Environment

Victoria Unearthed

Victoria Unearthed: updated with more data and better usability. Victoria Unearthed is an easy to use interactive map which brings together environmental and historical information. It has been developed by the Department of Environment, Land Water and Planning (DELWP) and Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) to help users investigate potential and existing contamination of land …

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3 MINUTE TALK: Neglected Landscapes

When you hear the words ‘cultural landscapes’ what comes to mind? This is what comes to my mind most readily Perhaps because this is what I first thought of as a landscape. When you think of landscape artists – John Constable, Fredrick McCubbin, Sidney Nolan, Condrad Martens and of course Fred Williams (landscape with a …

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ASHA EVENT: ASHA-CAS Maritime Rock Art Symposium Report

As an ASHA promotional exercise, both of membership and historical archaeology, it was suggested that your regional representatives might organise a regional event and some measure of financial support might be available for this. As there is no strong Historical Archaeology base in the ACT – there is no tertiary teaching of it here in …

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UPCOMING EVENT: Dry Stone Wall Association Bathurst Weekend Away

The Dry Stone Walls Association of Australia (DSWAA) are holding a weekend away at Bathurst, NSW that ASHA members may be interested in: Weekend away at Bathurst, NSW, May 11-13 2018 Planning is well underway for a fabulous weekend of heritage and discovery in and around Bathurst. We start with drinks at the magnificent Abercrombie …

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HERITAGE NEWS: Photographer aims to shoot SA heritage

Members may be interested to hear that a young man from South Australia, Josh Corke, has challenged himself to photograph every heritage-listed place in the state. So far has taken photos in and around Adelaide, the Murrarylands and the Fleurieu. As yet Mr Corke is unsure what he will do with the compilation of images …

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RESEARCH NEWS: A map of the Land Divisions of New South Wales

In 1884 the Crown Lands Act divided New South Wales into three divisions; Eastern, Central and Western. This was not some whimsical classical elusion to the Gallic Wars but the outcome of deliberation on the results of Free Selection since its introduction in 1861. Free selection was established in the various states throughout Australia as …

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HERITAGE NEWS: New Commonwealth Heritage Listings

Googong Foreshores Cultural and Geodiversity Heritage Areas, Burra (NSW) were added to the Commonwealth Heritage List (CHL) in November 2017. Quoting from the summary statement of significance: ‘The Googong Foreshores Cultural and Geodiversity Heritage Area has been listed as an important heritage place because of its ability to demonstrate the region’s pastoral, Aboriginal, geological and …

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RESEARCH NEWS: New Norica Wells Confirmed, WA

We received a question from the daughter of a local farmer in the Calingiri area of Western Australia confirmed the continuing presence of two wells constructed for the Benedictine monks of New Norcia in the 19th Century. The original enquiry provided some photos and asked if they could be Benedictine wells. The pictures and their …

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RESEARCH NEWS: NSW Premier’s History Awards

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 …

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State of the Environment Report Tabled

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 …

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