Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 889


  1. [NEW ITEM] The Past, Present and Future of the Burra Charter, 22 August, Brisbane
  2. [NEW ITEM] ‘Good Soil – Parramatta’s Garden History’ talk, Parramatta, 10 August
  3. [NEW ITEM] VICOMITES short talk series, Friday 6 September, Melbourne
  4. [NEW ITEM] Lost in Translation talk, Melbourne Museum, 21 August
  5. [NEW ITEM] 2019 Interpretation Australia Conference, 16-18 October, Melbourne
  6. [NEW ISSUE] News from the MoAD @ Old Parliament House










1. [NEW ITEM] The Past, Present and Future of the Burra Charter, 22 August, Brisbane

Australia ICOMOS is thrilled to announce our next Queensland event: The Past, Present and Future of the Burra Charter – a 40th Anniversary Celebration, on 22 August 2019, from 6.45 to 8.15pm, at the Oral Health Centre at University of Queensland’s Herston campus.

When describing the Burra Charter, former ICOMOS Secretary General referred to the document as Australia ICOMOS’ “great gift (even if unintended) to the world.” Now 40 years old, Australia ICOMOS’ Burra Charter remains a seminal conservation document – influencing national and international standards and conservation processes throughout the world.

Our Q&A panel brings together experts involved in creating The Illustrated Burra Charter, in revising and adapting the charter and those who use (or not) the Burra Charter in everyday practice. They will explore the origins of the document and discuss how it has evolved to meet our changing perception of heritage and the new challenges the document faces as it moves into its 5th decade.


  • Dr Jane Lennon, AM


  • Rhianna Patrick, ABC Radio

Panel Members

  • Meredith Walker AM – Honorary Life Member Australia ICOMOS, author The Illustrated Burra Charter
  • Dr Ian Lilley – Professor Emeritus in the UQ School of Social Science and Willem Willems Chair in Archaeological Heritage Management at Universiteit Leiden (Netherlands)
  • John Schiavo – Acting Director Cultural Heritage, Department of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
  • Dr Andrew Sneddon – Associate Director, Extent Heritage


  • Students / Australia ICOMOS & National Trust QLD members – $25 (plus small fee); Non-members – $35 (plus small fee)

To book tickets and further event details, visit this link.


Supported by the Getty Conservation Institute


2. [NEW ITEM] ‘Good Soil – Parramatta’s Garden History’ talk, Parramatta, 10 August

Stuart Read is giving a talk on Parramatta’s rich heritage of gardens and gardening – from Aboriginal management of Cumberland Plain woodland and grasses to Farmers’ Markets, balcony & roof gardens. How river floodplain alluvium meant a productive place, full of resources and potential, attractive to people then and now. And its future…

Parramatta Regional Branch, National Trust of Australia (NSW)
Burnside Gardens Community Centre
3 Blackwood Place, Oatlands
Saturday 10 August

Free entry – donation welcome
Raffle & Arvo’ tea provided
No bookings necessary

Enquiries: phone Pamela: (02) 9621 8645


3. [NEW ITEM] VICOMITES short talk series, Friday 6 September, Melbourne

VICOMITES short talk series – Friday 6 September 2019
Budj Bim, the World Heritage-listed cultural landscape

Australia ICOMOS members, and prospective members, are invited to a presentation by Damein Bell, a Gunditjmara man and CEO of Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation. Damein will reflect on the journey that led to the inscription of the Budj Bim Cultural Landscape on the World Heritage List (6 July 2019). 

The cultural landscape consists of three serial components, and constitutes one of the world’s most extensive and oldest aquaculture systems. The Budj Bim lava flows provide the basis for the complex system of channels, weirs and dams developed by the Gunditjmara in order to trap, store and harvest kooyang (short-finned eel – Anguilla australis). The system provided an economic and social base for Gunditjmara society for six millennia.  

Refreshments will be provided.

Location: The Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre, 251 Faraday Street, Carlton

Time: 5:30pm, Friday 6 September

RSVP: by email to Adam Mornement by 3 September


4. [NEW ITEM] Lost in Translation talk, Melbourne Museum, 21 August

Awakening a forgotten collection from South America by reconnecting to its source community, the Yaghan

In 1929 Australian Anthropologist, Walter Baldwin Spencer and Ms Jean Hamilton travelled to Tierra Del Fuego to study the Yaghan people, who they defined as a dying race. Two months later it was Spencer who was dead. Lost and alone 11,000 km from home, Jean sailed treacherous seas to deliver his body for burial and present what would become a small collection at Melbourne Museum. Discover the layered loss embedded in the expedition, historic museum practices, the collection and the knowledge exchange that comes from reconnecting with the living culture.

Join the museum team and (via video link) members of the Yaghan community on Navarino Island in Chile as they discuss the expedition and collection that connects the two and reveal plans to forge new connections.

Event Details
Wednesday 21 August 2019
Melbourne Museum

Members $8
Adult $12
Concession $10

For more information, visit the Melbourne Museum website.


5. [NEW ITEM] 2019 Interpretation Australia Conference, 16-18 October, Melbourne

The Interpretation Australia (IA) National Conference in 2019 will consider the topic of sustainability in interpretation. We will contemplate the importance of telling sustainable stories in a time of global uncertainty and climate change.

The conference will consider sustainability in interpretation as a method of economic, cultural and social sustainability. Papers will be presented on the topics of sustainability of practice, of the environment, of story, of community, of heritage, and of culture.

The conference is aiming to be low/zero waste, with initiatives such as BYO lanyard, pen and notepad. We are aiming to have no printed programs or single use items, with all material to be recycled at the end of the conference.

For more information, see the IA 2019 Conference promo + program + abstracts and visit the conference website.


6. [NEW ISSUE] News from the MoAD @ Old Parliament House

To read the latest newsletter from the Old Parliament House, click on the link below.




GA2020 Partners and Patrons Team – Call for Expressions of Interest: deadline 5pm, 16 August


The image of the Sydney Opera House is used under licence from the Sydney Opera House Trust


Expressions of interest are invited from Australia ICOMOS Members to join the ‘Partners and Patrons’ team for the ICOMOS General Assembly and Scientific Symposium that will be hosted in Sydney in October 2020 (GA2020).

These are voluntary positions, which are likely to involve a range of tasks at irregular times, from now until the end of 2020. Successful applicants are expected to attend and register for GA2020, and cover related personal travel and accommodation costs.

GA 2020 will bring together leading cultural heritage professionals from around the world in an engaging program of site visits, functions, workshops and a four-day Scientific Symposium on the theme of ‘Shared Cultures – Shared Heritage – Shared Responsibility’.

Partners and Patrons of GA2020 will achieve unprecedented levels of exposure to all with an interest in heritage, both professional and public. Valuable networking and workshop opportunities, unique activations and initiatives plus display space within the Heritage Exposition are just a few of the available opportunities.

Support from strategic partners and corporate patrons is critical to the success of this wide-ranging event. The program for GA2020 partners and patrons was launched earlier this year. The GA2020 prospectus and further information about available opportunities are available here.

The GA2020 team is seeking support and involvement from highly-motivated Australia ICOMOS Members who can help to approach and recruit strategic partners and corporate patrons, both government and non-government.

The GA2020 Partners and Patrons team members will:

  • report to the GA2020 Convenor;
  • collaborate with Arinex Pty Ltd, the GA2020 Professional Conference Organiser;
  • help identify individuals and organisations to be approached;
  • receive briefing and training;
  • make pro-active approaches to individuals, companies and government agencies;
  • liaise to arrange and deliver mutually-beneficial partner and patron packages;
  • undertake other related tasks, as necessary.


Richard Mackay, GA2020 Convenor by email

Application information

Expressions of interest to be no more than one page and cover:

  • why the applicant seeks to join the GA2020 Partners and Patrons Team; and
  • relevant skills and experience.

Applicants may add a short CV (no more than two pages), but this is not essential. Applications to be sent by 5:00PM Friday 16 August 2019 to the Australia ICOMOS Secretariat by email.




Membership of the Australia ICOMOS Heritage Fabric Conservation Reference Group – call for EOI: deadline COB Friday 30 August

The current membership of the Australia ICOMOS Heritage Fabric Conservation Reference Group (FCRG) has been in place for approximately 3 years and it time to refresh the membership.

The FCRG provides advice to Australia ICOMOS on the conservation of heritage fabric in accordance with the Australia ICOMOS Burra Charter including maintenance, preservation, restoration, reconstruction and adaptation, as well as considering ways to foster skills in fabric conservation practice. More information can be found at the Heritage Fabric Conservation Reference Group webpage. Also note that all individuals who express an interest in any Australia ICOMOS Working or Reference Group agree to be bound by the documents that can be found here.

Members of Australia ICOMOS are invited to Express an Interest in becoming a member of this Reference Group by sending a completed Heritage Fabric Conservation Reference Group_EOI_August 2019 form to the Australia ICOMOS Secretariat by email by COB 30 August 2019.

Young and Emerging Professionals are also encouraged to express an interest in contributing to the group in accordance with Australia ICOMOS policies.

For further information please contact Flavia Kiperman (Australia ICOMOS Executive Committee Member) by email or by phone: (+61) 0401 003 800.


Burra Charter @ 40 – Burra and the future, 30 August, Burra, South Australia

Join us at 5.30pm on Friday 30 August for a wine and cheese ‘Q & A’ style event to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Australia ICOMOS Burra Charter and to debate the future management of Burra’s heritage appeal and its future direction as a National Heritage Place. All are welcome to join the debate!

A selection of UniSA’s Master of Architecture student projects focusing on a hypothetical ‘interpretation and innovation centre’ in Hampton Village will also be on display.

The Burra Charter @ 40 event will provide an opportunity to consider a range of issues including:

  • The origins of the Burra Charter, its purpose and impact in Australia and beyond
  • What a ‘Burra Charter’ approach means in Burra for heritage owners today; its role in repair, adaptive reuse and tourism opportunities; and its ability to respond to emerging challenges in heritage practice

The format of the evening will be based on the ABC’s ‘Q&A’ show. Keith Conlon, Chair of the South Australian Heritage Council, will moderate the panel discussion and the audience will be invited to pose questions to the panel before the event and also on the night. Please submit audience questions to Michael Queale by email by COB Wednesday 28 August 2019.

Dr Jane Lennon, AM, Australia ICOMOS Honorary member, who was involved in the initial Burra Charter in 1979, has generously offered to join us on the night and will reflect on the momentous day and the aspirations of the ICOMOS Committee at the time.

More information is available in the BC 40th year event August 2019_SA flyer.

Cost, Bookings, Accommodation

There is no cost for the event but please book at this link.

Attendees will need to make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation. A variety of accommodation options are available here.


Supported by the Getty Conservation Institute




2019 June Roughley Memorial Lecture, 10 August, Arcadia (NSW)

Hosted by the Dural & District Historical Society

Discovering an Illustrious Ancestor, presented by Brett Sowerby

Brett Sowerby (aka George Brettingham Sowerby V1) had vaguely heard that some records of his forebear James (1757-1822) were held in London’s Natural History Museum. But, on a visit to the UK in 2013, Brett was astonished to find that the museum had 53 boxes of material on James and his descendants.

Brett will have some 200 year-old books on display. All welcome.

Details: Saturday 10 August 2pm / Arcadia Community Hall 136 Arcadia Rd, Arcadia NSW 2159

More information in the Brett Sowerby talk flyer.


Australian Garden History Society (Sydney and Northern NSW Branch) AGM + talk: Cartographica – Sydney on the Map, 14 August, Sydney

Margaret Betteridge will present the talk Cartographica – Sydney on the Map after the Australian Garden History Society (Sydney and Northern NSW Branch) AGM.

Wednesday 14 August
6:00 PM Nibbles and Drinks / 7:00 PM Illustrated Talk
Annie Wyatt Room, National Trust of Australia (NSW), Upper Fort Street, Miller’s Point

Cartographica: Sydney on the Map was a joint winner in the 2019 National Trust’s Heritage Award in the exhibition, events and tours category. The exhibition is on at Customs House over three levels and runs until 1 September 2019.

For more information see the AGHS 14 August AGM & Cartographica talk flyer.

Bookings essential – online bookings here.


Prince’s Trust Australia Sustainable Urbanism Roadshow: Social Sustainability and Future Resilience, Brisbane, 29 August

The National Trust, University of Queensland, Prince’s Trust Australia (PTA) and International Network of Traditional Building Architecture and Urbanism (INTBAU Australia) invite you to join us for our next roadshow. A presentation and panel discussion series to be held across Australia aimed at discussing the importance of sustainable urbanism and place-making in managing our built environment.

Brisbane Roadshow | 6:00PM, Thursday 29 August
Herston Oral Health Centre

‘Social Sustainability and Future Resilience’

Dr Shaneen Fantin, Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Queensland will facilitate a night of networking, presentations and discussion from a panel with a wealth of experience about Social Sustainabilty and Future Resilience.

Panel Members

  • Justin Hewitt – Director of Sustainable Communities | Princes Trust Australia
  • Jane Alexander – Heritage Advocacy Manager | National Trust Queensland
  • Malcolm Middleton – Government Architect | Queensland Government
  • Cathryn Chatburn – Director | Urban Enquiry


Adult: $20 | National Trust Member: $15 | Student: $10

>> more information | >>bookings




Regenerating Places of Faith Conference, 16 August, Adelaide

The third in the series of annual conferences entitled Regenerating Places of Faith will take place in Adelaide in mid-August this year. This event will continue the ongoing exploration of how church congregations and their neighbourhood communities can be strengthened. Speakers will show how heritage church buildings can become innovative places to participate in both worship and other beneficial activities.

South Australia’s heritage churches are under pressure due to ageing and diminishing congregations, and from the financial burdens of repairs and maintenance.

The huge global response to the damage to Notre Dame earlier this year clearly shows the sense of public ownership often associated with our heritage sacred places. At the prospect of losing a neighbourhood heritage church that embodies the depth of the spiritual, social and cultural feelings of our communities, great passions can be stirred, even amongst non-believers.

Western governments have all recently acknowledged the growing mental health crisis associated with the loneliness and social isolation now prevalent in modern society. The pivotal role that churches could play in helping to alleviate this crisis will be one of a number of themes that will be addressed in this year’s Regenerating Places of Faith event. If you have an interest in the future role that our churches can play in society, and in how they can be regenerated, please join us for what promises to be fascinating, ongoing discussions.

The event will take place at the Burnside City Uniting Church on Friday 16 August 2019 from 9.00am to 4.30pm. You can register for the conference at the National Trust of South Australia website, and ongoing information will be available through the Regenerating Places of Faith Facebook page.

More information in the Regenerating Places of Faith 2019 flyer.


ACT Region Heritage Symposium 2019, 24 August, Canberra – registrations open & close 21 August

The ACT Heritage Partnership Programming Committee is pleased to announce a fantastic program for the ACT Heritage Partnership Symposium on the UNESCO HUL approach in Canberra on Saturday 24 August.

Theme: The Spaces in Between: Connecting Canberra’s Urban Landscape
Saturday 24 August, 9am-5pm, RN Robertson Building (Bld 46), ANU Acton Campus

Please join us and a line-up of knowledgeable, passionate, engaging speakers, story-tellers and workshop facilitators to explore what is special about Canberra and how at a time of rapid growth and change, we can understand what is distinct and valued and work to preserve and protect key elements of our heritage, landscape and lifestyle.

Download the ACT Heritage Symposium Registration Flyer 2019, which includes further details about the program and booking options. Registration deadline is COB 21 August.

Also visit the National Trust website for more details.


CIIC Scientific Meeting, 10-17 February 2020, Mexico – call for papers: deadline 16 August

The ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Cultural Routes (CIIC) will hold its Scientific Meeting from 10-17 February 2020, with the theme “Living the Cultural Routes”. It will take place in the city of Chihuahua, Mexico.

See the Convocatoria Encuentro CIIC 2020 – inglés call for papers for more information. Contact this email address for queries.

The deadline for submission of the presentation summary is Friday 16 August 2019.


Decolonising Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies conference, 13-14 November 2019, Deakin Uni Burwood – call for papers: deadline 31 August

It is now 40 years since Deakin University began its Museum Studies program in 1979. In celebrating this milestone, we are organising a conference that responds to the enormous changes over that time, both in the fields of museum practice and the wider field of cultural heritage. Given our location in Australia, a settler society, our focus takes its bearing from the increasing pressure on museums, archives and heritage places to ‘decolonize’ their practices and relations with Indigenous and First Nations People. The conference thus seeks to broaden and deepen the cross-disciplinary and cross-sector conversation about new practices, interpretations and lives for collected materials across the GLAM sector, as well as heritage places shaped by colonial contexts. Informed by histories of the production of colonial knowledge and responding to new and interdisciplinary directions in collection theory and research, heritage management and interpretation, this conference will bring together researchers, practitioners, industry partners, and artists to discuss the critical elements of working with and through collections and heritage places within a Decolonising impulse.

For more information on the themes, etc, visit the conference website.

We welcome submissions by 31 August 2019. Please send submissions of a 200 word abstract and 150 word biography to the Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies Team by email.




New $260,000 fund for heritage building restoration – deadline 31 August

The City of Melbourne is inviting heritage building owners to apply for a new $260,000 fund that will provide support to undertake restoration works on community-owned and landmark buildings.

Expressions of interest in the Landmark and Community Buildings Fund are now open to not-for-profit, charity, or community owned or occupied heritage buildings, and privately owned heritage buildings that are considered landmarks, a feature of their local area or well-known meeting places.

Owners of private and commercial buildings that are not landmarks are encouraged to apply for a grant through the All Heritage Buildings Fund at any time. This stream of the Melbourne Heritage Restoration Fund provides funding for conservation works to any building within a Heritage Overlay in the City of Melbourne, as long as the works are visible to the public.

More information on heritage grants is available here.

Note that the deadline for applications for the Landmark and Community Buildings Fund program is 31 August 2019.


Longford Academy Spring Masterclass Program (TAS), beginning Monday 2 September: registrations now open!

The Longford Academy (LA) Spring Masterclass Program has now been released and is open for registrations.

Spring Masterclasses are a 6-day program in a number of specialist trades involved in conservation of traditional buildings, structures and fabric, held at the World Heritage inscribed Woolmers & Brickendon Estates in Longford, Tasmania.

This year LA is offering masterclasses in:

– Lime Mortars, Plasters & Washes and their Practical Application, an expanded masterclass from previous years, run by David Young and Ray Wiltshire

– Traditional Metal Roofing Fabrication, run by Greg Owen

Participants enrol for one of the masterclasses but there is opportunity to ‘taste’ the other masterclass subjects during the course.

  • Learn advanced conservation repair methods and traditional practices
  • Learn how to obtain long term sustainable conservation outcomes in real life situations
  • Share knowledge & experience with conservation practitioners and contractors
  • Understand environmental impacts, deterioration & how to deal with complex challenges
  • Participate in hands-on activities with experienced practitioners
  • Relax & learn in an outstanding cultural landscape

For further information see the Longford Academy Sept 2019 flyer. For registrations, complete the Longford Academy_Sept 2019 Reg Form.


Call for Expressions of Interest – ICOMOS World Heritage Advisors: deadline 9 September

ICOMOS, as an Advisory Body to the World Heritage Convention, makes every effort to contribute to the scientific credibility of the World Heritage system. The work related to the implementation of the World Heritage Convention requires, among other, a high level of expertise.

In order not only to sustain such a level of expertise within the organisation, but also to further improve the contribution of ICOMOS to the Convention, ICOMOS is launching a World Heritage Atelier programme. Its objective is to train future ICOMOS World Heritage advisors, who may then work for ICOMOS in its tasks related to the evaluation of nominations. This one-year-long programme will provide participants with mentorship by experienced ICOMOS World Heritage advisors.

NOTE: This call for expressions of interest is limited to those wishing to become World Heritage Advisors working on the ICOMOS evaluation work of cultural and mixed properties nominations with the ICOMOS World Heritage Evaluation Unit.

For more information, visit the ICOMOS website.

Submissions due by 9 September 2019 at the latest.




[NEW] SITUATION VACANT Senior Heritage Conservation Architect, RBA Architects and Conservation Consultants, Melbourne

RBA Architects and Conservation Consultants Pty Ltd are seeking an experienced heritage conservation architect to join our team.

The position is senior and involves: research, analysis, design, documentation and contract administration of building works to places of heritage significance (both conservation and adaptive reuse works) and providing advice to significant historic building owners and authorities. Projects are diverse – primarily local, but also international and across all types including: commercial, ecclesiastical, education, civic, community, industrial and residential. The office culture is collegiate, cutting edge and research driven.

Required qualifications

· minimum masters’ degree in architecture

· minimum 10 years’ experience working as a heritage conservation architect

· a working knowledge of Australian architectural history

· expertise in remedial conservation interventions to significant heritage building fabric

· proficiency in contemporary and interpretive design and detail resolution

· proficiency in AutoCad, Sketchup, Adobe and Revit pref. + pencil and butter paper

· proficiency in sustainable design


Interested applicants please forward your CV to Roger by email in the first instance.

If you wish to discuss the position please call Roger Beeston (Director) on 0417 140 159.


[NEW] SITUATION VACANT Principal Advisor – Aboriginal Heritage, Extent Heritage, Sydney

About Extent Heritage

Extent Heritage is a leader in the field of cultural heritage management. Since 1998, our team has specialised in providing heritage and conservation advice for projects across Australia and the Asia-Pacific. We work with clients in both the public and private sectors to develop effective heritage management solutions for projects of all sizes and levels of complexity. We adopt a holistic approach to heritage management that balances the conservation needs of places against practical and timely commercial outcomes.

About the role

We have an exciting opportunity for an expert in the field of NSW Aboriginal Heritage!

The Principal Advisor is responsible for the design and implementation of a range of commercial consultancy projects, requiring experience and skills in project management, stakeholder engagement, client liaison, archaeological assessment and excavation, and reporting. This position will suit a highly motivated individual with expert research, writing, analytical, project management and technical skills, who enjoys working in a close-knit, supportive team environment. An understanding of New South Wales heritage legislation is essential.

To learn more about this exciting opportunity and to apply, click here.

Applications close COB Friday 30 August 2019.


SITUATION VACANT Graduate Heritage Consultant, Urbis, Sydney

An opportunity has arisen in our Sydney office for a graduate level Heritage Consultant suitably qualified with a Masters in Heritage Conservation or equivalent experience.

  • Established team with strong career development opportunities
  • Be part of a truly influential and industry leading team
  • Brand new office in premium Sydney CBD location

Urbis is a firm that truly values its people. In our new, contemporary office location in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, it’s a place where you are encouraged to share your ideas in a professional, friendly and agile working environment.

We are looking for someone with a passion for heritage who is wanting to develop their career in an industry leading firm. As a key member of the team, you will be involved in conducting research across a diverse, high profile and challenging range of projects, contributing to reports and advice for our clients.

About You

As a Heritage Consultant there is a requirement to demonstrate an understanding of heritage principles in order to undertake a range of tasks independently and as directed in relation to the day-to-day operation and management of work in the Heritage team.

More information

For full details about this opportunity, view the full ad here.

How to apply?

If you are an enthusiastic candidate, with the desire to become part of a driven and highly professional team, please click apply at the link above. Or for a highly confidential discussion please call Anastasia Zappert, HR Consultant on (02) 8233 9982.

We are looking to appoint this position as soon as possible so encourage applications be lodged as soon as possible.




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Georgia Meros
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