Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 309
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Friday 16th November, 2007

1)  Australia ICOMOS  Canberra Talk Series
2)  Australia ICOMOS AGM Friday 23 November 2007 at 4 pm
3)  World Heritage: A seminar for Australia ICOMOS members
4)  US ICOMOS Intern Program 2008
5)  Visiting Canadian archaeologist & heritage consultant, Gail Sussman: lecture and discussion
6)  13th ICWCT 2008
7)  News from Heritage Tasmania
8)  News from Heritage South Australia
9)  Australia ICOMOS Associate Member Policy
10)  ACT Heritage Council Expressions of Interest for Membership
11)  Situation Vacant: Historic Heritage Project Coordinator, Nielson Park.
12)  Situation Vacant:  Heritage Concepts Pty Ltd  Positions Available

1)  Australia ICOMOS  Canberra Talk Series

Historic Sealing Sites in the wild and beautiful South Shetland Islands, Antarctica  Dr Michael Pearson

Come and hear Mike talk about his work researching nineteenth century sealing sites on Antarctic islands in the South Shetlands, including their conservation issues.

This is the first of a planned series of talks organised in Canberra by Australia ICOMOS.  Drinks will be available for a small cost but the talk is free.  Members and the public are welcome.

Time & Date: 5.00-6.30 pm, Thursday 22 November  the talk will actually start at 5.30

Venue:  Menzies Room, National Archives of Australia, East Block, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes (enter from the side facing Kings Avenue)

RSVP:  To Duncan Marshall at


2) Australia ICOMOS Annual General Meeting
Friday 23 November 2007 at 4 pm

Friday 23 November 2007 at4 pm
Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney

The AGM will be held immediately after the World Heritage seminar. Nominations for membership of the Executive Committee closed last Friday and the number of nominations received equalled the number of vacancies, so there will be no need for a ballot. The new Executive Committee will take office from the end of the AGM, and will meet at the National Trust Centre, Observatory Hill, the following day.

The AGM will be followed by drinks at the Opera Bar, and dinner at the nearby Heritage Belgian Beer Cafe. We are also close to capacity for the dinner, so if you wish to come and have not yet registered with Caitlin Allen please do so today.


3) Reminder World Heritage
A seminar for Australia ICOMOS members

Friday 23 November 2007 at 1 pm
Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney

To celebrate the recent meeting of the World Heritage Committee in New Zealand, and the inscription of the Sydney Opera House on the World Heritage List, Australia ICOMOS is holding a free seminar on World Heritage for its members. Speakers will include Kristal Buckley (ICOMOS International Vice-President), Joan Domicelj (World Heritage Adviser), Duncan Marshall (UNITAR World Heritage lecturer), Anita Smith (Australia ICOMOS World Heritage Reference Group coordinator) and Leah McKenzie (Australia ICOMOS ISC coordinator). The topics to be covered include the World Heritage process, the concept of Outstanding Universal Value, the role of tentative lists, how nominations are assessed by the ICOMOS and IUCN and the World Heritage Committee, and issues such as the representivity of the World Heritage List.

The seminar will be held in the Utzon Room of the Sydney Opera House, starting promptly at 1 pm. Tea and coffee will be available. The seminar will be followed immediately by the Australia ICOMOS Annual General Meeting at 4 pm.
*Registrations closed 9 November.


4) US ICOMOS Intern Program 2008

Applications are now being invited for interns in next year's US ICOMOS International Exchange Program. Applications must be made by nomination through Australia ICOMOS. Nominations will be confirmed at the first meeting of the AI Executive Committee in 2008.

Applicants must be full members of Australia ICOMOS, have adequate experience and the clear opportunity to travel in the middle of the year.

More information about the program can be found at . The Report on the 2007 Program is now on-line. If you are interested please contact Timothy Hubbard, the US Intern Coordinator on (03) 5568 2623 or 0419 353 195.

All interns return with very positive comments about the life-changing experience.


5) Visiting Canadian archaeologist & heritage consultant, Gail Sussman: lecture and discussion

Australia ICOMOS and the National Trust invite you to a lecture and discussion
Monday 26th November at the National Trust 5.30pm for 6pm start

Who Pays? Conservation, Capacity Building and Corporate Social Responsibility
Gail Sussman

Corporate Social Responsibility programs of industry can support training for cultural heritage staff in developing countries. Training/work initiatives for indigenous peoples are also part of the "who pays" question. The presentation will flow into the advocacy for a cultural heritage policy document for the mining industry and potential programs coming out of those policies. A case study will show how a listed, 16th century, adobe church in S. America, was located over a silver deposit, resulting it being and reconstituted as a poured concrete/stone structure with national culture ministry approval.

* What is the role of ICOMOS in protecting sites that are not yet on the world heritage list?
* How can the capacity of government workers in developing countries be strengthened in applying conservation principles to internationally based development projects?
* How can industry be engaged to support conservation projects through their corporate social responsibility programs?
* How to provide employment for indigenous peoples in preserving their cultural heritage?
* Engagement, consultation, involvement: What do these terms mean for Indigenous peoples in highly developed countries such as Canada and Australia?

Date: Monday 26 November at 5.30pm for 6pm start
Venue: Annie Wyatt Room, National Trust of Australia (NSW), Observatory Hill, Sydney
FREE - due to accommodation requirements, please email bookings c/- Meredith Walker <   > or  for enquiries w 02 9818 1803
Drinks afterwards at the Lord Nelson, cnr Kent St and Argyle Place

Gail Sussman is an archaeologist, heritage consultant and principal with an international preservation practice, Rimmonim Preservation Consultants, based in Toronto Canada. The practice focus archaeological and sacred sites conservation through training indigenous people sponsored by industry: other aspects include cultural heritage landscapes and architectural ruins. International preservation projects are in the Middle East, Europe, and South America. Gail has held executive positions with ICOMOS Canada and ICOMOS Israel. During a Getty Fellowship with the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Gail developed a strong interest in linking the corporate social responsibility programmes to training indigenous peoples to preserve cultural heritage resources with a pilot project on a Inca Empire palace in Ecuador. Gail is advisor to the Prospectors and Developers' Association of Canada (PDAC) on the relationship between cultural heritage and environmental assessments for their Environmental Excellence in Exploration or e3 committee; to the Ontario Ministry of Culture for its review Class Environmental Assessments and Euromines in Brussels with an objective to achieve a three way link among European, Canadian and Australian mining companies to create an international cultural heritage policy document that would be adopted throughout the mining industry. The policies would feature consultation with indigenous peoples, protection of archaeological sites, built heritage, cultural landscapes and sacred places.

A joint event between Australia ICOMOS and the National Trust of Australia (NSW)


6) 13th International Course on Wood Conservation Technology - ICWCT 2008

Dear Sir / Madam,

ICCROM is pleased to announce that the13th International Course on Wood Conservation  Technology - ICWCT 2008 will be held in Oslo, Norway from 26 May - 4 July 2008. This course is organised under the auspices of UNESCO by ICCROM, Riksantikvaren, NTNU, and NIKU.

The Wood course aims is to promote cultural understanding and research in the field of wood conservation, and to be a valuable resource for the work of the individual participants in their respective countries.

The course announcement is included below.

We are interested in inviting applications from career professionals with a minimum of three years work experience in wood conservation.

Thank you for disseminating widely this information to the relevant networks.

Applications should reach ICCROM by the 15 January 2008 to ensure inclusion in our selection process.


The 13th International Course on Wood Conservation Technology - ICWCT 2008
(A course on the conservation of cultural heritage made of wood)

Dates: 26 May - 4 July 2008 (6 weeks)

Place: Oslo, Norway (premises of Riksantikvaren)

The course is organised under the auspices of UNESCO by:
ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural
Property) Riksantikvaren - The Directorate for Cultural Heritage, Norway
NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
NIKU - Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research, Norway

Background and Content:
The ICWCT was initiated as a response to a recommendation from UNESCO's General Conference in 1980, and it has been organised in Norway every second year since 1984. It is directed towards professionals who have been working for some years within the field of wood conservation.

The ICWCT covers a wide range of interdisciplinary topics. Theoretical and practical aspects of wood conservation are given equal consideration throughout the course. Some of the most interesting cultural heritage sites constructed in wood in Norway will be visited during the main excursion at the end of the course, including the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Urnes Stave church and the Hanseatic Wharf in Bergen. Exercises and demonstrations are organised during the main excursion. The course concludes with a written exam, which awards university credits if passed.

The 2008 course will be based on an improved programme developed by the partners and external experts during 2007, considering the evaluations of previous courses and maintaining highest technical and scientific approaches and standards as the previous courses.

Aim and objectives:
The aim of the Course is to promote cultural understanding and research in the field of wood conservation, and to be a valuable resource for the work of the individual participants in their respective countries.

The main objectives of the course are:
to give participants the theoretical and practical knowledge essential for diagnosing the causes of deterioration and for selecting the most appropriate methods of conservation and restoration of wood;
to extend the knowledge of participants beyond their own professions for a broader understanding of different aspects and approaches to wood conservation;
to bring people with various professions from different countries and cultures together for a mutual learning experience, drawing on different experiences, practices and approaches to wood conservation and use of wooden materials.

The Course programme
The Course programme is divided between lectures, laboratory exercises, conservation workshop exercises, field studies, museum visits and excursions. The curriculum includes six distinct but interconnected units covering aspects of: properties of wood; factors affecting the decay of wood; principles of conservation at a global level; preventive conservation;
conservation of objects and painted surfaces including archaeological wood and furniture;
conservation of wooden buildings and structures, including wood working tools and machinery. The course will include a one-week onsite workshop outside Oslo and a study tour of 4 days to selected wooden heritage sites in Norway including two World Heritage Sites.

As a part of the programme, each participant is expected to give a 20 minute presentation from his or her own work experience.

Between 20 and 25 lecturers will be contributing to the course. All are recognised experts within the field of conservation and with various geographic backgrounds and professional experience.

The course concludes with a written exam, giving 18 university credits if passed. A full time presence during the course period is required to be allowed to sit for the exam and to obtain the course certificate.

Participation is free of charge for the selected participants.

Applicants should be mid-career professionals with a minimum of three years work experience in wood conservation. It is of great importance for the success of the course that the participants have relevant experience to contribute to and benefit from the mutual exchange of ideas.
The number of participants is limited to 20.

The working language of the course is English. A good knowledge of English is essential for the benefit of the individual participant and for the course as a whole, and must therefore be documented in the application. A certificate of language may be required.

Please fill the ICCROM application form (obtainable from ICCROM web site) and send to:
ICCROM - Sites Unit
Via di San Michele 13
I-00153, Rome, ITALY
Tel: +39 06 58553 1
Fax: +39 06 58553349
Web Site:

For further information, please contact:
Ms. Eir Grytli ( )
Ms. Tone Olstad ( )
Ms. Merete Winness ( )

Application deadline
Applications should reach ICCROM by 15 January 2008 to ensure inclusion in our selection process.

Please note that the organization of the Course is subject to the necessary funding being obtained.


7) News from Heritage Tasmania

November 2007
A bulletin from Heritage Tasmania

Event to pay homage to Australia's female convict history
The plight of Australia's colonial female convicts will be remembered in a unique four-day event in March 2008. Coordinated by Tasmanian conceptual artist Christina Henri, the event will commemorate the social and economic contributions made by Australia's early female convicts and pay homage to the determination they showed in overcoming the hardships they faced in daily colonial life.

Heritage Council Annual Report
The Heritage Council' Annual Report for 2006-07 is now available on-line. To view full report

The Centre for Scholarly and Archival Research (CSAR) Research Fellowship
The Centre for Scholarly and Archival Research (CSAR) at the National Film and Sound Archive is seeking applications for CSAR Research Fellowships. Established researchers and audiovisual practitioners with a record of significant achievement are encouraged to apply. Further information including application forms can be found at

9th Australasian Urban History Planning History Conference
Sea Change? Historical perspectives on new and renewed urban landscapes, 5-7 February 2008, Events Centre Caloundra, Qld

Sea Change, the demographic shift from metropolitan to coastal towns, and an associated Tree Change to rural Australia, are profoundly altering the 21st century urban pattern. Yet whilst the immediate significance of this shift is widely debated, there has been little attempt to consider “Sea Change Australia” within an historical context. This conference will address the long-term processes within which the transitions of the first decade of the 21st century can be best comprehended. Conference sessions concentrate on developments in 20th century Australia and on comparative examples drawn from the Pacific, Asia and elsewhere.

Tasmanian Heritage Festival  Tasmania's Magiccal Landscapes
April 2008, Various locations, Tasmania
The National Trust's Tasmanian Heritage Festival sponsored by Tasmania is scheduled for April 2008. Events and activities, both linked to the theme or other subjects, are welcome additions to the program. Individuals and organisations interested in participating in the festival should contact Jennie Chapman from the National Trust of Australia (Tasmania) on 6344 6233.

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


8) News from Heritage South Australia

Heritage South Australia E-News
November 2007No. 10
An e-newsletter from the Heritage Branch of the South Australian Department for Environment and Heritage (DEH).
View it online at .

2007/08 SA Heritage Fund Grants announced
Important conservation work at a number of State Heritage Places across South Australia will be helped by the allocation of more than $300,000 in heritage funding from the Government's South Australian Heritage Fund. While a total of 53 projects will share the funding, four projects in particular will benefit from being the first to receive funding under the Program's new Special Grants Category (grants above $5,000).
Heritage Directions Funding for Local Government
Local councils will share $140,000 for projects to help identify and support the conservation of local heritage places.

Property Council of Australia Innovation & Excellence Awards 2008
The ‘Heritage and Adaptive Reuses' category aims to recognise and publicly reward Innovation and Excellence in re-design / redevelopment of an existing built form, changing the end use of the building from that which it was originally intended.

This award is open to developments that demonstrate excellence in the re-use of existing built form, which encompasses development and re-use of heritage and urban renewal aspects. (Note: The Award is open to members of the Property Council of Australia only.) Download the judging criteria and an entry form from the Property Council website

The Heritage Branch of the South Australian Department for Environment and Heritage
T. (08) 8124 4960
F. (08) 8124 4980


9) Australia ICOMOS Associate member policy

Australia ICOMOS highlights information from time to time as part of our ongoing service to members and prospective members.   We have previously distributed information regarding our individual member requirements, this time we focus on associate memberships.

This category of membership is designed for three groups:

1. Prospective members who do not meet the requirements for Full International Membership can be admitted as Associate Members until such time as they are able to qualify for Full International Membership. Students fit this category.

2. Individuals who have a professional interest in heritage conservation and may undertake some work in this area but do not have cultural heritage as their core focus.

3. Individuals who may be interested in Australia ICOMOS but do not need the international component of Full International Membership.

A discounted rate of membership is available to eligible Associate Members who are now retired or unwaged.

. Weekly email news with information about national and international activities, current heritage issues and employment opportunities;
. Subscription to the Australia ICOMOS refereed journal Historic Environment;
. opportunities to participate in some national ICOMOS activities and reference groups;
. professional networking opportunities;
. discounts at ICOMOS functions and conferences; and
. discounts on ICOMOS publications.

Applications requirements:
. A completed application form (nominators are not required for Associate Members);
. Demonstrated knowledge of the Burra Charter and the Ethical Commitment Statement;
. A statement of relevant professional experience;
. A full Curriculum Vitae; and
. Payment of the correct fee.

Additional requirements:
Associate Members, retired or unwaged
For the first application for membership in this category, evidence that a person is unwaged or retired is required. After this time, evidence may be requested at the discretion of the Australia ICOMOS Secretariat.

Evidence of full time student enrolment at the time of application and renewal is required.

All applications are received at the Secretariat and referred to the Executive Committee for consideration. Completed applications must be received three weeks before the Executive Committee meeting date to allow consideration otherwise they are held over to the next meeting.

Please contact the Membership Secretary, Helen Lardner on if further information is required.


10) ACT Heritage Council
Expressions of Interest for Membership

Expressions of interest are invited from persons in the ACT Region who may be interested in being considered for appointment to the ACT Heritage Council.

The Council provides advice to the Minister on the registration, conservation and promotion of Aboriginal, historical and natural heritage places and objects in the ACT.

To be eligible for appointment applicants must demonstrate relevant expertise in disciplines relating to Aboriginal culture, Aboriginal history, archaeology, architecture, engineering, history, landscape architecture, nature conservation, object conservation, town planning and urban design. Otherwise they must represent the public from the following groups: the community; the Aboriginal community; or the property ownership, management and development section.

For an application pack please contact the Heritage Unit on (02) 6207 2179 or email
jennifer.o' .
Applications close on Friday, 30 November 2007.


11) Situation Vacant:
Historic Heritage Project Coordinator, Nielson Park.

Total Remuneration package to $89,840 p.a. including salary ($74,527 p.a. - $81,414 p.a.),
Departmental Professional Officer Grade 3, Temporary Full-Time, Vacancy
Ref DECC07-475, Department of Environment & Climate Change NSW.

This position will deliver heritage management services to the region, working along side the Cultural Heritage Manager and curator.

Selection Criteria: To apply for this position applicants must obtain the information pack. The pack contains the selection criteria for the position that must be addressed in your application.
Notes: This is a temporary position up to 24 months. Electronic applications must be MS Office 2003 compatible.

Inquiries: Cath Snelgrove 02) 9337 7028

Information Packages: Stacy Carter (02)9895 7962 or

Applications Marked ‘Confidential' To: Recruitment Officer, Department of Environment and Climate Change NSW, Personnel Services Section, PO Box 1967, Hurstville NSW 2220, Fax (02) 9585 6116, or e-mail to

Closing Date: Friday November 30 2007


12) Situation Vacant:
Heritage Concepts Pty Ltd  Positions Available

Project Archaeologists  Sydney
Heritage Concepts Pty Ltd is a Sydney based archaeological and cultural heritage consulting firm. We provide a range of services to government and private clients ranging from small archaeological assessments, large archaeological excavations to the production of Conservation Management Plans for places of cultural heritage significance. We are passionate about the work we do, and seek equally motivated and professional people to help grow our business.

Our business is expanding and as part of this process we have two new positions available at our Sydney office located at Level 1, Wyong House, 55 Lower Fort Street, Sydney NSW 2000.

Position: Project Archaeologists x 2

We are seeking a personable, highly motivated and professional individual to work as a Project Archaeologist in our Company. The suitable applicant must hold a BA (Hons) in Australian archaeology (Aboriginal and/or historical) with at least 12-18 months experience in carrying out archaeological assessments. The position requires a sound understanding of State and Federal legislation.

The suitable candidate must be hard working with a desire to succeed at any task they undertake. The position will involve carrying out background research, undertaking all aspects of fieldwork and report writing. The position also requires someone with experience in carrying out assessments of significance.

Trainee Positions Available!

We have just successfully completed a 6 month round of traineeships which has resulted in permanent positions for the successful candidates. We are now seeking new applications for another round of trainee positions!

These junior level positions would suit a currently enrolled student looking for part time work or a recent graduate looking for a full time position. The successful applicant will be keen to gain experience in the cultural heritage management industry.

We are keen to speak with people from a range of backgrounds including: prehistory, historical archaeology, anthropology, history, geomorphology, art history, architectural history etc…

This is a fully supervised position at a trainee level and will include many basic office duties such as photocopying; filing; binding reports; running errands and making tea/coffee etc. The majority of work will be based in our Sydney Office located in Sydney's historic Rocks Precinct. There will be ample opportunities to gain field experience.

The successful applicants will need to be motivated, enthusiastic and prepared to learn as they work.

Closing date: Friday 30
th November 2007

Please contact Lori Sciusco for further information.

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