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Cultural landscape and goldfield heritage: towards a land management framework for the historic south-west Pacific gold mining landscapes

Reeves, Keir and McConville, Chris (2011) Cultural landscape and goldfield heritage: towards a land management framework for the historic south-west Pacific gold mining landscapes. Landscape Research, 36 (2). pp. 191-207. ISSN 0142-6397

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Abstract

This article investigates how cultural landscapes (especially the potentially limiting organically evolved landscape) can be used as a research framework to evaluate historical mining heritage sites in Australia and New Zealand. We argue that when mining heritage sites are read as evolved organic landscapes and linked to the surrounding forested and hedged farmland, the disruptive aspects of mining are masked. Cultural landscape is now a separate listing for World Heritage sites and includes associative and designed landscape as well as those that have evolved organically. These usages have rarely been scrutinized with care. We analyse how mid-nineteenth century goldmining sites can be best thematically interpreted and understood for their heritage, indeed World Heritage, significance and, where appropriate, developed for their sustainable heritage tourism potential. Drawing on a number of research disciplines, a schematic framework is offered for interpreting and classifying these new world cultural landscapes based upon analysis of gold-rush heritage sites throughout the TransTasman world. We evaluate and apply this framework to place-based case studies in Victoria, Australia and Otago, New Zealand. KEY WORDS: Cultural landscape, mining-heritage, Australia-New Zealand history, World Heritage designation, landscape classification, landscape history

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID24409m, cultural landscape, mining heritage, Australia-New Zealand history, World Heritage designation, landscape classification, landscape history, goldfield heritage
Subjects: Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
FOR Classification > 2199 Other History and Archaeology
SEO Classification > 9503 Heritage
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2012 01:14
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2012 01:14
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/9430
DOI: 10.1080/01426397.2010.547573
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