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e-BULLETIN No. 101 – 2 July 2012


Hon Editor, Dr Ruth S. Kerr



1) World War II Japanese submarine


2) Historypin - pin your history to the world


3) Queensland Museum's Egyptian manuscript treasure


4) New South Wales Heritage Council - new Chair


5) National Cultural Policy


6) Christchurch heritage earthquake fund


7) Heritage Victoria - new decision making policy guidelines


8) Melbourne Cricket Club Archives now open to the public



1) World War II Japanese submarine


Local Sydney Northern Beaches divers who located the midget Japanese submarine six years ago were honoured in a commemoration ceremony at Mona Vale on 28 May 2012. It was the 70th anniversary of the Japanese submarine attack on Sydney Harbour. The ‘No Frills Divers’ diving group (electrician, plumber, builder, mortgage broker and two retirees) received a lucrative TV contract following their discovery. A memorial plaque was unveiled on 28th May on a headland overlooking the location of the M24 submarine. Two submariners are entombed in the hull. Twenty-one allied seamen and six Japanese sailors were killed in the attack. The Japanese Consul-General, Masahiro Kohara, attended the unveiling of the memorial and spoke of the peaceful relationship between Australia and Japan today.


(Source: Sydney Morning Herald 29 May 2012 p.5)




2) Historypin - pin your history to the world


Historypin is an online, user-generated archive of historical photos and personal recollections. Users are able to use the location and date of an image to "pin" it to Google Maps.  Where Google Street View is available, users can overlay the historical photograph and compare it with the contemporary location. 126,386 photos, videos, audio clips and stories have been pinned at the time of writing.


URL for historypin:


(Source: Wikipedia




3) Queensland Museum's Egyptian manuscript treasure


Queensland Museum holds part of a burial scroll, the Book of the Dead of Amenhotep, a chief builder of 15th century BC Egypt. It was highlighted by British Museum Curator of Egyptian funerary antiquities, amulets and jewellery, John Taylor, on his recent visit to Brisbane. This fragment was donated to Queensland Museum in 1913. Other parts of the scroll are held in major world museums. Amenhotep was a builder during construction of the Great Temple of the god, Amun of Karnak near Luxor in about 1520BC.


(Source: Weekend Australian 22-23 April 2012 pp.1 and 8 including two photographs)




4) New South Wales Heritage Council - new Chair


The new Chair of the New South Wales Heritage Council, architect Professor Lawrence Nield, has advocated transformation of buildings while protecting heritage values. He says ‘People want to see buildings grow and change over time. We don’t want them frozen.’ He said some local authorities confuse sentimentality with heritage. The Minister for Heritage, Robyn Parker MP, said Professor Nield would be responsible for heritage reforms to make the system more transparent.


(Source: Sydney Morning Herald 6 June 2012 p.5 including photograph)



5) National Cultural Policy


Hon Simon Crean MP, Minister for The Arts announced on 23 June 2012 the appointment of Mr Rupert Myer as Chairman of the Australia Council. There is a proposal to restructure the Arts funding body. Minister Crean also stated that he is seeking funds to attach to the National Cultural Policy. The policy will then be announced, he said. (The Federation lodged a submission in the inquiry process in 2011.)


(Source: Weekend Australian 23-24 June 2012 p.5)



6) Christchurch heritage earthquake fund


In the past 20 months Canterbury’s heritage building stock has suffered very serious loss following thousands of earthquakes and aftershocks. Many of the region’s most prized buildings have been destroyed and many more risk demolition.


There is now a Fund allowing ‘tagging’ of donations to a specific building or alternatively to donate to the ‘general’ fund. This is the only Fund which has been set up for heritage buildings affected by the Canterbury earthquakes and gives a chance to help save those few which remain. Donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the New Zealand Government. Click on to find out more.


(Source: ICOMOS Australia Email News  No.539, 15 June 2012)



7) Heritage Victoria - new decision making policy guidelines


New decision making policy guideline for s56(1) of the Heritage Act 1995 – IPOs


On 7 June the Heritage Council endorsed the attached Policy Guidance entitled "Matters to be considered in the making of an Interim Protection Order under section 56(1) of the Heritage Act 1995". This guidance will add clarity for owners, managers, permit applicants, local councils and other participants in the planning and heritage systems on what matters the Executive Director or the Heritage Council may take into account in considering whether or not to make an Interim Protection Order (IPO) over a place or object.


Click on the following link to view the guideline:


New decision making policy guideline for s.73(1)(f) and s.73(1A)(b) of the Heritage Act 1995 – Victorian Design Review Panel


On 7 June the Heritage Council endorsed the attached Policy Guidance entitled "The consideration of recommendations of the Victorian Design Review Panel under sections 73(1)(f) and 73(1A)(b) of the Heritage Act 1995". This guidance will enable the Executive Director to take account of the findings of a Victorian Design Review Panel (VDRP) report in his/her decision making and the Heritage Council on appeal. For more information on the Office of the Victorian Government’s Design Review Panel click on The propose of this policy is to encourage high quality design solutions for works to places and objects on the Victorian Heritage Register and give weight to the advice of the VDRP.


Click on the following link to view the guideline:


(Source: ICOMOS Australia Email News No.539, 15 June 2012)




8) Melbourne Cricket Club Archives now open to the public


The Melbourne Cricket Club, Australia has announced that documents relating to its rich history have been made available to researchers for the first time.


Many collection items have not been studied by historians and the treasures of the Melbourne Cricket Club’s archives offer absorbing and valuable insights into the history of the Club and the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), the Club’s contribution to the development of sport and its fascinating socio-cultural interaction with Melbourne from the 1840s.


Details on the archives and how to access the collections may be obtained here




Patricia Downs
Melbourne Cricket Club

Melbourne Cricket Ground
PO Box 175 East Melbourne Victoria 8002 Australia 
T 61 3 9657 5503 | F 61 3 9650 6067 | M 0425 714 476
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