Mary Knaggs recently completed a report with Anne McConnell, Archaeologist and Heritage Consultant. The Significance of Tasmanian Early Colonial Buildings Project, commissioned by Heritage Tasmania on behalf of the Tasmanian Heritage Council, explores what are important elements in the assessment of the cultural significance of Tasmania‟s early colonial buildings and how the state level significance of such buildings is best assessed. The project focuses on the most abundant, but least well understood, early colonial buildings – Tasmania‟s modest dwellings. The overarching aim of the project is to improve the assessment process for listing these types of dwelling on the Tasmanian Heritage Register these types of dwelling often fail to have immediately obvious significance.
As members of AusHeritage, Mary Knaggs and Peter Romey have made four trips to work with our heritage colleagues in Taiwan and there have been several Taiwanese visits to Australia.
A focus of many of our visits is the significance assessment and conservation of the wonderful island of Kinmen located just off the southeastern coast of mainland China. The former cold war between Taiwan and China has meant that much of the tangible and intangible cultural heritage has been retained. In addition there is a fascinating layer of military heritage and a rich biodiversity.
Peter Romey and Mary Knaggs have been involved in several workshops sharing best heritage conservation practice with our colleagues in George Town Malaysia. With thanks to the George Town World Heritage Incorporated, Think City and AusHeritage.