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Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 280
eX treme heritage:
managing heritage in the face of climatic extremes, natural disasters and military conflicts
 in tropical, desert,polar and off-world landscape
2007 Australia ICOMOS National Conference,
Cairns, Far North Queensland  July 19-21 .

An information service provided by the Australia ICOMOS Secretariat
Friday 18
h May 2007

1)  Gilles Nourissier
2)  Shanghai Old and New: City of Dreams: Great Cities of the East
3)  Building Blocks
4)  Valuing the Historic Environment: 3rd Colloquium
5)  Modernism at Risk: A World Monuments Fund Program
6)  Government Media Release: New appointments to the Australian Heritage Council.
7)  Position Vacant: ISSI Inc: Business and Programs Manager


1) Gilles Nourissier

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the recent death of Gilles Nourissier (France).

Many Australia ICOMOS members will remember Gilles best as a current member of the ICOMOS International Executive Committee, where he has been a wonderful and creative colleague, concerned with the highest standards in our fields, and with the transformation of the working style, ethics and inclusiveness of ICOMOS worldwide.

In my experience, Gilles looked for effective things to do, focusing on the desired outcomes and working with great collegiate spirit. One of his most obvious legacies for ICOMOS is nearing completion - the web-based ICOMOS International database, which will assist everyone in the smooth running of the many different parts of our organisation, promote the benefits of ICOMOS membership, and enable the organisation to more directly involve and effectively use its diverse and talented global membership.

Gilles was also an active member of the ICOMOS ISC for Training and ICOMOS France. He was the founder of the Ecole d'Avignon and a passionate advocate for and facilitator of conservation training, particularly for craftspeople and architects, both in France and further afield. A recent publication was the Manual for the Conservation and Rehabilitation of Traditional Architecture in Syria.

In all of these fields and networks of conservation practitioners, Gilles Nourissier will be sadly missed.

Kristal Buckley
ICOMOS Vice-President
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2) Shanghai Old and New: City of Dreams
Great Cities of the East

A Seminar presented by The Asian Arts Society of Australia (TAASA)

Saturday 26 May 2007
Coles Theatre, Powerhouse Museum

The Asian Arts Society of Australia (TAASA) provides a forum for enthusiasts and experts to share their interest in, and pursue the study of, a wide range of arts from the entire Asian region.

Shanghai Before 1843
James Haye

The Foundations Of Western Shanghai
James Spigelman

Mixed Fortunes: Collecting and the Art Market in Early Twentieth Century Shanghai
Claire Roberts

Nightlife and Modernity in Interwar Shanghai: Dancehalls and the Transformation of Chinese Urban Society 1919-1937
Andrew Field

Shanghai’s Stories
Anne Warr

Andrew Field is a Lecturer at the School of History, University of NSW. He has a BA in Asian Studies from Dartmouth College, New Hampshire and a PhD in East Asian languages and cultures from Columbia University, New York. His publications include Selling Souls in Sin City: Singing and Dancing Hostesses in Shanghai, 1920-1949, in Yingjin Zhang (ed.) Cinema and Urban Culture in Republican China (Stanford University Press, 1999). He is currently preparing a manuscript for publication on the nightlife culture of Interwar Shanghai and an edited volume with co-editors James Farrer and Matthew Chew, entitled China by Night (Routledge, 2007).

James Hayes is a former member of TAASA committee who specializes in Late Imperial China. His most recent publications are South China Village Culture (Oxford University Press, China, 2001) and The Great Difference:Hong Kong’s New Territories and its People 1898-2004 (Hong Kong University Press, 2006). He also contributed to Dr. Liu Yang’s volume The Poetic Mandarin: Chinese Calligraphy from the James Hayes Collection (Sydney, Art Gallery of NSW, 2005). He has a doctorate in Chinese studies from London University, and an Hon. D.Litt from Hong Kong University.

Claire Roberts is a Research Fellow in Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, ANU, and Senior Curator, Asian Decorative Arts and Design, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. She recently completed a PhD on artist Huang Binhong (1865-1955) whose life charted the turbulent evolution of twentieth century Chinese culture. Her most recent publication, The Great Wall of China, edited with Geremie R Barme (Sydney: Powerhouse Publishing, 2006), accompanied a major exhibition of the same title for which she was curator.

The Honourable James Spigelman AC holds Arts and Law degrees from the University of Sydney. He commenced practice at the New South Wales Bar in 1980 and was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 1986 and Acting Solicitor General of NSW in 1997. He was appointed Chief Justice of New South Wales and Lieutenant Governor in 1998. Prior to this appointment, he was on the boards of a range of public institutions devoted to the arts and education. He is the author of Secrecy (1972), Becket and Henry (2004) and co-author of The Nuclear Barons (1981). During the 1980's he conducted research on the history of Western Shanghai, an interest revived by recent contact with China’s judiciary.

Anne Warr is an architect who has lived in Shanghai since 2003. She is a graduate of University of NSW and University of York, UK where she earned an MA in Heritage Conservation. She worked for ten years as Heritage Manager for the NSW Government then as Heritage Manager for the City of Sydney. Anne has written articles about Shanghai for local and international magazines and has been commissioned by Watermark Press to write an Architecture Guide to Shanghai (due for publication in mid-2007). She started a tour guiding business and is a founding member of ‘Save Shanghai Heritage’, a volunteer group producing walking tour brochures of Shanghai’s twelve Conservation Areas. The first brochure on the Jewish Ghetto area was published in 2006.

For Registrations and more info:
Judith Rutherford
189 Deepwater Road, Castle Cove NSW 2069
Tel/Fax 02 9417 2585
TAASA website



Interpretation Australia Association National Conference 2007
November 6-9, 2007 Darling Harbour, Sydney

The 2007 IAA National Conference BUILDING BLOCKS is being constructed to consider every aspect of interpretation.

A solid layer of natural values will underpin the gathering with Aboriginal heritage as a foundation stone. Other tiers of value will be considered with practical workshops at several industrial and built heritage sites and cultural landscapes.

The Conference Planning Team will assemble a compelling mixture of Australian and international speakers to provoke debate on contemporary issues in interpretation such as: conflicting perceptions; the challenge of interpreting to Generation Y; interpretive public art;and moveable heritage.

Find out more by visiting the BUILDING BLOCKS website at:

You'll find the call for presentations under "News".


4) Valuing the Historic Environment: 3rd Colloquium

'Valuing the Historic Environment' is a new, cross disciplinary research cluster for the discussion of frameworks of value in relation to the preservation of historic environments. The cluster will meet at three one day colloquia to take place between January and July 2007 and on an online discussion board, available from the cluster www Detailed notes documenting the discussion at each colloquium will also be available from the cluster www. We aim for the activities of this cluster to lead to further research connections, collaborations, opportunities and outputs, with the potential to influence academic debate and policy formulation.

The third colloquium associated with this cluster takes place on the 6th July 2007. The main focus of the colloquium is 'Museumisation and Historic Environments'.

There are a limited number of places available, there is no cost to attend but we are not normally able to pay expenses. Expressions of interest in attending should briefly describe how the persons experience will enable them to make a significant contribution to debate in the colloquia. Expressions of interest should be sent to Anna Woodham at The closing date for expressions of interest in attendance for Colloquium 3 is 15/06/07.

Colloquia details are as follows:
'Museums, Museumisation and Historic Environments' - 6th July 2007

Keynote: David Lowenthal, Professor Emeritus, Department of Geography, University College London, 'Patrons, Populists, Apologists: crises in heritage stewardship and display'.

Other Speakers: Liz Stewart, National Museums Liverpool, 'Building Understanding: National Museums Liverpool and Liverpool's Historic Environment'.

Dr. Lisanne Gibson, Department of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, title to be announced.

and others to be announced.

Location: University of Leicester

You can find further details about the research cluster at

Yours sincerely

Anna Woodham
Project Assistant - Preserving Historic Environments


5) Modernism at Risk
A World Monuments Fund Program

Only decades after their design and construction, great works of Modern architecture are being lost to neglect, deterioration, and demolition. While the issue of preserving Modern landmarks is gaining prominence in public discourse, the threats they face continue to grow.

To address these threats, the World Monuments Fund launched Modernism at Risk, an advocacy and conservation program, in 2006 with founding support from Knoll.

Program highlights include:
• Innovative design solutions to save Modern buildings slated for demolition.
• Financial assistance for selected conservation projects at endangered Modern landmarks.
• Exhibitions and lectures developed in collaboration with museums and educational institutions to raise public awareness and combat the public apathy that threatens so many Modern structures.
• The World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize,   to be awarded biennially, to a designer or design firm in recognition of projects that preserve Modern landmarks and raise public awareness of their importance in the context of our architectural heritage.
The World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize will be awarded biennially, beginning in 2008, to a design professional or firm in recognition of an innovative design solution that preserves or enhances a Modern landmark. The Prize may be awarded for an individual project or body of work and is intended to raise awareness of the influential role that Modernism plays in our architectural heritage. The jury will be composed of five members, including representatives of WMF and Knoll and three professionals chosen jointly by the WMF and Knoll from the fields of architecture, journalism, and related areas.

To submit a nomination, please send WMF:
• A narrative description (up to 500 words) of the Modern landmark’s significance and of the project or body of work that preserves and enhances the landmark.
• Name and contact information of the nominator and of the design professional or firm being nominated.
• Six photos of the Modern landmark (three before and three after).
• Other relevant information (e.g. news articles, reviews, etc).
Request Assistance
If you would like to request assistance for a site, you must submit a Request for Assistance (RFA). If you would like receive an RFA by mail, please call +1 646 424-9594 or write

Requests for Assistance are accepted on a rolling basis. All requests are evaluated for compatibility with WMF's mission and priorities as well as available funding sources. Projects determined to be eligible for funding or technical assistance through WMF programs will be notified. Incomplete applications are not considered.

Electronic submissions are preferred, but hard copies of applications and printed images or slides are accepted. Please note WMF's image requirements (described in Part II of the RFA).

You may also nominate a site to the World Monuments Watch   list of 100 Most Endangered Sites.

WMF supports planning, documentation, and conservation implementation projects at a wide variety of sites around the world. Generally, WMF does not support rebuilding, anastylosis, or ongoing maintenance. WMF does not support archaeological excavation, conservation of movable objects, or sites that are privately owned.


6) Government Media Release

New Members For Peak Heritage Body

Tuesday, 15 May 2007

Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Malcolm Turnbull today announced new appointments to the Australian Heritage Council.

“I am very pleased to announce Mr Tom Harley will continue as chairman of the Australian Heritage Council for another three-year-term,” Mr Turnbull said.

“Mr Harley has played a pivotal role in ensuring the successful implementation of the new heritage system.

“Three other Council members, Dr Jane Lennon AM, Dr Denis Saunders AM and Dr Gaye Sculthorpe have been re-appointed for a further 18-months. The Hon Richard Lewis will continue in his role as an associate member.

“I am also very pleased to announce three new appointments to the Council. Mr Rodney Dillon, Dr Libby Mattiske and Mr Howard Tanner are heritage experts and each brings a wealth of experience to the role.

“Mr Dillon is a researcher and national steering committee member for the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children. He has worked extensively with Indigenous cultural heritage at local, state and national levels.

“Dr Mattiske is a former Commissioner of the Australian Heritage Commission and a former Deputy Chairman of the Western Australian National Parks and Nature Conservation Authority. She has had extensive involvement in the heritage conservation of Australian flora and vegetation.

“Mr Tanner is a leading Sydney architect. He was former Chairman of the Heritage Council of NSW and is currently Chairman of the Foundation for the Historic Houses Trust of NSW. Mr Tanner has also worked as an architectural heritage advisor for several significant Australian buildings including Old Parliament House, Canberra and Sydney Town Hall.

“I’d also like to thank outgoing members, Mr Roger Beale AO, Mr Michael Kennedy and Dr Richard Walley OAM, for their valuable contribution particularly in relation to the development of the National Heritage List.

“I look forward to continuing to work with the Council to help identify, protect and promote Australia’s national heritage.”

For more information on the Australian Heritage Council visit


7) Position Vacant
International Specialised Skills Institute Inc

Business and Programs Manager

• Office located in Camberwell
• Dynamic team environment
• Full time position. $48,000 - $55,000

International Specialised Skills Institute Inc (ISS Institute) is seeking a dynamic individual as part of their successful and growing team. This is an excellent opportunity to diversify your career and unite your passion for sales and management.

Since 1990 ISS Institute, an independent, national organisation, has provided opportunities for Australian industry and commerce to gain best-in-the-world skills and experience in traditional and leading-edge technology, design, innovation and management capabilities.

The Institute identifies skill deficiencies and meeting associated need through its ‘Overseas Skill Acquisition Plan (Fellowship Program)’, events, education and training activities and consultancy services.

ISS Institute has been integral to the success of organisations and individuals seeking solutions with regard to optimising and enhancing existing abilities and establishing new directions and strategies for workplace practices.

You will be responsible for managing ISS Institute’s ‘Overseas Fellowship Program’, education
and training activities and events as well as developing and building new and existing relationships
within industry, government, education/training institutions and firms. Your overall purpose will be to provide an extremely high level of service and create a higher level of awareness with clients and agencies.
If you’re looking for a face paced, supportive, consultative and autonomous role in which you can develop your sales and management skills - this is the role for you.

To be successful it is envisaged that you will have:
• Strong relationship building skills and have a strong focus on customer service.
• Superior skills to research, identify and establish new contacts with industry, government, education/training institutions and firms.
• Highly developed commercial acumen and strategic planning skills.
• Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
• Superior project and time management skills.
• Good client relationship management skills both internally and externally.
• Excellent writing and editing skills ie reports, brochure copy, training materials.
• Advanced computer skills, preferably Mac.
• Excellent face-to-face and cold calling skills.
• Marketing, presentation, event management and business experience.

If you have the capabilities to meet this position, then email your CV and a minimum of three referees to for immediate consideration. Enquiries to 03 9882 0055.

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