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Heritage identification and protection

Agencies : Non-statutory

National Trust

National Trusts in each state and territory, except South Australia, have registers of places of heritage significance. None of these registers have any legal obligations. The registers are available for public access to members, individuals or organisations interested in finding out more about a place(s). With the exception of Victoria and Queensland the register is published. The WA list is available on CD-ROM. The Australian Council of National Trusts (ACNT) has links to individual state and territory trusts. You can contact the ACNT by email or by phoning (02) 6247 6766.


In 1998 the ACNT commenced the Endangered Places program as a reaction to concerns that existed within the National Trust that heritage places remained threatened because of poor planning, redevelopment, neglect to name a few. Since 2007 it has been called Heritage at risk. ACNT aims to promote the program in order to raise public awareness of heritage issues and bring these to the attention of governments and other authorities so that appropriate solutions can be found. The new program is more comprehensive of heritage in that it is not restricted to places or tangible heritage at risk. The list comprises nominations from state and territory National Trusts and community organisations. For further information contact the ACNT 02 62476766 or

Art Deco & Modernism Society

Art Deco & Modernism Society Inc (ADMS) is an incorporated not-for-profit cultural organisation, based in Melbourne and operating throughout Australia. It is dedicated to the preservation and celebration of aspects of the Art Deco and modernist era such as architecture, landscaping, furniture, industrial design, fashion, graphics, art, jewellery, entertainment and transport. Major activities include acting as an advocate for the preservation of Twentieth Century buildings, and raising the awareness in the community of the importance of these buildings.

Engineers Australia

Engineers Australia, National Office, 11 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600. To contact phone: (02) 6270 6555 or email There are Divisional Offices in all state and territory capitals and Newcastle. Addresses for Divisional Offices can be found on the web site. Engineers Australia is the principal organisation representing the engineering profession throughout Australia.


Engineering Heritage Australia (EHA) is the Special Interest Group within Engineers Australia responsible for Engineering Heritage matters. EHA consists of a National Board having representatives from all Divisions, Divisional Groups in all Divisions and a Secretariat in National. Secretariat telephone (02) 6270 6525, email The National Board operates the Heritage Recognition Program, the John Monash Medal for outstanding individual achievements in Engineering Heritage, the Colin Crisp Award for outstanding projects in Engineering Heritage, the Award of Merit for significant individual achievements in Engineering Heritage, publishes the Engineering Heritage Newsletter twice per year, an Email Forum and conducts an Engineering Heritage Conference every second year. Information on these programs is available on the web page.

Australian Institute of Architects

Australian Institute of Architects, National Office, PO Box 3373, Manuka ACT 2603, phone (02) 6121 2000. All states and territories have registers of significant twentieth century architecture and details are available through each state or territory Chapter office. Since the 1930s the Institute has been an active advocate of heritage conservation and has produced the seminal Institute Register of Significant 20th Century Buildings. The Institute’s Heritage Committee established National Criteria. The National Heritage Taskforce are currently working on including a National list of Significant 20th Century Buildings for inclusion on the website. The Institute is gradually working on consistent format and information for all states and working toward National and International listings. You can read the Institutes Heritage policy. For your state/territory chapter check in the capital city telephone book or visit the Institutes web page, and look for the individual state chapter or division you are interested in.

International Stationary Steam Engine Society

International Stationary Steam Engine Society (ISSES) primary aim is to foster, encourage and co-ordinate an interest in and an appreciation of the history, recording and preservation of stationary steam engines throughout the world. ISSES operates chapters in the United Kingdom, the United States and Australasia. The Australian contact is Owen Peake, 4 Islington Street, Collingwood Vic 3066, phone (03) 9419 0820, email:

Australian Railways Historical Society

The Australian Railways Historical Society Museum has useful links to railway museums in Victoria and other parts of Australia and ARHS divisions and other railway resources, and the ARHS web page has links to the Australian divisions.


Another interesting railway society is the Light Railway Research Society of Australia Inc. which is a non-profit organisation that was founded in 1961. Its purpose is to encourage interest in specialised railways, both past and present, and the industries they have served. These railways have been associated with a large range of industries, especially sugar production, timber milling, mining, tourism, water supply, and some manufacturing processes. They publish a bi-monthly journal Light Railways, and an expanding range of books. Their web page has links to other sites all over Australia. Meetings and tours are organised by groups in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney.

Website of Peter Marquis-Kyle - conservation architect

Visit architect Peter Marquis-Kyle web page and look for the heading Info click on Registers for annotated links to information about all Australian commonwealth and state heritage registers, plus a few examples from abroad. Also, if you click on Charters you can read about the Burra and other Charters.

University cultural heritage sections

Check with your state/territory universities to see if they have a cultural heritage or applied history section and if they can offer you any advice or assistance. For example the Cultural Heritage Unit in the School of Built Environment at Curtin University can offer suggestions to groups in need and advice on where to look. The contact telephone number is (08) 9266 2282 or write to GPO Box U1987, Perth 6845 Western Australia.

Australian Historical Societies Support Group

Consider joining the online Australian Historical Societies Support Group (AHSSG)


The online Australian Historical Societies Support Group, through an arrangement between the Federation of Australian Historical Societies (FAHS) and the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, is one of the My Connected Community (mc2) groups initiated and funded by the Victorian Government’s Connecting Communities policy. 


The Australian Historical Societies Support Group offers participating historical societies, like-minded bodies and their members a variety of free, easy to use Web-based services which they can use to communicate with each other across the nation and the world on any topic that is of interest or concern to their organisations.  


The mc2 website provides easy access to online technologies now available for communicating between group members. Features of mc2 include a forum, an events list, space for sharing files, space for sharing photos, a links page and a chat room.


Details on how to join the AHSSG

Australian Council of Professional Historians Associations

The Australian Council of Professional Historians Associations (ACPHA) is the national body representing the seven Professional Historians Associations (PHAs) in Australia. Its web site has links to the PHAs in each state and the Northern Territory. Most of them maintain a register or directory of members who offer consultancy services in history. New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia have information about individual professional historians on their web sites while PHA (Vic) and PHA (NSW) operate employment services that circulate information to accredited professional historians on a regular basis.