A New History of the Australian Heritage Movement: In Conversation

Melbourne | August 24th @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

A New History of the Australian Heritage Movement: In Conversation

Wed August 24th @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

$5.00 – $10.00

Chaired by Professor Philip Goad (University of Melbourne), join Sharon Veale (GML Heritage), Maddi Miller (University of Melbourne) and Dr James Lesh (Deakin University) for a discussion panel on urban heritage in twentieth- and twenty-first century Australia.

How might heritage pasts shape heritage futures? Our heritage approaches and protections were developed in the latter decades of the twentieth century. The panel will unpack assumptions embedded within heritage – to chart progressive futures for cities and places.

On the evening, Philip Goad will also launch James Lesh’s new book, Values in Cities: Urban Heritage in Twentieth-Century Australia (Routledge, 2022). The book synthesis the history of the Australian heritage movement. It traces how evolving ideas of value and significance shaped cities and places through key organisations, professions and people.

Figure: Advocacy Flyer for the Collins Street Defence Movement, ca. 1977. Courtesy of the State Library Victoria, Accession no: PA 05/70.

The event is supported by GML Heritage, Deakin University, and the Robin Boyd Foundation.


Professor Philip Goad is Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor and Chair of Architecture at Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne. He is Chair of the Heritage Council of Victoria.

Sharon Veale is an urban planner and historian who has worked in public and private sector heritage planning, management and conservation for over 20 years. She is the CEO of GML Heritage.

Maddi Miller is a Darug woman living and working on unceded Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Wilam Biik. She is a research fellow at The University of Melbourne and was recently appointed as an alternate member of the Heritage Council of Victoria.

Dr James Lesh is an urban historian and Lecturer in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies at Deakin University in Melbourne. He contributes to academic, industry and public discussions about history and conservation.

On the night
– Wine and beer sold by the glass.
– Books for sale, though Values in Cities may be pre-order only
– Credit card sales only.
– Ticket, and bar receipts directly aid the not-for-profit Robin Boyd Foundation