Australia ICOMOS National Conference – Nov 2015

Friends committee member Melinda Mockridge presented a paper at the 2015 Australia ICOMOS  Conference about the future of the McKay Gardens.

Melinda has qualifications in Art History, History and English from the University of Melbourne and in Cultural Heritage from Deakin University.  She is an associate member of ICOMOS Australia – International Council on Monuments and Sites and a member of the Professional Historians Association (Vic & Tas).

H V McKay Gardens – Does a significant ‘designed’ landscape in Melbourne’s inner west have a future?

Paper Abstract:  When the heritage fabric of a significant ‘designed’ cultural landscape such as the H V McKay Gardens in the inner west of Melbourne deteriorates, how do you engage the community, Councils and individuals to understand its significance, and care and advocate for it, in order to create a relevant and sustainable future for the Gardens (and for its community)? This snapshot paper will provide a summary of the issues, what’s been done and a question about what is possible.

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Heritage Week Lecture – Apr 2015

On the 21st of April 2015, Vice President of the Friends, Catherine MacDonald gave a public lecture talk as part of Heritage Week on the topic of
heritage gardens.

From the very large to the very small and from the ancient to the relatively young, gardens can tell us a great deal about the culture that created them. Catherine’s lecture illuminated some of these connections, their relationship to our own H.V. McKay Memorial Gardens and suggested perhaps a less parochial approach to understanding and valuing our horticultural heritage.

The lecture addressed the relationship between the international treaty and standards for Heritage Gardens (ICOMOS) and the different kinds of heritage gardens, the ways in which those gardens can be read historically and the issues and pressures that such gardens face.

Extracts from the lecture will soon be available here.

Catherine noted that special thanks should go to Speroulla Christodoulou for assistance with the power point, our President, Helen Reid for her introduction and
Roslyn Savio for the Anzac biscuits!