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Each year, the National Trust of Australia (Queensland) awards outstanding projects and people that demonstrate excellence in the protection, conservation and celebration of Queensland’s environmental, built and cultural heritage.

Heritage awards

The National Trust annual Queensland Heritage Awards are a prestigious acknowledgment of the quality of heritage work that is carried out across the State. The Awards seek to showcase the entrants and promote best practice, encourage innovation and collaboration, and celebrate the diversity of heritage places in Queensland.

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Bronwyn Woff

The ASHA Committee would like to thank everyone that attended the 2017 Travelling Stories conference! We hope that you had a fantastic time travelling through Tassie and experiencing all sorts of stories, and learning new ways of interpreting them.

A HUGE thank you goes out to the conference committee, from both ASHA and Interpretation Australia, who have put in an emmense amount of effort into this conference, to such great success!!

We would also like to congratulate Ian Smith on his Best Paper award for: Hikoi to hohi: archaeology, biculturalism and interpretation at Rangihoua Heritage Park, New Zealand

We look forward to our next conference in 2018 which will be in partnership with the Australian Institute for Maritime Archaeology!

State Library of New South Wales

The winners of The 2017 NSW Premier’s History Awards, were recently announced at the State Library of NSW, as part of the official launch of NSW History Week. Archaeologists Anne Clarke, Ursula Frederick and historian Peter Hobbins were awarded the NSW Community and Regional History Prize for their publication "Stories from the Sandstone: Quarantine Inscriptions from Australia’s Immigrant Past".

Anne Clarke, Ursula Frederick and Peter Hobbins

Judges of the award stated:
"The North Head Quarantine Station operated from the 1830s until it closed in 1984; it served as a holding station for passengers on inbound ships to New South Wales arriving from well known hotspots for contagious diseases. Stories from the Sandstone examines around 1600 engravings in many different languages that were carved into the rocks and walls around the Quarantine Station during its 150 year history.

The book is beautifully illustrated with photographs of the engravings and paintings of the area. In addition to the inscriptions and graffiti, sources include official records, personal recollections, unpublished diaries, private correspondence, family trees and various archives. The authors draw from this rich body of sources to spotlight individuals who passed through the station and left their signatures in stone.

This fascinating and accomplished history of the Quarantine Station firmly locates the experiences of the local within the broader context of the global. It covers the history of immigration to Australia, the conditions of ship travel for men, women and children,the start of government public health measures and the establishment of official quarantine policies to manage arrivals and the spread of disease. It is a history contoured by how the governments of the day applied ideas of gender, race and culture to the treatment of diverse individuals. Such local experiences are set within the broader transnational framework of the history of trade, trade routes, theories of disease and pandemics"

Other prizes awarded include:
Australian History Prize ($15,000)From the Edge: Australia’s Lost Histories, Mark McKenna (Melbourne University Publishing)
General History Prize ($15,000)Japanese War Criminals: The Politics of Justice After the Second World War, Sandra Wilson, Robert Cribb, Beatrice Trefalt and Dean Aszkielowicz (Columbia University Press)
Young People’s History Prize ($15,000)Maralinga’s Long Shadow: Yvonne’s Story, Christobel Mattingley (Allen and Unwin)
Multimedia History Prize ($15,000)The Amboyna Conspiracy Trial, Adam Clulow (Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media)

Historical Archaeology at the crossroads..., L-R:Andrew Wilson, Stephen Baty and Judy Birmingham, photo taken July 1994
Historical Archaeology at the crossroads..., L-R:Andrew Wilson, Stephen Baty and Judy Birmingham, photo taken July 1994
Mary Casey

Associate Professor Judy Birmingham (retired) has been awarded an AM, a member in the General Division, for 'significant service to higher education, particularly to historical archaeology, as an academic, and to professional associations.'

Judy Birmingham was a major contributor to the inception, development, and teaching of Historical Archaeology in Australia. She was the major instigator of the first teaching course for Historical Archaeology in Australia at the University of Sydney in 1973/74. From these beginnings, Historical Archaeology (incl. Industrial Archaeology) is now taught at a number of universities in Australia:

  • University of Sydney
  • La Trobe University
  • University of New England
  • University of Western Australia
  • Australian National University
  • University of Canberra
  • Flinders University
  • University of Queensland
  • James Cook University

Historical and Industrial Archaeology are also aspects of the practice of heritage in all states of Australia with many consultants working within these disciplinary areas. Historical Archaeology is the study of the physical remains, both above and below ground, including archaeological remains and history of Australia’s colonial and contemporary past.

Judy was also involved in the development of Australia ICOMOS and in drafting the ICOMOS Burra Charter, which continues to provide the key guiding principles for heritage in Australia. She was active in the development of the conservation and study of Industrial Archaeology as part of the Industrial Archaeology Committee, National Trust (NSW). Through these avenues she was also involved in the development of national heritage legislation leading to the establishment of the former Australian Heritage Commission, now the Australian Heritage Council. In addition, as much of Judy’s activities and those of her students were in NSW, she played an important role in gaining protection for archaeological and industrial sites under the NSW Heritage Act, 1977. These contributions were frequently made during her decades of association with the National Trust of Australia (NSW), 1969-1989.

Following her arrival from the United Kingdom in 1961, Judy was employed as a lecturer, senior lecturer and finally as associate professor at the University of Sydney until her retirement in 1996, a period of 35 years. Aside from being a key figure in establishing the discipline of Historical Archaeology in Australia and its role within Australian modern heritage practice, Judy was a central figure in establishing the Australasian (formerly Australian) Society for Historical Archaeology (ASHA) in 1970. This is the key society for historical archaeologists and represents and supports the research interests of members and dissemination of archaeological projects to the public.

In 2006, ‘Papers in Honour of Judy Birmingham’ was published by ASHA, as part of the regular journal publication series. Some of the articles specifically set out Judy’s background and involvement in the development of historical archaeology while others were written by her students and peers in her honour. Of particular note are:

Also, a number of the authors in the 2006 volume made separate acknowledgements about Judy’s contributions to their research and the discipline generally:

The 2006 volume of Australasian Historian Archaeology includes a bibliography of Judy’s publications and list of positions held at the university and on various heritage bodies. Some of these publications are still in use today, while others were highly influential when published. In her retirement, Judy is still working on research and publication of Historical Archaeology and continues as a member of ASHA, of which she is an Honorary Life Member.

Image Credit: 'Historical Archaeology at the crossroads...', Left to Right:Andrew Wilson, Stephen Baty and Judy Birmingham, photo taken July 1994.

Fenella Atkinson

AACAI is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Student Support Fund:

  • Lauren Churchill (University of Sydney) Foodways in regional New South Wales in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries: A study of butchery patterns
  • Rodina Goranitis (University of Queensland) Doing it right: Best practice standards in cultural heritage management
  • Rebekah Hawkins (University of Sydney) Exploring the relationship between raw material and morphology in a lithic assemblage from Lake George NSW: A close look at backed artefacts and core production and their connection to raw material
  • Jacinta Koolmatrie (Flinders University) Adnyamathanha Yura Malka
  • Liam Norris (Australian National University) The Aboriginal history of Ulladulla

On completion, summaries of the projects will be published in the AACAI E-News, and papers in the AACAI Journal.

We would like to acknowledge the generous support of the sponsors of the 2017 Fund:

  • Archae-aus
  • Comber Consultants
  • Everick Heritage Consultants
  • Extent Heritage
  • North Qld Cultural Heritage
  • Ochre Imprints
  • Wallis Heritage Consulting

Thank you very much to all the applicants, and best wishes with your studies.

Compiled by Bronwyn Woff

Judy Birmingham, prominent archaeologist, has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Heritage Award from the NSW National Trust for her various contributions to the discipline, including her teaching role at University of Sydney and co-writing the conservation guidelines for the NSW Department of Planning.

For more about Judy Birmingham, her various acheivments, and other Heritage Awardees see the following links: