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Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 282
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 1
st June 2007

1)  NSW and ACT members: World Heritage Day talk -
2)  Brisbane Workshop on the Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1986: 
3)  Interpretation Guidelines launched
5)  News from Heritage Tasmania
6)  Position Vacant: Business and Programs Manager
7)  Consultancy Opportunity - Rottnest Island WW II Defence Heritage Interpretation Plan
8)  Position Vacant: Heritage Projects Coordinator (NSW)
9)  Position Vacant: Interpretation Manager - Fremantle Prison
10)  Position Vacant: Heritage Research Officer
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1) Attention NSW and ACT members:
World Heritage Day talk - Friday 15th June in Sydney

Juliet Ramsay has just returned from attending the International Scientific Committee Cultural Landscapes in Italy, and ISC Historic Towns & Villages in Helsinki which was a co-operative event with ICOMOS Finland to discuss the Vienna (HUL) Memorandum (also attended by AI members Ian Hocking, Sue Jackson-Stepowski and Agnieshka Kiera). Juliet will discuss current international issues and the workings of ISCs under the new rules, while a local perspective case study will demonstrate a landscape approach applied to a Sydney historic landscape (speaker awaiting formal confirmation). Due to meetings of this ISC and CIVIHH in Helsinki, this celebration of World Heritage Day will happen on FRIDAY 15 June.

Young member, Amy Nhan, has been busy seeking out a not-visited-before and highly pertinent venue. Be prepared to BYO bring-your-own ‘CHAIR’, and being mid winter to wear warm clothing. Details awaiting confirmation and will be announced shortly via NSW membership global email.

Enquiries to Sue Jackson-Stepowski, NSW Representative and AI Secretary email:


2) Brisbane Workshop on the
Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1986: 
Wednesday 6 June

The Australian Government Department of the Environment and Water Resources presents a workshop on significance assessment and the guidelines for Expert Examiners under the Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act.

The workshop will provide an opportunity for discussion about the preparation of Expert Examiner reports, and to meet members of the National Cultural Heritage Committee.  Curators and heritage specialists with an interest in heritage objects and collections are encouraged to attend.

Speakers include: Dr Leah McKenzie, Director, Heritage Division, Department of the Environment and Water Resources and Ms Veronica Macno, Curator, The Workshops Rail Museum/Queensland Museum

Venue: The Workshops Rail Museum  North Street, North Ipswich 
Date: Wednesday 6 June 2007  Time: 11am-4.30pm
RSVP: Rosemary Hollow, Department of the Environment and Water Resources: phone: 02 6274 2539; by Monday 4 June

There is no charge to attend this workshop. It is sponsored by the Department of the Environment and Water Resources with support from the Queensland Museum


3) Interpretation Guidelines launched

West Australian Heritage Minister Michelle Roberts launched Sharing Our Stories: guidelines for heritage interpretation on 18 May, International Museums Day.

The document was a collaborative project between the National Trust of Australia (WA), Museums Australia (WA) and Lotterywest. Sharing Our Stories is a comprehensive but easily accessible document providing tools for planning and delivering a range of interpretation projects including walk trails, museum exhibitions and educational programs. It is aimed at anyone interested in interpretation from community groups, local and regional museums, heritage sites, keeping places and state and local government bodies.

Copies can be downloaded from for free.

For more information or to purchase a hard copy of the document contact the Museums Australia (WA) office on 08 9427 2770 or email .



Finding the Spirit of the Place
Montreal, Concordia University, October 25-27, 2007

Call for Speakers

The ICOMOS Canada General Assembly voted “Finding the Spirit of the Place” to be the theme of its 2007 Congress, in preparation for the 2008 ICOMOS General Assembly which will take place in Quebec in 2008. This year’s conference will be held at Concordia University in Montreal, on October 25-27. We invite all those who wish to make a presentation on that occasion to submit an abstract by following the guidelines that are outlined in the attachment. The deadline for submissions is June 15.

Please forward this message to anyone who may be interested in submitting a proposal.

Best regards,
The Scientific Committee
Congrčs ICOMOS Canada 2007 Congress

Call for Abstracts

"Finding the Spirit of Place." This question belongs to a process of reflection that began in Victoria Falls in 3003 when the General Assembly of ICOMOS first tackled the topic of intangible heritage. The theme chosen for that Scientific Symposium, "Place-Memory-Meaning: Preserving Intangible Values in Monuments and Sites" gave an opportunity for participants to deepen their understanding of the relationship between tangible and intangible heritage. This reflection occurred at the same time that the General Assembly of UNESCO adopted the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

The question of the spirit of place continued to be discussed in Xi'an in 2005, when the General Assembly of ICOMOS recognized, through the adoption of a Declaration, that it is important to protect the setting or the environment of monuments and historic sites, which can serve as an additional layer of protection, as it is to protect the monuments and sites themselves:

"Heritage structures, sites or areas of various scales, including individual buildings or designed spaces, historic cities and urban landscapes, seascapes, cultural routes and archaeological sites, derive their significance and distinctive character from their perceived social and spiritual, historic, artistic, aesthetic, natural, scientific, or other cultural values. They also derive their significance and distinctive character from their meaningful relationships with their physical, visual, spiritual and other cultural contexts and settings."

As we are all aware, the theme "Finding the Spirit of the Place" is also the discussion theme for the 16th General Assembly, which will take place in Quebec in 2008. It brings us to focus on the relationship that links us to places and objects we consider as heritage and through which these places and objects acquire meaning and value.

In preparation for the 2008 General Assembly, and to further reflections on this subject, the Scientific Committee of ICOMOS Canada 2007 Congress calls for the submission of abstracts for papers on one of the following four sub-themes:

1. To understand, identify, aprehend the spirit of place.
What is spirit of place? Where does it hide or where is it hidden? How can it be identified? Who decides that a place has a spirit? What are the analytical tools at our disposal to understand the genius loci?

2. To make appropriate use of the spirit of place
Who determines the spirit of place? How do we manage different perceptions of intangible values associated with place? Does archaeological research unveil, transform or disguise the spirit of place?

3. To conserve and transmit the spirit of place
Which actors are called into action to preserve the genius loci? What kind of attention do our charters and declarations give to protecting the genius loci? Do our heritage law as provide or allow the same protection of spirit of place at the same level as for material fabric of our heritage places? How do we intervene to improve the living conditions for inhabitants of exceptional vernacular heritage that is extensively deteriorated, without destroying the spirit of such heritage, its meaning and its values?

4. To interpret and communicate the spirit of place
How do we communicate the spirit of place? How do we discover and interpret the spirit of historic cities, and how do se ensure that this spirit infused contemporary architecture and development?

These are just some of the many question that the Scientific Committee of ICOMOS Canada 2007 Congress invites for consideration, so that the Congress will provide an opportunity to share knowledge and experience that will eventually contribute to enlarging our professional practice. We should not limit our reflection solely to the definition and search for the spirit of place, but should also focus on attitudes and behaviors that we need to adopt in our daily practice to reveal the spirit, to protect it and transmit it to future generations.

ICOMOS members are invited by ICOMOS Canada to submit abstracts of your proposed presentation, maximum 500 words or 3,000 characters in Times Roman 11 Pt font, no later than 15 June 2007, to the following e-mail address: Please indicate in your text under which sub-theme you wish to present you paper. Attach a maximum 5-line abstract of your proposal and a maximum 3-line resume of your CV (bio) for publication.

The Committee will select papers that best respond to the theme as well as those that have potential to provoke discussion among participants, Authors of selected papers will benefit form a 50% reduction in the Congress registration fee.

For all other additional information, contact Mehdi Ghafouri at the e-mail above, or call 514-847-3636


5) News from Heritage Tasmania

Fires lead to heritage loss
Tasmania’s heritage was dealt a double blow on 27 April when two heritage-listed properties were damaged by fire. Tasmania’s oldest surviving farm home, Pitt Farm, in Glenorchy and the former Burnie High School suffered extensive damage.

Coordinating our maritime heritage
Maritime expert Peta Knott has been appointed to coordinate the activities of the Maritime Museum of Tasmania and curate the maritime collections of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

$500,000 to conserve convict heritage
Two of Tasmania’s best known convict sites have received Australian Government assistance for conservation works.  The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority will receive $454,445 for restoration work on the Separate Prison building including stabilising stonework in the A Wing and restoring elements of the exercise yard. The Cascades Female Factory in South Hobart will receive $63,636 to stabilise the southern boundary wall of Yard 1. The funding was provided through the National Heritage Investment Initiative which gives practical support to restore and conserve historic places of national heritage significance. Tasmania’s maritime heritage was also supported through the Australian Government’s Historic Shipwrecks Program. A project to fully excavate the site of a survivor camp associated with the 1797 shipwreck of the Sydney Cove of Flinders Island has received funding. The project will be completed by Parks and Wildlife maritime heritage officer Mike Nash.

Phone: 1300 850 332 (local call cost) or (03) 6233 2037 | Fax: (03) 6233 3186 | Email:


6) Position Vacant
Business and Programs Manager

International Specialised Skills Institute Inc

Dynamic team environment
Full time position. $48,000 - $65,000 (part-time pro rata can be considered)
Located in Camberwell

Do you have high level management and communication skills to deliver innovative programs, education and training activities and events with the expertise and passion to make a difference?

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

Since 1990 ISS Institute Inc., 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.

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 fast-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 i.e. 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.


7) Consultancy Opportunity - Rottnest Island WW II Defence Heritage Interpretation Plan

Rottnest Voluntary Guides Association and National Trust of Australia (WA) (Defence Heritage Committee) INTERPRETATION CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT PLAN for Rottnest Island WW II Coastal Defence Heritage

PROJECT BRIEF now available -  for a copy contact:


The Rottnest Island Authority (RIA) has, through the Rottnest Island Management Plan 2003-2008, stated as one of its three strategic goals that “Rottnest Island’s environment and heritage are conserved and enhanced as a model of sustainability”. Specific recommendations on how this might and could be achieved were included in the management plan and reiterated and supported by the Rottnest Island Taskforce report of 2004.

Rottnest Island has an extensive coastal defence history that has been acknowledged as nationally significant and worthy of conservation and interpretation. Conservation works to these cultural heritage assets has been and continues to be undertaken by the Rottnest Island Authority, as well as ongoing maintenance, remedial work and monitoring. Interpretation of these assets  being the sites, remnants and stories associated with this part of its history - is therefore considered an important step in progressing the recommendations of both the management plan and the taskforce report.

Interpretation will promote and sustain the values both individually and collectively of the defence heritage assets, and will be a mechanism of sharing the stories of coastal defence heritage with the visitors to the Island who represent many and varied communities and interest groups and age ranges, and also for passing these stories on to new generations.

At the broader level, interpretation of the defence heritage assets will contribute to and enhance the understanding and enjoyment of Rottnest Island’s cultural and natural heritage and provide a mechanism for all visitors to appreciate, experience and learn more about the place.

The Rottnest Island Authority has had an ongoing relationship with the Rottnest Voluntary Guides Association (RVGA) for almost 20 years. This relationship centres on the activities of the RVGA to assist in the conservation and interpretation of Rottnest Island’s unique and naturally significant environment, built, natural and Indigenous. The RVGA assists in interpretation primarily through a continually evolving program of guided tours and interpretive walks which are presented on a daily basis.

Since 1986, the RVGA has also been part of and supported the conservation of the significant WW II defence heritage sites on Rottnest Island. As one layer of the multi-layered story lines of Rottnest, the WW II defence sites collectively constitute the best preserved coastal artillery defence system from the Battle of Australia. It is the only site nationally to retain primary armament (9.2 inch guns), barracks (Kingstown), observation and command posts (Signal Ridge), military railroad and a range of ancillary sites relevant to an understanding of the coast defence system.

The Defence Heritage Committee (DHC) of the National Trust of Australia (WA) has also worked in a volunteering arrangement with the Rottnest Island Authority to document and classify defence heritage sites, to index and catalogue photographs relating to the military heritage of Rottnest and to present a series of educational seminars and workshops on Rottnest Defences and Fortress Fremantle from colonial times to the present.

Because of the breadth of knowledge of the WW II defence systems possessed by members of the RVGA and the DHC, their ongoing and active participation in developing the interpretation and conservation of this aspect of defence heritage and their long term commitment to the visitors to the Island, the Rottnest Island Authority has endorsed the Rottnest Voluntary Guides Association and the Defence Heritage Committee of National Trust of Australia (WA) as coordinating partners for this interpretation planning project.

The report covers the Coastal Defence Heritage of Rottnest Island during the period 1935-1963.

The project will not require the consultant to compile and include a detailed history of coastal defence but review and refer to existing resource material.

The project requires a review of the existing reports ‘Beyond Oliver Hill: Rottnest Island Military Heritage Interpretation Plan’ and ‘Oliver Hill Fort: Interpretation, identification, explanation and information signs of The Oliver Hill Fort Complex of elements’.

The project needs to be considerate of any heritage listings and aligned with the conservation requirements of the built, moveable and archaeological heritage and issues associated with Aboriginal heritage.

The main requirements of the Interpretation Concept Development Plan are to:
- Identify and develop appropriate, relevant and up-to-date interpretation policies and strategies for the coastal defence heritage assets of the Island;
- Provide guidelines and text for interpretive information
- Provide conceptual designs for interpretation spaces, media and tools;
- Provide a recommended staged implementation program including an operational and project development budget

All submissions should be clearly marked, “Tender for consultant services for the planning & development of interpretation of Rottnest Island WW II Defence Heritage” , placed in a sealed envelope and submitted no later than 5.00pm on Friday 29 June 2007at the following address:
The National Trust of Australia (WA)
The Old Observatory
4 Havelock Street
Postal Address:
PO Box 1162
Alternatively, tenders may be sent via email to: or faxed to: (08) 9324 1571.

Refer enquiries to:
Name: Robert Mitchell, Manager Community Services
Telephone: (08) 9321 6088
Facsimile: (08) 9324 1571


8) Position Vacant
Heritage Projects Coordinator (NSW)

Rappoport is a specialist firm of heritage practitioners located metro Sydney operating throughout NSW. Assisting town planners, architects and local government through the heritage approval process, this permanent position incorporates writing heritage reports & managing consultants. Skills & expertise required include; historical & archival research, writing, liaising with clients, external consultants, Councils; ability to work autonomously within a small team and scheduling to achieve deadlines. Strong communication skills including a good command of the English language; knowledge and use of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and thorough working knowledge of pertinent NSW heritage legislation will be required.

The successful applicant will be required to have tertiary qualifications. An attractive salary package, commensurate with experience, will be offered.

Please email Anna your resume;


9) Position Vacant:
Interpretation Manager - Fremantle Prison

WA Department of Housing and Works
DHW02234Level 6, $70,564 - $78,138pa PSGA
full time

Job Description
To review, plan, evaluate, develop and deliver strategies that guide and enhance the interpretation of Fremantle Prison for visitors through tour, public and education programs that demonstrate standards of practice that reflect the local, national and international significance of the site.

To contribute to the understanding of the cultural heritage significance of Fremantle Prison through historical research and the development and maintenance of networks with complimentary institutions, organisations and groups to enhance and improve access to the body of information and resources relating to the site.

Fremantle Prison is currently part of the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage nomination.

Selection Criteria

· Recognised tertiary qualifications in history, museology, history, archaeology, anthropology or other relevant qualifications.
· Demonstrated experience in the development and implementation of strategies that support interpretation programs including related policies processes and procedures.
· Demonstrated experience in the development and delivery of education and public programs.
· Demonstrated experience in undertaking historical research and the management of historical records.
· Highly developed written and oral communication skills with capability across various information mediums.
· High level of experience in using a range of software in a Windows environment.

· Knowledge of the tourism industry and related business issues.
· Knowledge of heritage and conservation issues.
· Knowledge of government procurement processes.

For Further Job Related Information
Please contact Mr Bevan Beaver, Executive Manager Fremantle Prison, on (08) 9336 9213.

Application Instructions
It is essential applicants obtain the Job Kit for full position information and application advice.  Job Kits may be obtained direct from the Dept of Housing & Works website:, (look under 'Jobs’); alternatively call our 24 hour message bank on 08 9222 8173 or email with your request and a kit will be mailed or e-mailed to you.

SEND APPLICATIONS: Marked 'Private & Confidential' to 'The HR Consultant (Recruitment)', Department of Housing & Works, Human Resources, 99 Plain Street, EAST PERTH 6004, or via email at



10) Position Vacant
Heritage Research Officer

Employment Opportunity: A position will become available shortly for a Heritage Research Officer in the Special Projects Unit, Planning and Development Services of Townsville City Council. If you would like to know more about this position, please contact: Ken Hogan

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