- For information on applying for Council jobs, please visit this link
- For further information about the role, please contact Chris Bluett, Manager Strategic Planning on (02) 9391 7083 during business hours
- Our preference is for applications to be submitted online, however, we will accept hard copy applications addressed to Human Resources, Woollahra Council, PO Box 61, Double Bay, NSW, 1360
CLOSING DATE: Friday 14 October 2016
Woollahra Council is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at time of application.
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