2019 Jim Kerr Address: Rural Landscapes and Aboriginal Agriculture, Prof Bruce Pascoe

Join Australia ICOMOS, in association with the Sydney Opera House and the Heritage Council of NSW, for the 2019 Jim Kerr Address on Thursday 18 April.

Author and academic Professor Bruce Pascoe will deliver this year’s address focused on Australia’s ‘Rural Landscapes’. Using explorers’ journals and accounts, Prof Pascoe’s award-winning publication Dark Emu recounts a radically different picture of how Australia’s first peoples managed their Country as a productive agricultural enterprise over millennia. Our long-held assumptions about agriculture and rural land use will be challenged.

The Jim Kerr address celebrates and promotes cultural heritage on the International Day for Monuments and Sites each year. It pays tribute to the late James Semple ‘Jim’ Kerr AM (1932–2014), a pioneering Australian heritage practitioner, architectural historian and author of The Conservation Plan, a seminal industry text used worldwide. (Read GML Special Adviser Professor Richard Mackay’s AM obituary of Jim Kerr to learn more about his career.) The Jim Kerr Address aims to honour its namesake’s legacy of open inquiry and ongoing appraisal of progress in understanding place, and conservation practice and philosophy.

Thanks to GML’s Don Wallace, and the other ICOMOS volunteers, who have worked behind the scenes on arrangements for this year’s address. It’s sure to be memorable.

An optional tour of the Sydney Opera House will be held beforehand. Learn more and book here.