Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 341
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An information service provided by the Australia ICOMOS Secretariat
Friday 27 June 2008

1)  Applications for membership of Australia ICOMOS
2)  VICTORIAN INTERIORS: a workshop and conference, 24 - 26 July 2008
3) Conservation and Restoration of Polychromy on Oriental Timber Architectural Heritage, International Symposium, Beijing, October 2008
4)  APT Montreal 2008 - discounted registration rates expire on August 17
5) Sheridan Burke's full report on the 2008 ICOMOS Asia Pacific Regional Meeting now online
6)  News from ICOMOS International Secretariat
7)  Streetwise Asia Update - Tax Deductible Donations Sought Pre End Financial Year
8)  National Library puts spotlight on rare treasure
9)  Streetwise Asia Trivia Night
10) IMPORTANT NOTE for membership renewal payments
11) Position vacant - Historic Heritage Project Officer, Hurstville


1) Applications for membership of Australia ICOMOS
New Members - join soon, there are Conferences coming up!
Australia ICOMOS welcomes applications for new members.
Also, if you have been an Associate for a number of years you might like to consider applying to be a Full Member as this provides you with many more benefits.
There are some very interesting conferences and ICOMOS events coming up including the ICOMOS General Assembly in Quebec in October 2008, the Australia ICOMOS Annual Conference in Sydney in July 2009 and the ICOMOS/TICCIH Conference in Broken Hill in April 2010. ICOMOS Members are eligible for concession rates for these conferences as well as a range of other ICOMOS events in each state.
It is worthwhile letting friends and colleagues who may wish to join ICOMOS know that they should do so soon, so they can take advantage of these opportunities.
The cut-off date for applications is 3 weeks before each Executive Committee meeting, where new member nominations are considered. Following are the dates for the EC meetings and the resulting cut-off date for applications.
Member application cut-off date             (EC Meeting dates)      
Thursday 7th August 2008                          30th-31st August 2008              
Thursday 30th October 2008                       22nd-23rd November 2008
Thursday 15th January 2008                        February 2008 (date to be set)
Initial membership enquiries can be directed to the Australia ICOMOS Secretariat, email .


2) VICTORIAN INTERIORS: a workshop and conference, 24 - 26 July 2008
A workshop, site visits and conference on VICTORIAN INTERIORS will be held in Melbourne on 24 - 26 July 2008 with local and interstate speakers. The event will be held in collaboration with APT, Melbourne University, The National Trust and Heritage Victoria.
Places in the workshop are limited.
24 July: Conservation Workshop at the Centre for Materials Conservation, University of Melbourne
25 July: site visits to examples of historic decoration and conservation work in progress
26 July: seminar at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Melbourne (lunch & teas included) bookings may be made for the 25th and 26th only, or for the three days, subject to limited spaces available in the workshop.
Workshop is under the direction of Robyn Sloggett, Director of the Centre.
Site visits, subject to confirmation, are to include the National Mutual, Mandeville Hall, Villa Alba, & many more.
Speakers: Brian Andrews Tracey Avery, Barry Cooper, Robert Griffin, Miles Lewis, Andrew Thorn, Ann Toy
For more information, visit to download the flyer or contact:
Donald Ellsmore ( or
Professor Miles Lewis AM
Faculty of Architecture
University of Melbourne
Victoria 3010
work tel  +61 3 8344 6402
work fax  +61 3 8344 5532
For bookings please contact Professor Miles Lewis.


3) Conservation and Restoration of Polychromy on Oriental Timber Architectural Heritage, International Symposium, Beijing, October 2008
Dear Sir or Madam,
Following the suggestions brought up at the 31st session of the World Heritage Committee held in New Zealand, Beijing municipal administration of cultural heritage and ICOMOS CHINA plan to hold an in-depth discussion on the conservation and restoration of painted architectural surfaces or architectural polychromy, especially on wood, as the major type of Asian architecture is timber architecture.
The international symposium will take place in the late October this year in Beijing, including one and a half day presentation and discussions, and another one and a half day's visit to representative sites.
The main theme as mentioned above is "conservation and restoration of polycrhomy on the oriental timber architectural heritage", and the three sub-themes are:
a.   authenticity in the conservation of painted surfaces on timber architecture
b.   the continuation and promotion of the traditional craftsmanship
c.   case studies
Professionals and scholars who are interested in the theme are invited to submit papers under one of the three sub-themes, and please contact us via e-mail as early as possible informing us your interest of participation for our better preparation.
The formal invitation letter with fixed information about the symposium will be sent in the coming days, this mail is to inform you about the event in time and we would appreciate very much if you could arrange to come and share with our Chinese professionals your experience and expertise in this particular field.
Best regards,
ICOMOS CHINA Secretariat


4) APT Montreal 2008 - discounted registration rates expire on August 17
APT is celebrating its 40th Anniversary and would like you to celebrate with them. Please join them on October 13-17, 2008 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada for the Association for Preservation Technology International's 2008 Annual Conference.
Visit for detailed information and an on-line registration form.
Note: discounted registration rates expire on 17 August 2008.
NOTE: A passport is now required to enter Canada from the United States, as well as from other countries. Apply for or renew yours today!
For detailed conference information, the conference brochure is at


5) Sheridan Burke's full report on the 2008 ICOMOS Asia Pacific Regional Meeting now online
Visit and click on "News" - it is the lead item.


6) News from ICOMOS International Secretariat

Earthquake in Wenchuan Province, China: Message from ICOMOS Vice President Guo Zhan
Effects of the Earthquake (magnitude 8) which struck Wenchuan (China) at 2:28 p.m. on 12 May 2008 on the Chinese population and their cultural heritage 
Dear colleagues,
At a time when all of China has been working, comforted by the concern and support expressed by the whole world, to save people's lives, prevent epidemics, and rule out the possibility of secondary disasters following the earthquake (Richter scale 8) which hit Wenchuan at 2:28 p.m. on 12 May , the ICOMOS/China colleagues who have come back from missions to the disaster-stricken areas wish to provide you with some basic information concerning the situation of  the cultural heritage, despite the unfavorable situation encountered in the remote mountain areas and the tragedy of the rising death toll.
Two World Heritage sites, the cultural heritage property of Mount Qingcheng and the Dujiangyan Irrigation System as well as the natural heritage area comprising the habitat of the Giant Pandas, as well as one cultural heritage site on China's tentative list, the Zangqiang Diaolou (multi-storied defensive village houses) and villages, have been affected by this rare and severe earthquake.
Historic structures situated in the site of Mount Qingcheng and the Dujiangyan Irrigation System, mainly the Erwang Temple, and those added during later dynasties, have suffered severe collapse. Several Temple halls built not long ago have been destroyed. Fortunately, the main parts of the ancient hydraulic project including the Yuzui Bypass Dike (water diversion engineering), the Bottleneck Passage (water inlet) and the Feishayan Floodgate (flood and silt discharging engineering) have remained unscathed, despite a 20-meter-long crack that has appeared in the cement part (manually-added) of the Yuzui Bypass Dike. Cultural relics situated in the Erwang Temple, such as the stone statues of Li Bing and his son, founders of the project, have suffered little damage.  Professional technology and a large amount of money will be needed to restore these collapsed historic structures, work for which the State Administration of Cultural Heritage (SACH) is currently preparing.
The protection, observation, and guarding facilities situated in the Giant Panda habitat area were badly damaged. Two Giant Pandas were missing, one badly injured and another slightly wounded. In addition, it will now be even more difficult for us to collect information about the Giant Pandas' living conditions in a timely and accurate way as a large area of their habitat has been affected by the earthquake, including mountain landslides, crustal deformation, blocked roads, damaged vegetation and personnel casualties. We are very worried about these lovely Giant Pandas.
The "stone-piled high" Diaolou buildings of Zangqiang Diaolou and villages surprisingly survived this severe earthquake. Only four of them collapsed, while hundreds of others still stand in the mountains and valleys, composing this unique cultural landscape together with the surviving historic villages. On the contrary, most of the modern buildings, which looked solid and were promoted as a model for new countryside construction, built in the vicinity of the Diaolou buildings have collapsed. The solid anti-earthquake performance of the Diaolou buildings has again been demonstrated. However, some of these buildings have nevertheless been adversely affected to different degrees due to the severity of the earthquake. Some of the traditional village houses show cracks. The upper parts of these buildings, which are dozens of meters high, have become dangerous, with stones falling off, whilst some of the foundations have been partly ruined. It is a challenge for us to rescue, reinforce and repair all of them because they are large in number, scattered around a significant area and inconvenient to access. We hope that there will be an emergency intervention to Zangqiang Diaolou and Villages, as these material witnesses of Qiang Culture are rare in the world, and such a large-scale, authentic and excellent natural landscape is of great value. Among the 56 nationalities in China, the Qiang are an ethnic group with a population of only 300,000, one tenth of which died in the earthquake.
In the earthquake-stricken areas, there are also many other cultural heritage sites and thousands of movable relics at provincial, municipal or county level. In a similar situation as the above-mentioned World Heritage sites, these cultural heritage sites and relics suffered damage to different degrees, although thankfully none are totally destroyed.  They need urgent rescue, reinforcement or restoration, which is a heavy task to fulfil and will take a long period of time, considering their large number and the size of the area. ICOMOS China colleagues successively visited the earthquake-stricken areas and personally conveyed their support to those who have guarded these heritage sites while grieving for their dead relatives. In addition, ICOMOS/China has organized an expert group to visit the accessible earthquake-stricken areas so as to investigate and evaluate the condition of heritage sites, and make a plan for their subsequent rescue and repair. Some colleagues and their cultural heritage institutions have been charged with specific tasks. Undoubtedly, in-depth discussion, meticulous experiments and actions, as well as large amounts of human, material and financial resources and time will be necessary to rescue and restore this heritage.
Immediately after the earthquake, international colleagues expressed their sincere support and great concern with regards to the situation of Chinese colleagues and the cultural heritage in the affected areas. This shows your friendship towards us, and brings hope and determination to the Chinese colleagues. The letters or messages from colleagues were published on the front page of China's Cultural Relics weekly newspaper (29 May 2008 issue).
In our future relief work, we look forward to further corporation with international colleagues in theory, experience and practice.
Guo Zhan
Vice President of ICOMOS
4 June 2008 

Longstanding ICOMOS Members Emil van Brederode and Sherban G. Cantacuzino among laureates of European Heritage Awards 2008
Laureates of the annual European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards were honoured at the annual European Heritage Awards Ceremony, which took place on 12 June 2008 in the magnificent setting of Durham Cathedral in the United Kingdom.
Award winning projects, studies, individuals and groups originate from 15 European countries. The awards were presented by S.A.R. la Infanta Dona Pilar de Borbon, President of Europa Nostra, and Mr Vladimir Sucha, Director for Culture, Multilingualism and Communication at the European Commission's DG Education and Culture. Dame Liz Forgan, Chair of the UK's Heritage Lottery Fund, gave the closing address: 'One Hundred Thousand Brush Strokes'.
While congratulating the laureates, the three speakers talked of the need to engage the wider public in the protection of Europe's cultural heritage in order to effectively maintain and enhance our built and natural environment. Europe's cultural heritage is one of its most valuable assets with regards to sustainable economic development and cultural tourism, social cohesion and our quality of life.
ICOMOS Laureates
The two longstanding ICOMOS members Emil van Brederode (Netherlands) and Sherban G. Cantacuzino (Romania) received a 2nd prize medal in the category "Dedicated Service". ICOMOS International cordially congratulates the laureates on the prizes honouring their work in conservation!
Info on Emil van Brederode:
Info on Sherban G. Cantacuzino:
All the laureates:
Laurie Neale, Communications,
Europa Nostra,
Tel.: +31 70 302 40 55
Sander van der Ven, Heritage Awards
Europa Nostra
Tel.: +31 70 302 40 59
ICOMOS China: Elections
The second ICOMOS/China Membership Meeting was convened on April 28, 2008 in Beijing. At the meeting, the report on the work of the Commission, the financial report, and the report on the revising of the constitution were discussed and approved; members of the executive committee of the commission were re-elected in compliance with related regulations of the constitution. Tong Mingkang, Deputy Director-General of the State Administration of Cultural Heritage (SACH), was elected as Chairman of the 2nd Executive Committee. In addition, the following were elected as Vice Chairman: An Jiayao, researcher of the Institute of Archaeology of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; Lu Zhou, Deputy Director of School of Architecture, Tsinghua University; Chen Tongbin, Director of Institute of History, China Architecture Design & Research Group; Gu Yucai, Director of Department for the Protection of Monuments and Sites of SACH; Guo Zhan,vice president of ICOMOS; Hou Weidong, researcher and Deputy Chief Engineer of the Chinese Academy of Cultural Heritage.
The 2nd Executive Committee was constituted by 37 elected experts and management personnel.
On April 29, the 2nd Session of Chairman Meeting of the Executive Committee was convened to appoint Gu Yucai as the Vice Standing Chairman of the Executive Committee and the Chief Financial Officer, Guo Zhan as Secretary-general, Executive Committee member Zhu Xiaodong as Vice Standing Secretary-general, Executive Committee member Lu Qiong as Vice Secretary-general concurrently.
Postal addresses of ICOMOS/China Chairman and Secretariat remain unchanged at present.
I hope that the new ICOMOS/China Executive Committee will keep close and efficient corporation with other colleagues.
Guo Zhan
Vice Chairman and Secretary-general, ICOMOS/China
US ICOMOS: Newsletters 4/2007 and 1/2008 online
The US/ICOMOS Newsletters 4/2007 and 1/2008 can now be downloaded in PDF format at: (both issues in one PDF, 2.76 MB)

ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Historic Towns and Villages (CIVVIH) / ICOMOS Greece: Proceedings of CIVVIH Symposium in Patras (9-12 March 2006) published
The Proceedings of the Scientific Symposium organized by CIVVIH, ICOMOS Greece, and the Technical Chamber of Greece, held 2006 in the city of Patras, have been published under the title "Historical city ports of the Mediterranean region and urban operations of the 20th century" (ISBN: 978-960-98316-0-4).
The Publication will soon be available in the UNESCO-ICOMOS Documentation Centre. If you wish to receive a copy of the publication, please contact:
Sofia Avgerinou Kolonias
Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning
Faculty of Architecture
National Technical University of Athens (N.T.U.A.)
Patission 42, 10682 ATHENS
Tel.+(30) 210 7723813
At the Scientific Symposium which was held from 9-12 March 2006 in Patras, thirteen lectures by Mediterranean members of CIVVIH were presented. The meeting also saw the constitution of CIVVIH's Mediterranean Sub-Committee, whose aim it is to promote the collaboration between members of CIVVIH that represent the Mediterranean region, in the framework and spirit of the ICOMOS Eger-Xi'an principles (2005) and the Euromediterranean Collaboration (Appeal of Barcelona - 1995). More specifically, the aim of the Sub-committee is the development of solidarity and collaboration in relation subjects like sustainable protection, and management and development of historical cities. This will be achieved through collaborative meetings, where the particular characteristics in the common historical space of the Mediterranean will be analysed and relative studies, researches, and educational programs for all stages of education will be promoted.

ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Historic Towns and Villages (CIVVIH): Documentation and Resolutions of the second meeting of the Mediterranean Sub-Committee of CIVVIH in Corfu (18-20 April 2008) now online
The documentation and the resolutions of the second meeting of CIVVIH-ICOMOS for the Mediterranean in Corfu (April 18-20, 2008) are now available on the website of the Technical Chamber of Greece

ICOMOS-IFLA Scientific Committee on Cultural Landscapes:
Resolution of recommendation for the safeguarding of the historic urban landscape of Bjorvika in Oslo (Norway)
On 20 April 2008, on the occasion of an international expert meeting held at Bogstad in Olso, the ICOMOS-IFLA Scientific Committee on Cultural Landscapes passed a resolution concerning safeguarding the historic urban landscape of Bjorvika in Oslo. The recommendation was sent to the relevant Norwegian authorities and is reproduced below.
The Committee has informed ICOMOS International of its conclusions and will, in cooperation with ICOMOS Norway, prepare a report to the General Assembly in Quebec, Canada, in September 2008.
Resolution of recommendation for the safeguarding of the historic urban landscape of Bjorvika in Oslo
May I present you with the following Resolution of Recommendation, passed on April 20 2008 at Bogstad in Oslo, and ask you to find satisfactory planning, legislative and practice solutions for the urgent issues listed herewith.
Every year the ICOMOS-IFLA International Scientific Committee on Cultural Landscapes visits different countries to discuss problems of preservation and protection of cultural landscapes, including historic urban landscapes. In relation to the World Heritage List established by UNESCO, our committee is the adviser to ICOMOS on the cultural landscapes issue.
This year we carried out a working meeting in Oslo, discussing, in addition to the guidelines concerning World Heritage cultural landscapes, the tools for the evaluation and protection of significant historic urban landscapes in general. During our meeting we made the following observations:
Each of these well planned and decisive initiatives are applauded as far-reaching steps to preserve, honour and enrich Oslo.  To safeguard the natural and cultural resources of Oslo inherited from previous generations, these interventions and other planned changes should be considered as a legacy for the future.  The stewardship of this legacy embodies both respect for the past and innovation, both of which are in the hands of the community leaders of today. We urge you to practice enlightened stewardship of Oslo.
In light of the medieval city, Opera House and tunnel projects our committee is concerned with the proposed planning for building a new high-rise development between the Central Station and the foot of the Ekeberg plateau, the recently constructed multi-storey Hotel Opera forming only a small part of the proposed development. If the height and scale of these new buildings extend those of the station area and opera very much, we fear that the valuable and so far successfully administered historic urban landscape of Bjorvika will be seriously compromised and damaged.
There is now the possibility to design to a good quality continuous seafront to a scale that does not overpower the new Opera House and retains and enhances public access and views to Bjorvika. This type of planned development would value the historic relation between sea and city for all of Oslo, its citizens and visitors honouring both the past and the future.
The ICOMOS-IFLA International Scientific Committee on Cultural Landscapes appeals to the City of Oslo, the Ministry of Environment and the Norwegian Government to consider changing the plans for the Bjorvika development in accordance with the historic urban values of Oslo as a seafront city that still to such great degree may be appreciated, for which the international community will be extremely grateful.
We very much hope that our concerns will be fully considered and acted upon, and therefore we, the representatives of 15 countries, appeal to you to do everything in your power to safeguard the historic values of the Oslo downtown and the Bjorvika, described above as the cultural landscape of the city evolves into the future.
 Bogstad, 20th April 2008
Prof. Dr. Luigi Zangheri, President
ICOMOS-IFLA International Scientific Committee on Cultural Landscapes

ICOMOS International Training Committee / Comite International de la Formation (CIF): New Website
The website of the ICOMOS International Training Committee (CIF) is now available at:
IFLA: 45th Intenational Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) World Congress; Newsletters
45th IFLA World Congress: Transforming with Water
The Netherlands, 30 June - 3 July 2008
Further information and online registration at
Christine Bavassa, Executive Secretary
International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA)
European Foundation for Landscape Architecture (EFLA)
The European Region of IFLA

Rue des Palais, 44 B 21
B-1030 Brussels
Tel.: +32 2 211 33 79
Fax: +32 2 218 89 73
23rd IIC Congress, London, September 2008
The International Institute for Conservation is holding its 23rd biennial congress in London in September 2008. All information about the registration process, programme, etc. can be found on the congress website
Graham Voce, Executive Secretary
International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC)
6 Buckingham Street
London WC2N 6BA
telephone +44 (0)20 7839 5975
fax +44 (0)20 7976 1564
Symposium: Sustainable development and heritage: the European perspective
Bordeaux, 4-6 Decembre 2008
Organise par l'Association Nationale des Architectes des Batiments de France (ANABF)
The ANABF - French State conservation architects - (L'association des architectes des Batiments de France), is organizing a symposium in Bordeaux (France) on the subject "Sustainable development and heritage: the European perspective". It will take place at the Theatre National de Bordeaux Aquitaine on 4 - 6 December 2008.
The symposium is open to national and international architects, town planners, building contractors, mayors, academics, governmental agencies, and heritage conservation professionals.
In October 2007, the French government addressed the issue of sustainable development through the 'Grenelle de l'environnement' meetings. The French State conservation architects wish to make an effective contribution to the issue of heritage and sustainable development.
Flyer and preliminary program
Francoise Laurent-Brancier
27 rue Genesta
33200 Bordeaux
Tel/Fax: +33 (0)5 56 51 83 90
Call for Submissions: Society for American Archaeology 74th Annual Meeting
April 22 - April 26, 2009
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
The abstract submission system for SAA's 2009 annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia (April 22-26) is now available on the SAA website at The SAA has implemented system enhancements that will facilitate your submission process. Those enhancements, based on the feedback we received from last year's inaugural users, include membership directory search capabilities for current members, streamlined session navigation, and more detailed submission instructions.
Call for submissions / Submission Deadline
A PDF with detailed instructions for abstract submissions is available for download at:
The Deadline for submissions is 10 September 2008
Tel: +1-202-789-8200
Call for Entries: 2009 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards
Outstanding achievements in the field of heritage conservation and enhancement will be awarded in the following categories:
  1. Conservation
  2. Research
  3. Dedicated Service by Individuals or Organisations
  4. Education, Training and Awareness-Raising
Entry Forms
Available at
Deadline:1 October 2008
Sander van der Ven
Heritage Awards Coordinator
Tel.: +31 70 302 40 59
RehabiMed: Publications available for download
The RehabiMed project has made its publications and recent newsletters available online for free through their website:
ARX Issue 6 now online
Issue 6 (May 2008) of ARX, the Online Journal of Military Architecture and Fortification, is now available for download in PDF format at (PDF, 8.11 MB)
This issue is largely dedicated to Maltese 'siege' batteries of the blockade - 1798-1800. Other features include articles on the Gozo Citadel, the military engineer Matteo Bonavia, the Fort St Rocco and a medieval tower at Qrendi.
Issue 6 of ARX also launches a new project by the Fortress Explorer Society for the documentation, study, and appreciation of the defensive features of rural buildings in the Maltese islands.Those willing to participate in the research can email the Fortress Explorer Society at
Journal of Urbanism - International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability : Issue 1 now available online
INTBAU and Routledge are pleased to announce that the first issue of Journal of Urbanism has been published and is available to view for free at: .
Editors: Charles C. Bohl, University of Miami, USA, Matthew Hardy, INTBAU, UK and Emily Talen, Arizona State University, USA
The Journal of Urbanism is a multi-disciplinary journal that focuses on human settlement and its relation to the idea of sustainability, social justice and cultural understanding. The content focuses on Urban Regeneration, New Urbanism, European Urbanism, Landscape Urbanism, Urban Sustainability, Smart Growth, Livable Communities, Transit-Orientated Development, Walkable Communities and more. It highlights research on the various concepts, methods and theories on creating an attitude of sustainability toward urban form.
Dr Matthew Hardy, Secretary
International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism
19-22 Charlotte Road, London EC2A 3SG, UK
+44-20-7613-8520, fax +44-20-7613-8599
International Council on Monuments and Sites/
Conseil International des Monuments et des Sites
International Secretariat / Secretariat International
49-51 rue de la Federation
75015 Paris - France
Tel : 33 (0) 1 45 67 67 70
Fax : 33 (0) 1 45 66 06 22
e-mail :


7) Streetwise Asia Update - Tax Deductible Donations Sought Pre End Financial Year
The Streetwise Asia Fund has now been in operation for more than a year. This is modest not for profit fund which aims to provide grass roots assistance to conservation projects in Asia, also providing educational and community benefits. The first project is now nearly completed.  Another key objective for the Fund is to provide opportunities for heritage professionals to travel in Asia and become involved in voluntary conservation work assisting with heritage projects. For the first project, Anthony Coupe, a South Australian ICOMOS member and his wife Felicity volunteered, and with their 12 year old son, travelled to Laos in October 2007.  Laos had been suggested by the UNESCO Bangkok Office as there were possible projects identified which required financial support. They travelled to Laos assessing four possible projects and then prepared a report which identified the Community Library and Learning Resource Centre within the Vat Phou Champasak World Heritage Area, an area which was World Heritage Listed in 2001. The building had been vacant for some time and was in a state of decay. Constructed in the 1930s, it is of a traditional French Colonial style and sits amongst traditional Lao style raised timber houses. The project had received some partial funding provided through the Lerici Foundation and there was a shortfall, with no available budget for re-roofing. As an initial project for the Streetwise Fund it was ideal - as the project management structure had already been established, and other works were underway. Photographs have just been received of the nearly completed project and Liz Vines is able to email interested parties copies of these.
The project funding allocation was A$13,000 which included assistance provided for a local architect from Laos to supervise the works.
We are now investigating other projects, but the fund requires topping up!! Established initially through the sale of the Streetwise Asia publication, many ICOMOS members have generously contributed to the fund, and this has been the main source of donations. The fund gains its tax effective status by operating under the umbrella of Australind Children's Fund, a South Australian Charity established to provide assistance for educational and health facilities in 3rd world countries focusing at present in Chennai, India and the Streetwise projects are very complementary.
Please contact Liz Vines on (or mob 0419 816 525), who will email you the donation details and any other details you may require.
Thank you again for your generosity - in anticipation!!!
PS Kristal Buckley, our International Vice President, presented a paper at the end of May on the Streetwise initiative at the forthcoming ICOMOS conference in Washington, which had as its theme "Developing a comprehensive approach to US participation in the global heritage community".


8) National Library puts spotlight on rare treasure
Writer David Malouf and actor Amanda Muggleton will bring to life the Canadian Government's gift to the National Library of the earliest surviving document printed in Australia.
To mark the acquisition of this priceless document, a 1796 theatre playbill, the National Library will hold a special event on Wednesday 25 June, open to the public.
The playbill advertises performances at the Theatre, Sydney, on Saturday 30 July, 1796. It was found in the collection of Library and Archives Canada and returned as a gift to the people of Australia by the Canadian Government in September last year.
Amanda Muggleton will perform a piece from the advertised play, Jane Shore, while David Malouf will talk about the colony of the time when the playbill was printed. Dr Gillian Russell, of the Australian National University, will discuss the history of early colonial theatre.
The playbill was printed in Sydney by convict George Hughes who operated Australia's first printing press which came out with the First Fleet. It is believed that First Fleet Marine Officer and later third Governor of the NSW colony, Philip Gidley King, took the playbill with him when he visited England in 1796.
The Director-General of the National Library, Jan Fullerton, described the playbill gift as "extraordinarily generous and highly significant to the people of Australia". "The playbill will have a special place alongside other key documents such as Cook's Endeavour Journal, William Bligh's notebook and Eddie Mabo's papers in our new Treasures Gallery due to open in 2010," Ms Fullerton said.
The Canadian High Commissioner, Michael Leir, said he was very proud of the role Canada had played in returning an item of such historical significance to the people of Australia. "Its repatriation is a reflection of Canada and Australia's common heritage and strong historical links," he said. "The playbill celebration marks another example of our enduring relationship which continues to bring our two countries closer together."
The event is open to the public. Bookings are essential on 02 6262 1271.
Where: National Library Theatre, lower ground floor
When: Wednesday 25 June, 2.30 - 4.30 pm
High-resolution images of the playbill are available for download at
Media contacts:
Sally Hopman, 02 6262 1704;
Ellen Peterson, 02 6262 1571;


9) Streetwise Asia Trivia Night
You are warmly invited to the Streetwise Asia Trivia Night. This event will raise funds for the Streetwise Asia Fund for Heritage Conservation, which assists with the conservation of traditional education buildings in Asia. Please come along and enjoy an evening of brain-teasing trivia and much more.
When:  Friday 18 July 2008, 7pm.
Where:  Canterbury Street Stables Community Centre, Flemington (Melways map 28 ref J11)
Further information is available on the attached event flyer and Streetwise Asia Fund pamphlet.


10) IMPORTANT NOTE for membership renewal payments
Dear Australia ICOMOS members,
Please make note of the following:
It is imperative to include your name and membership number as a reference when transferring funds so that the payment can be correctly allocated to you.
A note to any member who made a bank transfer on June 10 or 11: please contact the Secretariat via email, as there is one payment that cannot be identified.
The fax machine usually accessed by Australia ICOMOS is out of order. Please use the alternative fax number +61 3 9244 6755 effective immediately, but ONLY UNTIL close of business 4 July 2008.
that any faxes sent to the number +61 3 9251 7158 may not have been received. It is advised that they be re-sent to +61 3 9244 6755.

Queries regarding the receipt or otherwise of faxes sent to +61 3 9251 7158 within the last 7-10 days are welcome and can be directed to .
Georgia Meros
Secretariat Officer


11) Position vacant - Historic Heritage Project Officer, Hurstville
Historic Heritage Project Officer, Hurstville
Total Remuneration package to $93,478 p.a. including salary ($76,042 p.a. - $84,711 p.a)
Environment Officer Class 9
Permanent Full-Time
Vacancy Ref: DECC08-257
Department of Environment & Climate Change NSW
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.
Electronic applications must be MS Office 2003 compatible.
Information Packages available at:
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 11 July 2008.

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Australia ICOMOS Secretariat
Georgia Meros, Secretariat Officer
Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific
Deakin University
221 Burwood Highway
Burwood Victoria 3125
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