Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 449

  1. Australia ICOMOS Executive Committee dinner invitation
  2. Burra Charter workshop, Sydney, 27 August
  3. Best Practice in Managing Heritage Places
  4. Australia ICOMOS – Canberra Talk Series
  5. Public lecture at Art Gallery of WA
  6. Sustainable Heritage Seminar, November 2010
  7. Field trip to Great North Road, NSW
  8. Online catalogue of plants grown at Camden Park
  9. World Monuments Fund & the TakePart/American Express Members Project
  10. SITUATION VACANT Team Leader, Cultural Heritage Policy, SA Department for the Environment and Natural Resources


1. Australia ICOMOS Executive Committee dinner invitation

The Executive Committee of Australia ICOMOS is meeting in Sydney on the 28-29 August, and would like to invite interested NSW members and their partners to join us for dinner at 7pm on the Saturday 28 August 2010. A booking has been placed at the restaurant of the Harbour View Hotel. A set menu of two courses (entree and mains, alternate placing) is proposed @ $48 per person, and details of the menu can be found on the website. Please be advised that unfortunately a la carte is not available given the size of the booking.

To confirm a place please RSVP to Anita Krivickas by email by Friday 20 August 2010. Please also advise if a vegetarian option is required.

Drinks are proposed from 6pm at the Harbour View Hotel and the Executive Committee would especially like to welcome and meet our young professional members.


2. Burra Charter workshop, Sydney, 27 August

Burra Charter Development Program

As part of the Burra Charter development program, Australia ICOMOS is running a series of workshops around the nation in order to engage directly with members about the range of tasks related to the Charter, the current guidelines and possible future guidelines.

These workshops will supplement information gathered through the electronic surveys advertised in the e-news and other research.

The next workshop ion the series will be in Sydney on Friday 27 August. The workshop will include a report back on findings so far, and explore a range of issues related to the Charter and its guidelines.

Members and non-members are welcome to attend.

Time: Friday 27 August, 3.30-5.30pm
Place: McKell Building, 2-24 Rawson Place, Sydney (opposite Central Railway Station)
Please RSVP to Anita Krivickas by email by Monday 23 August 2010

Please note that due to security access to the McKell building an RSVP is essential, otherwise entry may not be guaranteed.


3. Best Practice in Managing Heritage Places

27 September – 1 October at Port Arthur (5 days)

One place left!

The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority and IPPHA are pleased to offer a unique professional development opportunity for one last participant in the above course to replace someone who has had to pull out.

The course will provide an unparalleled opportunity to build advanced skills while getting to know two of Australia’s most outstanding heritage sites (the Port Arthur and Coal Mines Historic Sites), both now listed as World Heritage as part of the successful Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Nomination accepted this month at the World Heritage Committee meeting in Brazil.

The course will be taught by eminent heritage professionals Dr Michael Pearson and Professor Sharon Sullivan. Port Arthur and ANU staff will also assist.

For a review of the first course offered through this collaboration, see the ‘Heritage skills developed at Port Arthur’ article.

For further details email Dr Sandy Blair or go to the IPPHA website.


4. Australia ICOMOS – Canberra Talk Series

The Centre of Heaven and Earth: the Monuments of Dengfeng, China and their journey to World Heritage Status

A Daoist worship practice at Zhongyue Temple, one of the Dengfeng monuments

The eight clusters of monuments, located in the foothills of the central sacred mountain, Songshan, span nine Chinese dynasties. They include some of the best examples of ancient Chinese buildings devoted to ritual, religion, science, technology and education.

The presenter, Juliet Ramsay, is a heritage landscape professional and in 2008 undertook a site evaluation of the Dengfeng Monuments for ICOMOS in its role as UNESCO Advisor on WH nominations. Her presentation touches on the heritage qualities of the nominated groups, their conservation management and some of the issues that the State Party, China, and evaluators encountered in the listing process.

Members and the public are welcome. Refreshments will be available. This is part of a series of talks organised in Canberra by Australia ICOMOS.

Time & Date: 5.00-6.30 pm, Thursday 26 August 2010 – the talk will actually start at 5.30
Venue: Menzies Room, National Archives of Australia, East Block, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes (enter from Kings Avenue side)
RSVP: To Marilyn Truscott


5. Public lecture at Art Gallery of WA

Prof Taher GHALIA
Director, National Museum of Bardo, Tunis, Tunisia

Prof Ghalia will be visiting Perth as part of a cultural exchange hosted by Deakin University under the auspices of the Australian Arab Relations. During his visit, Prof Ghalia will be giving a lecture on the magnificent collections of the Bardo Museum.

The Museum has a magnificent collection of North African Roman Mosaics, a collection of textiles including a 5th century Coptic textile fragments and a very fine jewellery collection. Prof Ghalia’s presentation will provide a glimpse into this visually rich and historically significant collection.

Where: Art Gallery of WA Theatrette
When: 6.30 pm, Monday, 23 August 2010 – light refreshments following the lecture
Cost: $10 (payable on the night)
RSVP: Essential – (08) 9212 1101 or email Liz Noakes by Thursday 19 August

Australia ICOMOS & National Trust of Australia (WA)


6. Sustainable Heritage Seminar, November 2010

The Queensland Heritage Council QHC, in association with the Queensland University of Technology’s (QUT) Institute for Sustainable Resources, is staging a national workshop in Brisbane focusing on heritage buildings and sustainability. Presenters from both the property industry and government will explore the issues surrounding the ‘greening’ of commercial buildings, particularly heritage buildings.

Topics to be addressed at the workshop include:

  • green trends in commercial buildings
  • the commercial property market in Australia
  • regulation and climate change
  • how heritage buildings can be competitive in a ‘greener’ property market
  • exemplars of adaptive reuse
  • green rating tools and heritage buildings

For further information, download the Sustainable Heritage Seminar flier.


7. Field trip to Great North Road, NSW

The NSW Group of the Dry Stone Walling Association of Australia (DSWAA) is inviting interested parties to its first outing as a group, scheduled for Saturday 4 September.

This is a field trip to the Great North Road, north of Wisemans Ferry, which is a good hour north of Dural. The Great North Road achieved World Heritage Area Listing (one of a series of Australian Convict Sites) on 1 August this year.

The trip will take in this amazing convict-built road and join Elizabeth Roberts and her group who manage the Convict Trail Project to learn about the people who built it. In total 240km of road was built between Sydney and Newcastle between 1826 and 1836 and much of it is visible to this day.

When/where/times – Saturday 4 September, assemble at the car park on the south side of the Hawkesbury River (just before the ferry) at Wisemans Ferry at about 9.45 am, in order to set off at 10am. The group will then:

  • walk to the ferry, cross the river, turn left and walk about 500 metres to where the Great North Road starts to ascend the escarpment on the right
  • walk up the road, examining retaining walls, buttresses and culverts on the way and hear about those who built them. To reach the top or at least to reach the stockade site (near the top) is expected to take 1-1.5 hours
  • break for a cuppa or whatever drinks and snacks you have brought and then head back down to the ferry and cars (which will take 45 minutes)
  • possibly drive round to the Wisemans pub (which started off as Samuel Wiseman’s house) for lunch, in which case you will be free to set off home no later than 3pm

Please remember to carry water and a snack and to wear suitable sturdy walking shoes. Also, remember to consider clothing for weather protection (sun or rain).

Numbers are limited and names and telephone numbers of participants need to be provided to the organisers as soon as possible. Contact Jim Vandore by email or by phone on 0403 807 200.

PS. For an excellent overview on Rural Fences (including dry stone walls) by John Pickard, click here and click on the first ‘find’.


8. Online catalogue of plants grown at Camden Park

Launched by Dr Tim Entwisle, Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, Hortus Camdenensis – an illustrated online catalogue of (3300) plants grown by Sir William Macarthur at Camden Park between c.1820 and 1861 contains luscious images from (among other sources) Curtis’ Botanical Magazine of contemporary horticultural ‘releases’.

Volunteer Colin Mills has patiently compiled this using the extensive Camden Park records of plants stocked and sold in its renowned nursery from the 1840s and garden records (letters, diaries, notebooks) of the Macarthur family about other plants in the extensive garden. Also part of the site are notes about nomenclature (much changed since the 1800s), influential persons like gardener Edmond Blake, essays (e.g. laying out an orchard in colonial Oz, wine growing/making at Camden Park, gesneriads, gloxinias, fuchsias…), references (including copyright-free images). More will be added e.g. on vegetables at Camden Park. For now the priority is on ornamental/useful plants – the latter including fruit and shelter belt plants.

Visit the Hortus Camdenensis website for more.


9. World Monuments Fund & the TakePart/American Express Members Project

World Monuments Fund (WMF) is currently in fourth place in the Arts & Culture category, but just a few hundred votes could help them become a serious contender for the prize.

$200,000 would go a very long way toward helping them save the world’s most treasured places.

  • Anyone can vote; no need to be an American Express cardmember
  • Supporters may vote again every week
  • The current campaign ends on August 22, so there are two more opportunities to vote

Help by voting for World Monuments Fund today. WMF sincerely appreciates your continued support.


10. SITUATION VACANT Team Leader, Cultural Heritage Policy, SA Department for the Environment and Natural Resources

Team Leader, Cultural Heritage Policy ASO7 ($78,402 – $85,105 p.a)
Heritage Branch, SA Department for the Environment and Natural Resources

The Team Leader, Cultural Heritage Policy provides professional leadership and expertise in cultural heritage policy and manages a team of mutli-disciplinary staff.

The key tasks associated with this position include provision of policy advice to guide the delivery of statutory provisions related to heritage legislation in SA and ensuring that South Australia’s cultural heritage policy and assessment processes are effectively and efficiently.

For further information visit the vacancies section of the SA Department for the Environment and Natural Resources website, contact the Recruitment and Selection Team by email or phone (08) 8204 1898.

Applications Close: 5:00pm, 16 August 2010


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