Rottnest Island / Wadjemup's rich cultural landscape

A successful and well organised WA State Heritage & History Conference was recently held at the Perth Concert Hall. This included a walking and bus tour of Rottnest Island/ Wadjemup sponsored by TPG+Place Match. The tour was led by Harriet Wyatt of the State Heritage Office, Glen Stasiuk from Murdoch University and Patsy Vizents from the Rottnest Island Authority, who all collectively gave an extremely insightful and interesting overview of the island's diverse cultural and natural history.

Our well-informed speakers enlightened us on Rottnest's cultural landscape where human interaction and connection with the natural systems over time has formed such a unique place. Throughout the tour, you could not help but feel humbled by the predominantly dark side of the island's history with regards to Aboriginal incarceration connected with the early colonial settlement. This was then more buoyantly offset against learning about the island's World War II defence infrastructure and more recently, the recreation and tourism industry. 

We were truly fortunate to experience a valuable insight into such an iconic place.  

The overall theme of the Conference was Connections between places and their past. It incorporated a broad range of presentations and networking across the heritage sector from local, interstate and international keynote speakers. Individual sessions focused on different subject areas including conservation and development, research and storytelling, cultural and heritage tourism, archival collections management, interpretation and related disciplines and interests.You will find the speakers & presentations on the conference page - http://www.washhc.com.au/

Nisar Dar & Reece Woo

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