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Sarah Hayes

ASHA’s Twitter account needs you! We are looking for a small group of committed Twitter users to run the ASHA Twitter account. Ideally we would like to have people from different cities and regions to promote local events and ASHA happenings to the ASHA community. Plus of course find and share interesting news stories!

If you are a regular Twitter user and would like to help out please find me on Twitter @SarahHResearch or send me an email at s.hayes@latrobe.edu.au  And if you aren’t following already, find us on Twitter @ASHA_inc



Caiti D'Gluyas

One of the most significant finds from the 2002 Casselden Place, Melbourne, archaeological investigations (50 Lonsdale Street) was a medal struck to commemorate the Cessation of Convict Transportation (see images below, source: GML Heritage). The medal commemorates not only the victory of the anti-transportation movement but also the 50th anniversary of the founding of Tasmania on 10th August 1853.

The medal's design was approved by the Anti-Transportation League committee in 1853 before being fabricated in England. The medals finally arrived in Australia for distribution in 1855. The medal features James Wyon's portrait of Queen Victoria on one side, with the reverse showing the armorial bearings for Tasmania in a shield. James Wyon was a resident engraver at the Royal Mint and is best known for engraving the dies for sovereigns and half-sovereigns at the new Sydney branch of the Royal Mint. The shield is quartered by the Southern Cross and bears pastoral, commercial and agricultural emblems supported by the emu and kangaroo, surmounted by a rising sun motif.

The medal was cast in three different metals. One single medal was struck in gold for presentation to Queen Victoria, 100 were struck in bronze for committee members and 9000 were struck in white metal for general distribution. The medal recovered from Casselden Place appears to be a bronze issue. Many of the white metal medals went to Tasmanian school children. At the cessation celebrations, each child was given a piece of cake and a ticket enabling them to receive a medal, once they had arrived in the colony. On 3 August 1855, 9000 medals arrived in Launceston and 4000 were immediately dispatched to Hobart. Another 3000 were held in Launceston and 2000 were distributed to Green Ponds, Norfolk Plains, Ross, Evandale, Longford and other country districts.

The medal is now in the collection of Museum Victoria as part of a set of archaeological assemblages from the ‘Little Lon’ precinct. The most recent and concluding historical archaeological excavation at ‘Little Lon’ was undertaken between April and July 2017 for the 271 Spring Street development. An interpretation scheme for this excavation is currently being prepared by GML Heritage and will draw together the multiple phases of archaeological investigation that has occurred within the precinct. The medal provides an opportunity to interpret a fascinating story about ‘the hated stain’ of transportation.

References:
McNeice, R 1990, Tasmanian commemorative medals and medallions 1853–1900: A collector's handbook, Taroona.
Mint Issue September 2003, Royal Australia Mint.



Compiled by Bronwyn Woff

The Heritage Listed QANTAS hangar at Longreach has turned 95. The hangar was where QANTAS first began it's operations, and is now the location of the QANTAS Founders Museum. The Museum hosted a morning tea to celebrate the hangars birthday, which was added to the Register in 2009. For more information, please see:

https://qfom.com.au/2017/08/07/media-release-national-heritage-listed-qantas-hangar-turns-95/

Image: Photo take on 2 November 1922 on the arrival of the first scheduled Qantas flight from Charleville to Longreach, sourced from above article



ASHA/IA Conference Committee

The "Travelling Stories" joint ASHA and Interpretation Australia conference is just around the corner. Is there a seat with your name on it on the bus and you just haven't gotten around to registering yet? Don't forget that registrations close 5pm on the 20th September and seats are filling up fast.

For more information and to register follow this link: http://portarthur.org.au/activities/travelling-stories-registration/



Compiled by Richard Morrison

The 2016 Australia State of the Environment (SOE) Report (Overview) was tabled in Parliament in March 2017 to provide a basis for government policy makers to undertake more informed decisions about the environment. The SOE is a five-yearly series of authoritative, national environmental overviews (begun in 1996) and continues the ‘report card’ approach of assessments of pressures, condition and trends; discussions of risk and resilience; and future projections or ‘outlooks’ that were first implemented in SOE 2011.

The Meeting of Environment Ministers (Commonwealth, State and Territory) agreed in Melbourne on the 28 July 2017 to ‘work together to identify opportunities for cross-government collaboration to address concerns raised in the report’. It is hoped that this agreement, where the relevant minister does not have heritage responsibilities, will also bind the respective jurisdictional heritage minister.

The author of the substantial heritage theme contribution to the 2016 SOE was Professor Richard Mackay AM.

The link to this SOE theme can be found at: https://soe.environment.gov.au/theme/heritage and the entire report can be found at http://www.environment.gov.au/science/soe. Links to the various SOE reports, compiled in their own independent processes, by individual state and territories, can also be found here.



Travelling Stories Conference Committee

The ASHA and IA Travelling Stories Conference Committee have released an update on the conference locations. The pre-conference evening reception will be held at The Queen Victoria Museum, Launceston. 
The first day of conference papers will be held at The Tramsheds, Launceston 

The second day of conference papers will be held in Hobart after a day of site visits, and will be split over two locations. The plenary session will be held at The Baha’i Centre, Hobart. The paper session will be held at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery , Hobart. The conference dinner will then be held at Brook Street Larder

We are looking forward to seeing attendees at the conference!



ASHA/IA Conference Committee

Early bird registration for the joint ASHA/IA Conference have been extended! The new early bird deadline is 5pm on September 4, so get in quick to take advantage before conference fees rise by $50! Follow this link to register.



The Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia

The Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) is currently undertaking a review of the IS rating scheme and as part of that review, ISCA is updating the Heritage Category. By aspiring to go beyond ‘business as usual’ in how we manage and advocate Heritage within infrastructure, great outcomes can be achieved for industry, government and community. We would like to invite you to have your say on the draft criteria that will inform how Heritage is assessed against national best practice. A survey has been prepared to gain your understanding and experience with heritage and infrastructure, as well as providing feedback of how we can improve our proposed criteria.

You will also have the opportunity to sign up to be a part of our Australian and New Zealand stakeholder interviews to further explore how heritage and sustainability principles can be incorporated into the rating system. Please click the link to go to the survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ISCAHeritage , otherwise if you would like further information on this project please contact Flavia Kiperman via email at Flavia.Kiperman@tpgwa.com.au.

Please note that the survey closes on 18 August.



Conference Committee

ASHA and IA are pleased to announce the sessions for the 2017 joint conference entitled 'Travelling Stories' which will take place in October in Tasmania. We welcome all proposals for papers or presentations but especially those that fit in one of the sessions or with the general theme of the conference. There is currently room in the draft programme for both ASHA and IA to have a ‘general’ session where papers or presentations on any topic might be scheduled. However, please be aware that if new sessions are developed or existing sessions attract large numbers of proposals, these general sessions may be curtailed or dropped.

The list of sessions (which can be found here) is divided into:

  • ‘Joint Sessions’ which will be scheduled as plenaries; there will be no other concurrent sessions
  • ‘ASHA Sessions’ which will have a focus on historical archaeology but which are open to all to present in and attend. These will be concurrent with IA sessions and possibly other ASHA sessions
  • ‘IA Sessions’ which will have a focus on interpretation but which are open to all to present in and attend. These will be concurrent with ASHA sessions and possibly other IA sessions.

For more details about the call for papers/presentations, the sessions, how to submit or other general conference information, please see the following link:

http://portarthur.org.au/activities/travelling-stories/

And remember: early-bird registrations are now open!

To register please click the link below:

http://portarthur.org.au/activities/travelling-stories-registration/

NASC Australia Committee

This year at NASC 2017 we are taking abstract submissions of 250 words for three categories, they are as follows:

Research Presentations:
  • A presentation of any original archaeological research conducted by or partly by the speaker. This could be research at any level of study (Honours, Masters, PhD etc). All types of research will be considered. Time limits will be announced closer to the date of the conference.
Excavation presentations:
  • A presentation of 5 minutes with 2 minutes of question time. The presentation is to cover details of an excavation which the speaker took part in. All types of excavation will be considered with the aim to give students the opportunity to hear about excavations happening globally. Speakers are advised to discuss their experiences, how they became involved in the excavation and any tips they have for people participating in an excavation.
Poster submissions:
  • A poster discussing any original work undertaken by or partly by the person submitting the poster. There is a size limit of 841 x 1189 mm (A0 size).
  • Poster submissions may be by individuals or as a group.

If you would like to present in one or more categories please fill out the form at: https://www.nascaustralia.com/abstracts/

Submissions for abstracts close on 1st August 2017