1) Applications for membership of Australia ICOMOS
Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 347
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Friday 25 July 2008
2) "Isles of Exile" Conference, 26 - 29 October 2008,
3) International Network Chapter: INTBAU Australia
4) Call for Australia ICOMOS members to contribute to International
5) Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts:
Media Release - National Maritime Museum has acquired First Fleet
treasure "for all Australians"
6) Temporary Position (Public Historian) at Godden Mackay
1) Applications for membership of
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
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 and a range of other
ICOMOS events in each state.
It is worthwhile letting friends and colleagues who may wish to join
ICOMOS that they should do so soon, so they can take advantage of these
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
Member application cut-off
EC Meeting dates
Thursday 7th August
30th-31st August 2008
Thursday 30th October
22nd-23rd November 2008
Thursday 15th January
February 2008 (date to be set)
Initial membership enquiries can be directed to the Australia ICOMOS
2) "Isles of Exile"
Conference, 26 - 29 October 2008, Norfolk Island
The Norfolk Island Government would like to invite you to join them on
Norfolk Island for the "Isles of Exile" Conference being held
from 26 to 29 October 2008. The Travel Centre has been appointed
as the official conference coordinator and will facilitate travel and
accommodation bookings, provide information on Norfolk Island attractions
and arrange bookings for additional tours and activities.
In order to make your trip to Norfolk Island as easy as possible please
head to the Travel Centre website
http://www.travelcentre.nf/isles%20of%20exile.htm where you will be
able to download the following:
- Conference Information Pack
- Conference Registration Form
- Call for Papers
- Travel Information Pack
Once you have had an opportunity to read through all the information
please complete the reservation forms for both the conference and travel
packs and fax or email them back to the Travel Centre along with your
deposit preference. (Posting by airmail is also accepted, but can take up
to 10 working days). Please note that space is limited for this
conference and to avoid disappointment make sure you get in early!
The Travel Centre
PO Box 172
Norfolk Island 2899
Ph: int+ 6723 22502
Fax: int + 6723 23205
3) International Network Chapter:
The International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture
& Urbanism (INTBAU) formed an Australian chapter this June. INTBAU is
a worldwide organisation under the patronage of HRH The Prince of Wales,
dedicated to the support of traditional building, architecture and
places, and those who create, maintain and study traditional building
through education. By supporting practitioners, artisans and students,
INTBAU encourages people to maintain and restore traditional buildings,
and to build environments that improve the quality of life in cities,
towns and villages. Closer working is anticipated with The Prince's
Foundation for the Built Environment, the UK's leading environmental and
urban design charity.
INTBAU is now an educational UK charity, with chapters in Australia,
Canada, India, Iran, Ireland, Germany, Poland, Romania, Nigeria, Norway,
the UK and USA. General membership is free through an online registration
form. Members can join email discussion forums and will receive periodic
updates on events, workshops and conferences.
To register, see
more information or to answer queries, contact Dr Matthew Hardy at
or Scott J Strachan at
4) Call for Australia ICOMOS
members to contribute to International Scientific Committees
The 15th General Assembly of ICOMOS, held in Xi'an China in 2005, adopted
the Eger-Xi'an Principles, one objective of which is to open up the membership
of International Scientific Committees (ISCs). The latest version of the Principles,
incorporating amendments agreed to by the Scientific Council, has just been released
for discussion at the 16th ICOMOS General Assembly in Quebec later this year (refer
to item attached to this newsletter).
Within the global structures of ICOMOS, the ISCs are expected to be at
the heart of scientific inquiry and exchange in their domains. They
therefore complement the roles of ICOMOS National Committees. To perform
their role adequately, the ISCs need to contain expert members that span
the breadth of their subject, and to be geographically and culturally
Australia ICOMOS is already well represented on several ISCs. However,
there are currently a number of ISCs with no Australian members, and
other ISCs that are seeking new members. Until the changes made by the
Eger-Xi'an Principles, the ability of Australia ICOMOS members to
participate in the ISCs was relatively limited. Australia ICOMOS has
therefore welcomed the reforms and is now keen to encourage all its Full
International Members to join an ISC in which they have a particular
interest. At present there is no funding to assist members to travel to
ISC meetings, although the Executive Committee is looking into the
possibility of providing some modest assistance for this purpose.
Although the Eger-Xi'an Principles allow prospective ISC members to
nominate themselves or to be invited to join directly by an ISC, the
Australia ICOMOS Executive Committee has reaffirmed its preference to
continue the process of nominating candidates for membership of ISCs. The
Executive Committee feels that this process assists both the ISC and the
candidate by providing an independent opinion on the standing and credit
of nominees in the field of the ISC within their own country.
Australia ICOMOS is therefore calling for expressions of
interest from Full International Members to be considered for
nomination to an ISC. Expressions of interest should be sent to the
Secretariat, and include a resume with particular reference to your
credentials in the specific field of the ISC for which you seek
nomination, and a statement on why you wish to be involved, and whether
you seek to be nominated as an Expert or Associate member. Please note
that the endorsement of your nomination by Australia ICOMOS is no
guarantee of your acceptance by the relevant ISC, and that the timing of
the consideration of your membership will vary from committee to
committee, according to their own rules.
Please send your expression of interest to the Secretariat no later
than Monday 11 August 2008 (email to
so that it can be reviewed in time for the Executive Committee to
consider the nomination at its meeting in Darwin on 30-31 August. We are
anxious to forward nominations to ISC Chairs in time for the ISC meetings
to be held on Monday 29 September in Quebec, prior to the opening of the
ICOMOS General Assembly.
The ISCs which currently have no Australian members are:
- Earthen Architectural Heritage (ISCEAH)
- International Committee for Analysis and
Restoration of Structures and Architectural Heritage
- International Committee on Conservation /
Restoration of Heritage Objects in Monuments and Sites (ISCCR)
- International Committee on Economics of
- International Committee on Wall Painting
- International Training Committee (CIF)
The remaining ISCs, all of which should be opening their membership to
additional Australian members that meet the criteria established by each
- International Committee on Intangible Cultural
- International Committee on Underwater Cultural
- International Committee on 20th Century
- IFLA-ICOMOS Committee on Historic Gardens &
- CIPA - Heritage Documentation
- International Committee on Interpretation &
Presentation of Cultural Heritage Sites (ICIP)
- International Committee on Archaeological
Heritage Management (ICAHM)
- International Committee for Vernacular
- International Wood Committee
- International Committee on Historic Towns and
- International Committee on Cultural Routes
- International Cultural Tourism Committee
- International Polar Heritage Committee
- International Committee on Stone
- International Committee on Fortifications &
Military Heritage (ICOFORT)
- International Rock Art Committee
- International Committee on Shared Built
- International Committee on Risk Preparedness
- International Committee on the Theory &
Philosophy of Conservation & Restoration
- International Stained Glass Committee
- International Committee on Legal,
Administrative and Financial Issues (ICLAFI)
Further information is available from the ISC web sites (through the
ICOMOS International web site
www.icomos.org) or the Australia
ICOMOS ISC Coordinator, Sue Jackson-Stepowski
5) Department of the Environment,
Water, Heritage and the Arts: Media Release - National Maritime Museum
has acquired First Fleet treasure "for all Australians"
The National Maritime Museum today acquired one of the
acknowledged treasures of Australia's maritime heritage... the silver
Charlotte Medal which has been passed down from the First
The disc, 74 mm in diameter, was engraved by convict Thomas Barrett on
the transport ship Charlotte in January 1788 at the conclusion of
the First Fleet's long, gruelling voyage from Britain to New South
It's believed he created the medal while Charlotte and the fleet's
other ships were anchored in Botany Bay awaiting Governor Phillip's
decision to move north to strike the continent's first European
settlement at Port Jackson.
On one side of the medal Barrett engraved a fully-rigged ship secured to
a buoy with the sun down near the horizon line on the lower left and a
crescent moon and stars on the upper right.
Above the sun are inscribed the words The Charlotte at anchor / in
Botany Bay / Jany. the 20, / 1788.
On the reverse side of the disc is a short description of
Charlotte's voyage from Spithead, England (13 May 1787) to Botany
Bay in the "island of New Holland" (20 January 1788).
Barrett engraved the medal for the First Fleet's Principal Surgeon John
White who travelled with him on Charlotte, and it's believed he used a
surgeon's silver 'kidney dish' to make it.
The Director of the Australian National Maritime Museum Mary-Louise
Williams, today hailed the acquisition as an important one for all
"This one small object is a direct link with that pivotal event in
Australia's history - the arrival of the First Fleet at Botany Bay and
the subsequent European occupation of the continent," she said.
"And the piece has further significance... Barrett's engraving has
been widely acclaimed as the first known Australian colonial work of
Ms Williams said the Charlotte Medal will be a cornerstone in the
Australian National Maritime Museum collection. It will go on
display at the museum, on Sydney's Darling Harbour, as soon as
practicable - possibly within a month.
The museum paid $750,000 for the medal at a Noble Numismatics auction in
Melbourne. It was purchased with assistance from the Commonwealth
Government's National Cultural Heritage Account.
The vendor is a private collector, and it's believed this is the first
time the piece has been held in a public collection.
The convict Thomas Barrett, an engraver, appeared before Mr Justice
Ashhurst at the Old Bailey, London. on 11 September 1782 charged with
stealing a silver watch, valued at three pounds, a steel chain, a watch
key, a hook, two shirts and one shift from Ann Milton on 20 July that
He was found guilty and sentenced to death, but was granted a King's
Pardon on condition of transportation.
The following year he appeared again at the Old Bailey on a charge of
being criminally at large in England. This time he was held successfully
on a prison hulk before being sent on board Charlotte.
The ship's 250-day voyage included 68 days at Tenerife, Rio de Janeiro
and Cape Town where the 11 ships of the First Fleet were
re-supplied and the crews rested.
Barrett holds the dubious distinction of being the first European
executed for a criminal act on the east coast of Australia.
On 27 February 1788, only one month after arriving at Port Jackson, he
was convicted along with Henry Lovell, Joseph Hall and Ryan Clark of
stealing butter, pease and pork from the common store.
Three of these convicts, including Barrett, were sentenced to
death. Two subsequently had their death sentences changed to public
floggings, but Barrett was hung.
A plaque commemorating his execution stands on the corner of Harrington
and Essex Streets in The Rocks, Sydney.
Very little material survives today from any of the 11 ships of the
historic First Fleet.
The National Maritime Museum has only one other First Fleet item in its
collection, a wooden sea chest believed to be the property of convict
Henry Kable and brought to the colony by him on board the convict
Media information, Bill Richards (02) 9298 3645; 0418 403 472
6) Temporary Position (Public
Historian) at Godden Mackay Logan
Godden Mackay Logan is a leading Australian heritage consultancy
with offices located in Redfern and Canberra. We provide a wide range of
heritage services to private and public sector clients. Our work includes
heritage and conservation planning, archaeological assessments, impact
assessment and interpretation.
GML have a temporary position for a full time public historian that would
be available for work from 15 August to 15 October 2008. The historian
would be required to research and write history for conservation
management plans, heritage management plans, interpretation plans and
heritage impact statements. The position requires demonstrated
familiarity with archival and library collections. Knowledge of the
heritage industry would be preferred and the ability to manage competing
deadlines and project budgets. The historian would be required to work
from the Redfern office, but some flexibility would be possible in terms
of days/hours etc (though it is closer to a full time position than part
time). Salary is negotiable dependant on experience.
For further information, or to register your interest in the position,
please contact Sharon Veale or Mark Dunn on 02 9319 4811.
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