Trust Talk: Brisbane / May 17th


THE TRUST TALKS: The Debate – ‘It’s not a chip on your shoulder if they’re really out to get you’ – Queensland is unfairly underrepresented on Australia’s big heritage lists.

Where and When:
Friday 17 May, 5.00 to 7.30pm at the Commissariat Store, 115 William St, Brisbane City


Queensland is one of the largest states in Australia and undoubtedly rich in environmental, built and cultural heritage – but is this heritage unrecognised? Do Australia’s big heritage lists unfairly forget about Queensland heritage in their focus on the southern states?

In this light hearted debate about a serious topic, we pitch three of Queensland’s leading heritage specialists against a visiting team of outsiders to decide – is QLD truly underrepresented? Or do they just have an inferiority complex?


The Home Team

• Dr Andrew Sneddon, Associate Director Extent Heritage, M.ICOMOS

• Dr Jane Lennon Lennon AM, PhD, M.ICOMOS

• Corinne Unger – MAusIMM CP (Env), Churchill Fellow & Consultant specialising in Mine Rehabilitation and Closure Planning

The Visitors

• Prof Richard Mackay AM, Director Mackay Strategic & Australia ICOMOS Executive Committee representative

• Julian Siu, Associate and Consulting Manager at Context (GML Heritage Victoria) & Australia ICOMOS Executive Committee representative

• Anne McConnell, consultant archaeologist & Australia ICOMOS Executive Committee representative.

The Adjudicator – Stuart Lummis – National Trust of Australia (Queensland) Chair – Advocacy Advisory Committee

Skilled at adjudicating debates regularly as the Chair of the National Trust of Australia (Queensland) Advocacy Advisory Committee, Stuart will bring his wit and wisdom to decide the outcome.

The MC – Jane Alexander – National Trust of Australia (Queensland) Advocacy Manager & Australia ICOMOS Executive Committee representative. 
Associated with both the home team and the visitors – Jane will stay neutral by MC’ing this event. 


Commissariat Store – 115 William St, Brisbane City

The Commissariat Store began its life as a storehouse for the convict settlement of Brisbane and has also been the first immigration depot. Today it is home to the Commissariat Store Museum. Notably not included in the serial listing of Australian Convict Sites on the World Heritage Register, the Commissariat is the perfect location to debate if QLD’s places are underrepresented on our big heritage lists!

Access to the Commissariat has not been affected by the Queens Wharf development. Please access the Commissariat via its front entry on William Street.


• 5pm drinks & canapes
• 6pm start
• 7.30pm finish

Ticket price includes drinks and canapes


The Myer Centre is only a few minutes’ walk from the venue and offers the following deal for entry after 4pm with an exit before 7am the following day:
• $7 when you pre-book online
• $10 standard rate


The Trust Talk: The Debate is generously sponsored by Australia ICOMOS and the Royal Historical Society of Queensland.