Australia's National Heritage magazine
Vol. 1 No. 2 Winter 2008
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, 2008
About this publication
Message from the Minister
Our national identity is shaped by our heritage - our history, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous; our culture; and our beautiful natural landscapes. We are blessed to have so many places and stories that help tell the world who we are and what makes Australia unique.
This is a special inheritance we need to nurture and one that we must pass on to future generations. As Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, I'm looking forward to working with the community to help everyone to learn more about, appreciate and protect our unique national heritage.
This second edition of Living Heritage is a snapshot of some of the heritage events and activities that have taken place over the past few months. It showcases the new sites added to Australia's National Heritage List, the recent return of movable and cultural heritage illegally imported from other countries, and details some of the practical, on-ground work happening around Australia.
On 25 January this year, the day before Australia's national day, I was delighted to announce the addition of Bondi Beach to the National Heritage List. What could be more Aussie than Bondi? The sand, the sun, the sea - Bondi is central to our beach culture as well the home of a world-famous surf lifesaving movement. Together with the recent inclusion of Victoria's Mount William Stone Hatchet Quarry, the Cyprus Hellene Club - Australian Hall in Sydney and the Myall Creek Massacre and Memorial Site, Bondi brings total sites on the National Heritage List to 79.
There are so many ways we can make our heritage accessible to everyone. Managers of our national heritage places are taking the lead, with projects like the Australian War Memorial's $34 million new galleries construction - Conflicts 1945 to today - and the Gallery of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Both are featured in this issue.
The new National Sports Museum at the Melbourne Cricket Ground is also a really special visitor experience. With more than 2500 objects on display, it is the first representative multi-sports museum in Australia and one of the few in the world. We know from the response to our first edition of Living Heritage there is a real thirst for information about heritage places. I hope you enjoy the stories in this magazine and I encourage you to help us share some of your heritage stories with the rest of Australia.
The Hon. Peter Garrett AM MP
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts