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Media Release
Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment

Heritage Listing for Some Favourite Places


19 June 1997
(68/97)

Young and Jackson's Hotel in Melbourne, Slade Point Dune and Wetland Complex in Queensland, Cygnet Cinema in Perth and Henderson Lagoon Coastal Area in Tasmania are four new additions to Australia's Interim List of the Register of the National Estate.

Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill says the new places, decided by the Australian Heritage Commission, will be formally interim-listed next Tuesday.

"It is places like these which have meaning to people and feature strongly in our lives, that make up Australia's collective culture.

"These places may be part of our natural, historic or indigenous heritage. They include places which are part of people's daily lives or where they have spent family holidays; places where people go to enjoy the natural environment or to take part in community celebrations.

"The Commission is running a competition called Places in the Heart to encourage Australians to appreciate and care for our heritage places. As part of this, they will be asking Australians to write about 100 words on their favourite heritage place.

"We expect people will write not just about Australia's icons, but about a wide range of often unexpected places which may have special meaning for them.

"They will probably also include places like the ones we are about to enter in the Interim List of the Register of the National Estate; such as Young and Jackson's Hotel.

"Established in 1860, this hotel is a prime example of an important Australian heritage place which is valued because of the events which took place there.

"The hotel proprietors' daring in hanging the controversial painting of the nude 'Chloe' came to symbolise popular resistance to Victorian era conservatism.

"The painting, now a permanent fixture in the hotel, first caused outrage in 1882 when it was hung, on loan, in the National Gallery in Melbourne. Some locals objected to its public display, particularly on Sundays.

"Young and Jackson's was also one of the first pubs chosen by the Foster brothers to sell what was then revolutionary new lager beer."

Contact: Julie Marks (Senator Hill's office) 06 277 7640
Noel Pratt (Australian Heritage Commission) 06 217 2117

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