RHSQ Annual Seminar: 2 September 2017

RHSQ Annual Seminar: 2 September 2017

Building Brisbane: Preserving heritage values in changing landscapes

at the Commissariat Store Museum, 115 William Street, Brisbane

TICKET PRICES: $25 members / $30 guests

Coffee on arrival, morning tea provided

9:00 am Registrations & coffee on arrival

9:30 am Welcome & introductory remarks by Councillor Julian Simmonds, Chairman for City, Planning and Councillor for Walter Taylor Ward

9:45-10:15 am I. Panel : Lost Brisbane / Moderator: Michael Halliday
This panel will explore aspects of Brisbane’s early cultural heritage.

Dr Margaret Kowald is the Hon. Editor of the Queensland History Journal, co-author of two Lost Brisbane books and a professional historian who has published on Queensland History. Her address will be : “Lost Brisbane through the RHSQ’s Lost Brisbane publications”.

Prof John Pearn is a senior clinician at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane, a Fellow of the Federation of Australian Historical Societies and a long standing Councillor of the RHSQ. His address will be: “Medical Metaphors in the buildings of early Brisbane”.

Dr Michael O’Shea is a senior member of the Tattersall’s Club and a Member of Tattersall’s Heritage Committee. His address will be: Tattersall’s Club: “Part of the evolution of Brisbane City. 1865 to 2017”.

10:15-11:00 am II. Panel: Protecting heritage buildings in urban planning and renewal / Moderator: Mr Rod Litster QC
This panel will outline planning laws, roles and responsibilities – including the role of the Queensland Heritage Council – and aspects of Brisbane’s City Plan and the State’ new Planning Act.

Fiona Gardner is the Director of Heritage in the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection and an adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Queensland. Fiona is responsible for the administration of the Queensland Heritage Act, supporting the operations of the Queensland Heritage Council and undertaking strategic heritage projects which advance the conservation of Queensland heritage places. Her address will be: “Developing Heritage Places: Technical advice and guidelines”.

Representative Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning

Marcus Mulholland, A/Manager, City Planning and Economic Development, Brisbane City Council

Intermission / Morning tea

11:30-12:15 pm III. Panel: Preserving Heritage in Precincts
This panel will focus on two high profile heritage precincts currently under development: the Queen’s Wharf development and the Howard Smith Wharves.

Simon Crooks will provide an overview of the Queen’s Wharf development as the Project Director for the Destination Brisbane Consortium.

Luke Fraser will provide an update as the Development Director with the Howard Smith Wharves.

12:15-1:00 pm IV. Panel: The adaptive re-use of heritage buildings / Moderator: Dean Prangley
This panel will highlight the issues and challenges in the adaptive re-use of heritage buildings; including the policies and practices of architects.

Don Watson began his career as an architectural historian with the National Trust of Queensland in the late 1970s. He has lectured at the Department of Architecture at the University of Queensland and worked with the Fryer Memorial Library to establish the Queensland Architectural Archive.

Malcolm Elliott has eighteen years architectural experience in both public and private sector roles, with specialised expertise in architectural assessment of development applications and related heritage or urban design issues. Formerly Malcom was a Senior Heritage Consultant at Conrad Gargett, but in  April 2017 he started his own consultancy, Vault Heritage Consulting Pty Ltd.

Jacqui Pearce : has been the director of J M Pearce Architects since 2003, a practice specialising in heritage architecture, planning and conservation of projects including community buildings, local government places, corporate and commercial development as well as private residences. Jacqui has in depth experience providing Heritage Act compliance, Conservation Management Plans, Heritage Impact Reports, heritage assessment and reviews, design services and advice for adapting heritage buildings and detailed building fabric protection and conservation. Currently she is also providing Heritage Advisor Services to Tweed Shire Council (NSW). She is the past QLD representative on the Australia ICOMOS Executive Committee.

Closure of Seminar

If you would like to book a ticket to this seminar, you are able to pay by the following options:

  • by cheque
  • clicking on the buttons at the bottom of the page – Annual Seminar Member / Annual Seminar Guest
  • by Direct Debit to the Society’s bank account, with your name and “seminar” in the description

Commonwealth Bank

Account name: Royal Historical Society of Queensland

BSB: 064 001

Account No:0091 1840

Congratulations to Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Blainey AC – 2017 John Douglas Kerr Medal of Distinction for Historical Research and Writing Recipient

Congratulations to Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Blainey AC – 2017 John Douglas Kerr Medal of Distinction for Historical Research and Writing Recipient

Citation at the Queensland Day Dinner 2017, read by Timothy Roberts, Vice President, PHA (Qld)

Emeritus Professor Blainey has, through his research, publications and involvement with the historical community, provided new insights into Australian history. Emeritus Professor Blainey has researched and written on a large range of topics, including mining history, economic history, race relations, religious history, and Australian society. His first book, The Peaks of Lyell, published in 1954, began his long interrogation of Australian social progress, which became further apparent through his 1958 text Gold and Paper: a history of the National Bank of Australasia, The Rush that Never Ended: a history of Australian mining (2003), Black Kettle and Full Moon: daily life in vanished Australia (2004) and his recently published work, The Story of Australia’s People. Blainey’s curiosity in Australia’s unique relationship with the world precipitated his most renowned volume Tyranny of Distance, released in 1966 and re-published to this date. This seminal Australian history text examines how geography has historically affected the lives of Australians and tempered Australia’s relationships with the wider world.

Blainey’s academic appointments at the University of Melbourne, his advice to the Federal Government towards the establishment of the National Museum of Australia, and his positions on the Australian Council and Australian War Memorial Council have further strengthened the role historians play in Australian culture. Blainey has been the patron of the Australasian Mining History Association since its formation in 1994. Aside from these formal positions, Professor Blainey’s extensive publication record totaling over thirty volumes has allowed a wide audience of Australians to access history.

Professor Blainey has been recognized for his contribution to historical scholarship, public debate and public service by his recognition as a ‘Living Treasure’ by the National Trust in 1997. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1975 as an initial recipient of the new Australian Honours system, and became a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2000. He became a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 1969 followed by his election to the Australian Academy of the Social Sciences the following year. Internationally he was awarded the Britannica Award for Disseminating Knowledge in 1988. His acclaimed study, Causes of War was one of the reasons he was recognized by the United Nations in 1988 as a global intellectual along with Kenneth Galbraith and Octavio Paz.

Blainey has an extraordinary command of various forms of historical data. His knowledge of economic history, using statistics and other hard data is visible throughout his histories of mining regions such as Peaks of Lyell (1954) and his history of MIM, as well as in banking history and in mega-forces of development discussed in Tyranny of Distance. His pioneering study Triumph of the Nomads (1966) skillfully employs the use of paleontology, climate change, geography, anthropology, geology and archeology to produce an innovative study of deep time. Very few historians have the capability to traverse so many disciplines with proficiency and determination.

Professor Blainey is a persuasive and accomplished presenter of his arguments. Blainey has the rare ability to go from minutia of regional development and mining history to deep time and sweeping millennia. He marshals his evidence with care and precision, his arguments never tedious or obscure.

In conclusion, Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Blainey is a deserving recipient of the 2017 John Douglas Kerr Medal of Distinction.


Photos taken at the Queensland Day Dinner by Lee Beanland.