Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific


2003 news archive

Visiting Fellow is Promoted

CHCAP at UNESCO/ICCROM's first Asian Academy Field School in Macao

Dr. Colin Long presents at two international conferences

Deakin Adjunct Professor at the Getty Institute

New Research Looks at War History and Memory

Dr. Anita Smith at Historical Archaeology Conference in Norfolk Island

Associate Professor Appointed to Heritage Council Victoria

CHCAP Teaching at Silpakorn University, Thailand

Supervising Internationally

Professor William Logan visits Indonesian Universities, August 2003

Scholarship Student Arrives from Hanoi: July 2003

Hue Workshop and Memorandum of Understanding

Vietnam Trip November 2003

Anita Smith to speak at Australian National University

CHCAP student and AYAD participant reports from the South Pacific

Phnom Penh, City at the Crossroads, report by Katheryn Bennett

Welcome to the new semester two intake

Roslyn Lawry Award 2002 goes to Brian Hubber

William Logan attends meetings of the International Advisory Board of the Academy of Irish Cultural Heritages

Adjunct Professor at CHCAP joins Commonwealth advisory group on Iraqi heritage

New Archaeologist and Researcher Joins CHCAP Project

Jonathan Sweet introduces Contemporary Australian Silver and Metalwork

Margaret Birtley helps steer collections policy

Postcard from UNESCO, Hanoi

CHCAP Research Staff Flourishing

CHCAP Public Seminar Series 2003 opens with Leilani Bin-Juda, Arts Development Officer Torres Strait Regional Authority

Record Number of Students at CHCAP

CHCAP Graduate gets International Coverage

Classes Start for International Teaching Partnerships

New Researcher Joins CHCAP Project

Jonathan Sweet to Address Symposium at National Gallery of Australia

Two New Members Join Advisory Board

Promotion for Bambang Soemardiono

Just months after completing a visiting fellowship at the Cultural Heritage Centre, Deakin University, Dr Bambang Soemardiono from the Institute of Technology, Surabaya, Indonesia has been promoted to Head of the Department of Architecture in the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Planning.Dr Soemardiono was at Deakin from 10 – 30 August 2003 and, during this time, gave a seminar in the CHCAP Research Seminar series on ‘The Changing Facades and Functions of Colonial Buildings along Corridor Darmo Boulevard in Surabaya’ and audited the Master of Cultural Heritage unit AIM705: Architectural Conservation Practice.

First Meeting of Asian Academy for Heritage Management

Professor Bill Logan travels to Macao in March to participate in the first meeting of the UNESCO/ICCROM Asian Academy for Heritage Management (AAHM) at which the organisation will decide on its future development. The 40 member AAHM is a network of organisations and institutes of higher education throughout the Asia-Pacific region engaged in the research and teaching of heritage conservation and management AAHM's aim is to improve professional training and management of cultural heritage and Professor Logan has been one of the key players in its establishment. The meeting in Macao, attended by invited Asian Academy members and UNESCO/ICCROM representatives, will focus on four main objectives:1) Overview of the Asian Academy by:

• reviewing the Asian Academy's current membership and membership policy
• assessing current strengths and opportunities for improvement in the network
• identifying institutions to target as future members
• fostering linkages with other existing networks.

2) To foster stronger links within the Academy amongst member institutions by:

• strengthening the mechanisms for intra-network collaboration
• developing shared academic resources3) To strengthen the operation of the Asian Academy by:

• refining the management structure
• developing funding strategy
• definition of region
• developing a short term and long-term strategy.4) Field Schools

• evaluate the first AAHM Field School
• policy regarding Field Schools
• criteria for selection of future Field School venues.
• examination of proposals for future field school venues in 2004, 2005, and 2006.For further information on the Asian Academy for Heritage Management and the
strategy meeting please contact:

Globalisation, Nationalism and World Heritage

Colin Long will be presenting at the Vietnam-Australia, Culture, Governance and Globalisation workshop at Swinburne University in November. Colin Long and Jonathan Sweet's paper, "Globalisation, Nationalism and World Heritage: Interpreting Luang Prabang", will be presented to the workshop on Rethinking Contemporary Identities in Laos at the National University of Singapore in January 2004. Colin will be attending the workshop thanks to the generous funding of the National University of Singapore.

Deakin Adjunct Professor at the Getty Institute

Jane Lennon has taken up residence as a Conservation Guest Scholar at the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles from mid-October 2003 to early January 2004. At the GCI she will pursue research on 'Cultural Landscapes: Their Designation and Condition Monitoring'.The GCI announcement of her arrival notes Jane's position as an adjunct professor at Deakin University's Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific in Burwood, Australia. As a freelance heritage consultant and former government official, Jane Lennon has worked with heritage conservation projects throughout Australia -in places as diverse as parks, inner urban areas, historic mining areas, explorers' routes, and museums. She is an elected member of the Council of the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property in Rome (ICCROM), and was recently made a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of her 'service to conservation, the environment and heritage issues'. Her most recent work has involved projects for the Queensland Heritage Trails network, the Australia State of Environment Report 2001, and World Heritage property management strategies.

New Research Looks at War History and Memory

In November 2003, Anita Smith travels to Rabaul in Papua New Guinea to visit World War II sites in the town and surrounding region. The site visit is a preliminary stage in the development of a larger research project, Management and Interpretation of Pacific Island Sites of Significance in Australia's War History and Memory.

Anita Smith at Historical Archaeology Conference

Anita Smith recently attended the Australian Society for Historical Archaeology Annual Conference on Norfolk Island. Anita presented a paper titled Levuka: locating the heritage of colonialism in Fiji's post -colonial cultural landscape' discussing her current research interest in the history and heritage of Levuka, Fiji's first capital.

Associate Professor Appointed to Victorian Heritage Council

Associate Professor Renate Howe has recently been appointed to the Victorian Heritage Council. Renate has been appointed for her historical expertise and her experience in implementing heritage planning as a sessional member of Planning Panels Victoria. Her expertise will be especially relevant to the Council hearings in relation to listings on the Heritage Register of buildings and heritage precincts.

CHCAP Teaching at Silpakorn University, Thailand

Under the Memorandum of Understanding between Deakin University and Silpakorn University, three CHCAP members have contributed to teaching the new Doctoral and Masters programs in Architectural Conservation Management and Tourism at Silpakorn’s central Bangkok campus on Rattanakosin Island, adjacent to the Royal Palace. Professor William Logan taught a course on ‘Heritage and Development’ in February 2003, Adjunct Professor Roz Hansen took a ‘Heritage Law, Planning and the Property Market’ unit in June, and Helen Lardner has recently returned from teaching a unit on ‘Architectural Conservation Practice’. Each course runs over six days and class members include practising architects and planners as well as academics from a number of Thai universities.

Supervising internationally

Professor William Logan has accepted an invitation to joint the supervisory panel and examination jury for PhD student Kelly Shannon in the Postgraduate Centre for Human Settlements at the Universiteit Katholieke Leuven in Belgium. Kelly’s thesis deals with planning and landscape architecture in second-order Vietnamese cities, taking Vinh, Hue and Cantho as case studies.

Professor William Logan visits Indonesian Universities

August 2003

Bill Logan visited Indonesia to give a keynote address to the International Conference on Environment and Urban Management held at the Soegijapranata Catholic University (Unika) in Semarang on 1-2 August. His paper was entitled ‘Managing the Cultural Environment in Cities: New Ideas on Urban Conservation’. An abstract may be found on the Staff publications on-line section of the CHCAP web site.

From Semarang he travelled on to the Institute of Technology Surabaya as the guest of the School of Architecture. Here he presented a paper in a one-day workshop for staff and students on urban conservation issues. This visit was organised by Professor Happy Ratna Santosa, Head of the Department of Architecture, under the Memorandum of Understanding between ITS and Deakin University. During the visit final arrangements were made for Dr Bambang Soemardiono to come to Deakin as Visiting Scholar. Professor Santosa introduced Bill to key academics at ITS and took him to see a number of Surabaya’s heritage sites, some of which, including the old central railway station, are facing serious threats.

Scholarship Student Arrives from Hanoi: July 2003

Mr Nguyen Thanh Binh, lecturer at the Hanoi Architectural University, has taken up a Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship to undertake the Master of Cultural Heritage.

During his visit Binh will act as a liaison between researchers in CHCAP and the team led by Professor Nguyen Hong Thuc, Vice Dean, Faculty of Architecture, Hanoi Architectural University, particularly with regard to the joint research project on Vietnamese University Planning and Design.

Hue Workshop and Memorandum of Understanding

In July 2003, Prof. Bill Logan and Dr. Colin Long were invited to address a workshop in Hue, Vietnam, for postgraduate students from the Hanoi Architectural University. Bill spoke about the latest developments in the field of intangible heritage, while Colin gave an update on international charters, including the Operational Guidelines for the World Heritage Convention. Bill and Colin also participated as assessors for the students' projects which had been drawn up over the week of the workshop.During the visit to Hue, Bill and Colin also drew up a Memorandum of Understanding with the Hue Monuments Conservation Centre, the fruit of several years of relationship building between the two Centres.

It is hoped that the MOU will facilitate training, staff and student exchanges and the development of substantial cooperative projects, for instance in the development of virtual technologies to be used in the interpretation of the Citadel site at Hue.

Deakin University Vietnam and Cambodia Trip 2003

Experience the culture and history of two of Asia’s most fascinating countries on this study tour to Vietnam and Cambodia.Experience the mysterious Khmer temples at Angkor, visit the old royal capital of Vietnam and the tombs of the Vietnamese emperors, see Ho Chi Minh’s embalmed body in his mausoleum in Hanoi, visit Vietnamese and Cambodian heritage preservation projects and organizations, descend into tunnels used by the Viet Cong and much more.

The trip is conducted by:
Dr. Colin Long from Deakin’s Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific. Phone: (03) 9244 3938; or email:

The dates are at this stage: 20 November 2003 – 8 December 2003. Note that some changes to this may be made.The price will be between : $3,000 and $3,600 depending on numbers of participants, this includes: · return airfare from Melbourne to Vietnam
· all internal travel, by road, air and boat
· accommodation in good quality hotels on twin share basis, including breakfast.
· boat rides, as indicated in program
· entrance fees to all sites, museums etc
· Melbourne departure tax
· local tour guides ITINERARY20 Nov - Arrive Hanoi, transfer to hotel

21 Nov - Early morning introductory walk around Old Sector of Hanoi then visit to Hoa Lo Prison, Ho Chi Minh Mauloleum, Chau Mot Cot.
Afternoon Agricultural Enterprise Visit

22 Nov - Full day visit to Ha Long Bay including lunch

23 Nov - Morning Visit to Den Hai Ba Trung, Nguyen Cong Tru Living Quarter, Lien Phai, Soviet-Vietnamese Friendship Cultural Palance, Station, Chua Ba Da, Van Mieu.Afternoon visit to Ancient Quarter Heritage House and at leisure.

24 Nov- Transfer out for flight to Hue, transfer to Hotel Duy Tan. Afternoon cruise on Perfume River to Chau Tien Mu.

25 Nov - Morning visit to mausoleums of Gia Long, Tu Duc, Khai Dinh. Afternoon visit to Citadel.

26 Nov - Morning meeting with representatives of Hue Monuments Conservation Centre. Afternoon at leisure.

27 Nov - Transfer to Hoi An with sightseeing of China Beach, Marble Mountains and Cham Museum. Transfer to Hotel. Afternoon walking tour of Hoi An.

28 Nov - Day at leisure in Hoi An.

29 Nov - Transfer out for flight to Saigon, upon arrival, transfer to hotel.
Afternoon walking tour.

30 Nov - Morning visit to Revolutionary Museum, Notre Dame Cathederal, Cholon. Afternoon at Leisure.01 Dec - Morning visit to Cu Chi Tunnels and Tay Ninh. Afternoon at leisure.

2 Dec - Morning visit to Presidential Palace, War Crimes Museum, visist to state owned enterprise.

3 Dec - Morning transfer out for flight to Siem Reap. Transfer to Hotel. Rest of day touring including visits to the Southern Gates of Angkor Thom, Bayon, Phimean Akas.

4 Dec - Morning visit to Preah Kham, Neak Poam, Mebon and Pre Rup. Afternoon visit to Angkor Wat.

5 Dec - Visit to Elephant and Leper King terraces, Ta Prohm, Preah Khan,
Banteay Srei.

6 Dec - Travel by boat from Siem Reap across the Tonle Sap to Phnom Penh. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel. Afternoon visit to the National Museum, Wat Phnom Temple then sunset cruise on the Tonle Sap and Mekong River.

7 Dec - Visit to Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, Tuol Sleng Museum, French Designed Market. Afternoon at leuisre. Possible trip to Udong.

8 Dec - Morning visit to Royal University of Fine Arts before transfer to airport for return flight home.

Anita Smith to speak at Australian National University

Anita Smith has been invited to speak at the Visiting Scholars Program 'Diasporas and Contested Cultural Heritage' at the Centre for Cross Cultural Research at the Australian National University, 17 - 28 March.The theme of the Visiting Scholars Program is the heritage of movement and the movement of heritage. Movement will be taken broadly to include the transmission of cultural objects, traditions and ideas through time and space, linkages between 'sites', landscapes and people.

The program will address the ways in which places, traditions, material culture, and ideas travel through time and space and how these various manifestations of heritage move within the perceptions and value systems of individuals, communities, and institutions.Anita's paper, titled 'Global' Heritage in the Pacific will present a discussion of contradictions in local and global heritage values in Pacific Island communities, research she has conducted as part of the CHCAP team for the Australian Research Council funded Discovery Project 'UNESCO and Agency of Cultural Globalisation'. Anita will deliver her paper on Tuesday 25 March.

CHCAP student heads to Samoa on AYAD Program

Emily Waterman, a post-graduate student in Cultural Heritage at Deakin University's Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific, has been selected for the Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development (AYAD) program and will soon be leaving for a 12-month posting to Samoa.

After completing a Bachelor of Arts – Tourism, Emily worked for the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) developing and co-ordinating hands-on education programs and events. During this time, she undertook postgraduate studies in Cultural Heritage at Deakin. This was a decisive experience in Emily's professional development. "I found that my interest and passion for protection and sharing cultural heritage has been enhanced", she says.

Emily came across AYAD by coincidence when she received an e-mail from Deakin University advertising a position with the United Nation Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in the Pacific as an Australian Youth Ambassador. "It was just the sort of thing that appealed to me", she recalls, "working towards protecting and preserving cultural heritage and living on a tropical island".In the 12 months she will be in Samoa, Emily will be assisting UNESCO and the Fijian National Trust (Government) in their application to inscribe Levuka (the first capital of Fiji) on the World Heritage List. This assignment means that she will be a part of helping to focus the world’s attention on the town and increase cultural tourism to the island."At the conclusion of this assignment I hope to have a fuller understanding of working with and protecting our cultural heritage", Emily says. She is also looking forward to sharing experiences and information with the people of Samoa and Fiji.

Update from the South Pacific.

By Emily Waterman – Australian Youth Ambassador for Development

Talofa (Hello). It is hard to believe I have been in Samoa for four months now. I am here on a 12 month placement as an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development (AYAD), working in the Culture Sector at the UNESCO Office in Apia. This placement was arranged through the Cultural Heritage Center for Asia and Pacific - Deakin University & the UNESCO Apia Office. My assignment is to research and develop heritage tourism in the Pacific Region. I am fortunate that this project combines two areas of my study -a Postgraduate Certificate in Cultural Heritage and Bachelor of Arts in Tourism. For the last few months I have been researching the impacts and potential of tourism in village communities, looking especially at economic and cultural impacts and at the idea that heritage tourism can be used as a tool for sustainable community development. This research was used to write a paper for the UNESCO National Commission meeting held in early July. The rest of my time here will be spent developing and testing this concept, through establishing a pilot community heritage tourism project in a Pacific Island country, yet to be determined. As the Apia Office is the regional office for UNESCO’s 17 member states in the Pacific, I am also busy communicating with other Pacific Nations, on issues relating to World Heritage and general heritage and cultural matters. I am also involved with various projects that are operating in the Pacific. Over the last few months I have been asked to stand-in and represent the Office at a number of meetings and openings. I have recently volunteered to join the Coordinating Committee for planning for the retirement and birthday party for one of the Senior Officers in the Office and for the visit of the Director General of UNESCO in January 2004. I have just recently returned from a week’s research mission in Fiji. I spent the week meeting with different Government and Non Government Heritage Institutions and organisations. This experience provided me with an insight into work being conducted in Fiji to preserve their rich heritage and culture. My time in Suva coincided with the South Pacific Games. Unfortunately I was only able to go to the opening of the games, but I was able to cheer on the Samoan team. At the end of July I will be heading off to New Zealand for a week or so, for a meeting and a little research. On a more personal note I am thoroughly enjoying the slower pace of life, the sun and beaches of Samoa. One of the most enjoyable aspects is that Samoa has a living culture. It is not on display in a Museum, it is demonstrated in nearly every aspect of day to day living. One of my first funny experiences was catching the bus. There are no ‘bus stops’ here, you just stop the bus by the wave of your hand - it’s like hailing a taxi. Then whenever anyone needs to get off you just pull on a cord and the bus will stop for you. The funny thing is that a bus can stop, let someone on or off and then it can be hailed again a few feet away to let someone else on or off. This makes it interesting getting to work every morning. Depending on how may stops the bus has to make, it takes anywhere from 10-20 minutes.

© Emily Waterman, 2003

Phnom Penh: A City at the Crossroads

by Katheryn Bennett, Assistant Officer ,AYAD Program, UNESCO, Phnom Penh Office, Cambodia.

The City in the Past
Phnom Penh, capital city of Cambodia, was once regarded as the most charming city in Southeast Asia. It was even described as the Paris of the East, a reference to the grand infrastructure constructed by the French during their occupation from the nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century.During the last thirty years, however, Phnom Penh has suffered at the hands of civil war and political unrest. In the early 1970s there was a sharp rise in the city’s population, as people flocked to Phnom Penh in order to avoid the civil war raging in the Cambodian countryside. This influx of people resulted in a heavy strain on the city’s infrastructure. In 1975, the situation was reversed to the extreme, and the city was reduced to a ghost town, the population of two million people forcibly driven out by the Khmer Rouge. It was during the four-year Khmer Rouge period that many of the buildings within the city lay empty and neglected.It was only after the Vietnamese invasion in 1979, that people began to return to Phnom Penh. Many of these people were from the provinces, and had never lived in an urban environment before. This situation, coupled with isolation from the international community for ten years, led to further deterioration of the city’s built fabric.Stability began to return in 1989, when Vietnam withdrew its troops, and with the signing of the Paris Peace Accords in 1991. In 1992, Phnom Penh abruptly entered into a period of rapid growth triggered by the establishment of the United Nation’s Transitional Authority in Cambodia.

The City in the Present
Phnom Penh, like other cities in the Asia-Pacific region, has entered into a period of growth and dramatic change during the last ten years. This new prosperity has been underpinned by relative stability and peace.The heritage of Phnom Penh is rich and diverse. There are beautiful examples of French colonial architecture, intact examples of traditional Khmer architecture, as well as impressive buildings of more contemporary design. In fact some of the more spectacular structures date from the 1930s and 1960s. Two of the most dominating architectural complexes in the city include the landmark Art Deco styled Central Market complex, constructed between 1935-1937; and the Olympic Stadium, opened in 1964, and designed in the minimalist International style with reference to traditional Khmer building forms, and the ancient temples of Angkor.The historic buildings and architectural complexes of significant cultural value, however, are under threat. In order to cope with the increasing demand for new infrastructure, these buildings are either being unsympathetically modified, or demolished and replaced by aesthetically poor and stylistically generic structures, examples of which can be found in any city in the world. As a result, a significant part of Phnom Penh’s historic urban character is in the process of being lost.

UNESCO Urban Heritage Projects
It is in this context that UNESCO has been actively working with local communities and civic authorities to improve the general environment of the city, and to identify and promote the urban heritage of Phnom Penh. The organisation has recently undertaken several projects in this regard, and is planning more. Two pilot projects, known as Local Urban Communities Environmental Empowerment Pilot Projects (LUCEEPP) have been completed, and a third LUCEEPP is about to begin.The first two pilot projects were aimed at assisting tens of thousands of the city’s residents to identify and tackle a variety of problems in their own neighbourhoods. Micro-projects were designed and implemented through consultation with residents of the four city districts involved in the projects, and co-operation between UNESCO, the Municipality of Phnom Penh, the NGO Handicap International, and architecture students from the Royal University of Fine Arts. The micro-projects were designed to address key issues related to drainage, sewerage, garbage accumulation, access and paving.The promotion of Phnom Penh’s urban heritage was a key focus of LUCEEPP 2 (the second pilot project). This project concentrated on physically rehabilitating historically valuable parts of the city, such as clearing rubbish and debris from around the perimeter of several pagodas located within the subject neighbourhoods. In addition to these physical maintenance efforts, an exhibition identifying and explaining aspects of Phnom Penh’s urban heritage was also launched.The promotion of Phnom Penh’s urban heritage will be a central focus of LUCEEPP 3, which is planned to commence later this year. A list of culturally significant places will be compiled through research, fieldwork, and through consultation with the community. A brochure will then be produced focussing on places identified in the list. A brief history and physical description will be given of each place selected, and historical and contemporary photographs will be used in the publication. It is hoped that by producing a document such as this, the community will be better informed about their built heritage, which, it is hoped, will led to an increased level of appreciation and ultimately protection.

The conservation of urban heritage represents an important challenge for Phnom Penh, and many other burgeoning cities in Southeast Asia. It is in this sense that Phnom Penh is at the crossroads. If development is allowed to continue unchecked then the city will lose its unique character and become an indistinguishable urban mass. If a balance is achieved between preserving the urban heritage and the construction of new infrastructure, this vibrant and bustling city will retain its unique character for present and future generations to appreciate and enjoy.

© Text and photos copyright Katheryn Bennett 2003.

Welcome to the new semester two intake

Thirty new students will be commencing a Cultural Heritage or Museum Studies course when the second semester begins on 21 July. Two thirds will be studying in off-campus mode, and almost half are already employed in heritage-related or museum occupations.

Roslyn Lawry Award 2002 goes to Brian Hubber

Roslyn Lawry Award for 2002 International Museums Day is the occasion at which Deakin University announces its major award for outstanding achievement in the field of Museum Studies.

On 14 May 2003 we awarded the Roslyn Lawry Award for Excellence in Museum Studies to Mr Brian Hubber. Brian completed his Graduate Diploma of Museum Studies in 2002. He is the first person to win the Award as an off-campus student. When Brian commenced the course with us, he was the Rare Books Librarian at the State Library of Victoria. He is now the Curator at the Geelong Art Gallery. Congratulations, Brian.

Logan Attends Meetings of International Advisory Board

Professor William Logan has just returned from a two-week visit to Northern Ireland. He attended meetings of the International Advisory Board of the Academy of Irish Cultural Heritages at the University of Ulster ( as well as giving a paper at the XXVI Irish Conference of Historians at the University of Ulster. Professor Joan Beaumont, Dean of the Faculty of Arts at Deakin University also gave a paper at the conference.

Adjunct Professor Jane Lennon appointed to expert group to protect Iraq's heritage

Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, this week announced the formation of an Australian expert cultural heritage group to provide the Federal Government with practical steps to ensure the recovery and future protection of Iraq's cultural heritage.The group is to include Adjunct Professor Jane Lennon, AM - Australian representative on the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) Council and Commissioner, Australian Heritage Commission.

Jane Lennon is an Adjunct Professor at Deakin University's Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific and teaches in our cultural heritage courses.

"The loss and damage to Iraq's cultural heritage following the fall of the Hussein regime has been a tragedy for not only the people of Iraq, but also for the global community as Iraq is regarded by many as the very "cradle of civilization", Minister Kemp said. "With some of the world's leading experts in Iraqi heritage, Australia will play a key role in cooperating with the international community, including UNESCO and Interpol, to help restore and protect Iraqi heritage which has been in sad disrepair for the last decade. While reports on the situation in Iraq vary considerably, first hand reports indicate significant losses in the recent conflict while coalition forces were still engaged in combat with forces loyal to Saddam Hussein."

"Australia is a signatory of the Hague Convention for the protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict (1954) and Australian forces were made well aware of these obligations. I am now pleased to announce the formation of the Cultural Heritage Reference Group of Iraq which will provide important advice on how we can assist with the recovery and protection of this country's heritage."We are also working to ensure that we can seize and return any Iraqi looted cultural heritage which is found entering or within Australia. Australia will act promptly to ensure we are not a staging post for this illegal traffic."

Dr Kemp said Australia is working with Interpol and international heritage bodies to stop any traffic in Iraqi artifacts.

"To assist Australia's participation in this international effort, I have commissioned Mr Bryan Hanley, an international art crime expert. Mr Hanley attended the Interpol International Conference on Cultural Property Stolen in Iraq on 5-6 May in Lyon, France. He helped to frame an agreed approach to the forensic issues and was able to identify the resources and expertise needed to solve this major crime and recover missing items," Dr Kemp said."Australia is internationally recognised for its heritage management skills and has particular expertise to support the conservation of heritage material. Australia has been particularly successful in managing a diverse heritage over a large country with regional organizations, and in harsh and difficult conditions.

" Iraq's regional areas have lacked resources for regional areas, and this is where Australia's regional management experience may be of real assistance. There are landscape and climate similarities between Australia and Iraq, and Australians have a long tradition of working on archaeological sites in the Middle East.

"These skills and knowledge can have great application on the ground in Iraq since it appears likely that museums and libraries in areas outside of Baghdad and other major cities are likely to need assistance.

"The management of the Iraqi's heritage had been severely eroded under the previous regime and supporting the international community in strengthening heritage management will be an important element of reconstruction.

"The newly established expert group is working with key Federal Government departments and agencies to formulate an urgent response to the theft of artifacts from museums and libraries across Iraq and make recommendations on the role of cultural heritage in the reconstruction of Iraq."

Dr Kemp said the group is consulting with professional organisations within Australia, including the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), the Australian Library and Information Association, Museums Australia, and the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials before recommending appropriate actions for further whole of government consideration.

"The Cultural Heritage Reference Group will be urgently reporting to Government on the practical initiatives to link with other international cultural heritage assistance programs and the international effort to track down stolen artworks and artefacts," Dr Kemp said.

New Researcher Joins CHCAP Project

CHCAP this week welcomed Ms Ilka Schacht as an Australian Postgraduate Award (APAI) funded researcher and PhD candidate. She will be part of the research team working on the ARC research project, Making Room for the Past: Determining significance in archaeological collections from historic sites.

Ilka holds a Masters of Archaeological Science in Archaeological Computing from Southampton University in the U.K and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Queensland, where she majored in Classics and Ancient History.After graduating from her Masters of Science degree, Ilka participated in excavations in the U.K and then returned to Australia, working with a colleague at the University of Queensland to research and build a CD-ROM of the antiquities collection held in the university’s antiquities museum. Shortly thereafter, Ilka turned her attention to the archaeology of the middle east, working for 2 years at the British Institute in Amman for Art and Archaeology (in Jordan) and then moving to Egypt.

For the past 4 years Ilka has been the project co-ordinator at the Theban Mapping Project, an egyptological project at the American University in Cairo, renowned for its discovery and excavation of the tomb of the sons of Ramses II in the Valley of the Kings and the survey of the monuments of the west bank of Thebes, Luxor. Working for the Theban Mapping Project, Ilka was the coordinator for the production of the project’s multi award-winning website ( which documents in extreme detail, using a variety of media, the tombs of the Valley of the Kings and related sites and information.

Ilka was also responsible for developing and maintaining the project’s in-house archaeological and image databases, to which access is given on the project’s website. Whilst in Egypt, Ilka took part in the excavation of Berenike, an important Roman harbour on the Red Sea Coast and, as a member of the North Kharga Oasis Project, carried out an hydrological survey of the previously unknown underground aqueducts of the Kharga Oasis in Egypt’s western desert.
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Sweet Introduces Contemporary Australian Silver and Metalwork

Jonathan Sweet recently contributed the Introduction to the catalogue for the Contemporary Australian Silver & Metalwork exhibition being held at Buda Historic Home and Garden, Castlemaine.

The exhibition runs 29 March - 13 April 2003

Jonathan's involvement in this exhibition complements his earlier work as a contributing author for the catalogue accompanying the exhibition, All that Glitters: Australian Colonial Gold and Silver from the Vizard Foundation, held at the Geelong Art Gallery in 2002.

Birtley helps steer collections policy

Margaret Birtley, Coordinator of Museum Studies, attended the third meeting of the newly created National Collections Advisory Forum in Launceston on 20 March 2003.

Margaret's involvement again underlines the strategic importance of CHCAP and its staff in shaping Australian cultural heritage practice and research as well as training tomorrow's museum and cultural heritage professionals.

Postcard from UNESCO, Hanoi

Emily Edwards, a postgraduate student at CHCAP, set off to work at UNESCO's Hanoi office in September 2002. Emily was selected for the Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development (AYAD) program and will be in Hanoi for 12 months based at UNESCO's office in Vietnam. Below is a recent report from Emily.

When I first came to Viet Nam three years ago through Deakin University, I knew that I had to go back. Little did I know that 3 years later I would be living and working in Hanoi. With the assistance of Bill Logan and Joe Hajdu from the Deakin University Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific (CHCAP), and the Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development Program, I was given the opportunity of a lifetime.

For the last 6 months I have been working as a Cultural Heritage Project Officer at the UNESCO Office in Hanoi. As a Project Officer at UNESCO, I have been given the responsibility of overseeing the management and implementation of four culture projects and have input into a number of others. My projects vary greatly, from assisting the Government to establish a System of Living Human Treasures (SLHT), to also assisting the Government to publish and distribute a resource handbook for UNESCO’s 1970 Illicit Traffic Convention into Vietnamese. And from enabling policy discussion on the Access to Books and Other Information, to giving disadvantaged youth the opportunity to learn a traditional craft.

My projects cover all aspects of tangible and intangible heritage, along with a number of other key issues.With each of these projects I am also given the opportunity to work with an array of different people from villagers to Government Officials and from institutions to organizations, all who have a desire to protect Vietnamese culture. With my SLHT Project I was recently given the honour of meeting Vietnamese people who maintain the traditional techniques in singing (Quan Ho) and wood block printing (Dong Ho).Hanoi is a wonderful city to live and work in. It is so full of life and has a wealth of tangible and intangible heritage. I am enjoying my work here immensely, as it allows me to meet new people and learn so much more about Vietnam’s heritage, its people and language.

CHCAP Research Staff Flourishing

Dr. David Nichols recently joined CHCAP as a research assistant. He will be working on the Australian Research Council (ARC) funded project titled, Community and Governance; Urban Activism in Melbourne in the 1960s and beyond. David completed his PhD on interwar town planning in Australia in 2001. His research interests include urban renewal and community building and Australian popular culture. A second edition of his book The Go-Betweens is to be issued in the USA in April (Verse Chorus Press).

Dr. Nichols joins a burgeoning group of early-career researchers based at CHCAP which includes: Ms Fengqi Qian, Cultural Heritage Site Significance, Management and Interpretation in China and Australia: a Comparative Analysis in a Cross-Cultural Framework; Ms Amelia Klein, Analysing Testimonies of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Ms Ilka Schacht Making Room for the Past: Determining significance in archaeological collections from historic sites.

Dr. Anita Smith and Dr. Colin Long are post-doctoral fellows at the Centre.

CHCAP Seminar Series 2003 opens with Leilani Bin-Juda, Arts Development Officer, Torres Strait Regional Authority

Leilani Bin-Juda, Arts Development Officer with the Torres Strait Regional Authority opened the CHCAP public seminar series 2003 on 26 March.

Leilani talked about the development of the first Torres Strait Islander Cultural Centre, on Thursday Island. She has previously worked for the National Museum of Australia where she developed an exhibition of Torres Strait Islander material from the Haddon Collection, Cambridge University. Other successes include the completion of the new Torres Strait exhibition on permanent display at the National Museum -- Paipa (Windward). See the website: This exhibition showed the mainland Torres Strait Islander voice and history. Click here to read more about the Torres Strait Cultural Centre:

Record Number of Students in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies

Deakin University's courses in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies have started the 2003 academic year with a record number of students. Numbers are up 25 percent on 2002 levels.

CHCAP Graduate gets International Coverage

Vanessa Kredler, a Master of Cultural Heritage graduate from the CHCAP course was the subject of an article in the December 2002 issue of the British magazine, Museum Journal, published by the Museums Association.

Vanessa is now working as an Inventory Project Assistant at the National Maritime Museum in London.

The journal article reads, in part, 'it was her Masters in Cultural Heritage, which she read at Deakin University in Melbourne and the University of Canberra, that brought her into her own.'

Classes start for international teaching partnerships

The first classes as part of partnerships between Deakin University and the University of Santo Tomas, Manilla and Silpakorn University, Bangkok took place in January. Prof. William Logan and Dr Anita Smith both travelled to Manilla to teach an intensive, week-long course in Heritage and Cultural Tourism. The course at the University of Santo Tomas is run by Associate Professorial Lecturer Eric Babar Zerrudo, who spent a year with CHCAP in 2001 as the recipient of the CHCAP International Student Scholarship, 2001. The Course Co-ordinator is Clarissa Avendaño, a participant at the Forum UNESCO Students for Heritage Protection Workshop CHCAP hosted in December 2001.

Prof Logan and Dr. Smith were very impressed by the enthusiasm and knowledge of the students, all of whom are undertaking Masters courses. During the week, the students developed cultural tourism plans for several heritage sites in the Philippines, to protect and enhance their heritage values for tourism. The sites selected by the students illustrated great richness and diversity of Philippines cultural heritage.

Following teaching at University of Santo Tomas, Prof. Logan spent a week teaching at Silpakorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. Here, too the students showed great enthusiasm to extend their knowledge not only about the rich cultural heritage in Thailand but also the international framework in which Cultural Heritage professionals work today.

New Researcher Joins CHCAP Project

Ms Amelia Klein joined CHCAP as an Australian Postgraduate Award (APAI) funded researcher and PhD candidate. She is part of the research team working on the ARC research project, Analysing Testimonies of Jewish Holocaust Survivors.

Amelia completed a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) at Sydney University where she majored in Jewish Civilizations, Thought and Culture. She wrote her honours thesis on Sydney Child Survivirs of the Holocaust.

Before coming to Deakin Amelia completed an internship at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York and worked in the curatorial education department in the Sydney Jewish Museum, where she established the Young Friends of the Sydney Jewish Museum.

Amelia will complete a PhD as part of her work on the new project.

Jonathan Sweet to Address Symposium at National Gallery of Australia

Jonathan Sweet has been invited to address a symposium at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (15 & 16 March 2003). 'Art museums: Sites of Communication' is a joint initiative of the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery and will provide a unique opportunity for participants to review interpretation principles and practices in the art museum in Australia.

Two New Members Join Advisory Board

Mr Richard Engelhardt and Adj Prof Sharon Sullivan have accepted invitations to join the International Advisory Board of Deakin University's Research Priority Area (RPA) in Citizenship and Globalisation. The board will comprise members drawn from a variety of disciplines and professions. Given that one of the constituent research centres of the RPA is the Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific their expertise in cultural heritage will be particularly valuable.

Mr Engelhardt is UNESCO Regional Advisor for Culture in Asia and the Pacific. He was educated in anthropology, archaeology and Asian history at Yale University and Harvard University. For the past 30 years, he has directed archaeology and heritage conservation projects throughout Asia and the Indo-Pacific region. He has also served in various executive capacities with regional professional institutions including the Indo-Pacific Prehistorians Association, the Thailand Culture and Environment Fund, the Siam Society under Royal Patronage, and the Hong Kong Archaeological Society.

In 1981, he joined the United Nations system and has worked with the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, as well as a number of UN Specialized Agencies, including UNHCR whose office in the Philippines he headed from 1986-1989. From 1989-1991, he served as UNESCO chief technical advisor on a project to modernize the national museums of the ASEAN countries. From 1991-1994 he re-opened and served as Head of the UNESCO Office in Cambodia, where he launched the international safeguarding campaign for Angkor. In recognition of his services in the preservation of the Angkor Monuments, H.M. King Norodom Sihanouk awarded him the title of Commandeur de l’Ordre Royal du Cambodge.

Currently Mr. Engelhardt is UNESCO Regional Advisor for Culture for Asia and the Pacific, based in Bangkok. In this position he has pioneered many projects for the protection of the built heritage and cultural landscapes of the region, as well as the standard-setting UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Conservation Awards, and the UNESCO Seal of Excellence for Handicraft Products from Southeast Asia. In addition to his Cambodian knighthood, he has also been decorated by the Government of Viet Nam as Peoples Culture Hero; and the Government of the Philippines has bestowed upon him the Order of Ciudad Ferdinand de Vigan. In 2001, the Government of the People’s Republic of China officially proclaimed Mr. Engelhardt an Honorary Citizen of the World Heritage Town of Lijiang.

Mr. Engelhardt’s professional interests include: ethno-archaeology, the evolution of cultural landscapes, urban archaeology, adaptive reuse of historic structures, and culture resource management. In recent years, he has held visiting lectureships at the University of Hawaii (USA), Waseda University (Japan), Southeast University (China) and the University of Hong Kong. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles, books and publications, including most recently: Two Thousand Years of Engineering Genius on the Angkor Plain (University of Pennsylvania Press), Technology in the Service of Archaeology in the Plain of Jars (UNESCO), and numerous articles on the Ethno-Archaeology of Maritime Communities in the Southeast Asian Archipelago which are being collated and edited in a book to be published by the University of Utah Press. He is also a collaborator in the recently published textbook: The Horizontal Skyscraper: Urban Conservation in China (Trondheim University Press), and a regular contributor to The World Culture Report, published biannually by UNESCO.

Adj Prof Sullivan Sharon Sullivan has worked in Heritage place management and land management generally for thirty years. She has been Cultural Heritage Manager, then Regional Manager, then Deputy Executive Director NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service; then Executive Director, Australian Heritage Commission and First Assistant Secretary, Australian & World Heritage Group for the Department of Environment and Heritage, Australian Government and Australian Government Leader of Delegation, World Heritage Committee. She is a Fellow of Australian Academy of the Humanities, a Member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Studies, and a member of the National Executive Committee of Australia ICOMOS.

She is Adjunct Professor, School of Anthropology, Archaeology and Sociology James Cork University of North Queensland, and Adjunct Professor, School of Natural and Rural Systems Management, University of Queensland. She is a Consultant to the Australian Government, the Getty Conservation Institute, the World Monument Fund, the World Bank, and the World Heritage Committee on various aspects of cultural heritage management. She is the author of a range of publications including, jointly with Michael Pearson, Looking After Heritage Places, Melbourne University Press 1998 (second edition) a University textbook on heritage place conservation and management. She has done planning and teaching work with heritage site managers in Australia, USA, Cambodia, Africa and China on cultural heritage assessment management issues. Sharon is also currently involved in a CHCAP research project funded by an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant. The project titled 'Cultural Heritage Site Significance, Management and Interpretation in China and Australia: A Comparative Analysis in a Cross-Cultural Framework', is being conducted in cooperation with the Australian Heritage Commission and Sullivan Blazejowski & Associates, heritage consultants.

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