Office of Environment & Heritage, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
Port Kembla #2 Mine Precinct is located 2km west of Unanderra, Wollongong, within the Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area. A disused mining complex with administration buildings, houses and gardens designed in the 1940s by prominent female designers Edna Walling and Alison Norris for employees of Australia’s major industrial company, Broken Hill Associated Smelters (BHAS).
GML provided an integrated conservation analysis including historic, Aboriginal, landscape and archaeological values. This analysis assessed the Port Kembla #2 Mine precinct (including the Edna Walling landscape) for inclusion on the NSW State Heritage Register. Oral histories and a detailed contextual history of the site were prepared, features with cultural values were identified and recorded, Historic Heritage Information Management System (HHIMS) sheets prepared, and a new curtilage defined.
Our approach to conservation planning responded to the complexity of issues arising from highly significant built and landscape elements within a State Conservation Area. The project was the initial stage of assessment and planning; its findings will inform a future Conservation Management Plan (CMP).