John Ferry Heritage Lecture today – ‘From Convict Heritage to Mawson’s Expedition’

Published 06 November 2013

A McConnellFrom convicts and Australia’s first colonists, to feeding a growing nation and finally exploring new lands, this year’s annual John Ferry Heritage Lecture, today, at The University of New England will help participants recognise many of the sites that tell us so much about Australia’s colonial struggles.

Highly-regarded heritage consultant Anne McConnell (pictured) will present this year’s lecture, ‘An Exploration of Landscapes as Heritage’, focusing on recognising and preserving the heritage value in historic sites.

“We will look at a variety of heritage landscape types including the convict era of Sarah Island, orcharding and mineral fields on the Australian Mainland, the rural colonial significance of Bagdad Valley and even Mawson’s Expedition to Antarctica,” Professor McConnell said.

The lecture will explore the sorts of heritage landscapes that can be recognised considering in particular, the issues involved in their recognition and management.

Mrs McConnell has over 25 years experience in archaeology and cultural heritage management in Australia and Tasmania, with formal qualifications in archaeology, Quaternary geology and anthropology.

Her expertise is wide ranging, from thematic and regional heritage assessment to conservation management planning, specialising in rural and remote area heritage, industrial heritage and geological archaeology.

Mrs McConnell worked initially with the Victoria Archaeological Survey, then the Tasmanian Forestry Commission. For the last 18 years Anne has worked as a Hobart based heritage consultant, working in both Aboriginal and historical heritage.

The annual public lecture series is hosted by the UNE Heritage Futures Research Centre in honour of the memory and work of Dr John Ferry (1949-2004).

After a successful career in primary education, John Ferry was appointed to the Armidale College of Advanced Education in 1986 and, following its amalgamation with the University of New England, he joined the UNE School of Classics, History and Religion in 1995.

Throughout his working life, Dr Ferry was a committed and exceptional historian in his chosen areas of local, family and applied history. He created and taught, among others, units on heritage conservation and architectural history in which he drew upon his own experience as a published local and public historian.

His prize winning book, Colonial Armidale, is regarded by many leading Australian historians as the best and most innovative local history written in Australia.

The John Ferry Lecture will take place from 5.30pm, today, in the A3 Arts Lecture Theatre, at the University of New England, Armidale. Refreshments will be available before the lecture from 5.00 pm. This is a pubic lecture and all are very welcome and encouraged to attend.