Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 384
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Friday 1 May 2009


1)  Australia ICOMOS ISC Travel Assistance Fund

2)  MayDay! MayDay! MayDay!

3)  World Monuments Day event in QLD

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

5)  Link to Heritage Tasmania's E-newsletter

6)  UNESCO Word Heritage Site Impacts Survey

7)  DOMES IN THE WORLD conference, Florence, 2010 - call to register your interest

8)  Economic Stimulus Package Funding for Heritage

9)  DEWHA media release: Jobs Fund Boost for our First National Heritage Listed Place

10) Protection for a significant piece of wartime history

11) US 20th Century Legacy in Danger


Situations Vacant

12) Senior Archaeologist/Heritage Consultant - GML


1) Australia ICOMOS 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. 


2) MayDay! MayDay! MayDay!


During the month of May, Blue Shield Australia is encouraging archives, galleries, libraries, museums, cultural heritage sites and organisations across the country to participate in MayDay - a national campaign for the protection of cultural heritage from disaster.


MayDay aims to raise awareness about disaster preparedness and to encourage people to perform at least one disaster-preparedness task in May each year. There are many types of emergencies that we can be better prepared for, from the potential impact of faulty electrical wiring in the building next door, to bushfires, cyclones or even internal or external floods.


The MayDay concept originated with the Society of American Archivists (SAA) in 2006.


MayDay Australia 2009


We encourage you to promote MayDay to your colleagues by posting the MayDay 2009 flier on notice boards in your organisation, and by discussing what you will do to mark MayDay on 1 May 2009, and throughout the month of May.


In 2009 we are making a Media Kit available to help you promote your selected MayDay 2009 activity. Obtain this Kit by sending a request to: Be sure to send a copy of any articles you prepare to this email address too, so that Blue Shield Australia can help with promotion. We would also like to hear about the 'lessons learnt' from disasters that have affected your organization. Photographs are very welcome!


In the wake of Victorian bushfires and Queensland floods, we are advising cultural heritage practitioners to consider the level of protection offered by storage facilities this year - and plan to build safer repositories for the future.


What should I do?


The flier is available at the following webpage:


Then it's just a matter of acting upon one or more of the suggested activities. Here are some of the suggestions from this year's flier:

         Get to know your local firefighters and police, and invite them to tour your organisation and give you pointers on safety and preparedness.

         Identify the three biggest risks to your collection or heritage site.

         Find a 'partner' heritage organisation to work with in case of a disaster. A model for collaboration is DIS-ACT:


What is the Blue Shield?


The Blue Shield is the cultural equivalent of the Red Cross. It is the symbol specified in the 1954 Hague Convention for marking cultural sites to give them protection from attack in the event of armed conflict. It is also the name of an international committee set up in 1996 to work to protect the world's cultural heritage threatened by wars and natural disasters.

Blue Shield Committees around the globe comprise four international cultural heritage 'pillar' bodies -

International Council on Archives (ICA);

International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS);

International Council of Museums (ICOM); and

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).

In Australia, these pillar bodies are represented respectively as follows: Council of Australasian Archives and Records Authorities (CAARA); Australia ICOMOS; ICOM Australia; Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA).

For more information, contact:

Veronica Bullock, Development Officer, Collections Council of Australia

(08) 8207 7287


Robyn Riddett, AICOMOS member

(03) 9495 6389.


3) World Monuments Day event in QLD


Gerry Cummins and Jill Stehn, stained glass artists, conservators, and fabricators extraordinaire, (and AICOMOS members) opened their studio in the beautiful countryside outside Eumundi for a series of talks and demonstrations. 


A highlight of their current works is the restoration of the Harry Clarke windows from the St Stephens Cathedral in Brisbane.  One of their open days coincided with World Monuments Day, and a few Brisbane members drove up to Eumundi. Many of the 40 attendees were the guides of St Stephens.


Gerry talked and answered our questions for over 1.5 hours, covering the types of glass used and their manufacture (only mouth blown antique, glass used in this studio), techniques of plating different coloured glass together, acid etching, painting the glass, the firing, and so on.  He also talked about Harry Clarke the Irish glass artist of early 20th century.  The St Stephens windows, commissioned by Archbishop Duhig, ca 1930s, are the only Harry Clarke works in Australia.  We also saw some of the studios new works and other restoration projects.  Jill demonstrated the leadlight construction technique.


It was a most interesting, instructive and enjoyable time for all of us at the studio.


Many thanks to Gerry and Jill.


Catherine Brouwer

Australia ICOMOS QLD Representative


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.


5) Link to Heritage Tasmania's E-newsletter


To view the April 2009 issue of Heritage Tasmania's E-newsletter, visit


6) UNESCO Word Heritage Site Impacts Survey


Greetings from the Culture & Heritage Institute!


A research team from The School of Hospitality, Tourism & Culture at Centennial College, Toronto, is conducting a study to assess the impact of UNESCO World Heritage designation on cultural & heritage sites. You are requested to provide your feedback by participating in a 10 minute online survey specially designed for this study.


Please follow this link to complete the form online, wherein you will also find information on the objective, description and scope of this study 


We thank you for your time and participation. Your responses are pertinent to the very process of applying and procuring designation status for several existent cultural and natural sites in Canada.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!



Bindu Shah

Natalie Buckley

Sowmya Kishore



7) DOMES IN THE WORLD conference, Florence, 2010 - call to register your interest


Dear Friend,


As you already know we are promoting a new International Conference in Florence entitled "DOMES IN THE WORLD" which we plan in the second half of 2010. For further information about the conference visit the web site


To start the organization of the event, I would like to remind that we are collecting until the 10th of May, 2009, the intention forms from those who are interested in the event and that wish to be regularly updated about the organization of the conference itself.


You can download the intention form at and send it to us by May 10, 2009; to send the intention form does not entitle any obligation of participation from your side but only the duty  or us to keep you updated.


Our secretariat office is at your complete disposal for any further information you may need; please contact Andrea Redditi at or by fax at +39/055/283260.


Looking forward to seeing you in Florence


Sincerely Yours,


Paolo Del Bianco

President of Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation

President of the Association for "INTERCULTURAL DIALOGUE - Life Beyond Tourism" - Tourism Based on Values, not just on Consumers Services


8) Economic Stimulus Package Funding for Heritage


The following information comes from


Heritage Projects (Jobs Fund)

The Australian Government is providing $60 million for heritage projects as part of its $650 million Jobs Fund.p>


  This program will include a number of separate components focused on protecting, conserving and promoting:

  National Heritage-listed places - a total of $16 million, with individual grants of $50,000 to $2 million.

  National Trust properties - a total of $12 million, with individual grants of $20,000 to $2 million.

  Community heritage places (large projects) of local, state or national significance - a total of $11.4 million, with individual grants of $100,000 to $2 million.

  Community heritage places (small projects) - a total of $10 million, with individual grants of $20,000 to $100,000.

  Natural heritage places, particularly World Heritage - a total of $8.6 million, with individual grants of $200,000 to $2 million.


What are the benefits of this program?

As well as heritage benefits, this large investment in Australia's historic, Indigenous and natural heritage will provide employment and economic stimulus, particularly in areas experiencing high unemployment. Funding will also improve heritage infrastructure and bring increased value and opportunities to our heritage places.


  Projects will be expected to provide ongoing social and economic benefits to the community, by increasing tourism for example, or by improving public access or use of a heritage place.

  Australian businesses will also benefit by providing the specialist technical skills and the materials required to undertake the heritage works.


When will this funding be delivered?

  A number of high quality heritage projects have already been identified by the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts and will commence before the end of June 2009. $6 million of the total $60 million will be spent by the end of the 2008-09 financial year to ensure immediate benefits start to flow to communities.

  A public call for applications to be funded from the beginning of the 2009-2010 financial year has also been made. Visit for more information.

  Heritage projects must be completed by 30 June 2010.


What are the criteria for projects?

All proposals must meet the following 'gateway criteria':


1.    Projects are in areas experiencing high unemployment, a significant rise in unemployment or employment or economic vulnerability

2.    Projects must be viable and ready to start

3.    Funding for heritage projects will not extend past 2009-10. Projects will be expected to be self-sufficient and/or not require Commonwealth funding beyond 30 June 2010.


Heritage projects will also need to deliver positive heritage outcomes. Issues which will be taken into consideration in assessing heritage outcomes include:


  does the project contribute to the heritage values of a place, including conservation, protection, adaptation or interpretation works?

  is the project consistent with the principles of the Burra Charter, management plans currently in place, and state, territory and Commonwealth legislation?

  does the project provide ongoing direct and indirect social and economic benefits in the community, such as by increasing tourism, or increasing the appropriate utilisation/value/rental returns of heritage properties?

  to what extent does the project contribute to one or more of the priority heritage themes ('A Free and Fair Australia'; 'Peopling a Nation'; and 'Diversity of Landscapes') identified by the Australian Heritage Council, and include elements designed to promote awareness of the activity, and of the social and economic value of the heritage property?


Where do I get more information?

For more information and application guidelines visit the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations at


Alternatively, you can contact the Heritage Projects Section on email or phone 1800 653 004.


9) DEWHA media release: Jobs Fund Boost for our First National Heritage Listed Place


Budj Bim National Heritage Landscape - the first place included in Australia's National Heritage List - will be the first place to receive part of the $60 million in heritage funding under the Government's Jobs Fund, Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, Peter Garrett, said today.


Visiting Budj Bim in South-Western Victoria, Mr Garrett said the Government's $60 million investment in Australia's historic, Indigenous and natural heritage will provide real economic stimulus by focusing on projects that have an immediate employment impact, as well as ongoing economic benefits.


"It gives me great pleasure to announce that in recognition of Budj Bim's remarkable cultural and heritage value, today it racks up another 'first' with just over $360 000 to be provided to the Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners and the Winda Mara Aboriginal Corporations for a new and exciting project - the Budj Bim Tracks," Mr Garrett said.


"This is a project that is ready to begin immediately and will create jobs for the community - both now and into the future.  It is a prime example of the types of investment in our heritage places and in our communities that the Government will make with this $60 million fund," Mr Garrett said.


The Budj Bim Tracks project will allow people to bushwalk or bike ride from the Mount Eccles Visitor Centre through Allambie, Lake Condah and return and will include track construction and improvement, and the development of interpretation and directional signage.


"The new construction work is expected to support local business, support jobs in the area, and also provide for future employment opportunities through increased tourism, particularly for local Gunditjmara people.


"The story of Budj Bim and the Gunditjmara people who live in the region are intimately linked to the volcanic eruption of Mount Eccles around 30,000 years ago. The Gunditjmara people took advantage of the changing environment to develop the landscape into an ingenious system of channels, fishtraps and weirs, providing the basis for one of the world's oldest known aquaculture systems and one of Australia's earliest settled societies.


"Thousands of years later, this forward-thinking Aboriginal community continues to take advantage of the environment and heritage value of this unique landscape to provide economic growth in this part of Australia."


Budj Bim was included in Australia's National Heritage List - which recognises and protects our most valued natural, Indigenous and historic heritage places - on 20 July 2004.


The $60 million for community heritage projects has been developed in consultation with Senator Bob Brown as part of the Government's $42 billion Nation Building - Economic Stimulus Plan.


For details on the Jobs Fund visit 

For more information about Australia's heritage visit


10) Protection for a significant piece of wartime history


The WWII shipwreck Florence D is now protected under the Commonwealth's Historic Shipwrecks Act 1976 after its discovery was confirmed in waters off Bathurst Island, following important work by a Territory Government department.


The maritime archaeology team from the Heritage branch of the Department of Natural Resources, Environment, The Arts and Sport played a key role in confirming the discovery of the ship earlier this year by Darwin fisherman Wayne Keeping and diver Jim Miles.


The 2600 tonne merchant ship Florence D was sunk by Japanese bombers returning from the first air attack on Darwin on February 19, 1942.


Three crew members and a US Navy member rescued earlier from a Catalina died in the attack, while 30 survivors travelled to Bathurst Island on a life boat and were rescued three days later.


Heritage Minister Alison Anderson said it was vital that structural reminders of significant events in history were preserved, and congratulated those involved in the ship's discovery.


"Assessment by my Department's Heritage branch has shown that the Florence D is a significant piece of history, and also an important memorial to those who lost their lives in the attack on Darwin and its surrounding waters," Ms Anderson said.


Federal Heritage Minister Peter Garrett has announced that a protected zone is now in place under the Historic Shipwrecks Act, which will control access at the site so that it can continue to be part of Australia's heritage.


"The Historic Shipwrecks Act protects Australia's historic shipwrecks and is administered by the Australian Government in cooperation with the States and Territories," Minister Garrett said.


"With more than 7,500 shipwrecks scattered off our beautiful but sometimes treacherous coastline it is vital that we continue to work together with State and Territory government partners to protect and preserve these wrecks and their relics, which are often only windows to understanding important aspects of our nation's history."


Federal Member for Lingiari, the Hon. Warren Snowdon MP, said it's important the nation recognises Australia's history in and around the Northern Territory.


"The story of Florence D and her final resting place by Bathurst Island is part of the Territory's and the whole nation's World War II history, and it deserves to be remembered, retold, and the wreck protected."




The Hon Peter Garrett AM MP

Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

The Hon Alison Anderson

Northern Territory Minister for Natural Resources, Environment and Heritage

The Hon Warren Snowdon

Federal Member for Lingiari


11) US 20th Century Legacy in Danger


Recently the United States National Trust for Historic Preservation unveiled the 2009 list of America's most Endangered Historic Places in the USA. This year's list is associated with themes such as Public Lands, infrastructure, diversity, community revitalization, Modernism  + the Recent Past, Heritage Tourism, and Sustainability.


Members of the ICOMOS ISC on 20th Century Heritage should note that seven of the eleven sites date from the 20th Century, and three are the product if the Modern Movement. The latter are:


  Minoru Yamasaki's 1966 Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles;

  The 1963 Miami Marine Stadium in Miami, which in the past few months has been the object of concern of the ISC20C;

  Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois (which is on the US Tentative List for nomination to the World Heritage List)


Other sites from the 20th century are:


  The Manhattan Project Enola Gay Hangar in Utah, which housed the plane that delivered and dropped the first atomic bomb, and therefore, a controversial element to many of the World War 2 legacy.

  Lana'i City in Hawaii, a 1920s Dole Pinneapple Company Town in the local vernacular expression of the time.

  The 1923 Memorial Bridge between Maine and New Hampshire, a vertical lift metal truss bridge from 1923.

  A 1934 Classical revival dormitory in Dorchester Academy, Georgia.


To see the complete list visit where you can watch a public service announcement by HistoryTM and 11 short videos about each site. Follow virtually as the Trust Twitter-s from the national event, become a fan on Facebook, upload your own pictures of endangered places on Flickr, and watch the videos on the 11 Most Endangered YouTube playlist.


12) Senior Archaeologist/Heritage Consultant - GML


Leading Australian heritage consultancy, Godden Mackay Logan, is seeking an experienced Senior Archaeologist/Heritage Consultant to complement our existing team.


  High profile firm

  Wide range of projects

  Career progression opportunities


GML provides high level heritage advice on major development projects and undertakes benchmark heritage studies for public sector clients. We offer innovative and responsible heritage consultancy services of the highest quality. Our multi-disciplinary in-house team of consulting staff has expertise in built heritage, urban planning, archaeology, industrial sites and interpretation.


You will have at least 10 years experience, with a particular focus on Indigenous archaeology, as well as demonstrated experience in historical archaeology.  Importantly, you will also have broader heritage experience and demonstrated skills in other fields of heritage management, such as built heritage or interpretation.  Essential skills include excellent writing and other communication proficiency, the ability to manage projects, and experience in leading a team - as a leader and a mentor.  You will also have an excellent working knowledge of all relevant heritage legislation and guidelines.


This role would suit a dynamic person, who thinks strategically, and who is able to work as part of a team, and within time and budget constraints. 


This is a full time position, based in our main office in inner Sydney.  We also have a small office in Canberra and undertake interstate work.


We have an exciting range of projects and offer opportunities for professional development and advancement.  We also have a training and development program that encourages all staff to develop their skills and knowledge.


Salary will be negotiable for the right person. 


GML is an AS/NZL ISO 9001:2000 quality certified company.


For more information contact Anne Mackay on (02) 9319 4811.  Send your application to

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