Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific


2005 news archive

ICCROM General Assembly

The Aid White Paper and Aid to the Pacific

Adjunct Professor Liz Vines presents Keynote Address at 15th ICOMOS General Assembly

Book lanuch: Welsh Patagonians - The Australian Connection

Book launch: Suburban Fantasies: Melbourne Unmasked

CHCAP ARC Linkage team members Jonathan Sweet and Qian Fenqi to present at the ICOMOS 15th General Assembly, China (posted October 3)

Book Launch for 'Welsh Patagonians: The Australian Connection' (posted September 19)

New Role for Museum Lecturer Jonathan Sweet (posted September 1 2005)

August 24 - An Eventful Day for the Centre (posted September 1 2005)

Special Seminar UNESCO and Cultural Heritage Practice -Past and Presen

Launch of Streetwise Asia – A Practical Guide the associated Streetwise Asia Fund for Urban Heritage Conservation

Welcome to New Adjunct Professors Elizabeth Vines and Patrick Greene

Golden Landscapes: Rethinking the Gold Rushes of the Pacific Rim (posted July 12 2005)

Leilani Bin Juda - Voyage to Venice for Emerging Curator (posted June 2005)

Sharing Our Heritage - Master Classes in Cultural and Natural Heritage Management (posted May 18 2005)

Regional partnership provides training for heritage (posted February 28 2005)

Margaret Birtley leaves Deakin for the Collections Council of Australia (posted January 10 2005)

ICCROM General Assesmbly

Rome, 9th-11th November 2005

Associate Professor Renate Howe attended the meeting of the 23rd General Assembly of ICCROM on behalf of the Deakin University Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific. CHCAP was invited to be represented with Observer status at this Assembly through its partnership with ICCROM in the Asian Academy for Heritage Management. An encouraging outcome of the Assembly was the ongoing support for the Asian Academy in the 2006-2007 ICCROM budget.

Renate Howe held informal discussions with the ICCROM staff associated with the Asian Academy and with representatives of the delegations of Vietnam, China and Japan. There was strong support for the Academy and a desire to be able to offer more frequent field schools and longer courses. The need for the Academy to be more independent and ultimately self governing was also expressed.

ICCROM also has links to CHCAP through the Chair of its Advisory Board, Dr Jane Lennon, a former member of the ICCROM Council, and through Professor Bill Logan’s study of ICCROM as a global heritage body while a research fellow.

An important development at the ICCROM Assembly was the appointment of Mr Mounir Bouchenaki as the new Director-General to succeed Nicholas Stanley-Price. Mr Bouchenaki is at present Assistant Director Culture at UNESCO in Paris. He will take up his appointment in April 2006.

The Budget was the focus of intense debate with cost-saving measures being demanded especially by representatives of the USA, Japan and Germany – the largest financial contributors to ICCROM.

The Assembly also held an interesting session on current heritage issues identifying the need for heritage bodies to put in place strategies for risk management, especially given the impact on heritage buildings and landscapes of natural disasters and war in 2005.

The need for capacity building at local government level was emphasised as delegates reported a general shift of heritage responsibilities to local government.

There was also a call for greater cooperation between the major international heritage organizations as well as cooperation with international NGO bodies such as ICOMOS and the World Monuments Fund.

The need for ICCROM to be involved in professional development in developing countries to strengthen heritage infrastructure was widely recognised. However, the organisation is only slowly shifting resources to other regions. As the Australian delegate to the Assembly, Paul McInnes, General Manager, Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, pointed out in the debate on the Provisional Programme and Budget for 2006-06, ICCROM’s contribution to Asia and lack of involvement in the Pacific region remains marginal.

Renate Howe

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The Aid White Paper and Aid to the Pacific

Melbourne, Friday 2 December 2005

A public seminar was presented by the ANU Asia Pacific School of Economics and Government and the ANZ Banking Group and was attended by Associate Professor Renate Howe, CHCAP Advisory Board member.

The White Paper is mainly intended to develop strategies for AusAID’s Pacific funding program and will make recommendations to the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

CHCAP would like to see cultural capacity building and cultural heritage matters added to the list of activities which AusAID supports. Such a direction was supported by many of those attending the session, where many speakers from the audience called for a move away from AusAID’s emphasis on economic development narrowly defined. Charles Lepani from PNG was especially critical of the dominance of economists in relation to aid funding decisions and called for more social scientists to be represented.

Several speakers emphasised the importance of building up civil society in Pacific countries if economic aid is to be effective. Although governance issues were identified as fundamental in the Pacific region, the successful building of political institutions was not linked to the importance of cultural identity and cultural heritage.

Organisational infrastructure for cultural heritage conservation in the Pacific is very limited, under-resourced and depends on informal networking. There is a sub-regional UNESCO office in Apia, Samoa involved in the World Heritage Pacific 2009 Programme.

Overall, it did not appear that the White Paper, which is due to be released in March 2006, will recommend major changes in funding criteria. The AusAID web site has information on the White Paper and input is encouraged. This would seem to be an opportunity for CHCAP to put forward the importance for inclusion (and integration) of cultural heritage capacity building in aid funding decisions.

Renate Howe

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Adjunct Professor Liz Vines presents Keynote Address at 15th ICOMOS General Assembly

The 15th ICOMOS General Assembly was held in Xi'an, China, (17 – 21 October), with papers and discussions addressing the theme of “Monuments and Sites in their setting – conserving cultural heritage in changing townscapes and landscapes”

Several Australians presented papers at the Scientific Symposium, including Adjunct Professor Elizabeth Vines who gave one of the three keynote addresses (the other two were given by a Chinese Government Official and a French Heritage Agency Official). The conference was as attended by over 1,000 delegates and the Australian contingent was the second largest there (outnumbered only by the Chinese delegation). Elizabeth’s paper was titled “Settings and Stewardship– Exploring the Changing Settings and Landscapes of Cultural Heritage”, and provided an overview introduction to the four sub themes of the conference. Press coverage was also given to her paper and this is separately attached.

Adj Prof Elizabeth Vines

Centre of Cultural Heritage in Asia & the Pacific, Deakin University.

Press coverage (in China Daily newspaper, 18/9/2005) - 'Dedicated architect on heritage conservation'

book launch
Welsh Patagonians - The Australian Connection

CHCAP invites you to the launch of Welsh Patagonians - The Australian Connection at

4:30pm, 2nd November
The Blue Room, B2.20
Deakin University*
(Burwood campus)

The book, Welsh Patagonians - The Australian Connection, written by Michele Langfield and Peta Roberts, is to be launched by Associate Professor Renate Howe.

The blurb on the book reads:

One hundred and fifty-one Welsh Patagonians migrated to Australia between 1910 and 1916. Almost the same number of Welsh had sailed to unknown Patagonia in 1865 to start their own self-sufficient colony along the Chubut River in southern Argentina. By the turn of the twentieth century, the Welsh in Patagonia numbered approximately 3000 but a ‘New Wales’ was not to be. Many were discontented and again searching for new homes, this time ‘under the British flag’. Indeed several regretted not having gone to a British colony in the first place. A magnet to a better life in Australia was the prospect of legal title to land. Largely migrating as groups, two ‘Welsh settlements’ were formed in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area in New South Wales and in Moora-Miling, Western Australia, and others came to Darwin accompanied by two hundred Patagonians of other ethnic backgrounds.

This book traces the unique experiences of an almost complete group of immigrants, who were linked by kinship and other affiliations. Oral histories with sixty-three descendants, together with genealogical information spanning generations, are blended with library and archival research from four countries. Maps, photos and relational tables are included. The result is a fascinating story of the connections of these Welsh Patagonians to Australia.

Australian immigration encouragement policies are seen through their experiences, casting new light on the need to populate Australia and the nature of land settlement schemes in the early twentieth century.

Further information:
Cost: $35


Suburban Fantasies: Melbourne Unmasked book launch

The latest publication with substantial involvement from CHCAP staff is to be launched at:

Trades Hall at 6.30 on November 3

The book, Suburban Fantasies: Melbourne Unmasked, is edited by Colin Long, Kate Shaw and Claire Merlo, and was supported by CHCAP.

The back cover blurb reads:

Is Melbourne really the ‘world’s most liveable city’?
Are the redeveloped Docklands Melbourne’s ‘front door to the world’?
Does the growth in inner-city apartment living mean we’re finally ‘cosmopolitan’?
Are you tired of mainstream commentaries that sound like real estate advertisements; government policies that read like marketing brochures; urban analyses that buy the boosterist hype? You want cosmopolitan? Try Springvale, where the market contains foods the advertising executives have never heard of.

Twelve diverse authors drag Australian urban studies into the twenty-first century. Examining contemporary Melbourne through rock music, novels, film, literature, football, politics and more, Suburban Fantasies delves beneath the surface to expose the real
Melbourne and the forces driving its changes. The Melbourne of this book is pokie pubs in Dandenong, live music in the city, police and underworld shootings, Hindu temples in Carrum Downs, the communities of Footscray Mall and the power of political struggle. Suburban Fantasies is the most up-to-the moment account of an Australian city that you will find today.

You are most welcome to attend.

Dr Colin Long, Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific, Deakin University, tel 03 9244 3938, fax: 03 9251 7158

CHCAP ARC Linkage team members Jonathan Sweet and Qian Fenqi to present at the ICOMOS 15th General Assembly, China

CHCAP ARC Linkage team members Jonathan Sweet and Qian Fenqi have been invited to deliver a paper at the 15 th General Assembly of ICOMOS which is being held in Xi’an, China (17-21 October, 2005).

This paper is one outcome of a research project funded by Australian Research Council that has been led by Professor William Logan: 'Cultural Heritage Site Significance, Management and Interpretation in China and Australia: a Comparative Analysis in a Cross-cultural Framework'. The research partners are the Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific, Deakin University, The Department of Environment and Heritage and Sullivan Blazejowski and Associates.

This paper is titled: 'Preservation Knowledge Gap: the Threat Posed by the Distinct Ways Heritage Professionals and the Public Understand Conservation of Heritage Sites and Their Settings'

Whilst the preservation of heritage sites has a well developed discourse, the specific issue of visitor knowledge and the relationship this has to heritage management has not yet received adequate attention. This research is different to an interpretation study of heritage significance because it is more specifically concerned with investigating the causal relationship between the extent of public knowledge of conservation and the impact this may or may not have on the preservation of cultural heritage sites and their settings. To begin to address this anomaly the authors of this study used a cross-cultural methodology to isolate key issues. They applied qualitative and quantitative methods to survey professionals and visitors at heritage sites in both China and Australia. One of the central issues identified through the study was the disturbing size of the gap between professional and public knowledge about the protection and the control of settings and monuments. This study has revealed that the preservation knowledge gap is a growing threat to conservation practice, which is most likely to have broader implications for heritage site preservation worldwide.

Book Launch for 'Welsh Patagonians: The Australian Connection'

The book Welsh Patagonians: the Australian Connection by Michele Langfield and Peta Roberts, published by Crossing Press, Sydney, 2005, was launched on Thursday evening, 4th August 2005 at a special reception hosted by the Administrator of the Northern Territory, the Honorable Mr Ted Egan, at Government House, The Esplanade, Darwin. This occasion was part of a reunion to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the arrival of 220 Patagonian immigrants in Darwin in on 4 August 1915. Seventy invited guests attended the launch.

Welsh Paltagonians Launch

(From Left) Ms Nerys Evans, the Hon. Mr Ted Egan (Administrator of the Northern Territory), Michele Langfield and Rafael Perez (Patagonian descendant and organiser of the reunion)

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New Role for Museum Lecturer Jonathan Sweet

Jonathan Sweet has been asked to join the Museum Accreditation Program Committee managed by Museums Australia (Victoria). The role of this committee is to make assessments and final judgments about the standard of practice in museums applying for registration and endorsement under this Victorian State Government backed quality assurance scheme. The programme is known as MAP. More information is available from Museums Australia (Victoria) at:

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August 24 - An Eventful Day for the Centre

Public seminars, Book Launches and a Dean's Dinner to welcome two new members to CHCAP marked an eventful day in the Centre's August calander. The events were held at Stonington Mansion on Deakin's Toorak Campus and were well attended.

Special Seminar UNESCO and Cultural Heritage Practice -Past and Present

At the seminar the Centre's own Museum Studies Lecturer, Jonathan Sweet, presented a paper titled UNESCO and cultural heritage practice in Australia in the 1950s: A case study of the international touring exhibition 'Australian Aboriginal Culture'. Lyndel Prott and Patrick O'Keefe also delivered a seminar on UNESCO in the 21st Century: Expertise or Politics?and Whither goeth UNESCO? Finding new ways or losing the way. [Transcripts to be available shortly.]

Launch of Streetwise Asia – A Practical Guide the associated Streetwise Asia Fund for Urban Heritage Conservation

After an afternoon of lively discussion about the role of Australia in UNESCO and UNESCO heritage related conventions it seemed fitting to launch a book titled Streetwise Asia: A Practical Guide for the Conservation and Revitalisation of heritage Cities and Towns in Asia by Adjunct Professor Elizabeth Vines. The book was launched by Mr Tom S. Harley, President Corporate Development, BHP Billiton, and Chair, Australian Heritage Council.Streetwise Asia – A Practical Guide is a publication by prominent Australian conservation architect and heritage adviser, Elizabeth Vines. It provides practical guidelines and advice for local communities in Asian countries – communities which are challenged by the need to balance the retention of heritage with the need for development of local precincts, towns and cities. The Streetwise Asia Fund for Urban Heritage Conservation will be used to support the practical application of the principles described in the book. All proceeds from the sale of the book will go to the Streetwise Asia Fund. This fund will be managed through the UNESCO Bangkok office and is made possible by the support of the National Trust of Australia.

Book - Streetwise Asia

To order Streetwise Asia: A Practical Guide for the Conservation and Revitalisation of heritage Cities and Towns in Asia send an e-mail to

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Welcome to New Adjunct Professors Elizabeth Vines and Patrick Greene

CHCAP warmly welcomes two new members, Adjunct Professor Elizabeth Vines and Adjunct Professor Patrick Greene.

Elizabeth Vines is a renowned Heritage Consultant and Conservation Architect who has worked extensively throughout Australia and Southeast Asia. She is the author of Streetwise Asia.

Patrick Greene is the Cheif Executive Officer of Museums Australia (Victoria).


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Golden Landscapes: Rethinking the Gold Rushes of the Pacific Rim

Jonathan Sweet has been invited to present a paper at the forthcoming conference Golden Landscapes: Rethinking the Gold Rushes of the Pacific Rim. His paper is titled: Beyond local significance: international exhibitions and the design of gold. The conference is being jointly convened by the University of Melbourne, Heritage Victoria, Bendigo Mining, La Trobe University and Parks Victoria and is being held in Castlemaine, 22-24 July 2005. For more information go to:

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Leilani Bin Juda - Voyage to Venice for Emerging Curator

Recent graduate of the Museum Studies program, Leilani Bin Juda, has been invited to attend the 'Emerging Curators Initiative', a part of the program of events for the Australian Pavilion in the Venice Biennale 2005*. The Emerging Curators Initiative (6-11 June, 2005) is an opportunity for a group of emerging Australian curators to attend the Venice Biennale in June and participate in the opening days and related functions, allowing them to connect with overseas artists, curators and organisations with a view to creating larger international networks. The program aims to promote Australia's contemporary arts practices and lead to a positive engagement with overseas arts professionals, promoting the generation of new collaborative projects. This exciting opportunity is made possible by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board who, in conjunction with state and territory agencies, will finically support Leilani and other selected Emerging Curators. The Australia Council will facilitate the Emerging Curator's stay in Venice.

* The Venice Biennale originated in 1895 as an international art exhibition in the Giardini di Castello. In the 1930's, the organizing institution became autonomous, which from then on arranged festivals for music (since 1930), film (since 1932) and theater (since 1934), as well.

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Sharing Our Heritage – Master Classes in Cultural and Natural Heritage Management

A unique opportunity to undertake advanced studies in heritage management has been created by a $A1.4m partnership between ten international universities and heritage agencies. In 2006, and again in 2007, twenty Australian students who are enrolled in the affiliated Master’s degree program at Charles Darwin, Curtin, Deakin or Western Sydney universities will be subsidised to study for one full-time semester in a partner university in Europe and to attend Master Classes at the World Heritage Centre, Paris, and Val de Loire and at the Kakadu World Heritage site, Australia.

The European partners in the program are the Brandenburg Technical University (Germany), Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium), Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain) and University College Dublin (Ireland). The affiliated courses will be taught in English. Eligible students from the partner universities in Europe will attend full-time for a semester at one of the four Australian universities.

Students can apply to study at partner institutions taking into account their different specialisations, which include architectural conservation, world heritage, intangible heritage, natural heritage, site and visitor management, heritage interpretation, museum studies, and cultural tourism. Students will have their international airfares subsidised and also receive a grant towards overseas living expenses. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to develop a global perspective on heritage by learning from top international experts

Details of the exchange program called ‘Sharing Our Heritages’, were finalised at a week-long meeting in Sydney in late April, attended by representatives of the four Australian and four European universities, UNESCO, and the Australian Department of the Environment and Heritage.

Applications for 2006 will soon be invited via the ‘Sharing Our Heritages’ with a likely closing date of August 2005. Potential students are advised to indicate interest immediately and consider early enrolment. For further information visit the University of West Sydney website or contact the University nearest to you:

NSW: University of Western Sydney – Professor Robyn Bushell (02) 4570-1562;
Northern Territory: Charles Darwin University,– Ms Sonia Smallacombe (08) 8946-6272;
Victoria: Deakin University, - Professor Bill Logan (03) 9244-3903/9251-7110;
Western Australia: Curtin University, - Professor David Dolan - (08) 92663831/92663510;

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Regional partnership plans heritage training

The Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific is a key partner in the Second Asian Academy Field School which will be held in Hanoi in December 2005. Other partners are Architectural Research Institute, Vietnam, the Hanoi Architectural University, UNESCO Bankok and ICCROM Rome.

Deakin University's Professor Logan and Jonathan Sweet recently met with all the field school partners in Hanoi to discuss the learning objectives and to plan the curriculum.

Participants for the 2005 field school will include young faculty members of the Asian Academy for Heritage Management drawn from across the Asia-Pacific Region.

Photo: The Asian Academy Hanoi Field School 2005 organising committee. From left to right Nguyen Thanh Son, Jonathan Sweet (CHCAP), Kazuhiko Nishi, William Logan (CHCAP, Nguyen Hong Thuc, Tristan Rousset, Gamini Wijesuriya, Patricia Alberth. Click to enlarge image.
Photo: Members of the Asian Academy Hanoi Field School 2005 Committee at the Thanh Long site in Hanoi.. Click to enlarge image
The Asian Academy Hanoi Field School 2005 organising committee. From left to right Nguyen Thanh Son, Jonathan Sweet (CHCAP), Kazuhiko Nishi, William Logan (CHCAP, Nguyen Hong Thuc, Tristan Rousset, Gamini Wijesuriya, Patricia Alberth.   Members of the Asian Academy Hanoi Field School 2005 Committee at the Thanh Long site in Hanoi.

See the Asian Academy for Heritage Management website for more information.

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Margaret Birtley leaves Deakin for the Collections Council of Australia

Margaret Birtley leaves Deakin University in February 2005 to take up the role of Chief Executive Officer for the new Collections Council of Australia (CCA). This new position grew out of collections research work for the Cultural Ministers Council completed by the Cultural Heritage Centre at Deakin University in 2001. The research identified a need for a national coordinating body for heritage collections.

The new CCA is a national advisory body which is independent of government and will represent the shared interests of galleries, libraries, archives and museums i.e. the whole collections sector in Australia. It will develop strategies to address the issues facing collections; develop support from industry and build closer links between collecting institutions.

Margaret Birtley joined Deakin University in 1994 and, since 2000, has designed and delivered the Museum Studies program together with colleagues from the Cultural Heritage Centre in the Faculty of Arts. She has been course director of the Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies programs since 2003.

Professor William Logan, Director of the Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific said:

“We are sad to lose a colleague who has played a key role in developing the centre and its programs, a devoted academic and a great friend. Nevertheless the position as inaugural CEO of the new Collections Council of Australia is a great opportunity for Margaret and one that could not be missed. We congratulate her wholeheartedly and wish her great success in the position as well as in the move to Adelaide where the CCA is to be based. We will maintain close working links with Margaret and continue to benefit from her professional expertise.”

The Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies suite of courses has recently been re-accredited for the next 5 years, and there is a strong cohort of new students enrolled to commence in February 2005 bringing the total number of students in Australia and overseas to almost 200. Professor Logan will stand in as course director until such time as a permanent replacement for Margaret Birtley is made. New staff will be brought into the Cultural Heritage Centre team to take up Margaret’s units, and students will continue to enjoy close working relationship with other team members involved in course design and teaching and with museum links.

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Deakin University acknowledges the traditional land owners of present campus sites.

19th November 2008