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Heritage publications

All publications, guidelines and info sheets produced by the Heritage Division (former Heritage Office) are listed on this page.

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Publications A - C
Publications D - F
Publications G - I
Publications J - L
Publications M - O
Publications P - R
Publications S - U
Publications V - Z

 

Publications A-C

A Guide to the Heritage System

  • Heritage Office, revised 2005
  • Price: Free
  • Description: a plain English explanation of how the heritage system works in NSW.
  • A Guide to the Heritage System (infoheritagesystem.pdf, 127KB)

Aboriginal History and Heritage

  • Heritage Office, 1998
  • Price: Free
  • Description: information and sources for studying Aboriginal heritage
  • Aboriginal History and Heritage (infoaboriginal.pdf, 141KB)

Altering Heritage Assets

Annual Reports

  • The primary purpose of an Annual Report is to provide Members of Parliament, Senators and the community with a detailed description of the Department's activities during the financial year.
  • View the latest Annual Report and previous issues in the Annual Reports page

Archival Records

see How to Prepare Archival Records of Heritage Items

Assessing Heritage Significance

Assessing Historical Association: A Guide to State Heritage Register Criterion B

Assessing Historical Importance: A Guide to State Heritage Register Criterion A

Assessing Significance for Historical Archaeological Sites and Relics

Beyond the Rolling Wave; A Thematic History of Greek Settlement in NSW

  • by Craig Turnbull and Chris Valiotis for Heritage Office, 2001
  • Price: Free
  • Description: looks at Greek settlement in NSW since the first arrivals in 1810
  • Available online only
  • Beyond the Rolling Wave (BeyondRollingWave.pdf, 594KB)

Broken Hill Verandah Program

See report on the Conservation pages

Burra Charter, The

  • Australia ICOMOS 1999
  • The 1999 revision of the Burra Charter is available from Australia ICOMOS
  • Go to the ICOMOS website for further details and to download the document.

Church Buildings: Guidelines for their Care and Conservation

  • Heritage Office, 1998
  • Price: Free
  • Description: practial guideline on maintenance of church buildings
  • Available in hard copy only
  • Publications order form (publicationsorderform.pdf, 31KB)

Central West Thematic History

  • by Terry Kass for Heritage Office, 2003
  • Price: Free
  • Description: regional history that contributes to identifying significant heritage places
  • Available online only
  • Central West Thematic History (thematichistorycentralwest.pdf, 458KB)

Chinese Settlement in NSW; A Thematic History

Community-based Heritage Studies

  • Heritage Office, 1999, revised 2005, 2007, 2013
  • Price: Free
  • Description: how everyone can become involved in identifying their local heritage
  • Community Based Heritage Studies: A Guide (updated July 2013, 20130215hertagestudy.pdf, 1087KB)

Conservation Areas

  • Heritage Office and department of Urban Affairs & Planning 1996
  • Price: $16
  • Available in hard copy only
  • Publications order form (publicationsorderform.pdf, 31KB)

Conservation Management Documents [including: Model Brief]

  • Heritage Office and Department of Urban Affairs & Planning, 1996, revised 2002
  • Description: originally published as part of NSW Heritage Manual. Includes brief to help guide the preparation of a CMP
  • Price: Free
  • Description: available online only
  • Conservation Management Documents [including: Model Brief] (hmconservationman2002.pdf, 388KB)

The Conservation Plan [Fifth Edition]

Conservation Managment Plan: A Checklist

Conservation Products and Services Directory

Conserving Historic Signs

  • By Rachel Jackson and Caroline Lawrance for the Heritage Office, 2006
  • Price: Free
  • Description: conservation guidelines for historic painted wall signs
  • Available online only
  • Conserving Historic Signs (HistoricSigns.pdf, 2.7MB)

Consultants

see Heritage Consultants

Creating a Living Past: Ideas for Successful Heritage Projects

  • Heritage Office, 2002
  • Price: Free
  • Description: Suggestions & case studies of innovative heritage projects
  • Available in hard copy only
  • Publications order form (publicationsorderform.pdf, 31KB)

Criteria for Listing on the State Heritage Register

 

Publications D-F

Design in Context: Guidelines for Infill Development in the Historic Environment

  • Heritage Office, RAIA NSW Chapter 2005
  • Price: $25
  • Description: advice on designing high quality buildings in heritage areas
  • Available in hard copy. Now also available online!
  • Publications order form (publicationsorderform.pdf, 31KB)
  • Design in Context (DesignInContext.pdf, 2.2MB)

The Dutch in NSW: A Thematic History

  • by Kirsten Velthuis for Charles Sturt University 2005
  • Price: Free
  • Available online only
  • Description: this study explores the contribution of Dutch settlers to NSW and identifies cultural heritage important to the Dutch community
  • The Dutch in NSW: A Thematic History (thematichistorydutch.pdf, 611KB)

Early Australian Commercial Glass: Manufacturing Processes

The Economics of Heritage Listing

Engineering and Industrial Heritage

  • Engineers Australia Sydney Division and Heritage Office, 2005
  • Price: Free
  • Description: guidance on identifying and assessing items of engineering and industrial heritage
  • Engineering and Industrial Heritage (infoengineering.pdf, 651KB)

Federation Architecture Guidelines

  • Trevor Howells for Heritage Council of NSW, 1982
  • Price: Free
  • Description: Architectural and streetscape guidelines for restoration, renovation and extensions to Federation housing consisting of measured architectural drawings of examples of fences and gates, garages and carports, chimneys, dormer windows, gable end details, verandah details and sunhoods.
  • Chimneys (fedchimneys.pdf, 384KB)
  • Dormer Windows and Sunhoods (feddormerwindowssunhoods.pdf, 893KB)
  • Fences and Gates Part 1 (fedfencesgatespt1.pdf, 2.2B)
  • Fences and Gates Part 2 (fedfencesgatespt2.pdf, 2MB)
  • Garages and Carports (fedgaragescarports.pdf. 1.3MB)
  • Verandah and Gable End Details (fedverandahgableenddetails.pdf, 1.1MB)

Federation Gardens

Fire Resistance of Timber Panelled Doors

see advice on Technical Noticeboard

 

Publications G-I

Greek Thematic History

see Beyond the Rolling Wave

A Guide to the Heritage System

  • Heritage Office, revised 2005
  • Price: Free
  • Description: a plain English explanation of how the heritage system works in NSW.
  • A Guide to the Heritage System (infoheritagesystem.pdf, 51KB)

Guidelines for Photographic Recording of Heritage Sites, Buildings and Structures

See Photographic Recording of Heritage Items Using Film or Digital Capture

Guidelines for the preparation of Archaeological Management Plans

Heraldic Survey and Heritage Assessment: Model Brief

Heritage Advisors

see How to Establish a Heritage Advisor Service (20130214heritageadvisor.pdf, 131KB)

Heritage and Development: A Lawyer's Perspective

Heritage Asset Management Guidelines

See State Agency Heritage Guide. (the guidelines form Part Two of the State Agency Heritage Guide)

Heritage Consultants Directory

  • Note: this new online service replaces the previously published list of heritage consultants. Click on the link below to search the Heritage Consultants Directory to help locate a specialist with experience in heritage work.
  • Search the Heritage Consultants Directory

Heritage Curtilages

  • Heritage Office and Department of Urban Affairs & Planning 1996
  • Description: Companion document to the NSW Heritage Manual. This helpful booklet identifies the four main types of curtilage and provides guidance for identifying, conserving and managing them.
  • Price: $13
  • Available in hard copy only
  • Order online or Publications order form (publicationsorderform.pdf, 31KB)

Heritage Impact Statements

see Statements of Heritage Impact

Heritage Interpretation Policy

Heritage Listing Explained - What it means for you

  • Heritage Council, 2010, updated 2011
  • Price: Free to Download
  • Description: produced especially for NSW owners and local councils, this short publication answers commonly asked questions about heritage listing for local and state heritage places. The benefits, economic and other effects of listing and how to develop sympathetic renovations are all explained.
  • Heritage Listing Explained - What it means for you (HeritageListing2010final.pdf, 2.5MB)

Heritage Planning Practice Note.1

Heritage References

  • Heritage Office and department of Urban Affairs & Planning 1996
  • Description: originally published as part of the NSW Heritage Manual
  • Price: Free
  • Publications order form (publicationsorderform.pdf, 31KB)
  • Heritage References hmheritagereferences.pdf, 41KB)

Heritage Terms and Abbreviations

Heritage Trails

  • Heritage Office, 1995
  • Price: Free
  • Description: practical advice for local councils on developing heritage trails & interpretative materials
  • Heritage Trails (infoheritagetrails.pdf, 249KB)

Historical Archaeological Sites

  • Heritage Council of NSW, Department of Planning 1993
  • OUT OF PRINT

Historical Archaeology Code of Practice

  • Heritage Office, Department of Planning 2006
  • Price: Free
  • Description: guidance on the roles of archaeologists, property owners, developers and government authorities in developing sites that contain archaeological remains
  • Historical Archaeology Code of Practice (HistArchCodeofPractice.pdf, 160KB)

Historical Research for Heritage

  • Heritage Office, 2000
  • Price: Free
  • Description: general introduction to the use of history in heritage work
  • Historical Research for Heritage (infohistoricalresearch.pdf, 205KB)

Historical Themes

  • Heritage Office, 2001
  • Price: Free
  • Description: table showing the NSW historical themes and the national themes
  • Historical Themes (themes2006.pdf, 53KB)

History and Heritage

  • Heritage Office and department of Urban Affairs & Planning 1996
  • Description: originally published as part of the NSW Heritage Manual
  • Price: Free
  • History and Heritage (hmhistoryheritage.pdf, 716KB)

History of Heritage Listing

  • Heritage Office, 2000
  • Price: Free
  • Description: traces the development of listing from the Athens Charter 1932 till today
  • History of Heritage Listing (infolistinghistory.pdf, 224KB)

A History of Italian Settlement in NSW

How to carry out work on heritage buildings and sites

How to establish a Heritage Advisor Service

  • Heritage Office, second edition, 2007, revised 2013
  • Price: Free
  • Description: steps for a local council to take to set up heritage advisor service
  • How to establish a Heritage Advisor Service Updated November 2008 (infoHeritageAdvisorService.pdf, 143KB)

How to establish a local heritage fund

  • Heritage Office, 1998, revised 2004, 2011, 2013
  • Price: Free
  • Description: advice to assist councils manage local funds and promote heritage
  • How to Establish a Local Heritage Fund (updated July 2013, 20130216heritagefund.pdf, 142KB)

How to Prepare Archival Records of Heritage Items

(infoarchivalrecords.pdf, 1.6MB)(infoarchivalrecords.pdf, 1.6MB)(infoarchivalrecords.pdf, 1.6MB)

How to Undertake a Heritage Main Street Study

  • Heritage Office, 1995, revised 2007, 2010, 2011, 2013
  • Price: Free
  • Advice includes applying for funding and selecting consultant for project
  • How to Undertake a Heritage Main Street Study (updated July 2013, 20130217heritagemainst.pdf, 135KB)

The Illustrated Burra Charter

  • Australia ICOMOS 2004
  • This companion document to Australia ICOMOS's 1999 revision of the Burra Charter is now available
  • Go to the ICOMOS website for further details and to download their order form

Illustrated Glossary of Australian Rural Fence Terms

  • Heritage Branch, NSW Dept of Planning 2009
  • Price: Free
  • Description: Records, describes, illustrates and explains terms applied to rural fences in Australia
  • Available online only
  • Illustrated Glossary of Australian Rural Fence Terms (IllustratedglossaryofAustralianruralfenceterms2009.pdf, 7.6MB)

Insuring heritage-listed buildings

see advice from Michael Phillips of the Insurance Council of Australia 2003

Introducing the Heritage Council: State Heritage Register

Introducing the Heritage Council: Approvals Process

Introducing the Heritage Council: Presentations

Investigating Fabric

  • Heritage Office and department of Urban Affairs & Planning 1996
  • Description: originally published as part of the NSW Heritage Manual
  • Price: $5
  • Publications order form (publicationsorderform.pdf, 31KB)
  • Investigating Fabric (hminvestigating.pdf, 2.3MB)

Investigating Heritage Significance

Investigating History

  • Heritage Office and department of Urban Affairs & Planning 1996
  • Description: originally published as part of the NSW Heritage Manual
  • Price: Free
  • Available online only
  • Investigating History (hminvestigatinghistory.pdf, 2.4MB)

Italo-Australian Thematic History

see A History of Italian Settlement in NSW

 

Publications J-L

Just Because It's Old: Museums and Galleries in Heritage Buildings

Levels of Heritage Significance

  • Heritage Office 2008
  • Description: Explains the heritage levels recognised in NSW in simple terms with illustrations, a supplementary guide to Assessing Heritage Significance.
  • Price: Free
  • Levels of Heritage Significance (levelsofheritagesignificance2008.pdf, 2.1MB)

Local Government Heritage Guidelines

A Lot in Store: Celebrating Our Shopping Heritage

Publications M-O

 

Maintenance Series

See also the Technical Advisory Group's page for technical notes on a range of issues including growths on historic masonry, cracking of buildings, terracotta roof tiles and marble headstones.

Maintenance Series 1.1: Preparing a Maintenance Plan

Maintenance Series 1.1: Inspection Schedule

Maintenance Series 1.2: Documenting Maintenance and Repair

Maintenance Series 1.3: Temporary Access

Maintenance Series 2.1: Rising Damp

  • Heritage Office 1998, online edition 2004
  • Price: Free
  • Description: the control and treatment of rising damp, a major cause of decay in heritage buildings
  • Maintenance Series 2.1: Rising Damp (maintenance21risingdamp.pdf, 101KB)

Also see Salt Attack and rising damp: A guide to salt damp in historic and older buildings for further information in greater depth on the same topic.

Maintenance Series 2.3: The Need for Old Stone Buildings to Breathe

  • Originally published by SPAB, UK 1986, Australian edition Heritage Office 1998, 2004
  • Price: Free
  • Available in hard copy only
  • Publications order form (publicationsorderform.pdf, 31KB)

Maintenance Series 3.1: Metalwork

  • Heritage Office 1998, online edition 2004
  • Price: Free
  • Description: the care and conservation of metals, including cast iron, steel-framed windows and roof plumbing
  • Maintenance Series 3.1: Metalwork (maintenance31metalwork.pdf, 182KB)

Maintenance Series 4.1: Corrugated Roofing

  • Heritage Office 1998, online edition 2004
  • Price: Free
  • Description: advice on corrugated iron and steel, widely used for roof sheeting
  • Maintenance Series 4.1: Corrugated Roofing (maintenance41corrugated.pdf, 227KB)

Maintenance Series 4.2: Slating, Tiling and Roof Plumbing

Maintenance Series 5.1: Wood Preservation

  • Heritage Office 1998, online edition 2004
  • Price: Free
  • Description: wood as a building material and how to prevent deterioration from fire, fungal rot, borers and termites
  • Maintenance Series 5.1: Wood Preservation (maintenance51woodpreservation.pdf, 290KB)

Maintenance Series 5.2: Timber Repairs

  • Heritage Office 1998, online edition 2004
  • Price: Free
  • Description: techniques for repairing timber in heritage buildings
  • Maintenance Series 5.2: Timber Repairs (maintenance52timber.pdf, 187KB)

Maintenance Series 5.3: Patching Old Floorboards

  • Originally published by SPAB, UK 1988, Australian edition Heritage Office 1998, 2004
  • Price: Free
  • Available in hard copy only
  • Publications order form (publicationsorderform.pdf, 31KB)

Maintenance Series 5.4: Repair of Tongue and Groove Floorboards

Maintenance Series 6.2: Removing Paint from Old Buildings

  • Originally published by SPAB, UK 1986, Australian edition, Heritage Office 1998, 2004
  • Price: Free
  • Available in hard copy only
  • Publications order form (publicationsorderform.pdf, 31KB)

Maintenance Series 7.1: Plaster Finishes

  • Heritage Office 1998, online edition 2004
  • Price: Free
  • Description: how traditional plasters were made and used and how to maintain them in traditional masonry buildings
  • Update: Plaster Finishes has been temporarily removed for review and minor corrections

Maintenance Series 7.2: Paint Finishes

  • Heritage Office 1998, online edition 2004
  • Price: Free
  • Description: researching and uncovering authentic paint schemes and how to conserve them
  • Maintenance Series 7.2: Paint Finishes (maintenance72paintfinishes.pdf, 214KB)

Maintenance Series 7.3: Basic Limewash

  • Originally published by SPAB, UK 1985, Australian edition Heritage Office 1998, 2004
  • Price: Free
  • Description: recipe for making basic limewash, one of the most common heritage building components
  • Available in hard copy only
  • Publications order form (publicationsorderform.pdf, 31KB)

Maintenance Series 8.1: Fire and Heritage

  • Heritage Office 1995, online edition 2004
  • Price: Free
  • Description: fire safety solutions that do not require major changes to historic fabric
  • Maintenance Series 8.1: Fire and Heritage (maintenance81fireheritage.pdf, 826KB)

Maintenance Series 9.1: Heritage Gardens and Grounds

Managing risk with heritage trees

  • Heritage Office, 2010
  • Price: Free
  • Description: Managing risk with heritage trees
  • Managing risk with heritage trees (ManagingriskwithheritagetreesDecember2010.pdf, 753KB)

Minimum Standards of Maintenance and Repair

Model Heritage Provisions for Local Environmental Plans

The Modern Movement in New South Wales

  • Heritage Division of the Office of Environment and Heritage, 2014
  • Price: Free
  • Description:  A thematic study and survey of architectural and landscape design associated with the Modern Movement in New South Wales between 1910 and 1970, commissioned by the Heritage Council of New South Wales from Hericon Consulting, authored by Roy Lumby in association with Colleen Morris and Peter Spearritt, 2013
  • Download:

Movable Heritage ModernMovement1Principles

  • Heritage Office and NSW Ministry for the ArtModernMovement1s, 2000
  • Price: Free
  • Description: basic principles for managing heritage items
  • Movable Heritage Principles (infomovable.pdf, 131KB)

  • Heritage Office 2000
  • Description: principles used by the Heritage Council to guide protection of natural heritage places
  • Price: Free
  • Natural Heritage Principles (infonatural.pdf, 162KB)

Newsletter

  • The Heritage Newsletter is no longer available, final copy published 2012.
  • Heritage NSW is the newsletter of the Heritage Office and Heritage Council of NSW. All the latest heritage projects, simple explanations of conservation techniques and find out what's happening in heritage.
  • View the back issues in the Heritage NSW index

NSW Government and Heritage

  • Heritage Office and department of Urban Affairs & Planning 1996
  • Description: originally published as part of the NSW Heritage Manual
  • Price: Free
  • Available online only
  • NSW Government and Heritage (hmgovheritage.pdf, 4.2MB)

  • Heritage Council of NSW and the Australian Institute of Architects NSW Chapter, 2008
  • Description: seven principles for achieving successful adaptive reuse projects
  • Price: Available in hard copy $25, or free online
  • Publications order form (publicationsorderform.pdf, 31KB)
  • New Uses for Heritage Places (NewUsesforHeritagePlaces.pdf, 4.6MB)

NSW Heritage Manual

Objects in Their Place: An Introduction to Movable Heritage

 

New Uses for Heritage Places

 

Natural Heritage Principles

 

Museum and Galleries in Heritage Buildings

 

 

Publications P-R

Photographic Recording Of Heritage Items Using Film or Digital Capture

 

Pipe Organ Conservation and Maintenance Guide

Place Names of Heritage Value: A Heritage Council Policy

Planning and Heritage

  • Heritage Office and department of Urban Affairs & Planning 1996
  • Description: originally published as part of the NSW Heritage Manual
  • Price: Free
  • Available online only
  • Planning and Heritage (hmplanningheritage.pdf, 1.9MB)

Principles of Conservation Work on Heritage Places

 

Promoting Local Identity Along Parramatta Road

  • Heritage Office, 2005
  • Price: Free
  • Designed to assist local councils and property owners revitalise sites along Parramatta Road.
  • Do you want to revitalise your local area? These guidelines have general principles that can be used to enhance your streetscape and promote local identity in any area.
  • Promoting Local Identity Along Parramatta Road (parramattaroadguidelines.pdf, 2.5MB)

Recommendations for local council heritage management

Regional Histories

Revealing the Past: An Introduction to Historical Archaeology

Revealing the Past: An Introduction to Maritime Archaeology

  • Heritage Office, 1998
  • Price: Free
  • Description: shipwrecks in NSW waters and how they are protected and managed
  • Available in hard copy only
  • Publications order form (publicationsorderform.pdf, 31KB)

 

Publications S-U

Safe in the Shed

  • Heritage Office and NSW Ministry for the Arts, 2001
  • Price: Free
  • Description: practical advice on recording and caring for farm machinery
  • Also available in hard copy
  • Publications order form (publicationsorderform.pdf, 31KB)
  • Safe in the Shed (safeinshedfinal.pdf, 774KB)

Salt Attack and rising damp: A guide to salt damp in historic and older buildings

 

  • Heritage Council, 2008, with Heritage Victoria, South Australian Department for Environment and Heritage and Adelaide City Council.
  • Price: Free to Download, $25.00 for hard copy
  • Description: Provides sufficient information to understand what causes salt attack and rising damp and to diagnose and identify appropriate repairs for cases commonly seen in Australia.
  • Download order form (saltattackrisingdamporderform.pdf, 129KB)
  • Salt Attack and rising damp: A guide to salt damp in historic and older buildings (HVC014SaltDamptechguideFAweb.pdf, 3.3MB)

Shipwreck Brochures - set of four: Diving NSW Shipwrecks, NSW Shipwreck Heritage, Shipwrecks and What They Tell Us, Shipwrecks of NSW Inland Rivers

  • Heritage Office 2000
  • Price: Free
  • Available in hard copy only
  • Publications order form (publicationsorderform.pdf, 31KB)

Skeletal Remains; Guidelines for Management of Human Skeletal Remains

 

  • Heritage Office 1998
  • Description: originally published as part of the NSW Heritage Manual
  • Price: Free
  • Available in hard copy only
  • Publications order form (publicationsorderform.pdf, 31KB)

Stabilising Stuff: A Guide for Conserving Archaeological Finds in the Field

Standard Exemptions for Works Requiring Heritage Council Approval

 

State Agency Heritage Guide

  • Heritage Office 2005
  • Price: Free
  • Description: Guidelines issued by the Heritage Council to assist State Agencies to manage heritage assets under their care and control. It consists of:
    • Part 1: State-owned Heritage Management Principles, principles to guide stewardship of government heritage assets, approved by the Minister on the 16 December 2004; and
    • Part 2: Heritage Asset Management Guidelines, endorsed by the Heritage Council for issue under section 170 the Heritage Act on the 1 December 2004.
  • State Agency Heritage Guide (StateAgencyHeritageGuide.pdf, 297KB)

State Heritage Register Nominations

State-owned Heritage Management Principles

 

Statements of Heritage Impact

  • Heritage Office and Department of Urban Affairs & Planning 1996, revised 2002
  • Description: originally published as part of the NSW Heritage Manual
  • Price: Free
  • Available online only
  • Statements of Heritage Impact (hmstatementsofhi.pdf, 34KB)

Street Smart: Corporate Development in Historic Town Centres

 

Street trees in NSW: Guidelines for conservation and management

Technical Notes

  • Go to the Technical Advisory Group's page for technical advice on a range of issues including growths on historic masonry, cracking of buildings, terracotta roof tiles and marble headstones.

Thematic Histories

Twentieth Century Heritage

  • Australian Heritage Information Network 2001
  • Price: Free
  • Description: illustrated book looks at the special places from our more recent past
  • Available in hard copy only
  • Publications order form (publicationsorderform.pdf, 31KB)

 

Publications V-Z

Understanding the Burra Charter

  • Australia ICOMOS 1998
  • OUT OF PRINT

Western Sydney Thematic History

  • by Terry Kass for Heritage Office, 2005
  • Price: Free
  • Available online only
  • Description: regional history that contributes to identifying significant heritage places
  • Western Sydney Thematic History (ThematicHistoryWesternSydney.pdf, 505KB)

 

What's in Store; A History of Retailing in Australia

  • Powerhouse Publishing in association with Heritage Office 2003
  • Price: $34.95
  • Description: discover Australia's proud and colourful retail heritage through this fully illustrated book produced by Kimberley Webber and Ian Hoskins of the Powerhouse Museum
  • Available in hard copy only
  • Publications order form (publicationsorderform.pdf, 31KB)

 

World War II Aerodromes and Associated Structures in NSW

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