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A Special E News Update On GA 2023
I am thrilled to advise that the registrations for the ICOMOS GA2023 have reached over 1100 and include delegates from over 100 countries. This event is shaping into a spectacular achievement for Australia ICOMOS and unique opportunity for our members to participate in an extraordinary international gathering of colleagues. The chance to engage with such a wide range of international skills and experience, to participate in the Scientific Symposium, and discuss emerging topics and diverse experiences in Sydney should not be missed. The full details of the ICOMOS GA2023 can be found at ICOMOS 21st General Assembly and Scientific Symposium | 31 August – 09 September 2023
If you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to register to attend. Your registration also provides access to a wide range of side events, tours and meetings during the GA. These activities provide a less formal opportunity to engage with delegates, as do the various social events, notably the Gala Dinner to be held on the night of Friday 8 September.
I also urge you to consider the opportunity that comes with registration for the GA to join any of the specially curated pre and post conference tours. These can be found at Pre & Post Tours | ICOMOS 21st General Assembly and Scientific Symposium
As an introduction to some of the extraordinary tours on offer I bring your attention to the below.
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Professor Tracy Ireland
CANBERRA MODERN: THE SPIRIT OF THE NATION’S CULTURAL AND DEMOCRATIC LANDSCAPE
Aerial shot of Parliament House (Photo courtesy of Tourism Australia)
Canberra – Australia’s National Capital – is one of the world’s great twentieth-century planned city landscapes. It hosts many of Australia’s premier historic public buildings, reflected in listings on Australia’s National Heritage List. The 1912-1913 Walter Burley and Marion Mahony Griffin designed city blends harmoniously with natural bush settings and planned landscapes to provide an expression of Australia’s shared democratic ambitions. The area chosen for the capital had been inhabited by Indigenous Australians for up to 21,000 years, with the principal group being the Ngunnawal people. The city is inseparable from Indigenous landscape and values, and the word “Canberra” is derived from the name of a local Ngunnawal clan who were referred to by the early British colonists as either the Canberry or Nganbra tribe.
VICTORIA: A CULTURAL LANDSCAPES JOURNEY – A CULTURE-NATURE JOURNEY THROUGH TIME
Budj Bim Cultural Landscape (Photo courtesy of Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation)
Victoria hosts an extraordinary diversity of World and National Heritage landscapes, from the World Heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building and Budj Bim Cultural Landscape, to the nationally listed Great Ocean Road cultural route. The Goldfields World Heritage bid is a current and important objective, and all connect with other significant places and stories. Traditional Owners will present their stories and understandings, with input from specialist guides and managers to engage with the multiple cultural values and stories of each place and the rich landscapes within which they are found.
AUSTRALIA’S THIRD COLONIAL SETTLEMENT AREA – THE HAWKESBURY REGION HIGHLIGHTING ITS VERNACULAR AND COLONIAL ARCHITECTURE
St Bartholomew’s Cemetery (Photo courtesy of NSW Blacktown City Council)
The Hawkesbury Valley region in Western Sydney was the third area to be settled by colonists. Within a few weeks of settlement at Port Jackson in 1788, Governor Phillip decided that new viable farming land was a matter of urgency if the colony was to grow and prosper. His search party explored the river called “Deerubbun” by the Aboriginal people, but which Phillip later named the Hawkesbury. The Hawkesbury Valley was settled in 1794. Today it is a landscape steeped in the heritage of Australia with the area rich with early to mid-19th century wood technology, vernacular buildings and historically significant farmhouses and associated outbuildings.
UNLOCKING THE PAST: THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF KINCHELA ABORIGINAL BOYS TRAINING HOME AND THE MACLEAY VALLEY
This tour provides insights and a significant engagement with the important stories and views of history that connect to the heritage listed Stolen Generations site, the Kinchela Aboriginal Boys Training Home, and reveals the depth of its personal and social impacts. Further exploration of the Macleay Valley will place the events within past and ongoing cultural and historical contexts. While providing a deep understanding of mechanisms that characterised and directed approaches to the Stolen Generation, this tour also highlights the contrast between popular Australian historical themes and the relative invisibility of 60,000 years of Aboriginal history and culture.
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We have been made aware of some email approaches offering access to GA2023 delegate data and wanted to let you know that these are SCAMs! These emails only contain information that is publicly available, such as the name and dates of the event and the fact that we expect more than 1,000 delegates. The GA2023 information is secure.
No external party has access to the GA2023 registration data, nor would we make it available. Delegate information is only being used to run GA2023 and for no other purpose.
The GA2023 Delegate Video offers an opportunity to share your cultural heritage with the ICOMOS community. As part of the GA20323 video series, Opal Patron Art of Multimedia, will create a video featuring delegates from around the world. You are invited to showcase where you’re from and a heritage place that’s special to you, by submitting a photo or video and a short message. These will be compiled and edited as the final instalment of the GA2023 video series. Click here to find out more about how you can participate and when and where to upload your submission.
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