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2010 Outback and Beyond

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Broken Hill is an exotic part of our country and invokes all sorts of images of Australia. Why would such a significant city find itself on the edge of the desert? How does it sustain itself? Why is it so special? This conference is the opportunity for you to find your own answers to these questions.

To help you with that we have put together a program embracing three big themes related to the nineteenth and twentieth century occupation of Broken Hill.

Historic towns – establishing, maintaining and sustaining an urban centre despite the environment and prevailing economic circumstances.

Industrial heritage – extracting vast wealth from the land and associated environmental consequences

Remote pastoralism – the struggle to tame a difficult environment for economic gain

This is not only your chance to participate in answering these questions, but an opportunity to experience this striking and powerful environment first hand.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Ray Tonkin
2010 ICOMOS Conference Committee

Event Description and Location

Australia ICOMOS, TICCIH (The International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage) and the City of Broken Hill will convene the annual Australia ICOMOS conference in Broken Hill from 22-25 April 2010. The conference will be held at the Broken Hill Entertainment Centre.

Conference Themes

Theme 1 Management of Historic Towns
General management issues in addition to local, national and world heritage listing of historic towns and associated protective mechanisms
Theme 2 Industrial Heritage
The management challenges of industrial infrastructure
Theme 3 – Remote Pastoralism
The changing cultural landscapes and the technology of pastoralism

Format of conference

The event will consist of three days of presentations and specially designed Conference Excursions to cover each of the themes. The registration cost includes participation in the conference excursions. There will also be pre- and post- conference tours, which delegates can choose to attend for an extra cost. Information about these tours will be outlined on the Pre & Post Tours page when available.

In addition, a special welcome event will be held in the recently restored Sullys Emporium, now the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery.

The conference will provide participants with a unique Australia outback experience, rare access to special heritage places and true country hospitality. The conference will also showcase Broken Hill’s success in inventing a new future.

Draft Program

Day 1 – Thursday 22 April
Registration opens. Early evening welcome drinks at 6pm at the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery (formerly Sullys Emporium), an adapted heritage building, and winner of many heritage awards, in the main street of Broken Hill, Argent St.
Day 2 – Friday 23 April – Theme 1 – Management of Historic Towns
Morning papers, lunch, guided afternoon bus excursion around Broken Hill focusing on Theme 1. Conference dinner in the evening.
Day 3 – Saturday 24 April – Theme 2 – Industrial Heritage
Morning papers, lunch, guided afternoon bus excursion to Daydream mine and Silverton focusing on Theme 2. Evening meal at the Silverton Hotel.
Day 4 – Sunday 25 April – Theme 3 – Remote Pastoralism
Opportunity to attend the Anzac Day dawn service in Broken Hill. Morning guided bus excursion around Broken Hill, lunch, and afternoon papers focusing on Theme 3. Final sunset drinks at the Sculptures in the Living Desert.

Who should attend?

The conference will appeal to local government planners and councillors, architects, historians, landscape architects, archaeologists and others with a general interest in managing Australia’s unique heritage.

Call for contributions

The Call for Papers is now complete, but posters are still being accepted.

Information on Speakers is now available.

A Photography Competition will be held in conjunction with the Conference. Competition entries must be submitted by Monday 22 March 2010.

Registration and Accommodation

Proposed conference fees are available on the Registration page. Registration will include three bus conference excursions, morning and afternoon teas and lunches, and an evening meal at the Silverton pub. Sunset farewell drinks on the final day at the sculptures in the living desert are also included. Tickets for the conference dinner, to be held at the historic Trades Hall, will be available for separate purchase.

A variety of accommodation is readily available in Broken Hill within walking distance. For accommodation options, or to make a booking, visit The Broken Hill website.

Travelling to Broken Hill

For further information about travelling to Broken Hill, refer to the Travel/Accommodation page

Post Conference Tour

Information available at the Post Conference Tour page.

Organising Committee

Ray Tonkin – Conference Convenor, Budget, Media
Timothy Hubbard – Program, Papers, EC liaison
Sue Jackson-Stepowski – Tours, Papers, ISCs
Helen Lardner – Industrial Heritage/Speakers, TICCIH liaison
Elizabeth Vines – Sponsorship, Broken Hill liaison
Helen Wilson – Website, Minutes, EC liaison


Broken Hill City Council
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts
NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change – National Parks