Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 383
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Friday 24 April 2009


1)  Update on (Un)Loved Modern Conference, 7-10 July 2009

2)  Successful ICOMOS South Australian Event Held to Celebrate World Heritage Day

3)  Lifetime Achievement Award for Meredith Walker

4)  Call for Australia ICOMOS members to contribute to International Scientific Committees

5)  Complimentary copies of Significance 2.0 available

6)  Robin Boyd Self Guided Tour and Open Houses - Sunday 3 May 2009

7)  Institute for Citizenship & Globalisation's April bulletin available online

8)  The Northbridge History Studies Day

9)  CCA concern at limited uptake of the 2020 Summit's good ideas

10) 2009 Southwest Summer Institute for Preservation and Regionalism

11) DEWHA media release: $60 Million for Heritage Projects on World Heritage Day


Situations Vacant

12) Senior heritage consultant, Context

13) Heritage consultant, Perth


1) Update on (Un)Loved Modern Conference, 7-10 July 2009


As we remember the sacrifices of wartime on Anzac Day, remember also that the tangible reminders of these wartime sacrifices are, in many cases, threatened heritage.  At the Australia ICOMOS (Un)Loved Modern Conference in Sydney 7-10 July 2009, the challenges of conserving our wartime heritage will be explored in a dedicated theme on the War in the Pacific.  Speakers will include Tim Smith, on the conservation of the wreck of the wreck of the Japanese M24 submarine that attacked Sydney; Scott Robertson, on a thematic study identifying war sites in NSW; Noni Boyd, on the architectural legacy of WWII in the South Pacific; David Wixted, on the wartime heritage of Maribyrnong; and Jane Ainsworth, on Sydney's WWII sites.


If the idea of influencing the conservation of our wartime heritage appeals to you, register now for the Australia ICOMOS (Un)Loved Modern Conference in Sydney 7-10 July 2009.  More details are available on the conference website.


2) Successful ICOMOS South Australian Event Held to Celebrate World Heritage Day


A very interesting Australia ICOMOS event, supported by the Department for Environment and Heritage, was held in Adelaide on 20 April 2009 to celebrate World Heritage Day. 


The focus of the first half of the evening's discussions was the current conservation of the Museum of Economic Botany at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens.  Our 3 guest speakers were Stephen Forbes, Director of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, Peter Emmett, consultant curator from Sydney, who has been engaged on the project and Tony Kanellos, curator of the Museum of Economic Botany.  This project is to be opened in 5 weeks, and is in the final interesting and intriguing stages of conservation and museum display.  The original finishes and display cabinets are being conserved together with the introduction of contemporary display units by Adelaide furniture designer Khai Liew.  This project will be an exemplary conservation project in this important Adelaide heritage building.


The second half of the evening focussed on the conservation of Struan House near Naracoorte presented by Jason Schulz.  Lively discussion was held about the original interior decorations uncovered as part of the recent conservation and maintenance works to this building.


The event was also fund raising event for the Streetwise Asia Fund for Heritage Conservation - and an explanation was provided about this fund.   Almost $400 was raised in the evening.


Elizabeth Vines

South Australian Executive Committee representative, Australia ICOMOS 

0419 816 525


3) Lifetime Achievement Award for Meredith Walker


The annual Energy Australia National Trust Heritage Awards in NSW recognize outstanding conservation projects and achievements in heritage conservation - in all its aspects. In the 2009 Awards, the Lifetime Achievement Award, honouring the singular and profound contribution to heritage conservation by an individual, has been presented to former ICOMOS Australia president Meredith Walker.



Meredith Walker


Wherever you look in Australian heritage conservation, and whatever you look at, Meredith has been there.  Although she is perhaps best known for her co-authorship of the Illustrated Australia ICOMOS Burra Charter, Meredith has been one of this country's leading and enduring heritage theorists, and activists, for a long time.


Rather than striving with bricks and mortar, Meredith has been a fountain of ideas, and those ideas have meant we still have a great deal of important bricks and mortar. While she was a key contributor to the first adopted draft of the Burra Charter, with James Kerr and others back in the late 1970s and 80s, and also to the guidelines to the Charter, Meredith's role in promoting heritage conservation goes back to the late 1960s, when she encouraged the National Trust to comment on exhibited planning schemes.  In the early 1970s, Meredith was a member of the Rocks People's Planning Committee, and implemented local government's first provisions for urban conservation, in Paddington.


Meredith has introduced ideas and methods which have since become mainstream, ranging across all areas of heritage practice, including: urban conservation, community participation, place museums, cultural landscapes, movable heritage, heritage interpretation and views.  She has made major contributions to the work of the National Trusts in New South Wales and Queensland, both as an employee and an activist, especially through urban conservation, heritage legislation and property management.


Like others, Meredith has served on government committees and boards and Australia ICOMOS, and has been a face behind many seminars and conferences, as well as a speaker. However, her true calling has been behind the scenes, raising and addressing issues, responding to requests from the community, and her colleagues.


In her own wonderful homes in Brisbane and Sydney she has been opening the eyes of the rest of us, celebrating linoleum, carefully cleaning where others were stripping back and repainting, extolling the joys of hills hoists and old electricity power boards. At the same time, and at any one time, she has been advocating diverse causes, including the National Apron Front, the setting of the Glasshouse Mountains in Queensland, and houses made of kerosene tins, or packing cases.


Meredith's contribution has been unique, and distinctly Meredith, and as her friend Elaine Lawson commented in advice on this citation, "Meredith has always put the cause first, and her own interests last". She has sought, in all this, to explain and make explicable the links between places, objects and people, and to help us enjoy and appreciate our heritage. In short, a wonderful, generous, visionary trouble maker. That's our Meredith.


Robert Moore


4) Call for Australia ICOMOS members to contribute to International Scientific Committees


Australia ICOMOS is calling for expressions of interest from Full International Members to be considered for nomination to an International Scientific Committee (ISC).  Expressions of interest should be sent to the Secretariat and the ISC Coordinator, 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.


Nominees must meet the criteria laid down in the Australia ICOMOS Procedures Manual. In summary, those seeking Expert membership must have a strong record of involvement in relevant professional activities at least at a national level of importance. Nominees for Expert membership must also be able to fund their own overseas travel to attend ISC meetings. The criteria for Associate members are less demanding and there is no expectation of personal attendance at meetings. Members of ISCs are expected to report regularly to the general Australia ICOMOS membership on their ISC activities. Such reporting is particularly important for the Annual Report presented to the Australia ICOMOS Annual General Meeting each November, which is coordinated by the voting member, but other reports will be distributed through E-News.


Please send your expression of interest to the Secretariat no later than Friday 8 May 2009 (email to with a copy to, so that it can be reviewed in time for the Executive Committee to consider the nomination at its meeting in Canberra on 16 and 17 May 2009.


The ISCs are:

     Earthen Architectural Heritage (ISCEAH)

     International Committee for Analysis and Restoration of Structures and Architectural Heritage (ISCARSAH)

     International Committee on Conservation / Restoration of Heritage Objects in Monuments and Sites (ISCCR)

     International Committee on Economics of Conservation

     International Committee on Wall Painting

     International Training Committee (CIF)

     International Committee on Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICICH)

     International Committee on Underwater Cultural Heritage (ICUCH)

     International Committee on 20th Century Heritage

     IFLA-ICOMOS Committee on Historic Gardens & Cultural Landscapes

     CIPA - Heritage Documentation

     International Committee on Interpretation & Presentation of Cultural Heritage Sites (ICIP)

     International Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management (ICAHM)

     International Committee for Vernacular Architecture (CIAV)

     International Wood Committee

     International Committee on Historic Towns and Villages (CIVVIH)

     International Committee on Cultural Routes

     International Cultural Tourism Committee

     International Polar Heritage Committee (IPHC)

     International Committee on Stone

     International Committee on Fortifications & Military Heritage (ICOFORT)

     International Rock Art Committee

     International Committee on Shared Built Heritage

     International Committee on Risk Preparedness (ICORP)

     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 or the Australia ICOMOS ISC Coordinator, Jane Ainsworth (


Background to the ISCs

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).


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 diverse.


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.


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. In addition, within an ISC, each country is allocated one voting member and to be given this opportunity your membership on the ISC must be endorsed by the Australia ICOMOS Executive Committee.



ISC Travel Assistance Fund

The Australia ICOMOS Executive Committee is delighted to announce that a travel assistance fund is available this year to provide financial assistance to ISC members wishing to attend meetings of their ISC. 


This fund is open to all Australian ICOMOS members who are endorsed members of an ISC.  Up to 20 travel assistance grants of $500 is available for 2009.  Expressions of interest should be no more than 1 page and should include the name of the ISC you belong to, the date and venue of their 2009 meeting, how you will use this grant and why it would be a benefit to yourself and to Australia ICOMOS.


Please send your expression of interest, to the Secretariat no later than Friday 8 May 2009 (email to with a copy to, so that it can be reviewed in time for the Executive Committee to consider the nomination at its meeting in Canberra on 16 and 17 May 2009. 


5) Complimentary copies of Significance 2.0 available


The Collections Council is currently producing Significance 2.0: a guide to assessing the significance of collections. Approximately 2,900 Australian collecting organisations can receive a free copy of this publication when it is distributed in May 2009.


In order to equitably select these organisations, the CCA is building a comprehensive database of all collecting organisations within Australia. Visit to ensure your organisation is included in the CCA database, and therefore in the running for a free copy of Significance 2.0.


6) Robin Boyd Self Guided Tour and Open Houses - Sunday 3 May 2009


5 inspiring houses open for you to visit; 2 houses designed by Boyd, 3 houses influenced by Boyd

Enjoy a walk around Studley Park passing many other exceptional houses


Robin Boyd is arguably Australia's most influential architect. Through his writings, he inspired the general community; through his architecture he was a leader in his profession. His own designs exceeded the expectations of his time; his design approach challenged his contemporaries and continues to inspire architects today. Boyd advocated for good design. He promoted an innovative use of space, materials and structure to create a poetic solution that never failed to delight. This is a special opportunity to experience Boyd's design legacy and appreciate for yourself its continuing relevance to the way we live today.


The Robin Boyd Foundation is pleased to host public viewings of 5 remarkable houses as part of a self-guided walk through the Studley Park area of Kew.


By Boyd

Haughton James House (1957)

Lawrence House (1968)


Of Boyd's time

Dione & Peter McIntyre House (1954) Architect's own house

Guss House (1966) McGlashan and Everist

Of recent times

John Wardle House (2000) Architect's own house



Sunday 3 May 2009


House opening times

10.00am to 4.00pm


To participate

This is a ticketed event. Tickets must be pre-purchased and will not be available for sale on the day


Day Pass ticket price

General public $80.00

Robin Boyd Foundation Members $60.00


For more information 

or telephone (03) 9820 9838


Download the flier from


7) Institute for Citizenship & Globalisation's April bulletin available online


Since the inception of The Institute of Citizenship and Globalisation, the institute has released the ICG Bulletin on a bi-monthly basis. The bulletins are available as pdf files. ICG Bulletin April issue is out now and available at:  


8) The Northbridge History Studies Day


The Northbridge History Studies Day was established to allow some of the hidden histories of Northbridge to be documented and shared.


Much valuable research has already been undertaken by individuals and communities but, through the Studies Days, the history of Northbridge - and the unique and special place that it occupies in the history of our state - will become more widely known.


Speakers at the Studies Day include historians, community leaders together and others who, through research and interaction with the people and places of Northbridge, have acquired significant knowledge about the area.


Each presentation, whether academic or community-based, will explore a different aspect of Northbridge's history, reflecting the diversity and complexity of its development. In many instances, the material presented will never before have been made publicly available.


Download the Brochure to register for the Day.


Also available: Book of the 2007+2008 Studies Days papers - 280 pages of fascinating reading from leading scholars about the hidden histories of Northbridge, for a special Studies Day price of AUD$22.95. See the attached flier for further information.


9) CCA concern at limited uptake of the 2020 Summit's good ideas


The Collections Council would like to bring to members' and colleagues' attention their comments on the government's response to the 2020 Summit:


The Collections Council of Australia has expressed disappointment at the lack of recognition for collections in the Government's response to the Australia 2020 Summit.


Visit ) to view the CCA's news item and media release.


10) 2009 Southwest Summer Institute for Preservation and Regionalism


The 2009 Southwest Summer Institute in June offers stand-alone courses that can also be taken as part of the University of New Mexico School of Architecture & Planning's "Graduate Certificate Program in Historic Preservation & Regionalism", a six-course, 18-hour program integrating proven historic preservation techniques with contemporary planning and design approaches grounded in history, culture and place.


For More Information visit :


11) DEWHA media release: $60 Million for Heritage Projects on World Heritage Day


The Australian Government's investment of $60 million for heritage projects will help support local jobs and improve heritage infrastructure across the country.


Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, Peter Garrett, said the funding under the government's $650 million Jobs Fund, and will support high priority heritage projects while also generating jobs, particularly in regional areas.


"It's my great pleasure to celebrate World Heritage Day today with this announcement of additional funding to support Australia's heritage places, including additional funding for our World Heritage properties.


"This funding program includes a number of separate components focused on protection of National Heritage-listed places, National Trust properties, community heritage projects, including locally significant places, and natural heritage projects.


"The natural heritage component includes at least $8.6 million for natural heritage places, particularly directed at supporting Australia's World Heritage sites. This is in addition to existing Commonwealth funding provided to ensure these places of outstanding universal value are protected.


"This significant investment in Australia's historic, Indigenous and natural heritage will provide economic stimulus by focusing on projects that have an immediate employment impact as well as ongoing economic benefits. It will also provide much-needed support for community groups and organisations involved in heritage projects across Australia."


Mr Garrett said one of the key criteria for assessing projects for funding would be that they create jobs - both now and into the future, with projects required to provide ongoing social and economic benefits to the community, for example by boosting tourism, or by improving access to, and use of, a community heritage place.


"In both the immediate and long-term, this will benefit urban, regional and rural communities, by enhancing and taking greater advantage of the social and economic value of our heritage places.


"Local businesses will also benefit by providing not only the specialist technical skills but also the materials required to undertake these heritage works.


"The program will commence immediately, with $6 million of the total $60 million for heritage to be spent in the 2008/09 financial year, ensuring an immediate benefit to communities.


"Importantly, the program will include both public and targeted calls for proposals. This will ensure that nationally significant projects can commence immediately, while also providing local communities with access to funding to support locally significant heritage projects that are ready to commence and provide immediate local employment opportunities.


"This funding provides a unique opportunity to enhance our existing and irreplaceable heritage assets and help secure a stronger, more resilient economic, social and environmental future for our country," Mr Garrett said.


For details on the Jobs Fund visit 

For more information about Australia's heritage visit 


Media contact: Ben Pratt 0419 968 734


On 18 April, the global community celebrates World Heritage Day. To date, 878 places from across the globe have been included on the World Heritage List. 17 of these belong to Australia and include: Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Kakadu National Park, Great Barrier Reef, Wet Tropics of Queensland, Fraser Island, Lord Howe Island Group, Greater Blue Mountains, Willandra Lakes, Shark Bay, Purnululu National Park, Australian Fossil Mammal sites (Naracoorte and Riversleigh), Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, Tasmanian Wilderness, Macquarie Island, Heard and Macdonald Islands, Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens, and the Sydney Opera House.


12) Senior heritage consultant, Context


Context is looking for an experienced heritage consultant to be part of our team working on a range of interesting heritage projects, including:


     local heritage studies

     municipal heritage plans and strategies

     conservation management plans

     community-based heritage processes: consultation, workshops etc

     social significance assessment

     Indigenous heritage management: places, policies, research


You would be part of a small, specialist team, working for existing and new clients. Communication skills are important as you would have direct client contact, and be managing project teams comprising internal and external consultants. You would need skills in time management, delegation, creative and strategic thinking, and working collaboratively.


The right person will have broad experience and well-honed skills in heritage assessment, planning and management. Your specialisation could be in one of many relevant disciplines, including: planning and policy, cultural landscapes, architecture, history, archaeology, urban or rural geography, or other allied field.


Previous work as a consultant, including project management, would be a distinct advantage. Suitable applicants will have 5-8+ years experience.


As well as heritage, Context works in the fields of community and environment, and others on our team offer skills in facilitation, community information, consultation, environmental policy and planning, education and training and change management and more!


The position is full-time, and based in Brunswick (Victoria). Some travel locally and interstate is involved.


While we are looking for someone to join our in-house team, we are also always interested in talking with other consultants about possible collaborations. And we expect to have a 12 month senior consultant position available starting in June as well - possibly a secondment or a contract position.


General enquiries about the position can be directed to Mary Ward - - (03) 9380 6933. Our website offers a good overview of the firm -


Please send an application - including a letter addressing your interests in Context and the requirements described above plus your resume - to Mary Ward by email or by post (Context Pty Ltd, 22 Merri Street, Brunswick 3056) no later than Monday 27 April, 2009.


13) Heritage consultant, Perth


Perth-based firm is looking for an heritage consultant to work on a range of projects, including:


    conservation management plans

    assessments of cultural heritage significance

     adaptation of places of cultural heritage value

    design, documentation, and contract administration of conservation works

    archival records


Our website provides an overview of the practice -


The award-winning firm has been continually involved in the procurement, documentation and implementation of specialist conservation works in Western Australia for twenty years.  Candidates for this heritage consultant position will already have some experience in heritage assessment, planning and management; be a talented computer user, and possess excellent English language skills.  A candidate's undergraduate degree is likely to (but not necessarily) be in architecture.  Further training will be provided, assisting with ongoing professional development toward registration if required.


Based in Nedlands, it is possible the position could be negotiated to suit highly skilled part-time workers, and salary will be negotiated commensurate with previous experience.


Please send a concise application - a maximum of two A4 pages that includes a resume - by email or by post (John Taylor Architect, PO Box 1058, Nedlands WA 6909) no later than 5pm on Monday 4 May 2009.

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