Posted on behalf of the Royal Historical Society of Queensland
The introduction of the Queensland Heritage Act 1992 was heralded by many as a major step forward in the Queensland state government’s attempt to protect Queensland’s built heritage after the ‘nocturnal demolitions’ of the Bjelke-Peterson government. To commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the introduction of the Act, a seminar titled ‘Celebrating our heritage’ will be held in the Commissariat Store, Brisbane’s only convict-built structure still in use, on Saturday 25 August 2012.
In 1989, newly-elected Premier Wayne Goss ordered that a Consultative Committee be created, to be chaired by conservation architect Richard Allom. This committee was given the responsibility of drafting a Green Paper for the future Act and creating a Heritage Committee to handle specific heritage cases . Despite the creation of this body, there were still no active government policies protecting heritage buildings. In response Pat Comben, Minister for Environment and Heritage, announced that from 11 March 1990 no properties listed on the National Trust of Queensland (NTQ) or Australian Heritage Council (AHC) registers could be developed, and in May 1990 the Heritage Buildings Protection Bill was introduced .
The Green Paper for the Heritage Act was also completed in May 1990, and the Act passed through parliament in August 1992.
According to the State government, over 1600 private and public places are now protected under the Queensland Heritage Act 1992 and have subsequently been placed on the Queensland Heritage Register. In order to be added to the register, a building must satisfy a number of criteria which can relate not only to its significance for present and future generations, but to the aesthetic, architectural, historical, scientific, social, or other significance of the place. Buildings currently under protection include:
- Commissariat Stores
- Cleveland Lighthouse
- Great Northern Tin Mine, Herberton
- Ipswich Baptist Church
Presented by the Queensland Heritage Council (QHC) and the Royal Historical Society of Queensland (RHSQ), the seminar will trace the beginnings of the state’s heritage protection as well as highlight different heritage aspects including shipwrecks, lighthouses, national parks, religious, mining and workers’ heritage. Examples of successful adaptive re-use of heritage buildings will also be discussed and presenters include historians, heritage professionals and owners/custodians of heritage buildings and places.
The seminar is part of the RHSQ’s popular ‘At-Home’ series which opens the 1829 building and its associated displays to the public several times per year. Guided tours will be available on the day.
Date: Saturday 25 August 2012
Time: 10 am–3.30 pm, with registration available from 9.30 am
Venue: Commissariat Store, 115 William Street, Brisbane
Entry fee: $10.