Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific


2010 news and special events

CHCAP newly graduate Dr Hui-Chi Huang presents in Shangdong, China

CHCAP wins ICOM Award for International Relations

Roslyn Lawry Award for Most Outstanding Student in Cultural Heritage & Museum Studies: 20th Presentation

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CHCAP newly graduate Dr Hui-Chi Huang presents in Shangdong, China

Hui-Chi Huang was invited to present a paper at the international conference Heritage Values in China: Identifying, Evaluation and Treating Impacts to Cultural Relics, Shangdong University in Jinan, China, 26 - 29 October 2010. The conference was organized by the Centre for East Asia Archaeology of Shangdong University in collaboration with an international committee: senior curator Dr Chen Shen of Royal Ontario Museum in Canada, Dr George S. Smith of America's National Park Service, and Dr Pei-Lin Yu, an archeological specialist of America's NAGPRA. This event has brought international participants together, who were from America, Canada, Hong Kong, Korea, and Australia. China's participants were invited from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Zhejiang University, Jiling University, Heilongjiang University and Northwest University.

There were three major themes discussed at the conference: Broad perspectives on managing and protecting heritage values; Tangible heritage in China: science and stewardship; Where heritage and communities intersect. Hui-Chi's paper was titled The Revival of Taiwan's Indigenous Cultural Heritage in which she focused on the contemporary significance of cultural heritage for Taiwanese indigenous population. The paper introduces the upsurge of indigenous cultural identity and indigenous viewpoints of their heritage that occurred in Taiwan's post-martial law era (1987 to present). As she argued: 'native creativity serves as a new type of creative expression that contributes to maintain cultural vitality. However, more critical attention is needed to be given to the threats to the transmitters' livelihood and sustainable development'.

This conference concluded with a site valuation at Qu Fu - Confucius's hometown, a World Heritage site in China. International collaborations were discussed for the future development of China's heritage trainings, curriculum design, and students exchange. The conference outcome and papers are currently being reviewed for publication in the annual Journal of Oriental Archaeology.

particapants at conference

CHCAP wins ICOM Award for International Relations

Jonathan Sweet and his colleagues Dr Joanna Wills and Susie Collis have been awarded the ICOM ANC Award for International Relations, 2009-10 (International Council of Museums). This prestigious award recognises the significance of the museological research project and workshop they conducted with Buddhist monks in Thailand in 2009 with partners Chiang Mai University and UNESCO - see

This award is recognition from peers in the museum profession that the work undertaken by the Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific at Deakin University is relevant and of the highest quality. For lecturer Jonathan Sweet it is personally very gratifying because it recognises his work in cross-cultural museological research and international relations in the Asia-Pacific region. This has its antecedents in two CHCAP led ARCs and also reflects his PhD research and experience managing other programs undertaken in the region. It is also recognition of the mentoring role that Prof. William Logan has played over many years in fostering CHCAP's specialist activities and regional profile.

The award was presented at the Museums Australia National Conference, Melbourne, 2010, at the conference dinner that was held in the Great Hall of the National Gallery of Victoria and is listed on the ICOM ANC website.

photo of icom award committee with the CHCAP team at the awards night

The ICOM Award Committee with the CHCAP team.
From left to right: Annette Welkamp (Cultural Connotations), Frank Howarth (ICOM ANC Chairperson and Director, Australian Museum), Susie Collis, Joanna Wills, Jonathan Sweet, Deb Tout-Smith (Senior Curator, Museum Victoria) and Robin Hirst (Deputy Chair of ICOM and Director, Collections, Research and Exhibitions, Museum Victoria).
Photo: Simon Fox.

Roslyn Lawry Award for Most Outstanding Student in Cultural Heritage & Museum Studies

Carmel O'Keeffe, Linda Young and Fay Lawry smile at the Roslyn Lawry Award presentation. Carmel O’Keeffe, winner of the 2009 Roslyn Lawry Award received a cheque for $750, a framed certificate and many hugs when the prize was presented on 20 July at the Museums Australia Awards night. It was held in the galleries of Melbourne Museum, under the gaze of Phar Lap and the Minister for the Arts, the Hon Peter Batchelor MP, followed by elegant nibbles and celebratory drinks.

The award commemorates a young Museum Studies graduate, Ros Lawry, who died in tragic circumstances. Her parents, Jim and Fay Lawry, established an endowment for an annual prize, and Fay presented it for the twentieth time in 2010.

The winner, Carmel O’Keeffe, graduated in 2009 as a Master of Cultural Heritage. A journalist by profession, she decided her story-telling skills could find a new application in the museum field, and she began part-time studies. She relished the course so much she took long service leave to finish it fulltime. She is yet to win a museum job but remains in touch with the contacts she made via course site visits and assignments, poised to seize the right position.



Dunera Boys - Seventy years on

This National Library collection-in-focus display (12 Feb 2010 – 26 Sep 2010) coincides with the 70th anniversary year of the arrival from Britain of HMT Dunera in September 1940. This ship carried over 2,500 German and Austrian internees. The so-called 'Dunera Boys', were escaping the horrors of Nazi Germany but were interned as 'Enemy Aliens' in camps in rural New South Wales and Victoria. The internees story is one of individual survival and of considerable achievement. Over 800 'Dunera Boys' stayed in Australia after the war, making significant contributions to Australian society in many different fields.

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

30th November 2010