In any settler and/or postcolonial society, heritage is a complex and contested topic that involves indigenous, imperial and other migrant components. In Australia, this situation is compounded by the unique characteristics of the country's natural environment, the considerable diversity of its migrant intake and the demographic and technological imbalances between its indigenous and settler populations. This volume brings together internationally recognized academics and emerging scholars, whose expertise extends through the areas of tourism, planning, heritage management, environmental studies and state and local government. Through a representative set of case studies from across the country's states and capital cities, the contributors demonstrate the range and diversity of heritage issues currently confronting Australia, and consider possible ways of resolving these.
Contents: Introduction: geographies of Australian heritages, Roy Jones and Brian J. Shaw; Heritage protection in Australia: the legislative and bureaucratic framework, Graeme Aplin; Australia and world heritage, Graeme Aplin; The changing geographies of Australia's wilderness heritage, C. Michael Hall; Aborigines, bureaucrats and cyclones: the ABC of running an innovative heritage tourism operation, Marion Hercock; Waltzing the heritage icons: 'swagmen', 'squatters' and 'troopers' at North West Cape, Roy Jones, Colin Ingram and Andrew Kingham; Fixed traditions and locked-up heritages: misrepresenting indigeneity, Wendy Shaw; A work in progress: aboriginal people and pastoral cultural heritage in Australia, Nicholas Gill and Alistair Paterson; Lobethal the Valley of Praise: inventing tradition for the purposes of place making in rural South Australia, Matthew W. Rofe and Hilary P.M. Winchester; Perth's Commonwealth Games heritage, whose value at what price?, Catherine Kennewell and Brian J. Shaw; Port, sport and heritage: Fremantle's unholy trinity?, Roy Jones; Places worth keeping, Rosemary Rosario; Reshaping the 'sunburnt country': heritage and cultural politics in contemporary Australia, William S. Logan; Index.