Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 783

  1. [NEW ITEM] Australia ICOMOS / DOCOMOMO / AIA NSW Chapter Sydney Talk Series, 15 June
  2. [NEW ITEM] Port Arthur Talks, Thursday 22 June 2017
  3. [NEW ITEM] 19th Australasian Engineering Heritage Conference, Mildura, 9-13 October 2017 – program announced
  4. [NEW ITEM] Travelling Stories, 10-14 October 2017, Tasmania: A conference with a difference – call for sessions
  5. [NEW ITEM] History Trust of SA announces Centre of Democracy – a new gallery
  6. [NEW ITEM] Conservation of Architectural Heritage conference, Luxor & Aswan, Egypt, 23-26 February 2018 – abstract deadline 11 June!
  7. [NEW ITEM] National Museum launches call for West Australian black swan objects – National Museum of Australia media release
  8. [NEW ITEM] WII wreck of HMAS Perth (I) – Australian National Maritime Museum media release
  9. [NEW ITEM] CIPA Ottawa – update
  10. [NEW ITEM] At home with Slawa! – special Open Day at Duldig Studio, Melbourne, Saturday 10 June
  11. [NEW ISSUE] The Johnston Collection – News
  12. [NEW ISSUE] Cambridge Heritage Research bulletin
  13. [NEW ITEM] CHNT 2017 – Call for Papers, Poster, Apps and Science Slammer: deadline extended
  14. Call for Expressions of Interest for the Australia ICOMOS Heritage Planning Working Group
  15. Call for New Members for the Australia ICOMOS Indigenous Heritage Reference Group
  16. Applications now open! Community Sustainability Action grants – Round 2 Heritage Conservation
  17. Issues Paper on the Cultural Heritage Duty of Care Guidelines Review – submission deadline extended
  18. CHASS 2017 Australia Prizes – nominations open
  19. ACT Heritage Awards 2017 – nominations open
  20. Haunting, Memory and Place: 21-22 September 2017, Melbourne School Of Design, University of Melbourne
  21. Call for Expressions of Interest – ATCH 2018 Visiting Fellows Program
  22. Industrial Heritage questionnaire – deadline 24 June 2017
  23. Deakin University Cultural Heritage Seminar, Melbourne, Wednesday 21 June
  24. University of Queensland Library event, 10 June
  25. Built Heritage Tourism Forum, 25-26 August 2017, Longford, Tasmania
  26. Community Green: Rediscovering the Garden Suburb Tradition of Local Open Space – talk, Melbourne, 14 June
  27. ‘Diaolou Towers of Southern China and their Australian links’ talk, 16 June, Sydney
  28. [NEW] CONSULTANCY OPPORTUNITY Cultural Study of Landscape and Art in the Dandenong Ranges, Yarra Ranges Council
  29. [NEW] CONSULTANCY OPPORTUNITY Ellensbrook Interpretation, National Trust (WA)
  30. SITUATION VACANT Senior Heritage Advisor, Public Works Advisory, Sydney
  31. SITUATION VACANT Cultural Heritage Coordinator, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Brisbane
  32. SITUATION VACANT Director-General, ICCROM, Italy
  33. SITUATION VACANT Conservation Architect, RBA Architects, Melbourne


1. [NEW ITEM] Australia ICOMOS / DOCOMOMO / AIA NSW Chapter Sydney Talk Series, 15 June

Introducing the Australia ICOMOS National Scientific Committee on Fortifications and Military Heritage


ICOFORT – the International Scientific Committee on Fortifications and Military Heritage – was formed by ICOMOS in 2005 and was established to engage with the heritage conservation issues related to structures, landscapes and monuments associated with military heritage. There is now an Australia ICOMOS National Scientific Committee on Fortifications and Military Heritage. This talk by Dr Matthew Kelly is designed to introduce members to some aspects of military heritage around the world and in Australia and to also announce the development of the National Scientific Committee focusing on Australian military and conflict heritage. This introductory talk will also hopefully encourage ICOMOS members to consider joining this new National Scientific Committee and engage with the issues related to managing this form of heritage in a modern world.

The talk will be preceded by a free tour of the Dawes Point Battery, with Denis Gojak.


Matthew Kelly is an experienced historical archaeologist, from Sydney, Australia, with a wide range of excavation and survey experience both in Australia, the south-west Pacific and Europe. Matthew has worked in both colonial heritage management and archaeology since the 1990s. Matthew’s overseas experience includes research projects in Portugal, Germany, Austria and Luxemborg. More recently his international work has been focussed on the survey of WW2 battlefield and defence sites in PNG on the Kokoda Track and the Sogeri Plateau – outside Post Moresby, and the remote sensing survey of two WW1 battlefields in Northern France. Matthew is also part of a larger team undertaking a survey of colonial and military archaeological sites in East New Britain, under an ARC Linkage Grant with James Cook University, Cairns.

Time & Date: Thursday 15 June 2017

Tour Venue: Dawes Point under the Sydney Harbour Bridge south side starts at 5:15pm for 5.30pm sharp directed by Denis Gojak regarding the Dawes Point Battery

Talk Venue: The Big Dig, The Rocks, 110 Cumberland St, Sydney NSW 2000 at 6:15pm for 6:30pm sharp after the tour

Talk Cost: Students $5, Members $10, Non-members $15 all payable at the Big Dig in cash

Talk RSVP: by Monday 12 June 2017 via email to Louise Cox. Bookings are essential as places are limited



2. [NEW ITEM] Port Arthur Talks, Thursday 22 June 2017

Runaway Convicts: Absconding Patterns in Colonial Australia
presented by Professor Hamish Maxwell- Stewart

Until recently many historians have down-played the rate of convict resistance. Recent research suggests that we might have to rethink this. Between 1824 and 1860 over 22,000 reward notices for runaway convicts were placed in the Van Diemen’s Land Government Gazette. Tens of thousands more appeared in the New South Wales equivalent. This paper uses this data to explore runaway patterns. Comparing these with other unfree societies, including slavery in the United States, it argues that convicts were highly mobile and that much of this withdrawal of labour was connected to work place resistance. This explains why the colonial state took absconding so seriously. Runaways were savagely punished, many of them ending up in penal stations like Port Arthur.

Hamish Maxwell-Stewart is a Professor of social history in the School of Humanities at the University of Tasmania. His research uses Tasmania’s colonial archives to explore intergenerational health issues and he is best known for his knowledge of convict transportation. He was awarded the Margaret Scott Award for the best book by a Tasmanian author in 2010, for his book ‘Closing Hells Gates’. He is currently collaborating with researchers at the universities of Liverpool, Sheffield, Oxford and Sussex on the ‘Digital Panopticon’ project, which is looking at the global impact of London Punishments between 1780 and 1925, as well as with Port Arthur Historic Site and the University of New England on a project to determine the effectiveness of convict labour as a tool of reform and training.

All welcome.

When: Thursday 22 June 2017 at 5.30pm

Where: Junior Medical Officer’s House Conference Room (rear of the house), Port Arthur Historic Site

For more information call (03) 6251 2324.

Download the ‘Runaway Convicts: Absconding Patterns in Colonial Australia’ flyer.


3. [NEW ITEM] 19th Australasian Engineering Heritage Conference, Mildura, 9-13 October 2017 – program announced

Putting Water to Work – Steam Power, River Navigation and Water Supply
9-13 October 2017
Mildura, Victoria

The conference organising committee has planned an exciting program for the 19th Australasian Engineering Heritage conference. 

Download the draft program here, please note it is subject to change    

In addition to the conference program there is also the opportunity to explore the P.S. Melbourne Mildura Paddlesteamers at the welcome event on Monday 9 October and network at the conference dinner on Thursday 12 October. Find out more about the social program here.

A conference coach tour will take place on Friday 13 October and will visit engineering heritage sites around greater Mildura area in Victoria’s Sunraysia including lunch and tour of Chaffeys’ original Chateau Mildura winery and museum. The tour concludes at the Psyche Bend Steam Pumping station – a unique opportunity to see the historic Chaffey-designed Tangyes pump lifting water from the Murray into the lagoon as originally designed.

“Putting Water to Work” will offer you insight into Australia’s rich engineering history.

Register before 31 July 2017 to secure the Early Bird Rate.

For more information, visit the conference website.


4. [NEW ITEM] Travelling Stories, 10-14 October 2017, Tasmania: A conference with a difference – call for sessions

This conference is the first-ever collaboration between the Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology (ASHA) and Interpretation Australia (IA). The theme is “Travelling Stories: connecting people and landscapes” and it will bring people together to explore new ways of telling stories about the important landscapes, places and environments in which we live and work.  It will be a travelling conference, moving through venues from Launceston to Hobart via key places along the Midlands Highway including the World Heritage-listed Brickendon; Ross; the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and the Shene Estate. We anticipate the attendance of people from a broad range of disciplines and professions – interpretation specialists, archaeologists, writers, designers, heritage consultants, heritage tourism operators, digital technology specialists, museum curators, tour guides, parks rangers, naturalists, visitor program managers – to explore common ground and approaches.

The conference theme will allow for the development of joint sessions and cross-disciplinary discussions about how data and research become transformed into knowledge and how knowledge can be shared with a wide range of audiences in a constantly changing world. There will also be opportunity for each organisation to develop conference sessions that relate to its professional interests and concerns, and to enable the delivery of papers about both natural and cultural environments.

We aim to develop the conference experience through an exploration of the excitingly complex and interesting landscapes of Tasmania and beyond, using both formal conference sessions and informed site visits. The conference will integrate field excursions with thematic discussions rather than relegating field trips to pre- or post-conference optional extras (although there will be some of those too!). In all of the conference deliberations the focus will be on the telling of new stories, using established and developing technologies for better interpretive outcomes, and in reaching audiences that previously may have seemed either physically remote or challenging to engage. We aim to foster new thinking, profitable collaborations and an atmosphere that encourages challenging the status quo.

Call for Sessions

Download the Call for Sessions for detailed information.

To facilitate the timely completion of the conference programme we ask that session proposals be submitted to the Organising Committee by Monday 3 July. Proposals should take the form of a session title, a 150 word (maximum) description of its aims and scope that can also serve as text for the printed programme, and name(s), address(es) and contact details for the session convenor(s).

Also keep an eye out on the conference website.


5. [NEW ITEM] History Trust of SA announces Centre of Democracy – a new gallery

The History Trust of SA is proud to announce that the Centre of Democracy has now opened its doors. The new gallery showcases the people and ideas that have shaped democracy in South Australia. Featuring treasures from the state’s collections and the latest in digital technology, our goal is to challenge visitors to think again about people and power.

Read the Centre of Democracy media release and visit the Centre of Democracy website for more information.


6. [NEW ITEM] Conservation of Architectural Heritage conference, Luxor & Aswan, Egypt, 23-26 February 2018 – abstract deadline 11 June!

Following the success of the first international conference on “Conservation of Architectural Heritage”, the second version of the conference will take place in Luxor & Aswan, Egypt from 23-26 February 2018. Scientific research will foster the attempt to improve the know-how in the field. Expected results include a better understanding of the problems facing architectural heritage, the development of policies favouring its conservation, the definition of practical guidelines and the organization of training and awareness activities.

Abstracts for this meeting are being accepted until 11 June 2017.

For more information visit the conference website.


7. [NEW ITEM] National Museum launches call for West Australian black swan objects – National Museum of Australia 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 National Museum of Australia, dated 6 June 2017.

The National Museum of Australia in Canberra is seeking objects that help tell the story relating to the adoption of the black swan as the symbol for the state of Western Australia.

In preparation for the development of a new gallery on the environmental history of Australia, the National Museum is seeking public help to bolster its collection of black swan related objects from Western Australia.

National Museum curator, Stephen Munro, said the Museum has a small collection of black swan-related objects and is looking to enhance this in time for the new gallery, which will explore the relationship between people and nature, with a particular focus on certain iconic animals and plants.

‘The black swan is an iconic symbol of Western Australia and we are interested in compelling objects which help to tell a broader story of how and why this animal was chosen as the state symbol and what it means to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians,’ said Mr Munro.

The black swan has a strong association with the southwest of Western Australia. It features in Indigenous Noongar Dreaming stories and is also represented on the state’s flag and coat of arms.

The black swan provides the name for the river on which the state’s capital is situated – and it also inspired a Perth brewery.

Objects of interest to the Museum include souvenirs, sporting uniforms, equipment, signs, flags, historic posters or advertising paraphernalia. The Museum is particularly interested in large objects such as billboards.

Information about black swan objects relating to Western Australia can be emailed to


8. [NEW ITEM] WII wreck of HMAS Perth (I) – Australian National Maritime Museum 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 Australian National Maritime Museum, dated 8 June 2017.

Maritime archaeologists from the Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) and the National Research Centre of Archaeology Indonesia/Pusat Penelitian Arkeologi Nasional (ARKENAS) have conducted a joint dive on the wreck of the Australian World War II vessel HMAS Perth (I), supported by officials from TNI-AL (Indonesian Navy), Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture (Jakarta), and the Directorate of Heritage and Museum- Regional Office Serang (BPCB).

Perth was sunk with the loss of 357 lives following a fierce sea battle against the Imperial Japanese Navy on the night of 28 February 1942 off the coast of Banten Bay on the northwest tip of Java in Indonesia, where the shipwreck remains today.

“It is with profound regret we advise that our joint maritime archaeologist diving team has discovered sections of the Perth missing. Interim reports indicate only approximately 40% of the vessel remaining. The research team has found evidence of large-scale salvage on the site, including what appears to be recent removal of material from the wreck,” said Australian National Maritime Museum director Kevin Sumption.  

Limited salvage is known to have taken place on Perth since the late 1970s, and in 2013 recreational divers reported damage to the site by unidentified salvors.

“This dive, following on from multi-beam sonar work commissioned in late 2016 by ANMM and ARKENAS, confirms that the site has since been significantly disturbed. While some damage is a result of the Japanese torpedo strikes that sank the vessel in 1942, and the expected degradation of the site over the last 75 years, there are signs the removal of this material is a result of salvage with some salvage equipment visible around the site.

“This isn’t what we were hoping to find. The museum appreciates the support of the Indonesian Government to-date to conduct the research dive and we remain committed to continuing to work in close partnership with our Indonesian colleagues at ARKENAS and with Indonesian authorities to secure formal protection of the site and protect what remains of the shipwreck. As the site lies in Indonesian territorial waters, it is important that we continue to work in close partnership with our Indonesian colleagues,” said Mr Sumption.

Director of ARKENAS I Made Geria said “The National Research Centre of Archaeology Indonesia (Pusat Penelitian Arkeologi Nasional) will always support the primary purpose of this project, which is to secure formal protection for the site of HMAS Perth, and to develop knowledge for the management of underwater cultural heritage in Indonesia.” 

Earlier this year Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Indonesian President Joko Widodo issued a joint statement during the President’s visit to Australia where they noted this year’s 75th anniversary of the loss of Perth and reaffirmed their commitment to work together to strengthen cooperation in the area of maritime cultural heritage in accordance with respective national policy, laws, and regulations.

The research dive was conducted on 14-17 May 2017. It is the first detailed survey of the wreck since 2015 and follows up on a remote sensing survey of the site carried out by the museum and ARKENAS in December last year. 

The expedition team will now formalise its report on the state of the shipwreck including the site’s stability. This information will be used to prepare, in consultation with ARKENAS, a detailed site assessment and a case for declaration under the appropriate legislation of the Republic of Indonesia. 


9. [NEW ITEM] CIPA Ottawa – update

CIPA2017 – Digital Workflows for Conservation
28 August – 1 September 2017
Ottawa, Canada

CIPA 2017 is proud to be the platform for over 256 contributions for a total of about 150 oral and poster presentations showcasing projects  and research conducted in Mexico, United Kingdom, Nepal, Italy, United States of America, China, Germany, India, Poland, Taiwan, Korea, Austria, Germany, Argentine, Turkey, Cuba, Philippines, Spain, United Kingdom, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Iran, Qatar, Zambia, Slovak, Hungary, Belgium, United Arab Emirates, Canada, Greece, Egypt, Ecuador, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Australia, France, Jordan, The Netherlands, Cyprus, Syrian Arab Republic, Singapore, and Costa Rica.


International Keynote speakers from industry, government and civil society

Symposia Keynotes

  • Chance Coughenour, Program Manager at Google Arts & Culture
  • James Hayes, Assisted Digital fabrication Expert, Carleton Immersive Media Studio
  • Yan HE, President of Tsinghua Heritage Institute for Digitization (THID)
  • Elizabeth Lee, Managing Director for CyArk
  • Brandon Montellato, University Relations Manager at DJI, serving as the lead liaison for university research
  • Fabio Remondino, Bruno Kessler Foundation) is head of the 3D Optical Metrology research
  • Richard O’Connor, Chief of the Heritage Documentation Program, US Park Service

NSERC Heritage Engineering Keynotes

  • Alonzo C. Addison, international leader in digital innovation for heritage
  • Koen Van Balen, Holder of UNESCO chair on preventive conservation, maintenance and monitoring of monuments and sites (PRECOMOS)

SSHRC New Paradigm / New Tools Keynotes

  • Gustavo Araoz, President of the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)

>>More about our keynotes 


Workshops and tutorials

Also, there will be workshops and tutorials on the followings topics – registration deadline extended to 30 June 2017.

  • Digital Fabrication for conservation of heritage places Workshop
  • Arches Heritage Inventory and Management Platform, Version 4.0 (GCI/WMF)
  • AMAL in Heritage Workshop: Emergency Management Tools for Cultural Heritage (GHF)
  • CIPA Tutorial on Dense Image Matching  for 3D Reconstruction
  • Workshop on Nunaliit Atlas Framework for Heritage Conservation
  • Workshop on 3D Scanning for Heritage Conservation
  • Augmented and Virtual Reality in Heritage Conservation 

>>More about workshops and tutorials


The deadline for registration is 30 June 2017 – REGISTER HERE


10. [NEW ITEM] At home with Slawa! – special Open Day at Duldig Studio, Melbourne,  Saturday 10 June

Join us for a Jause! In association with our current exhibition Slawa modernist art + design we invite you to a special Open Saturday event at Duldig Studio.

Eva de Jong-Duldig, the artists’ daughter, will take you on a tour of the family rooms and tell us about daily life at 92 Burke Road.

See how Slawa laid her dining table, the fine Viennese table setting, her exquisite heirloom hand embroidered linen from Austria and the coffee table setting made by Karl and in regular use by the family.

Tickets include tea, coffee, Viennese cake and some of Slawa’s home recipes.

1:00-3:00pm Saturday 10 June (tour commences at 1:30pm)
92 Burke Rd, Malvern East
Opposite Central Park



11. [NEW ISSUE] The Johnston Collection – News

Click here to read the latest news from the Johnston Collection.


12. [NEW ISSUE] Cambridge Heritage Research bulletin

To read the latest Cambridge Heritage Research bulletin, click on the following link.


13. CHNT 2017 – Call for Papers, Poster, Apps and Science Slammer: deadline extended

The 22nd International Conference on Cultural Heritage and New Technologies (CHNT 2017) will take place at the City Hall of Vienna, Austria from 8-10 November 2017.

The main topic of this year: Urban Archaeology and Integration – Combining archaeology, history, and new technologies.

The aim of this conference is to enhance the collaboration between historians and archaeologists and related disciplines using new technologies and to showcase best practice applications in multidisciplinary research.

  • Application of effective 3D-methods for reconstruction
  • Additional digital methods for the combined visualisation of archaeological and historical data
  • Application of new technologies to assess the archaeological record based on historical data
  • Games, apps, and teaching software integrating archaeological and historical knowledge
  • Historical data as a basis for checking or validating digital tools applied in archaeology and vice versa
  • Dealing with inscriptions (including cuneiform, hieroglyphs and symbols): digital methods for enhancing readability (e.g. Reflectance Transformation Imaging), pattern recognition of letters or pictograms, comparison of hand writing (same author?)
  • Statistical analysis investigating the correlation between historical place names and archaeological evidence

Important Deadlines:

  • Deadline Call: extended to 21 June 2017

For more information, visit the conference website.


14. Call for Expressions of Interest for the Australia ICOMOS Heritage Planning Working Group

The Heritage Planning Working Group is a newly formed Australia ICOMOS Working Group. The need for such a group was noted by the Executive Committee in 2016 given the extensive statutory planning changes occurring throughout Australia at present, much of which has significant potential impacts for cultural heritage. The purpose of the Group is to examine planning policy and provisions and current proposed changes to this across Australia in relation to cultural heritage and its conservation; and to identify issues for heritage conservation as well as actions that could be taken by Australia ICOMOS alone, or in partnership, to address or mitigate identified issues.

The Australia ICOMOS Executive Committee is looking for members for this new group. Members of the Working Group will need to have expertise and experience with cultural heritage planning, however they do not need to be practising planners. We are also looking for broad Australian representation in the Working Group.

If you are interested in being part of this Working Group, please complete the Heritage Planning Working Group EOI – May 2017 form and email it to the Australia ICOMOS Secretariat. The closing date for EOIs is the 30 June 2017.

If you have any queries in relation to the working Group please contact Australia ICOMOS Executive Committee member, Anne McConnell by email.


15. Call for New Members for the Australia ICOMOS Indigenous Heritage Reference Group

The purpose of the Indigenous Heritage Reference Group is to provide advice as needed to the President and the Executive Committee on any issues that arise in relation to the conservation of Indigenous cultural heritage. Issues may relate to specific sites as in the case of Indigenous issues in World Heritage Monitoring Missions or ‘framework’ issues as in the case of preparing submissions on legislation reform.

This reference group, initially a Working Group, has existed since 1998. The Group does not hold regular meetings, but is called into action as issues arise. Members are required to have high level qualifications and/or experience in Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage.

The Indigenous Heritage Reference Group currently has eight members, but in line with Australia ICOMOS policy, the Group is seeking to refresh its membership. We are therefore interested to hear from Australia ICOMOS members who are interested in becoming new members of the Indigenous Heritage Reference Group. Please note that members will be selected based on demonstrated expertise and experience.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Indigenous Heritage Reference Group please email an EOI to the Convenor, Anne McConnell. The closing date for EOIs is the 30 June 2017.

For more information on the Indigenous Heritage Reference Group or Australia ICOMOS Reference Groups and other groups and committees more generally click here.


16. Applications now open! Community Sustainability Action grants – Round 2 Heritage Conservation

Round 2 – Heritage Conservation of the Queensland Government’s Community Sustainability Action grants is now open for funding.

Grants of up to $50,000 are available for projects which seek to conserve and restore Queensland’s heritage-listed sites. Grants of up to $15,000 are also available for the preparation of new, or review of existing Conservation Management Plans.

Activities funded under the grant program may include urgent repair works, roofing, stumping, painting, point work and other similar repair works.

To receive funding, the site must be registered on the Queensland Heritage Register or on a local government heritage register.

Funding will be provided to individual owners of heritage-listed sites and organisations that are responsible for managing the sites.

Funding will also be provided to Local Government Agencies identified under Category 1 of the Remuneration Schedule of the Local Government Remuneration and Discipline Tribunal Report 2016.

Applications close 4:00pm, 20 June 2017.

More information about the grant program, including program guidelines and the application form can be found on the Queensland Government website.

For more information, email the Community Sustainability Action grants team.


17. Issues Paper on the Cultural Heritage Duty of Care Guidelines Review – submission deadline extended

The Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships has extended the deadline for receipt of written submissions relating to the Issues Paper on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Heritage Duty of Care Guidelines Review until Friday 16 June 2017.

For further information on the review, visit the Queensland Government website.


18. CHASS 2017 Australia Prizes – nominations open

The Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) invites nominations for their 2017 Australia Prizes.

The annual CHASS Australia Prizes are a great opportunity for the sector to showcase the excellent work being done in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) in Australia.

Kindly note nominations are currently open for four categories:

  • Book: non-fiction – cash prize of $3,500 sponsored by Routledge >> 2017 CHASS Australia Book Prize
  • Distinctive Work: an artistic performance, exhibition, film, television show, play, composition or practical contribution to Humanities/Arts/Social Sciences policy – cash prize of $3,500 sponsored by Routledge >> 2017 CHASS Australia Distinctive Work Prize
  • Future Leader: an individual under 30 demonstrating leadership skills and potential in the Humanities/Arts/Social Sciences – cash prize of $2,000 sponsored by Future Leaders >> 2017 CHASS Australia Future Leader Prize
  • Student: an essay, project or performance in any Humanities/Arts/Social Sciences area – $500 voucher sponsored by Co-Op >> 2017 CHASS Australia Student Prize

Terms and conditions apply, please refer linked flyers above and the CHASS website for more information. Download the 2017 CHASS Australia Prizes – Nominations Open flyer.

Nominations are open from anyone regardless of their years of training/study in the field, as long as the nominated work fits within the specified criteria.

Please note there is no nomination fee for any category, and self-nominations are welcome. Applications can be made online via the CHASS website.

This year, the Australia Prizes will be awarded on 10 October in Melbourne. If you’re interested, there are photos from last year’s event on the CHASS Facebook page and more information about past winners is available at this link.

Kindly note nominations will close at 5pm, 30 June 2017 and we strongly encourage applicants to apply early.


19. ACT Heritage Awards 2017 – nominations open

The scope of projects that can be nominated is broad, ranging from reports to building conservation or adaptation, and all aspects of heritage including indigenous and natural. Projects can be small or large but must be located in the ACT and have been completed within the last 3 years.

Nominations close on 7 July 2017.

Further details and nomination forms are available at the National Trust (ACT) website.


20. Haunting, Memory and Place: 21-22 September 2017, Melbourne School Of Design, University of Melbourne

We are currently inviting applications for the annual symposium of the Australian Centre for Architectural History, Urban and Cultural Heritage (ACAHUCH), based within the Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne – more details on keynote speakers to follow.

Submit your abstract of no more than 500 words by 10 June 2017 to Dr Gareth Wilson by email. Successful applicants will be invited to present a 15 minute paper. Applications from early career researchers and PhD students are strongly encouraged.

About the Symposium

We are haunted, we architects and historians; seeking knowledge in ephemeral traces and altered landscapes. We become intimately bound by the ghosts that we chase through the archives, longing for understanding through fragments of the practices and projects that are left behind. We seek resonances in the space, buildings and objects of the past.

What of the spectres of history and geography that have haunted architecture’s production, and the dark shadows of influence and authority drawn between Europe and its colonies? And what of the architects we study; what reverberations of bankruptcy and inferior workmanship, self-doubts, critiques and unfulfilled visions are they plagued by?

Symposium Themes

We invite contributors to consider:

  • Specular and spectral colonial comparisons.
  • Knowledge lost and recovered, archives absent and exhumed.
  • The ghosts of misadventure, forgotten rituals, routines and procedures, and lost opportunities.
  • Multiple pasts, the incongruities and dissonances of history; unsettled abject and uncanny spaces, places and narratives.
  • Recurrent apparitions of architectural figures, whether canonical or outlying, within history and practice.
  • Writing, drawing and photography as vehicles for figuring architecture’s spectres.
  • How particular architectural typologies, spaces or cities are haunted by confluences of fiction, myth, memory and popular culture, and acts of commemoration or desecration.
  • The influence of the historic imagination in contemporary culture; its impact on our reverence of place and inhabitation, in the treatment of heritage fabric and ruins, and attempts to resuscitate and interpret through digital means.
  • The pursuit of affect, reverberation and atmosphere in historical architectural sites.

It is intended that selected papers from this conference will be published in the format of an edited book or special edition journal.

Registration Fees

A fee of $50 will apply, to cover catering expenses.

Further information

For further details, please contact Gareth Wilson by email, ACAHUCH Research & Project Officer.


21. Call for Expressions of Interest – ATCH 2018 Visiting Fellows Program

The ATCH (Architecture Theory Criticism History) Research Centre invites Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for the Visiting Fellows Program 2018. The program welcomes Expressions of Interest from scholars with varying levels of experience who are carrying out critical research in architecture.

ATCH is located within the School of Architecture at The University of Queensland (UQ), in Brisbane, Australia. The Centre supports innovative and interdisciplinary research on the history, theory and criticism of architecture. Architecture and its place within a larger history of ideas is a strong focus within the Centre. Bringing together Postdoctoral Fellows, Research Fellows, Postgraduates and Academics from UQ’s School of Architecture, the centre offers a stimulating and rich environment for enquiry and debate. An active program of seminars, lectures, symposia, workshops and exhibitions is run throughout the year. For a full list of people, recent fellows and events please visit the ATCH website.

The Visiting Fellows Research Program supports short term residencies of one to three months for scholars to work on innovative research on the history, theory and criticism of architecture. Projects that overlap with the work of existing ATCH scholars will be favoured. The program welcomes applicants from all levels of academia but particularly encourages proposals from new and mid-career scholars. Visiting Fellowships are not open to postgraduate students.

The Visiting Fellows Research Program will provide a return airfare to Brisbane and a workspace within the centre. All Fellows will have access to UQ libraries, including the Fryer Library and Architecture and Music Library. Support for accommodation may also be available depending on the applicant’s financial circumstances.

Visiting Fellows will be required to present their research in progress in a public lecture, participate in seminars and conferences organised during their residency, and contribute to RHD events. Published outcomes of research undertaken during the Fellowship should acknowledge ATCH and the UQ School of Architecture.

While ATCH Visiting Fellows are solicited through EOIs, the Centre also directly invites Fellows to participate in the program.

Expressions of Interest should be submitted as a single PDF file and address the following items in this order:

  • Name and contact details
  • Title of Research Project
  • Short Research Proposal including intended outcomes (500 words)
  • Short Biography including details of qualifications and 2 recent publications (200 words)
  • Citizenship & Employment Status. Will the applicant be on sabbatical during the course of the Fellowship?
  • Is the project supported by other sources of funding?
  • Is financial assistance for accommodation requested, and if so, on what grounds
  • Preferred dates and duration of Fellowship in 2018

If the EOI proceeds to the second stage, the candidate will be invited to submit additional documentation, including:

  • A short statement of relevance to ATCH Centre and existing members’ work
  • Relation of the project to the applicant’s past and future research
  • Two samples of published written work (journal articles, pieces of criticism, book chapter, chapter from a submitted PHD thesis)
  • Name and contact details for 2 referees

Please note that the Australian Academic Year runs across two semesters from March to November with inter-semester breaks from late June to July and December to February.

EOIs should be submitted by email to Deborah van der Plaat by 1 July 2017. Candidates will be notified by 1 September 2017 if they have proceeded to the second stage.

For additional information please contact Centre Manager, Dr Deborah van der Plaat by email.


22. Industrial Heritage questionnaire – deadline 24 June 2017

Over recent years when Industrial Heritage has been discussed in forums such as the ICOMOS Scientific Council, Advisory Committee or Board meetings, a range of opinions has been expressed about the position of industrial heritage within ICOMOS.

After discussions in the ICOMOS Scientific Council, members of ICOMOS Ireland were asked to explore how dialogue and policy development on matters relating to Industrial Heritage would best be facilitated within ICOMOS. The Industrial Heritage Working Group (IHWG) was established during the General Assembly in Florence to look at ways and means, including the possible development of an ISC on Industrial Heritage for ICOMOS members.

The IHWG wants to get the opinions of the ICOMOS membership. An online questionnaire has been designed with questions that mainly require a yes/no answer, and in total should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete. We greatly appreciate you taking the time to complete the survey, and we have set a time limit for completion before 24 June 2017.


23. Deakin University Cultural Heritage Seminar, Melbourne, Wednesday 21 June

Deakin University’s next Cultural Heritage Seminar will be a presentation by Tim Edensor (Manchester Metropolitan University), on “Stony Histories of Melbourne”.


In this presentation, I will discuss the material composition of Melbourne in terms of the geological resources that have been used to build the city: stone, brick, cement. The paper will identify key sources from which these materials are derived to underline that cities are always composed from matter from elsewhere, forging, dispensing with and reforging connections. An examination of building materials can testify to the politics and tensions involved in these connections at various scales – colonial, pre-colonial, global, national and regional. By drawing on historical and contemporary research, I will discuss how Melbourne’s building stone and bricks have been subject to diverse, often contesting values that have fluctuated over time.


Tim Edensor teaches cultural geography at Manchester Metropolitan University and is a visiting fellow at Melbourne University. He is the author of Tourists at the Taj (1998), National Identity, Popular Culture and Everyday Life (2002) and Industrial Ruins: Space, Aesthetics and Materiality (2005), as well as the editor of Geographies of Rhythm (2010) and co-editor of Spaces of Vernacular Creativity (2009). Tim has written extensively on national identity, tourism, industrial ruins, walking, driving and urban materiality. Minnesota University Press will publish his forthcoming book, Light and Dark, in Spring 2017. He runs a blog on light and darkness: Light Research at MMU.

Date: Wednesday 21 June

Time: 5.00pm

Venue: Deakin Downtown, 727 Collins St, Tower 2, Level 12

Venue Tip: Deakin’s new city centre campus is between Southern Cross Station and Docklands, on tram routes 11 and 48 (Stop D15). Entry is via Tower Two. The reception desk directs you to an escalator to a bank of lifts and Deakin Downtown is on Level 12.


24. University of Queensland Library event, 10 June

The University of Queensland Library invites you to a celebration of 50 years of Friendship with Alumni Friends. Please join us for morning tea and a viewing of Fryer Library materials acquired through their advocacy and generosity.

Over the last 50 years Alumni Friends of The University of Queensland Inc has been crucial in building the collection of the UQ Library, especially the Fryer Library.

Alumni Friends were instrumental in acquiring the collections of Raphael Cilento, Dick Roughsey and Percy Trezise, David Malouf, Oodgeroo Noonuccal (Kath Walker), Thea Astley, Janette Turner-Hospital and many more unique and rare resources.

Date: Saturday 10 June
Time: 10am
Location: Fryer Library, Level 4, Duhig Tower (2), UQ, St Lucia
RSVP: register here or (07) 3365 6362; this event is free of charge

Please note that all parking on the St Lucia campus on the weekend is free.


25. Built Heritage Tourism Forum, 25-26 August 2017, Longford, Tasmania

Built Heritage Tourism Forum
25-26 August 2017
Longford, Tasmania

The Built Heritage Tourism Forum is in response to the Legislative Council’s Inquiry which identified a need for the heritage tourism sector of Tasmania to work together to optimise outcomes for the sector and the Tasmanian economy in general.

For more information, open the links below.


26. Community Green: Rediscovering the Garden Suburb Tradition of Local Open Space – talk, Melbourne, 14 June

Community Green: Rediscovering the Garden Suburb Tradition of Local Open Space
Presented by Robert Freestone, Professor of Planning, UNSW Sydney

Where: Malaysia Theatre, Melbourne School of Design Building, University of Melbourne
When: Wednesday 14 June, 12:30-2:30pm
Register here (free of charge)

The planned provision of small enclosed open spaces in residential communities dates from the heyday of the global garden city and suburb movement at the turn of the last century. Progressive reformers at that time left a legacy of internal parks which have enjoyed mixed fortunes, but the idea continues to resurface in contemporary housing developments.

These spaces thus have a past, a present and a future presenting both challenges and opportunities for local communities and municipal authorities concerned with advancing goals of livability, sustainability and productivity in suburban areas.

This presentation aims to help resuscitate such secretive reserves from history as not only a distinctive small park morphology with as heritage in their own right but one whose problems and potentialities are relevant to many other green community spaces. In so doing new connections are opened up between the past and the future, localism and globalism, and connecting local collective action to broader global challenges of cohesion, health, food, and climate change.

Rob Freestone is currently a visiting professor in the Melbourne School of Design where he is working on various collaborative research projects, including with Dr David Nichols (MSD) on the history of the garden suburb.


27. ‘Diaolou Towers of Southern China and their Australian links’ talk, 16 June, Sydney

The State Library of NSW Foundation, in collaboration with the, Chinese Australian Historical Society Inc, invite you to the forthcoming lecture ‘The UNESCO World Heritage Diaolou Towers of Southern China and their Australian links’ being presented by Associate Professor Dr Jin Hua Tan, on Friday 16 June at the Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW at 6pm.

For more information, see the Diaolou Towers of Southern China flyer.


28. [NEW] CONSULTANCY OPPORTUNITY Cultural Study of Landscape and Art in the Dandenong Ranges, Yarra Ranges Council 

Yarra Ranges Council requires an interdisciplinary team to investigate the historical and significant relationship between art and landscape in the Dandenong Ranges, and produce an illustrated history of findings.  The study will set the overall narrative and drive the development of the Masterplan for RidgeWalk, a proposed 26 mile trail experience.

Timeframe: Proposals will be open from 1 June 2017 to 19 June 2017.

The study is to be conducted over a 3 month period with completion by 29 September 2017.  

Budget: The project budget has an upper limit of $25,000 (incl. GST).  It includes all consultation fees.

Contact: Suzanne Earhart – Art in Public Places Officer; contact Suzanne by email or on (03) 9294 6612.

Download the RidgeWalk Cultural Heritage Study Brief.


29. [NEW] CONSULTANCY OPPORTUNITY Ellensbrook Interpretation, National Trust (WA)

Ellensbrook Interpretation Consultancy Brief

The National Trust is seeking submissions from experienced interpretation design teams for the development, design and commissioning of interpretation content for Ellensbrook, Margaret River.

New opportunities exist to share and navigate Ellensbrook’s outstanding values set within the precious landscape of WA’s southwest with international and local visitors.

It is expected that interpretation at Ellensbrook will be accessible and engaging for broad audiences.

It will inform and inspire enquiring minds and connect with and satisfy guests looking for uniquely Western Australian heritage experiences.

Scope of Works

The consultant team will:

1. Work closely with the interpretation specialist and education staff who have developed the interpretation strategy, resources and content and education components
2. Develop interpretive solutions and create an integrated design outcome for the interpretation of Ellensbrook
3. Provide advice on future elements utilising apps and access to digital content
4. Prepare design concepts for the project and refine the content, graphics/images list and finalise interpretive text
5. Design management/directional and interpretive signage and integrate Department of Parks and Wildlife signage specifications as required
6. Prepare documentation and budget estimates suitable for tendering any works and to support a funding request for proposed additional works
7. Project manage the commissioning, fabrication and installation of all agreed interpretive elements in line with agreed timelines and budgets

Download Interpretation Brief

Other attachments available upon request – please email National Trust (WA) or call (08) 9321 6088.

Submissions close 9am WST, Monday 12 June.


30. SITUATION VACANT Senior Heritage Advisor, Public Works Advisory, Sydney

Public Works Advisory (PWA) is a newly formed unit that provides expert advice and professional services relating to community infrastructure and environmental projects. The key focus of the PWA Heritage Asset Advisory (HAA) team is to assist agencies with building, procurement and heritage asset management capabilities and provide technical advice, innovation and heritage legislative compliance processes and to meet the Government’s objectives of being a smart buyer of assets and services. The HAA is currently seeking a Senior Heritage Advisor to join this small team based in the Sydney CBD.

Applications Close: Monday 12 June 2017 [11:59PM]. Applications must be lodged electronically – to apply and for more information, visit the i work for nsw website.


31. SITUATION VACANT Cultural Heritage Coordinator, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Brisbane

Do you want to make a meaningful contribution to the management of historical cultural heritage in Queensland? As Heritage Coordinator you will lead and mentor a multi-disciplinary heritage team and contribute to the delivery of development advice and statutory assessment of State heritage places across Queensland.

We are looking for a person with expert technical skills and extensive practical experience in historical cultural heritage management. You will lead a close-knit group of technical specialists based in Brisbane, within the Heritage, Utilities and Government Organisations (HUGO) Assessment Team. The team assesses the impact of development proposals on the heritage significance of State heritage places. Applications range from minor alterations to large scale redevelopment and adaptive re-use.

The department issues exemption certificates under the Queensland Heritage Act 1992 and advises the State Assessment and Referral Agency (SARA) of the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning on the assessment of development applications under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009.

The Heritage Coordinator provides guidance and leads technical assessment within the department, liaises and negotiates with external stakeholders and represents the department at high level meetings with SARA.

For more information about this opportunity, visit the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection website.

Applications close 21 June 2017.


32. SITUATION VACANT Director-General, ICCROM, Italy

Director-General for the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM)

Grade: D2 (United Nations Compensation and Classification Scale)
Type of contract: Fixed Term
Maximum duration of contract: 6 years
Starting date: January 2018

ICCROM is looking for a new Director-General (DG). The DG will report to the ICCROM Council and will lead approx. 40 multinational staff from its headquarters in Rome.

As our new DG you will demonstrate strong transformative capacity to shape ICCROM for the future; increasing its impact and visibility by delivering state of the art training programs, advocacy and dissemination of knowledge to member states and heritage communities.

You will focus on world concerns for cultural heritage, promoting effective disaster risk management strategies in situations of conflict, providing innovative effective responses to emerging issues and pioneering new approaches to the conservation of cultural heritage.

More information about this opportunity is available at the ICCROM website.

Applications close 25 June 2017 at 12:00 noon (CET).


33. SITUATION VACANT Conservation Architect, RBA Architects, Melbourne

Location – Melbourne (St Kilda)

RBA Architects are seeking an experienced and highly motivated Conservation Architect to join our team of skilled professional staff. The position is full-time and offers the opportunity to become involved in a wide range of exciting and challenging projects.

RBA Architects is a well-established specialised conservation architecture practice and consultancy offering a diverse mix of services relating to the management and adaptation of heritage places. Our projects are both local and international, and we have a broad base of private, corporate and government clients. Our office culture is collegial, cutting edge and research driven.

The ideal applicant will have:

  • A degree in architecture, and preferably post-graduate qualifications in heritage management
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience as a conservation architect
  • Knowledge of Australian architectural history
  • Knowledge of 19th and 20th century construction practices and materials
  • Familiarity with statutory heritage frameworks and the Burra Charter
  • Ability to provide architectural conservation advice
  • Ability to prepare conservation works schedules and oversee their implementation
  • Ability to liaise with clients, project managers, contractors, consultants and other architects to facilitate good heritage outcomes
  • Proficiency in AutoCad, Sketchup, Adobe and Revit, preferably also pencil and butter paper.
  • Proficiency in sustainable design
  • A good sense of humour

Interstate and international applicants welcome. Salary to be commensurate with skills and experience.

Please email your CV and a cover letter to Roger Beeston (Director). If you would like further information regarding this position please send an email to the above address.


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