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e-BULLETIN No. 122 – 20 March 2014


Hon Editor, Dr Ruth S. Kerr



1) Jane Franklin at Port Arthur, Tasmania


2) Annual National Trust Heritage Awards, New South Wales


3) Resilience of Vernacular Heritage in Asian Cities - November 2014



1) Jane Franklin at Port Arthur, Tasmania


Thursday, 27 March 2014

Jane Franklin at Port Arthur
presented by Dr Alison Alexander

Tasmanian Historical Research Association member, Dr Alison Alexander is presenting a talk on Jane Franklin at Port Arthur on 27 March 2014. She describes Jane Franklin as follows: ‘In a period when most ladies sat at home with their embroidery, Jane Franklin achieved fame throughout the western world, and was probably the best travelled woman of her day. Born in late eighteenth century London and married at the age of 36 years to Sir John Franklin, she travelled widely, and with an original ambition to live life to the full she was equally desirous of making her kind and mild husband a success. Arriving in Tasmania in 1837 when Sir John became governor, she swept like a whirlwind through the colony: attempting to rid the island of snakes; establishing a scientific society and the Hobart regatta; and adopting an Aboriginal girl to name a few of her many activities.’

In 1837 the Franklins visited Port Arthur. In her diary and letters, Jane Franklin, an acute observer, gave a full and frank description of her visit. This paper analyses this description.

Alison Alexander has written 24 books about Tasmanian history, ranging from commissioned histories of a variety of institutions and areas, to biographies. Her most important books are: The ambitions of Jane Franklin (2013), and Tasmania’s Convicts (2010).

When: Thursday 27 March 2014 at 5.30pm
Where: Junior Medical Officer’s Conference Room
Download the ‘Jane Franklin at Port Arthur’ flier.


(Source: ICOMOS Email news 624 – 14 March 2014)


2) Annual National Trust Heritage Awards, New South Wales


Saving Our Past For The Future: Heritage Awards 2014 – 20th Annual National Trust Heritage Awards are open for registrations.

The immaculate restoration of a now-vibrant wetlands in Tomago in the Hunter, the rebuilding one of Australia’s oldest churches in St Albans, the revival of Wollongong’s North Beach Bathers Pavilion and the reshaping of the Chinese Gardens in Darling Harbour. These were all projects recognised by the National Trust of Australia (NSW) at their Heritage Awards in 2013. Nominations are open again for this year’s competition.

The Awards celebrate those people who are saving our past for the future. They showcase the work being saved for future generations to enjoy and they celebrate the often painstaking work that people undertake with impeccable attention to detail.

The awards are the signature event of the New South Wales Heritage Festival, which is held each year to celebrate Australia’s cultural heritage. The awards are now open and are accepting registrations up until 24 March 2014.

There are 11 categories.

Major Award Categories
1. Conservation – built heritage – Government/ corporate and community/individuals
2. Conservation- landscape
3. Conservation- interiors and objects
4. Adaptive re-use
5. Advocacy campaigns
6. Research and investigation / analysis
7. Education and interpretation

Individual Awards include
1. Lifetime Achievement Award
2. Cathy Donnelly Memorial Award (for female heritage professionals)
3. Trade / Skills Award – trades person/group of the year

To enter the awards click here .

The National Trust 2014 Heritage Festival Awards will be presented on Wednesday 14 May 2014 at Doltone House, Jones Bay Wharf, Pyrmont.

(Source: ICOMOS Email news No. 624, 14 March 2014)



3) Resilience of Vernacular Heritage in Asian Cities - November 2014

The Resilience of Vernacular Heritage in Asian Cities, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, 6-7 November 2014


This conference focuses on the interplay between cultural practices and the production of urban space and place-making that creates the living vernacular heritages of neighborhoods and communities of the city. Emphasis is on community efforts and collective empowerment through heritage preservation practices that enhance sustenance of the natural environment as well as resilience towards environmental threats. The attention is paid to the vitality of vernacular heritage for its own sake and in creating foundations for disaster resilience. This is an as yet understudied dimension of research on such contemporary issues as the right to the city and spatial justice. Papers on disaster risk reduction for monumental heritage preservation would are welcomed as long as they discuss the role of ordinary people and communities in constructing their everyday lives in and around these monuments, through which the monuments become meaningful spaces for their everyday life-spaces.

For further information, visit the
conference website.


(Source: ICOMOS Email News No 624 – 14 March 2014)