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South Australian State Historic Preservation Plan: Historical Guidelines


The report South Australian State Historic Preservation Plan: Historical guidelines were prepared in 1979 by Susan Marsden in consultation with Dr John Tregenza. This was a foundation work of South Australia’s Heritage Unit, and was funded under the National Estate Programme. Since publication in 1980 the thematic framework (part 1, republished here) has been used to guide most government-funded heritage surveys, including Heritage Investigations, Sites, routes & items representing early European contact, exploration, pioneer transport and communication in South Australia (1980); regional surveys that covered all of the state’s incorporated areas between 1981 and 2000; local heritage surveys; and time-period surveys (Twentieth century heritage...1928-1945 and 1946-1959).

However, the report’s scholarship, and in particular the guide to sources (part 2), reflect the information available in 1979, and have not been updated, nor has part 2 been included in this online publication. Many of the cited sources remain significant. For example, ‘South Australian Archives’, which are now held at the State Library of South Australia (non-government records) and at State Records of South Australia (government records); the Australian Dictionary of Biography, volumes 1-12 (1788-1939) is now online, and includes many biographies contributed by Professional Historians Association members.

The author acknowledges Department of Environment and Natural Resources for permission to reproduce Historical guidelines, Part 1, and thanks Hamish Angas for supplying the PDF.

Susan Marsden, South Australian State Historic Preservation Plan: Historical guidelines (part 1), SA Department for the Environment, Adelaide 1980, 1983, reproduced here by permission.

Dr Susan Marsden is a professional historian (and a founding member of the PHA) who runs her own consultancy business, writing commissioned histories, recording oral histories, carrying out heritage surveys and preparing other reports, talks and exhibitions. She has worked as South Australia’s State Historian, and as National Conservation Manager for the Australian Council of National Trusts in Canberra, and has been a member of both ACT and SA Heritage Authorities as well as national heritage committees She is presently a member of the State Records Council and of the SA Heritage Council’s Register Committee. She is author/co-author of many publications, those relating to South Australia’s history and heritage including Historical guidelines (SA Historic Preservation Plan); Heritage of the River Murray; Business, charity and sentiment: the SA Housing Trust 1936–1986; Heritage of the City of Adelaide; Our house: histories of Australian homes (Internet); Challenging times: the National Trust of South Australia 1955–2005; and Twentieth century heritage survey – stage 1 (1946-59) & stage 2 (1928-45).

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