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Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 287
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 29
th    June 2007

1)  eXtreme heritage: - update
2)  WH Committee inscribes 4 new cultural sites on UNESCO’s WH List  (Including Sydney Opera House)
3)  14th National Engineering Heritage Conference
4)  News from Heritage Tasmania
5)  News from Historic Houses Trust
7)  2008 Getty Research Grants
8)  PIMA Annual Report now available
9)  MSc Cultural Heritage Studies @ Glasgow Caledonian University
10)  Consultant required for an archaeological project in Perth
11)  Vacancy - Heritage Consultant/Archaeologist - Christchurch, New Zealand

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1)       eX treme heritage

2007 Australia ICOMOS National Conference, Cairns, Far North Queensland July 19-21: Update
eXtreme heritage
: managing heritage in the face of climatic extremes, natural disasters and military conflicts in tropical, desert, polar and off-world landscapes.

As the conference date approaches millions (or so it seems) of decisions are being made and the entire program is taking shape. I have just looked at the draft of the Conference Handbook and it was way more glamorous than I had anticipated! It made even me feel excited about the conference and I already new everything that was happening!

On Wednesday, I and Peter Stewart from the faculty office here in Cairns attended a reception at Cairns City Council at which the Mayor awarded JCU a small grant to assist with our Cook Island Community cross cultural event. The Cook Island community are hosting a traditional dance display and hungi for delegates on the evening of the 20th of July immediately following the heritage exhibition launch at the library. Truly we have been constantly tweaking at our program squeezing in more events. The hungi is a free inclusion for registered delegates and invited VIPs. We are hoping that the hungi will be like a small taste of their Pacific home for our ICOMOS Pasifika delegates and a chance for them and the other delegates to get to meet some of Cairns vibrant Cook Island community.

The exhibition launch event is also free (apart from a gold coin donation to the Streetwise Asia Fund) and will include talks, from David Eades, Chair, Queensland Heritage Council and Peter Hutchison, Director, Cultural Heritage, Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA/ QHC is a platinum sponsor of the conference and the QHC is further supporting this event by supplying the refreshments which will ensure a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere as delegates explore the exhibits. To blatantly encourage competition and add even more depth and variety to the exhibition we are announcing today a cash prize of $100 for the best student poster. So if you know of any student who is carrying out research into any aspect of heritage or its related disciplines please feel free to encourage them to submit a poster.

The conference dinner, as we have previously announced, will be held at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park and will include the complete Tjapukai at night experience. Seats at the venue are strictly limited so if you hope to attend this event book with your registration to avoid missing out. It should be a night to remember and it will be full of surprises for anyone who has not already visited the Park or seen the Tjapukai dancers perform.

The Hon Craig Wallace will open the Public Forum on Climate Change and Heritage to be held on the evening of the 19th July. His department Queensland’s Natural Resources and Water (NRW) is the exclusive sponsor of this event. As the Queenslanders amongst you may already know, NRW has moved to address Climate Change issues in the state with the formation of the Queensland Climate Change Centre of Excellence (QCCCE). This is a specialist unit within NRW established to help Queensland adapt to and mitigate climate change. The forum promises to be a fantastic night with a speaker line up that spans the natural -cultural divide and includes both Australian and International specialists. They are Malcolm McCulloch (ARC COE for Coral Reefs); Mike Pearson (Consultant and Chair ACT Heritage Council), John Hurd from the U.K (Director of Conservation, Global Heritage Fund and President of ICOMOS Advisory Committee), Abdol Rasool Vatandoust from Iran (Director Research Centre for Conservation of Cultural Relics) and Andrew Skeat (Executive Director, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority). The forum will of course be the culmination of a day of intense discussion for those of us participating in the Symposium on Climate Change and Heritage. As the first such gathering of heritage specialists and other experts to meet on this topic we anticipate that this event will to some extent set the agenda for future research in this area in Australia.

The final line up of conference papers looks fantastic with 56 confirmed speakers covering all of the themed sessions. With such a great line up and such a variety of themes of course the challenge is going to be working out which sessions to attend and which have to be missed! Our national conference has generated a surprising amount of interest both within Australia and overseas and we have been approached to produce an edited volume on the conference theme. We also have quiet a few international delegates from a range of countries including New Zealand, Germany, Nigeria, Nepal, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Iran and of course the Pacific nations of Vanuatu, Palau, Federated states of Micronesia, Tahiti, Fiji and New Caledonia.

As we have previously announced the Heritage of Off world Landscapes session falls on the anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing (21st July 1969 for those too young to remember!) and we are excited to confirm that we have secured some historic footage of the landing to be shown in conjunction with Beth O’Leary’s (New Mexico State University) keynote paper on that day.

We once again encourage all our delegates to explore the region and remind you to look at our fantastic pre and post conference tours. Unfortunately we have had to cancel the Lizard Island Tour due to low numbers. All tours represent a great bargain as they are priced at cost and include the donated services of local specialists as guides.

The Conference organising committee, the AICOMOS Executive and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences look forward to welcoming all delegates to the eXtreme heritage conference. We are grateful to all our sponsors who have demonstrated such commitment to the success of this conference we certainly could not have provided such a full agenda without their grants. They include:
Susan McIntyre-Tamwoy
For and on behalf of the Conference Organising Committee


2) World Heritage Committee inscribes four new cultural sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List
(Including the Sydney Opera House)

Thursday, June 28, 2007

The World Heritage Committee on Thursday afternoon inscribed four cultural sites on UNESCO's World Heritage List: Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine and its Cultural Landscape (Japan), Parthian Fortresses of Nisa (Turkmenistan), Sydney Opera House (Australia), and the Red Fort Complex (India).

The Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine, south-west of Honshu Island, is a cluster of mountains, rising to 600 metres and interspersed by deep river valleys featuring the archaeological remains of large-scale mines, smelting and refining sites and mining settlements worked between the 16th and 20th centuries. The site also features transportation routes used to transport silver ore to the coast, and port towns from where it was shipped to Korea and China. The high quality of the silver resulting from the use of advanced techniques, and the quantity of silver mined, contributed substantially to the overall economic development of Japan and southeast Asia in the 16th and 17th centuries, and prompted the mass production of silver and gold in Japan. The mining area is now heavily wooded. Included in the site are fortresses, shrines, parts of Kaidô transportation routes to the coast and three port towns, Tomogaura, Okidomari and Yunotsu, from where the ore was shipped. The property extends to 442 ha. and the buffer zone 3,221 ha.

Parthian Fortresses of Nisa consists of two tells of Old and New Nisa which indicate the site of one of the earliest and most important cities of the Parthian Empire, was a major power from the mid 3rd century BC to the 3rd century AD. They have been relatively undisturbed for nearly two millennia and conserve the unexcavated remains of an ancient civilization which skilfully combined its own traditional cultural elements with those of the Hellenistic and Roman west. Archaeological excavations in two parts of the site have revealed richly decorated architecture, illustrative of domestic, state, and religious functions. Most of the excavation to date has been carried out at the Royal citadel, now known as Old Nisa, but the site also includes the ancient town, known as New Nisa. Old Nisa is a 14-ha tell shaped like an irregular pentagon and surrounded by a high defensive earth rampart with more than 40 rectangular towers, its corners flanked by powerful bastions. The 25-ha tell of New Nisa is surrounded by powerful walls, up to 9m high on all sides, with two entrances. Situated at the crossroads of important commercial and strategic axes, the archaeological remains of Nisa vividly illustrate the significant interaction of cultural influences from central Asia and the Mediterranean in this powerful empire which formed a barrier to Roman expansion while serving as an important communication and trading centre between east and west, north and south. The site testifies to the significance of this imperial power, to its wealth and culture.

Inaugurated in 1973, the Sydney Opera House, is listed as a great architectural work of the 20th century that brings together multiple strands of creativity and innovation, both in architectural form and structural design. A great urban sculpture set in a remarkable waterscape, at the tip a peninsula projecting into Sydney Harbour, the building has had an enduring influence on architecture. The Opera House comprises three groups of interlocking vaulted ‘shells' which roof two main performances halls and a restaurant. These shell-structure are set upon a vast platform and are surrounded by terrace areas that function as pedestrian concourses. In 1957, when the project of the Sydney opera was attributed by an international jury to the then almost unknown Danish architect Jørn Utzon, it marked a radically new and collaborative approach to construction. In listing the building, the Sydney Opera House is recognized as a great artistic monument accessible to society at large.

The Red Fort Complex was built as the palace fort of Shahjahanabad - the new capital of the 5th Mughal Emperor of India, Shahjahan (1628-58). It gets its name from its massive enclosing walls of red sandstone. It is adjacent to an older fort, the Salimgarh, built by Islam Shah Sur in 1546, with which it forms the Red Fort Complex. The private apartments consist of a row of pavilions connected by a continuous water channel, known as the Nahr-i-Behisht, or the Stream of Paradise. The palace was designed as an imitation of paradise as described in the Koran; a couplet inscribed in the palace reads, ‘If there be a paradise on earth, it is here, it is here'. The Red Fort is considered to represent the zenith of Mughal creativity which, under the Emperor Shahjahan, was brought to a new level of refinement. The planning of the palace is based on Islamic prototypes, but each pavilion reveals architectural elements typical of Mughal building, reflecting a fusion of Persian, Timurid and Hindu traditions The Red For's innovative planning and architectural style, including its garden design, strongly influenced later buildings and gardens in Rajasthan, Delhi, Agra and further afield. The monument's significance is further enhanced by the importance of events that happened. Through its fabric, the complex reflects all phases of Indian history from the Mughal period to independence.

The World Heritage Committee will continue inscribing new sites.


3) 14th National Engineering Heritage Conference

The registration process for the 14th National Engineering Heritage Conference is now open.. Further information about the conference is available at


4) News from Heritage Tasmania

Budget supports World Heritage listing

Preparation work for the bid to list six Tasmanian places as part of the World Heritage nomination of convict sites received a healthy injection of funds in this year’s State Government Budget. $250,000 will be used to finalise the preparatory documents needed as part of the bid. The six Tasmanian places being considered as part of the World Heritage listing nomination include the Port Arthur Historic Site, the Coal Mines Historic Site, Maria Island’s Darlington precinct, Cascades Female Factory, Brickendon Estate and Woolmers Estate. In other initiatives, $8.7 million has been allocated as part of the proposed $30 million redevelopment of the historic Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG). The initial allocation will be used to start early conservation and restoration work. The TMAG site includes some of Australia’s oldest colonial buildings including the 1808 Commissariat building, the 1813 Private Secretary’s Cottage and the 1824 Bond Store.

Coal River property heritage-listed

The 1820s property, Nugent, on the Coal River north of Richmond has been provisionally entered in the Tasmanian Heritage Register.


5) News from Historic Houses Trust
The Endangered Houses Fund (EHF) is a program of the Historic Houses Trust which identifies significant ‘at risk’ properties and saves them from demolition or unsympathetic development.Glenfield atCasula, in Sydney's southwest and dating from 18101821, is one of these properties.

Glenfield has been vacant and neglected for many years and all buildings have suffered from considerable termite damage, vandalism and even theft. A cedar chimneypiece, an extremely rare example of colonial joinery, was recently stolen along with other precious elements of the building fabric.

The EHF is not about creating new public museums. Properties are conserved, protected and then offered back into the marketplace for the use and enjoyment of future generations. In this way, funds will revolve and more houses can be saved over time.

Please help save this significant piece of our heritage by making a secure, tax deductible donation online at HHT.

A gift of any size will help us to reach our target of $1 million for the Endangered Houses Fund

The Foundation for the Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales is the principle fundraising arm for the Endangered Houses Fund.

Government House reopens after major refurbishment
On Saturday 7 July don’t miss the chance to be among the first to visit Sydney’s Government House in Macquarie Street to see the new look State drawing rooms following the most significant refurbishment the House has seen in 23 years.

In addition to an extensive consultation process and a team of HHT people who have worked on the project, five leading Australian artists and designers: Caroline Casey, Cecilia Heffer, Valerie Kirk, Liz Williamson and Charles Wilson, were commissioned by the HHT to collaborate in this exciting project that has been eight years in the planning.

Contemporary designed carpet, furniture, lace, upholstery and other furnishing textiles that are now in place complement and respect the integrity of the historic interiors with their surviving original ceiling decoration painted by the firm Lyon, Cottier & Co. in 1879 and wealth of original furniture, paintings and objects.

The original design concepts, models, prototype samples and sketches proposed for this project, as well as information about the artists awarded these highly coveted commissions, will also be on display at the house.
House open Friday to Sunday from 10:30am to 3pm by guided tour ONLY |Tours depart every half hour, last tour departs at 3pm |Grounds open daily from 10am to 4pm


6) Government media releases
TITLE: Media Release: World heritage in Asia-Pacific receives Australian Government support
PORTFOLIO: Environment and Water Resources
SNIPPET: Media Release THE HON JOHN COBB MP Assistant Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Member for Parkes 26 June 2007 WORLD HERITAGE IN ASIA-PACIFIC RECEIVES AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT SUPPORT The Australian Government is providing $500,000 in funding for work to identify, protect and promote World Heritage sites in the Asia Pacific region.

TITLE: Sydney Opera House World heritage listed
PORTFOLIO: Environment and Water Resources
SNIPPET: MEDIA RELEASE The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP Minister for the Environment and Water Resources The Hon Frank Sartor MP NSW Minister for Planning and the Arts T98/07 28 June, 2007 SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE WORLD HERITAGE LISTED The Sydney Opera House was today recognised as one of the most outstanding places on earth when the World Heritage Committee inscribed it on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


7) 2008 Getty Research Grants

Deadline for all Getty Research grants:  1 November, 2007

Details now available for Residential Research Grants &Non Residential Research grants

Residential Research Grants
A variety of grants to pursue research at the Getty Centre and the Getty Villa
·        Theme Year Scholars at the Getty Research Institute
·        Theme Year Scholars at the Getty Villa
·        Library Research Grants
·        Conservation Guest Schollars
·        Additional short residencies to invited guest scholars

Non-residential research grants
A variety of opportunities to pursue research wherever scholars choose
·        Collaborative Research Grants
·        Postdoctoral Fellowships
·        Curatorial Research fellowships

How to apply:
Detailed instructions, application forms and additional information available online at  click on Foundation

Address inquiries to:

Attn: (Type of Grant)
The Getty Foundation
1200 Getty Center Drive,
Suite 800
Los Angeles CA 90049-1685 USA

Phone 310 440 7374
Fax 310 440 7703


8) PIMA Annual Report now available

The Annual & Financial Reports for the Pacific Islands Museums Association for 2006 is now available.
For more information contact:

Meredith Blake
Volunteer for International Development from Australia (VIDA)
Secretary General to the Boards of the Pacific Islands Museums Association (PIMA) and ICOMOS Pasifika
C/- Vanuatu Cultural Centre
PO Box 184 Port Vila, Vanuatu
Ph: (678) 28063 or (678) 28064 or (678) 22129
Mobile: (678) 56137
Fax: (678) 26590


9) MSc Cultural Heritage Studies @ Glasgow Caledonian University

MSc Cultural Heritage Studies @ Glasgow Caledonian University

Limited postgraduate places still available for academic session 2007-2008

2 SAAS (Student Awards Agency for Scotland) Funded Places are available on a competitive basis for eligible applicants

Distinctive Features
The MSc Cultural Heritage Studies is a research-led post-graduate programme, with a strong multi-disciplinary emphasis. The programme combines the development of management skills with a broader understanding of heritage contexts and policies. Its core aim is to produce graduates who are equipped with high-level skills and competencies to allow them to become active shapers of policy and practice in the heritage field. The programme will also equip you to pursue further academic study routes in heritage, if you wish. Based upon a strong theoretical foundation, distinctive features include an emphasis on preparation for professional practice, including 'live' case studies and the organisation of an annual student conference. You will also be encouraged to grasp and apply the potential of ICT developments for the heritage sector.

Assessment information
Assessment on the programme is mainly coursework-based. A variety of assessment techniques are used including individual and group projects, presentations; real-life case studies. The MSc involves a research-based dissertation.

Career opportunities
The programme will enable students to
- apply management concepts in relation to cultural heritage organisations, heritage sites and the historic environment
- analyse and evaluate the context and development of cultural heritage policy at an international, national and regional level appreciate the diversity of the international heritage sector, its locus in the wider cultural arena and its broader social economic regeneration roles
- demonstrate high levels of professional excellence though the pursuit of practical work and related theory at an advanced level

Fees & funding
Full time postgraduate home and EU students: £3235.
Part-Time home and EU students: £1618.
Overseas (Non-EU) students: £8,000.
Opportunities are also available for students to undertake individual modules on a part-time study basis as Continuing Professional Development.

Students may be eligible to apply for funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Board under their Professional Preparation Masters Scheme.

For further details: contact the Programme Administrator by email:
or visit the relevant University webpages: and


10) Consultant for an archaeological project in Perth

Project Brief:
Proposed Ground Sonar Testing of Cemeteries
at Woodman Point Regional Park, Western Australia

Friends of Woodman Point Recreation Camp Inc was incorporated on 10 May 2001; its purpose is to preserve the buildings and heritage of the former Woodman Point Quarantine Station, allowing community access to the area for recreational purposes and to be enveloped in the significant cultural heritage that is Woodman Point.

The proposed project (which is subject to a successful grant application from Lotterywest), will be to conduct an archaeological survey of two known cemeteries at Woodman Point in order to delineate the extent of both cemeteries, and to plot possible sites of burial. Methods should include ground penetrating radar, photographic, documentary, and site analysis (such as metal detection).

Cemetery 1 is located in the Woodman Point Recreation Camp, and a 1901 site plan shows its size to be approximately 26,500 sq feet. Cemetery 2 is located in the nature reserve adjoining the camp, and a site plan drawn in 1995 (indicative only), shows it to be approximately half the size of Cemetery 1. Both plans, and an aerial photograph, are available for electronic transmission. The terrain is flat and easily accessible, but permission should be pre-arranged.

Aims of the Project:
Friends of Woodman Point’s goal in commissioning the project are to conserve and interpret these sites in order to provide context to engage with the history of public health and quarantine in Western Australia. Park visitors are the intended audience for that interpretation. Currently approximately 2,000 people visit the Recreation Camp each year, and 280,000 people visit other areas within the Park. Future audiences may include those seeking a heritage tourism experience.

The consultant archaeologist will produce a report and will also provide and deliver a Powerpoint presentation of the resulting data. Four unbound copies of the report will be required in A4 portrait format, with sans serif font, photographs, and A3 maps. Four CDs of the Powerpoint presentation will also be required. Friends will distribute copies the report to Lotterywest (the proposed funding agency), the Department of Sport & Recreation (DSR, the Recreation Camp’s managing agency), and the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC, the Park’s lead managing agency, and the department responsible for managing the nature reserve).

Project tasks/components:
The archaeological focus of the project will be on those who were buried in Cemetery 1 from c1893 to 1918 (victims of smallpox, typhoid, leprosy, and bubonic plague); and those who were buried in Cemetery 2 from 1918 to 1943 (victims of smallpox and pneumonic influenza).

Sources which should be consulted include:
·        The conservation plan for the Recreation Camp
·        Archival records
·        Photographs
·        A register of those who are known to have died, been cremated, or buried at Woodman Point
·        An assessment of the crematorium and cemeteries at Woodman Point Quarantine Station (fmr): for the National Trust of Australia
·        An interpretation plan for Woodman Point Regional Park
·        A thesis on the significance of the cemeteries and crematorium at Woodman Point

These sources may be viewed, by appointment, at the office of Woodman Point Recreation Camp, and a CD of the last four documents is available on request.

Additionally, the consultant is required to conduct historical research to determine whether either cemetery was consecrated, and whether church records exist for cemeteries at Woodman Point.

Liaison with Friends, DSR, and DEC for planning, reporting, and site visits, is a requirement.

The proposed starting date is December 2007, and the deadline for project completion is July 2008.

The total budget will be the grant received by Lotterywest for this project.

Selection Criteria:
The archaeologist should demonstrate that he/she is suitably qualified and experienced, has research and writing skills of a high order, and demonstrated experience in project management and meeting project deadlines.

Expressions of Interest:
For further information, please contact:
Gail Dodd, Honorary Historian, Friends of Woodman Point Inc.
36 Stefanelli Close, Wandi  WA  6167
[9397 0990; fax (‘phone first for connection: 9397 1090)].

Expressions of interest should include a quotation, an explanation of services provided, and a CV.

The closing date for submissions is 30 June 2007.


11) Vacancy - Heritage Consultant/Archaeologist - Christchurch, New Zealand

Opus International Consultants Ltd is New Zealand's largest and most dynamic multidisciplinary consultancy with offices located in New Zealand and overseas.

We have an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic team player within the Property Services Group in our Christchurch office in New Zealand.

The Heritage Consultant/Archaeologist will assist in delivering quality services to a wide range of clients including local government agencies who have responsibility over Heritage Assets. These can encompass a range of heritage places including archaeological sites, buildings, cemeteries, bridges and other structures that have heritage status.

We are looking for someone who has an appropriate heritage qualification and experience in the identification, preservation, enhancement or commercial development of heritage assets and values. New Zealand experience is essential.

Please send your application or requests for position description to:
Anthony van Meer, Property Services Manager, P O Box 1482, Christchurch, New Zealand.
Or email

Applications close Friday 13 July.

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