They were originally written from 1991-2010, only a couple having seen the light of day. That was because they were mostly commissioned at greater length - and dealt with specific issues:1 How 'midnight demolitions' of the old Bellevue Hotel, Cloudland Ballroom and Commonwealth Bank brought about the 1st protective heritage legislation in Qld.2 To what extent the oral testimony of continuity and descent of the Turrbal people around Brisbane was matched by the historical record. 3 How Yeronga Memorial Pk evolved physically and spatially since the early days and by what means. 4 What steps and actions caused Lang Pk to change from a public space to a venue primarily for a single spectator sport. 5 How to write the contextual history for a thematic study exhibition on the Brisbane River which would draw upon the disparate collections of 6 mostly non-river institutions. 6 How the whole region of SE Qld developed thematically and materially, including Brisbane, Ipswich, Toowoomba, both coasts, major islands, many valleys and various ranges.7 Whether heritage theory and practice should be focussed more sustainably on the character of a locality, as tested on the Killarney Estate.Having been revised as necessary and collected together, these papers are a boon for everyone interested in those aspects, places, buildings, events, related persons - and much more.
If you happen to be a glutton for research, these chapters also show the way. That includes discerning patterns, analysing records, exploring buildings, interpreting parks, assessing heritage, examining localities, investigating regions and structuring narratives. Among the many historical sources are municipal records, reserve files, parliamentary papers, state yearbooks, municipal handbooks, heritage reports, judicial records, newspapers, maps, pictures, graves - and of course the actual places and people themselves. Here we see the applied historian at work. The other tie that binds all of this together is the author's conviction that history must speak for itself, so that only when familiar with the evidence ought we evaluate, interpret and shape it in our own image. This also applies to cultural heritage, which comprises all of those tangible and intangible things we want to retain for ourselves and the next generation. As that is but one type of historical evidence, there is a dynamic reciprocity between the two. What this book really shows is how history becomes heritage through establishing its significance - unless heritage becomes history first!
Author: Fisher, Rod
Dimension: 230mm X 150mm